Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments

TAMPA, Fla.Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, is launching the law blog ‘Legal Insights on Social Media’ to highlight new legal developments and provide insight into recent trends surrounding social media communication in corporate law, intellectual property, healthcare, labor and employment, trust and estates and other areas as it continues to evolve.

Designed to provide a better understanding of how social media is a part of each aspect of the business world, the blog can be viewed at

“In this, as in so many other areas, Shumaker is a thought leader,” said Regina Joseph, a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. “Social media is an increasingly crucial communication tool for our clients and the legal community. Wealth is being created in “digital assets,” with the means of creating, owning and transferring that wealth undergoing significant changes. Although the law is lagging behind the technology and the uses that creative people are deriving from social media data, it is rapidly catching up, and this blog will address these advances.”

Launching today, the blog will have eight authors: Erin Smith Aebel in Tampa, Fla.; Jenifer Belt in Toledo, Ohio; James Carnes in Toledo, Ohio; Douglas Cherry in Sarasota, Fla.; Regina Joseph in Toledo, Ohio; Kristina Wildman in Toledo, Ohio; and Mechelle Zarou in Toledo, Ohio.

Aebel is board certified as a health law specialist by the Florida Bar. She represents physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers in business law and including fraud and abuse, Stark, HIPAA and licensure.

Belt practices in the healthcare law for transactional and litigation matters for a range of healthcare providers, including health systems, hospitals, long-term care providers, physician groups, physicians, and health care networks.

Carnes has extensive experience in various areas of litigation, including Federal Employers’ Liability Act, federal preemption, personal injury, commercial disputes, medical malpractice, product liability, occupational injury and illness, cumulative trauma and exposure claims, and employment-related tort claims.

Cherry is board certified in intellectual property law and focuses on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition consulting, acquisition, licensing and litigation. He also works on computer and technology law, business law and entertainment law.

Joseph has extensive experience in representing both public and private companies in a variety of debt and equity offerings, ongoing compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly represents lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions, and has represented clients in venture capital transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, corporate bonds and notes and secondary offerings.

Wildman is an associate in the estate planning and probate practice groups. A member of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee of the Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Section of the Ohio Estate Bar Association, she has done extensive research on the rights of assisted reproductive children to inherit under state law and has written two unpublished papers regarding the issues associated with the lack of current legislation in this area.

Zarou practices all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, business immigration, labor negotiations and arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. She regularly advises employer clients on a variety of workers compensation and unemployment compensation issues, and represents employers at all levels of the administrative hearing process for such claims.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick assists its clients in navigating the many social media vehicles. Whether it concerns social media content and intellectual property rights, start-up ventures, transfers of ownership, contracts utilizing “big data,” ownership of digital assets, new technologies arising from social media and the design of employment policies, the attorneys are involved. Increasingly, highly regulated industries such as healthcare and banking, have adopted social media strategies. The multitudes of new social media sites are pushing capital raising and crowdsourcing against the established securities regulatory schemes.

About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service business law firm with 235 lawyers, 61 paralegals and 493 employees in five offices: Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. In each of its markets, Shumaker is the premier provider of quality legal services to individuals, small businesses, healthcare providers, nonprofits and Fortune 500 and international corporations.


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