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2016 December Issue

Google to tamp down web pages with annoying pop up ads

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Come Jan. 10, 2017, Google will implement a new algorithm that will demote mobile pages that have “intrusive” interstitials that get in the users’ way. Interstitials are pop-up ads that users have to close out in order to get to the content they are seeking.    “How that formula works on determining…

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A small-business exit strategy begins with some good planning

    If the process of starting a small business is typically characterized by excitement and anticipation, ending one is almost always filled with mixed emotions. The owner may be ready to retire or move on to another opportunity, the enterprise didn’t meet expectations, or the market for products and services is not what it once…

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Robert Bassett, Partner, Williams Venker & Sanders, Belleville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Robert Bassett was an undergraduate at Murray State University in Kentucky when he called his uncle and asked him what he should do after graduation.     His uncle taught at the University of San Francisco School of Law and told him that law school provided interesting insight into the human condition.    “My…

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Christopher W. Byron, Founding Partner, Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, Edwardsville

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC handles business law, business litigation and personal injury. Founding partner Chris Byron’s primary focus is on litigation, corporate formation and real estate.     “We represent local business entities, providing a broad range of legal advice from formation, employment issues, litigation, transactional work and real estate,” he…

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Philip Lading, Shareholder, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Philip Lading enjoys the intellectual challenge of the law. He loves getting a complicated issue and figuring out how to resolve the situation.     “I get a sense of personal satisfaction knowing that at the end of the day I’ve helped people navigate their way through a complicated system,” he said.    He…

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Stephen C. Mudge, Partner, Reed, Armstrong, Mudge & Morrissey PC, Edwardsville

By RITA DUCKWORTH    For more than 85 years Reed, Armstrong, Mudge & Morrissey PC has enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the defense of civil litigation. Third-generation attorney Stephen C. Mudge has contributed to that reputation for more than 35 years.    The Mudge family’s history of practicing law began with Mudge’s grandfather in 1902. He served…

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Patrick Mathis, Shareholder Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Belleville

    When he was young, Pat Mathis would go on house calls with his dad and he thought that he would follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a doctor. He has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Saint Louis University.    “It wasn’t where my heart was,” he said. “I wasn’t that interested in science.”…

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Thomas E. Berry Jr., Principal, St. Louis Office, Jackson Lewis PC

By RITA DUCKWORTH    As an attorney specializing in labor and employment law for Jackson Lewis P.C., Thomas E. Berry Jr. says his biggest challenge is keeping abreast of laws that are constantly evolving.     The area of focus has expanded well beyond Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from…

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