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FourQ Establishes Global Partner Program to Streamline Intercompany Financial Management Efforts of Multinational Companies


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“There is tremendous opportunity to address the challenges that multinational corporations are facing through our partner program,” said May Ma, VP of Transformation, FourQ. “Collaboration with strategic partners will enable us to seamlessly deliver innovative and interoperable solutions at scale.”

In response to increased demand for intercompany financial management (IFM), FourQ has launched a global partner program designed to drive collaboration and engagement with technology providers, consulting firms, and professional services firms. The partner program will promote and develop joint best-in-class intercompany solutions in areas of tax, billing, vendor payments, and financial transformation.

“Corporations operating across various tax jurisdictions with multiple ERP systems are burdened with intercompany complexity and overhead,” explained May Ma, Vice President of Transformation at FourQ. “There is a tremendous opportunity to address the challenges that multinational corporations are facing through our new FourQ partner program. Collaboration with strategic technology and consulting partners will enable us to seamlessly deliver innovative and interoperable solutions at scale.”

The FourQ partner program encompasses four distinct channels, including:

  • Technology Partners. Companies that offer financial close and automation solutions (such as e-invoicing) that complement and enhance FourQ’s technical capabilities to provide customers with comprehensive solutions.
  • Managed Service and BPO Partners. Outsourcing providers of standardized back-office processes that leverage FourQ’s platform to differentiate their service offerings and maximize clients’ investments.
  • Consulting and Professional Services Partners. Services firms that bring a wealth of knowledge in tax, financial advisory, process controls, and industry expertise.
  • Referral Partners. Firms that serve and educate those involved with managing intercompany risk and intercompany financial management processes.


FourQ streamlines operations and eliminates the complexity inherent to conducting global business. Providing automated intercompany processing seamlessly integrated with global vendor invoice management, FourQ processes over $34 billion annually across 110 countries. FourQ’s intercompany financial management platform, comprising of two integrated solutions include Paymaster which provides universal vendor invoice management and OneBiller which automates intercompany accounting for billing and tax optimization.

As defined by business technology research and advisory services firm, Ventana Research, IFM is a discipline for structuring and handling transactions within a corporation and between its legal entities. IFM is designed to maximize staff efficiency and accounting accuracy while optimizing tax exposure, minimizing tax leakage, and ensuring consistent tax and regulatory compliance. Ventana Research predicts that by 2025, one-half of organizations with 10,000 or more employees will have implemented IFM to achieve tax, risk management, and financial close benefits.

To learn more about FourQ’s partner program, please contact us at: partnerships@Four-Q.com.

About FourQ

Built by finance, accounting, and tax experts, FourQ is Intercompany Financial Management software that streamlines the global operations of the world’s largest companies. Providing automated intercompany processing seamlessly integrated with global vendor invoice management, FourQ helps multinational companies increase efficiency and improve global business operations. This increases operational productivity while saving millions of dollars annually through improved intercompany billing and payment and tax optimization. Discover why FourQ processes over $34 billion annually across 110 countries and how it can transform global operations at your organization. Learn more at http://www.FourQ.com.

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QuantaVerse Introduces Fast Start Program to Speed and Improve the High-Risk Entity Review Process


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“The new HRER Fast Start makes it easy for banks to improve the accuracy and consistency of their high-risk entity review program,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse.

QuantaVerse, which uses AI and machine learning to automate financial crime identification and investigations, is offering HRER Fast Start to banks interested in cutting costs and improving the accuracy and consistency of their high-risk entity review program. In no more than 60 days,* QuantaVerse can launch HRER and return the first month of QuantaVerse High-Risk Entity Reports.

The QuantaVerse High-Risk Entity Report documents risk discovered by the QuantaVerse Financial Crime Investigation Platform. The platform automates the research work required to accurately assess entity risk, such as adverse media, jurisdiction, transactional relationships, and typologies that indicate potential money laundering. QuantaVerse offers HRER Fast Start so customers can quickly realize the benefits associated with automating this area of their AML process.

