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Avalara's automated tax software wins it an Innovation Award

Avalara fixed a problem everyone else thought had already been solved, and has won a PSBJ Innovation Award for it. Avalara's founders figured out a way to help customers manage sales tax faster and more efficiently. While taxes used to be a difficult and manual process, Avalara customers can automatically calculate sales, excise and value-added taxes. “On one level, it’s incredibly boring," CEO Scott McFarlane said. "But if you think about it, tax has been done since the Egyptian times and…

Claudine Chen-Young

Claudine Chen-Young was only in her late 20s when she felt she hit a wall. She had been working at nongovernmental organizations and in various roles in law firms for years before reaching a very important realization. “As much as I thought what I was doing was very meaningful, I knew that I wanted to do something more,” Chen-Young says. “You can’t be waking up at 40 and wondering what to do. That’s what made me realize that I wanted to join the legal profession.” Chen-Young headed…

Dish launches Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central.TV

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. has reached a multi-year carriage agreement with Dish Network Corp. for distribution of its Justice Central.TV cable network. Justice Central.TV, a 24-hour court and news channel, is now available on Dish channel 240. In the four years since the network's launch in December 2012, carriage of Justice Central.TV, has grown immensely and is now available in more than 40 million households, said Entertainment Studios. The channel’s programs include “Justice…

Glushon Sports Management signs two NBA players

Glushon Sports Management has signed free-agent NBA guard Greivis Vásquez and Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba. Jason Glushon is representing the players. Glushon opened Glushon Sports Management in Los Angeles after leaving Wasserman last year. Vásquez, who last played for the Brooklyn Nets, was formerly represented by Octagon, and Nwaba was previously without representation. Join the conversation: Follow @ LABizJournal on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook , and sign up for our free email…

LaTara Harris

LaTara Harris, the child of military members, was the first on her mother’s side to receive a bachelor’s degree and one of the first on her father’s side to go to college at all. “Breaking those chains of not getting education has been so important to me,” Harris says. “Getting in and through corporate America is something my family hadn’t experienced.” After graduating from Bowie State University, she spent 15 years in the workforce before deciding it was time to go back to school,…

Margarita Dilone

Margarita Dilone is a D.C. native who’s witnessed firsthand the waves of change in the District. Her most vivid memory was perhaps one of D.C.’s most painful moments: She lived through the 1968 riots following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Her parents’ grocery store on Mount Pleasant Street NW was one of just two businesses that was not ransacked or looted in the vicinity, she says. Dilone’s parents had come from Puerto Rico to D.C. in 1948 and sold food at the retail and wholesale…

Ramu Potarazu

There’s no such thing as a typical day for Ramu Potarazu, and he’s OK with that. A previous stint with a $1.2 billion global interest prepped him well for his current endeavor. Potarazu is president and CEO of Binary Fountain, a McLean-based health care technology company that manages patient experience information for 150 domestic and international clients. He has only been with the company for a few years, but as he grows Binary’s business, he’s often reminded of the 16 years he spent…

Startup helps marketers localize content across the globe

When a company markets a product in multiple countries, the challenge goes beyond just language translation. Michael Meinhardt, co-founder of Cloudwords, knows that navigating local culture and customs is equally important. In 2010, he created Cloudwords, project management software for global marketing, to help companies looking to broaden their customer base and expand the appeal of their products. With an early investment from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Cloudwords now handles market localization…

Viewpoint: Road to replace Affordable Care Act is a long one

Health care is unbelievably complex, and health care reform is a massive undertaking with significant implications. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — ACA, also known as Obamacare — is often referred to as the most significant change in health care since Medicare was enacted in 1965. The ACA not only changed the health care statutory landscape, but it also gave rise to countless regulations concerning insurance, taxes, labor and employment, health and human services, law enforcement…

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Boies Comes to Theranos' Defense, Again

Lawyers at Boies Schiller are representing the embattled blood testing company in consumer litigation.

Evan Wolfson, Gay Rights Leader, to Helm Dentons' Diversity Efforts

Evan Wolfson, who closed his Freedom to Marry organization this year after same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States, will now lead Dentons' diversity efforts.

Mattress Maker Losing Sleep Over Website Reviews

Suits seek to bring transparency to affiliate marketing deals that make Casper Sleep's top lawyer toss and turn.

Page and Plant's Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Case Seen as Bolstering Songwriters' Creative Rights

Thursday’s verdict for Led Zeppelin in the copyright trial over the 1971 hit song “Stairway to Heaven” reaffirms the creative rights of songwriters while demonstrating the difficulties in pursuing infringement over sheet music, according to legal experts following the case.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.
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