Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC: Technology Industry Attorneys for Your Business Needs
The technology industry includes companies that provide a wide range of services from social media to cybersecurity to technology support. In recent years, many companies in other industries have developed and increased their own technology departments and usage of various types of technology. While these companies may offer varied services to their clients, all businesses in the technology industry, using technology services, or transacting with technology companies face risks and challenges best served by technology industry attorneys.
Legal Liabilities Facing the Technology Industry and How Technology Industry Attorneys Can Help
With each passing year, industries of all types increase their use of and reliance upon technology to reach and retain customers as well as to transact business. As a result, technology companies continue to grow in size and number. They face new and changing legal challenges as well as governmental regulation and oversight. That’s where the technology industry attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker come in.
Information technology attorneys can help guide your technology business through this maze of legal issues, but the legal concerns associated with technology innovations and development extend beyond technology-related legal matters. Like other industries, the technology sector and those doing business with it also face challenges related to privacy laws, product liability matters, contract drafting, breach of contract, and employment law issues. To navigate the uncharted territory, you need the experience and the wide range of legal services offered by the attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker.
What Businesses Are Part of the Technology Industry?
Ten years ago, the technology industry was more limited. For many businesses, their technology was limited to a network of computers and a company website used to inform clients and prospective clients about a company’s services.
Today, businesses in most sectors have interactive websites or apps. Many use technology to track data, such as social media algorithms or the retail industry’s collection of customers’ emails to collect information about their purchases. And many banks feature interactive apps that allow customers to deposit checks, transfer funds, and pay bills without ever stepping foot in a bank.
Many companies have in-house technology specialists, utilize technology contractors, or both to implement and monitor technology in the business. As a result, the scope of the technology industry has grown to include many companies not traditionally considered part of the technology industry.
Jenkins Fenstermaker’s Attorneys Are Skilled in Disciplines Applicable to the Technology Industry
Sometimes you need more than a one-hat technology attorney. If your legal needs extended beyond the focus of a technology industry attorney, where would you turn? The expertise of Jenkins Fenstermaker’s many skilled attorneys can provide counsel and advocacy to reduce your technology company’s legal exposure, allowing you to focus on serving your clients and growing your business.
Attorneys for Business Structures and Governance
Whether you’re setting up a new venture or managing a generations-old enterprise, business structures and governance require your attention. Jenkins Fenstermaker’s business and commercial group provides sound guidance on the best business structure and governance to meet the needs of your business. Our attorneys can also serve as ongoing outside legal counsel or research and address legal issues when they arise in your business.
Counsel for Human Resources and Employment Claims
Information and technology businesses are often employers—employers that face the same labor and employment challenges other businesses do. When those problems arise, who would you call?
Jenkins Fenstermaker’s labor and employment attorneys have deep experience handling labor and employment matters for employer-side clients. Whether defending an employer before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other administrative agency or against a discrimination or harassment claim in state or federal court, our labor and employment attorneys will fight to protect the interests of your business.
We assist many clients with ongoing counsel in human resources matters. From drafting employee handbooks and policies to providing human resources training, we help technology industry clients remain compliant with statutory and regulatory mandates and up to date on all employee-related issues.
Assistance with Employee Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Matters
Personnel and employee benefits issues often divert companies from the focus of the business. Disputes or problems arising in this area take even more time to address. From employment benefits coordination to workers’ compensation matters, Jenkins Fenstermaker’s labor and employment attorneys have the experience to handle these matters for you, freeing your human resources personnel to handle non-legal matters.
Jenkins Fenstermaker’s workers’ compensation group is ready to defend your company against work-related injury claims. From negotiating reasonable settlements to litigating workers’ compensation or deliberate intent claims in court, our attorneys will use their substantive knowledge and litigation experience to defend your interests.
Data Privacy Laws Compliance
One of the biggest risks facing companies today is a potential data breach. Many states have passed data privacy laws such as the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection and Privacy Act, Code § 46A-2A-101, which impose harsh penalties on any company that does not take the necessary steps to protect personally identifiable information (PII) such as social security numbers.
Data breaches at major retailers and financial institutions and the resulting fallout have made headlines in recent years. Any company could face significant fines and other forms of liability if proper protections are not in place to protect PII and prevent a data breach. At Jenkins Fenstermaker, our skilled attorneys will review your policies and procedures for compliance with data security statutes and, if needed, defend against complaints filed as a result of a cyber security breach.
Technology Attorneys in Demand for Contract Negotiation, Drafting, and Review
Whether a technology employer’s workers are employees or independent contractors, employers may use written contracts to define the employment relationship. In technology companies, these contracts often include non-disclosure agreements or covenants not to compete. To protect your business, its client list, and its proprietary information, you need to know that these contracts can withstand a legal challenge.
At Jenkins Fenstermaker, we will work with you to create the contracts you need for vendors, business transactions, and employment purposes. And, in the event of a contract dispute, our experienced litigation team will fight for your company’s rights in any breach of contract claims.