In just two months, QuantaVerse High-Risk Entity Reports can be launched in an institution and begin returning reports that cut HRER costs while improving the accuracy and consistency of their high-risk entity efforts. There are five steps to improving HRER outcomes for AML/BSA teams with QuantaVerse:

  • Configure bank-specific risk settings (jurisdiction, line of business, etc.)
  • Review bank file formats and build mapping if necessary
  • Accept secure file transfers of high-risk entities and relevant KYC data
  • Run analytics and produce reports
  • Return monthly HRER reports for each analyzed entity

“The new HRER Fast Start makes it easy for banks to improve the accuracy and consistency of their high-risk entity review program,” explained David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “QuantaVerse HRERs make the entity review process more efficient while getting complete analysis with fewer errors.”

The manual nature of high-risk reviews make them a time-consuming cost sink for AML/BSA teams. Human investigators manually sift through customer data and a multitude of disparate databases, then conduct research on the web in an attempt to accurately evaluate customer risk. The process is especially laborious when evaluating highly active customers, but even dormant or declining accounts deemed high-risk demand regular attention. In addition to being costly, the HRER effort demands the attention of more experienced and higher-compensated members of AML/BSA teams.

CCOs and AML/BSA leaders using the QuantaVerse Automated Investigation solution have experienced first-hand how the QuantaVerse platform and Financial Crime Investigation Reports (FCIRs) were streamlining and creating consistency across their alert investigations. With some modifications, they recognized that QuantaVerse FCIRs could also make their HRER efforts more efficient.

One QuantaVerse customer conducting approximately 1,200 high risk entity reports each year was averaging 10 hours on each high-risk review. Leveraging QuantaVerse, the average time required for HRERs was reduced to three hours per investigation. Not only did automating HRER investigations cut 60% of the time allocated to high-risk entity reporting, but it also improved accuracy and enabled experienced investigators to be deployed to their highest and best use in the organization.

To learn how to improve HRER efforts and demonstrate that your organization is employing the innovations that regulators and FinCEN are expecting, please visit: https://quantaverse.net/try-ai/#HRER.

*60-day implementation assumes file format mapping

About QuantaVerse 

QuantaVerse is the leader of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions purpose-built for identifying financial crimes. QuantaVerse utilizes its validated and proven AI Financial Crime Platform to reduce financial crime risk by identifying patterns and discerning anomalies that current approaches and systems regularly miss.  The QuantaVerse solutions have helped customers more efficiently comply with AML (Anti-Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer) and FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) regulations. Most importantly, QuantaVerse is helping to rid organizations of money laundering and other financial crimes that support our greatest global ills – the drug trade, human trafficking, terrorism, and political corruption. For more information, contact QuantaVerse at (610) 465-7320 or visit http://www.QuantaVerse.net.

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Mid-Sized Private Equity Firms are Outperforming Larger Rivals in Controlling Legal Costs, finds Comparative Analysis by Apperio


One in five large PE firms are “often shocked” by the size of legal invoices.

Sheer buying power allows you to wrangle favorable pricing, but costs still accrue quickly when matters are fluid, and the budget isn’t being closely monitored.

Private equity (PE) firms spend millions annually with law firms to manage high-end legal matters such as fundraising, merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions and litigation – but not all private capital firms are effective at managing those costs. That’s according to a new report by Apperio titled, Scale vs. agility in private equity: Mid-sized PE firms are edging out their larger competitors with better management of legal expenses.

While large PE firms, which this report classifies as those with greater than $10 billion in assets under management (AUM), glean some benefit from their volume of spending on legal services, the study found mid-sized PE firms are generally more proactive about legal spend management. Mid-sized PE firms, those with between $3 billion and $10 billion in AUM, put significantly more effort into process and technology to control the cost of outside counsel.

“This study demonstrates the limitations of relying solely on scale to control the growth in cost of legal services,” said Apperio Founder and CEO Nicholas d’Adhemar who is both a former lawyer and PE investment manager. “Sheer buying power allows you to wrangle favorable pricing, but costs still accrue quickly when matters are fluid, and the budget isn’t being closely monitored.”

