Shareholder to Participate in
2016 Leadership Institute
Richard C. Lawrence was recently selected to participate in the Gulf Coast Community Foundation 2016 Leadership Institute. Mr. Lawrence will join 25 aspiring and experienced community leaders from across the region to participate in an intensive, two-month leadership development program led by faculty from the nationally recognized J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a public service unit of the University of Georgia.
Mr. Lawrence is board certified in real estate law. He counsels developers, landlords, tenants, and lenders in a wide range of commercial real estate matters. He is experienced in all aspects of commercial development; acquisition and sale of vacant land, office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and other commercial and residential properties; acquisition, sale, and financing of loan portfolios; forming and representing limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, and joint ventures; sale-leaseback transactions; representing REITs; ground leasing and ground leasehold financing; and contractor, architect, broker, and management agreements.
Williams Parker Publishes
Williams Parker recently published its sixth edition of “Requisite,” the firm’s thought-leadership publication offering insights on legal issues. The current edition focuses on succession planning for family businesses of all sizes. The publication includes an interview with Kenneth J. Feld, the Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the largest family entertainment company in the world. It also includes articles covering some of the emotional and technical challenges to creating a great succession plan such as leadership transitions and minimizing taxes—challenges facing nearly every family-owned business—an article reviewing unique issues faced by family agribusiness enterprises, and an article exploring the under-appreciated connection between Henry David Thoreau and his family’s business.
“Over the years, our attorneys have counseled many family-owned businesses. Irrespective of industry, size, or location, we have found several shared characteristics,” said Ric Gregoria, president of Williams Parker. “This edition of ‘Requisite’ shares some of our insights to help clients be among the 30 percent of family-owned businesses that survive the second generation, the 12 percent that survive the third generation, and the three percent that survive the fourth generation.”
Attorney Presents at
2016 Pace Conference
John M. Hament, an attorney with the law firm of Williams Parker, was a presenter at the Professional Administrative Co-Employers (PACE) 2016 Conference. His presentation, held May 2 in St. Augustine, Fla., focused on the latest labor law developments affecting professional employer organizations and their clients.
Mr. Hament is a board certified specialist in labor and employment law. He focuses exclusively on advising and representing private and public-sector employers in virtually all industries, in matters and litigation relating to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour law, discipline, discharge, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, personnel policies, union collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, mediations, union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practices, strikes, internal investigations, and OSHA.