Sep 7, 2023

Family Fiduciary Feud–How to Mitigate Conflicts and Manage Litigation in Family-Owned Businesses and Trusts

Families fight. That is inevitable. Naturally, when a family-owned business or a family trust is at issue, some level of conflict is to be expected. When these conflict-prone structures combine, the conflicts have the potential to be bigger, riskier, and costlier, and can have multi-generational effects. This article will touch on why the risk of conflict is so high in the family business and family trust context, provide planning tips to reduce the risk of conflict, and outline important considerations for families and their advisors to keep in mind when family friction boils over into conflict and litigation. The F-Word:… Read more

Mar 7, 2022

Jason Blair Joins IP Department in Austin and Washington, D.C.


SGR welcomes Jason Blair to the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department in both its Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices. Mr. Blair joins SGR from the Austin law firm of Munck Wilson Mandala. An experienced trademark attorney, Mr. Blair worked as a Trademark Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), handling more than 15,000 trademark applications from 2005 to 2018, before entering private practice. Moreover, while at the USPTO Jason served as the Special Marks Examiner for Sound and Motion Marks where he was instrumental in helping to develop and implement USPTO policies and procedures for this emerging… Read more