Some of the key findings in the study include:

● Scale in legal spending has certain advantages. Large PE firms outspend mid-sized firms on legal services. That does provide some advantages with legal service suppliers in certain matters. For example, large PE firms spend less on legal as a percentage per M&A transaction than mid-sized firms even as they tend to work on larger deals that cost more overall to execute.

● One in five large PE firms are “often shocked” by the size of legal invoices. That shock has effects on the internal organizational dynamics that are problematic. More than half (55%) say higher than expected invoices cause them to reforecast budgets, which leads to widespread internal friction among legal, finance and investment teams.

● Some large PE firms make no effort to control legal costs. About one in five large PE firms (22%) say they make no effort to actively manage legal costs compared to just 4% of mid-sized firms. Seven in 10 large PE firms reported they were billed for legal work that was, in hindsight, considered unnecessary or redundant.

● Mid-sized PE firms place a sharper focus on spending. The difference in legal spend management approaches between mid-sized and large PE firms becomes more pronounced in a comparison of business processes. For example, 74% of mid-sized PE firms enforce a formal budget approval process for new matters, compared to just 55% of large PE firms.

● Interest grows in specialized legal spend technology. The majority of both mid-sized (70%) and large PE firms (65%) are reliant on manual data collection and spreadsheets for managing millions in annual legal spend. However, that reliance is down from 91% compared to an earlier survey published in July 2020. Across PE firms of all sizes, most either have specialized legal spend management software in place or have plans to introduce it within their organization.

“It’s important to note that PE firms of all sizes recognize this is a material concern,” added d’Adhemar. “Nearly three quarters of mid-sized PE firms (72%) and large firms (77%) say legal spend optimization is a priority for their organization in 2021.”

The report points to EQT, one of the world’s largest private investment firms, as a model to follow. In a case study, EQT noted, before implementing legal spend management, there could be a gap of weeks between law firm status and time-entry updates – and fees would suddenly and unexpectedly jump in that period.

Now their legal spend management efforts enable them to see exactly what’s happening without having to ask law firms for such granular updates. In turn, this provides the opportunity to prevent costs from mushrooming.

About the Report

This report is a new analysis based on a specific data set from an independent survey of PE firms of all sizes. A complimentary copy of the report is freely available for download here – or simply email marketing@apperio.com to request a copy.

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About Apperio

Apperio is a legal spend analytics and matter tracking platform which effectively transforms how corporate legal departments function, bringing clarity, control and confidence to their operations. The platform provides complete real-time certainty on legal spend, aggregating data from all connected law firms and providing consistent, up-to-date information on all work-in-progress (WIP) and billed legal matters. Apperio visually represents for legal teams, finance and other corporate departments exactly what has and will be spent on legal fees, accurately measuring the performance of its external law firms. Quick to install, cloud-based Apperio requires no on-site IT team. Currently, the platform is used daily by more than 50 in-house legal teams including Epiris, EQT, Network Rail, Royal London, Monzo and Farfetch.

Apperio is based in London, England. For more information, please visit Apperio.com or follow Apperio on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Media Contact:

Frank Strong

for Apperio, Ltd.

+1 202-352-5920

media@apperio.com

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Arizona Department of Public Safety Begins Using STRmix


The Arizona Department of Public Safety Scientific Analysis Bureau will begin using STRmix™, sophisticated forensic software capable of resolving mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret.

Introduced in 2012, STRmix™ has proven to be highly effective in producing usable, interpretable, and admissible DNA results in a wide range of criminal cases, including violent crime, gun, and sexual assault cases.

STRmix™ has also been instrumental in helping to solve cold cases in which evidence originally was dismissed as inconclusive, in exonerating individuals in post-conviction cases, and in excluding individuals wrongly associated as the source of crime scene evidence.

“Demand for STRmix™ has been extremely high due to its effectiveness in helping to solve crimes and clear caseloads,” says John Buckleton DSc, FRSNZ, Forensic Scientist at the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and one of the developers of STRmix™. To date, STRmix™ has been used to interpret DNA evidence in more than 220,000 cases worldwide, including 83 successful admissibility hearings.

STRmix™ works by running DNA test data through a wide range of probability models, using more of the DNA profile than ever before possible to calculate a likelihood ratio (LR) which is then weighed against coincidence to resolve complex DNA mixtures. It relies on proven methodologies which are used routinely in computational biology, physics, engineering, and weather prediction.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Scientific Analysis Bureau joins 63 other local, state, federal, and private forensic laboratories throughout the U.S. which are currently using STRmix™ to interpret complex DNA profiles. Agencies making use of STRmix™ include the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL).

The Scientific Analysis Bureau provides forensic services to all police agencies in Arizona. Those services include the scientific analysis of evidence, technical crime scene assistance, secure storage of evidentiary items, training, and expert testimony. The bureau has four separate regional laboratories: the Central Regional Crime Laboratory located in Phoenix; the Northern Regional Crime Laboratory in Flagstaff; the Southern Regional Crime Laboratory in Tucson; and the Western Regional Crime Laboratory in Lake Havasu City.

The team that created STRmix™ launched a new version, STRmix™ Version 2.8, in late 2020 following nearly a year of extensive development and testing. STRmix™ v2.8 features a top-down approach that enables users to set the number of major contributors to a mixed DNA profile in which there is interest, and then obtain the LR only for those contributors. This approach allows users to tackle more complex profiles faster. The new version of STRmix™ also contains improved modelling and memory usage.

The same team also recently launched two other products: an update of DBLR™, an application used with STRmix™ that allows users to undertake superfast database searches, visualize the value of their DNA mixture evidence, and carry out mixture to mixture matches, now allowing kinship analysis; and FaSTR™ DNA, expert forensic software that rapidly analyzes raw DNA data generated by genetic analyzers and standard profiling kits and assigns a number of contributors (NoC) estimate.

Together, STRmix™, FaSTR™ DNA, and DBLR™ complete the full workflow from analysis to interpretation and database matching. For more information, visit http://www.strmix.com.

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Two Lexington Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers List


Two attorneys from the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, have been selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers list. James R. Snell, Jr., has been selected to Super Lawyers, and Vicki D. Koutsogiannis has been selected to Rising Stars. No more than five percent of the lawyers in South Carolina are selected by Super Lawyers.

James R. Snell, Jr., has been a practicing attorney since 2004. He is a graduate of Limestone College, Harvard University, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is the past president of the Lexington County Bar Association, and currently serves as the 11th Circuit Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Fee Dispute Committee.

Vicki D. Koutsogiannis has been a practicing attorney since 2014. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and South Carolina. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She has also been recently selected as a “Top 40 under 40” member of the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Super Lawyers, part of the Thomas Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, was founded in November, 2004. Their principal office is located in downtown Lexington, South Carolina. They practice emphasis criminal defense, personal injury, and litigation matters. They may be reached at (803) 359-3301 or at http://www.SnellLaw.com.

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Russ and Ted Berman featured in Muscle & Fitness Magazine


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The workplaces of Berman Law Group in Boca Raton, FL, are situated in a 50,000-square-feet constructing a pair miles (give or take) off the southeast coast of Florida. Offices, assembly rooms, and varied different workspaces for 17 attorneys and 100 whole staff are contained right here. So is a full reproduction courtroom, full with a raised choose’s bench and 12-member jury field, for holding mock trials and shows. But’s it’s the 15,000-square-foot, decked-out gymnasium that really units this place other than different regulation corporations.

It right here’s, at The Berman Team (TBT) Gym, that equivalent twin legal professionals Russ and Ted Berman meet at noon-sharp each Monday by way of Friday for an intense hour-long exercise. Needless to say, most legal professionals aren’t fairly so diligent of their coaching, particularly ones working 80-plus hours per week operating a agency as profitable as BLG.

Their time within the gymnasium is paying off. If there was such a title because the “Fittest Twin Lawyers in America,” the 41-year-old Bermans would personal it, evidenced by lean, muscular physiques at 5’11,” 175 (Russ) and 190 kilos (Ted).

It’s not all for present. For the Berman twins, being match separates them from their counterparts, helps shatter the everyday lawyer stereotype, and total makes them higher attorneys.

“It’s an old motto that I’ve always lived by: You look good, you feel good, you play good, you get paid good,” says Ted Berman, making use of a typical athlete mindset to his personal occupation. “People have an image of what they think a lawyer looks like, and we’re breaking that mold. You say ‘attorney’ and people think of some guy with gray hair, maybe in his 60s, who probably has no personality. That’s not us. We’re young guys, super aggressive, and energetic, which is a different mold.”

They could also be breaking stereotypes, however Russ and Ted Berman nonetheless have quintessential lawyer workloads. Their workdays begin at 6:30 a.m. and go effectively into the night, even after they’ve left the workplace. The Berman Law Group focuses on catastrophic harm claims and spends quite a lot of time in courtroom, with an estimated 400 to 500 circumstances in energetic litigation.

They’re further busy nowadays with two high-profile class motion lawsuits: one towards China for its position within the COVID-19 pandemic (the primary lawsuit of its type), and the opposite taking over giant sugar firms for poisonous sugarcane burning in Florida’s Glades area. “Me and Ted are 24/7 guys,” says Russ.

Striking a work-life stability isn’t straightforward for the Bermans, however it’s completely vital. Because as pushed as they’re to develop their agency, “being dads is our number one priority,” says Russ, who has 5 kids (Ted has two). “We make sure we’re at everything for our kids. Starting early in the morning gives us the ability to get the work done in the office and then leave early if needed. I’ll take off at three o’clock to go watch my son’s varsity baseball game, but while I’m at the game I’m working on my phone or laptop. I have a three-and-a-half-month-old daughter, so I make sure I’m home at a certain time to hold her and play with her. The key is starting early and keeping to a schedule.”

Whether they go away the workplace noon or keep late engaged on a case, the Berman’s 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. appointment is about in stone. They don’t exit to lunch. Instead, they meet their CFO and childhood pal Marc Muscarella at TBT Gym for an intense, environment friendly 50-minute coaching session. This isn’t an non-obligatory factor that will get postponed or canceled if work is hectic. Work is all the time hectic at Berman Law Group. Come midday, coaching takes precedent.

“If you don’t make working out a religious thing, it won’t happen,” says Russ. “We make sure we’re there at 12 o’clock, whatever else is going on.”

TBT Gym is a personal, invite-only facility stocked with free weights, commercial-grade machines, practical power equipment (plyo bins, drugs balls, resistance bands, and many others.), and a discipline turf space for athlete-based coaching. The Bermans and Muscarella use all of it, mixing up their exercises continuously to construct lean muscle, get stronger, and enhance total conditioning. They obtain this by way of quite a lot of methodologies: heavy weights and low reps, mild weights and excessive reps, multi-exercise HIIT circuits, and so on.

“We’re not talking and goofing around in the gym,” says Russ. “Our workouts are fast-paced and intense. We get our work done and then we’re out, back to the office.”

“It’s a great way to break up the day,” says Ted. “It allows you to take a mental break from what you’ve already accomplished that morning, and then mentally prepare yourself and refocus for the rest of your day.”

The Berman twins’ dedication to well being and health extends far outdoors the gymnasium.

To their diet: Both comply with wholesome, however not overly restrictive diets, with Ted adhering to a 16/8 intermittent fasting scheme throughout the work week.

Both their wives are enormous health fanatics as effectively: Ted’s spouse Deborah is a former NPC Bikini competitor and IFBB professional, and the 2 have a formidable house gymnasium that got here in particularly useful throughout the COVID-19 shutdowns. Russ’ spouse LeAnn, a former skilled mannequin who you will have seen on TV or in magazines, additionally lives the wholesome life-style. Both ladies keep match and promote the life-style to their youngsters.

Their dedication to the gymnasium rubs off on the BLG tradition, the place lots of the staff on the agency make the most of the on-site TBT Gym. “It ends up being a trickle-down effect,” says Ted. “Because of the way we carry ourselves and the things our staff and associate attorneys see us do in our daily lives, they start to replicate that as well.”

And in fact, to the Bermans’ standing as two of the fastest-rising attorneys in Southeast Florida. The twins seem in native adverts for the agency, the place presentability and projecting confidence are important. On a day-to-day foundation, being in form helps immediately with their job calls for.

“Feeling good physically promotes doing good work,” says Russ. “Having a positive attitude, being able to get things done, having an increase in energy levels, being able to efficiently deal with your responsibilities — there’s a lot that spills over into your professional life just from being fit and eating right.”

This outlook is such a departure from archetypal regulation agency tradition, the place work is all the time high precedence and well being and household take a backseat, that the Bermans are sometimes pigeon-holed into different occupations.

“I’ve literally had people ask me what I do for a living, and when I say I’m an attorney, they’re like, ‘No, you’re not,’” says Ted. “They just don’t believe it. They think we’re into other things, something related to fitness or finance or whatever else. They just don’t see us as attorneys. We really don’t fit that mold, but the mold is changing.”

San Diego Law Firm Announces Hiring of Director of Operations


Michael S. Duell

The Law Office of David P. Shapiro, a San Diego criminal defense firm, is delighted to announce that it has hired the first Director of Operations in its 11-year existence. Michael S. Duell, a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of business management experience, joined the Firm in May of 2021. In this capacity, Michael will strengthen the Firm’s commitment to providing unsurpassed service to its clients helping them regain control of their future when charged with a crime.

Mr. Duell’s duties include the responsibility for all the firm’s systems, making certain that they continue to run smoothly in the context of a steady increase in the number of clients the Firm represents, as well as expanding upon the Firm’s already strong community outreach. Finally, Mr. Duell will utilize his decades of experience to enhance the internal management of our Firm. This includes not only managing and increasing the effectiveness and productivity of the existing systems of the Firm, but also the Firm’s relationships with its outside vendors, staff allocation and development, and assisting the Firm’s three attorneys (David P. Shapiro, Stefano L. Molea, Ally F. Keegan) wherever necessary.

Our Firm is delighted that Mr. Duell has chosen to join us, and we look forward to him playing an integral role in the continued growth and reach of the Firm for years to come.

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables


PRESS RELEASE

MAY 14, 2021

Daniel Markoff – Atkins Markoff Adler

Case Number: 2:21-cv-04045

California Central District Court

Yesterday a group of bettors who lost money on the 2021 Kentucky Derby filed suit against Bob Baffert, the trainer of the horse who finished first in the race, Medina Spirit, and the owner of the horse, Zedan Racing Stables.

It was alleged on May 8th that Medina Spirit had tested positive in a post-race test for the banned drug, betamethasone, anti-inflammatory steroid.

Hopefully, this lawsuit will change that.

William B. Federman

Federman & Sherwood

10205 North Pennsylvania Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Telephone: (405) 235-1560

Facsimile: (405) 239-2112

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Richardson, TX 75081

Daniel P. Markoff

Atkins Markoff Adler Law Firm

9211 Lake Hefner Parkway, Ste. 104

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

http://www.amalaw.com

CELL: 405-823-7807

405-607-8757

800-442-0607

Fax: 405-607-8749

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Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney Ken Rosenfeld Gets Case Dismissed for Felon in Possession of a Firearm


Ken Rosenfeld is a top attorney in California who handles a multitude of criminal defense cases, including but not limited to Federal criminal defense, mental health law, high profile, DUI, and more.

Top California attorney, Ken Rosenfeld handles high profile legal matters, including Federal criminal defense, mental health, juvenile, DUI, and more.

My client is overjoyed at the outcome, and I’m very pleased for him.

The Rosenfeld Law Firm announced today that Case # CR2020-4225 in Yolo County Superior Court, involving a charge against a client of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was dismissed after California Criminal Defense Attorney Ken Rosenfeld successfully demonstrated that mitigating circumstances contributed to his client’s gun possession.

According to [court documents], Mr. Burnham was charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm (PC §29800); additionally, he was charged with a violation of his probation. The criminal charge against Burnham was dismissed, and the sentence for probation violation was reduced to a sentence of 10 days of alternative sentencing.

Rosenfeld contended that Burnham had made a concerted effort to comply with the probation terms to dispose of his guns. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office was satisfied at Rosenfeld’s explanation that a final gun remained unbeknownst to his client, and dismissed the new criminal charge against Burnham. Rosenfeld furthermore stated that Burnham, a tribal member of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, has full support of the Tribal Council, which has agreed to be active partners in ensuring Burnham’s rehabilitation.

As a result of the case dismissal, Mr. Burnham avoids a six-year sentence; in lieu of jail time, he will need to serve 10 days of alternative sentencing.

“My client had made an earnest effort to comply with the terms of his probation, and I’m glad it was possible to make this clear to the District Attorney’s Office,” said Rosenfeld. “Mr. Burnham is overjoyed at the outcome, and I’m very pleased for him.”

About The Rosenfeld Law Firm

With offices in Sacramento and San Jose, The Rosenfeld Law Firm provides aggressive defense of a wide range of high-profile criminal defense cases. California criminal defense attorney Ken Rosenfeld defends such cases as first-degree murder and sex offense cases, and also provides DUI defense. In addition to mental health criminal defense, The Rosenfeld Law Firm also practices federal criminal defense and juvenile defense, as well as appellate law and prison law. As a skilled criminal law commentator, Rosenfeld makes regular appearances on KTXL TV and FOX40’s Ask An Attorney. Rosenfeld was named 2020 Litigator of the Year by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers. For more information, please contact Ken Rosenfeld directly at (916) 447-2070, or visit http://www.therosenfeldlawfirm.com.

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Bode Technology and Gene By Gene Receive New York State Department of Health Approval to Perform Forensic Genetic Genealogy


Forensic Genealogy Service

Bode has a long history of providing forensic support in New York and we are excited to be able to offer forensic genealogy to help solve cold cases throughout the state.

Bode Technology (Bode), a leading provider of forensic DNA services, and Gene By Gene, a leader in genetic testing and owners of the FamilyTreeDNA database, announce approval of a combined solution to provide Forensic Genealogy Services (FGS) in New York. For the first time, these services are approved by the New York Department of Health and available to law enforcement, attorneys and innocence networks. The service offering creates a powerful investigative tool, joining Bode’s forensic experience with Gene By Gene’s advanced SNP testing and the FamilyTreeDNA database.

Forensic genetic genealogy originally gained publicity after the identification of the Golden State Killer. Since then, hundreds of cold case homicides and unidentified remains, previously thought to be unsolvable, have new investigative leads as a result of this technology. Bode and Gene By Gene have partnered on many of these cases including the arrest of an accused serial rapist (Durham, NC), serial rapists in CT, and the identification of a suspect in a decades-old cold case homicide (Portland, OR). Forensic genealogy has also provided new information in post-conviction cases.

“Bode has a long history of providing forensic support in New York and we are excited to be able to offer forensic genealogy to help solve cold cases throughout the state,” said Mike Cariola, President and CEO of Bode Technology. “Most of our forensic genealogy cases include challenging evidence and require our advanced DNA sampling and extraction methods.”

Bode has performed DNA testing on thousands of samples in New York, including more than 15,000 sexual assault kits and more than 20,000 unidentified remains from the World Trade Center attack. Through these efforts, Bode developed proprietary technologies to obtain DNA from challenging samples and degraded remains. Gene By Gene has been Bode’s primary partner for the SNP testing required for forensic genealogy testing and a significant majority of the investigative leads developed to date have been generated from the FamilyTreeDNA database.

“We have seen first-hand the incredible positive impact the FamilyTreeDNA database has in improving public safety and the closure it has provided for victims of crime,” said Connie Bormans, Laboratory Director of Gene By Gene. “The use of forensic genealogy has provided closure for families that have been seeking answers for decades. We encourage more citizens to join us as we continue to solve these cases.”

Through the FamilyTreeDNA database, investigators can upload unknown profiles from violent crimes such as homicides, rapes, and unidentified remains. To date, hundreds of investigative leads have been provided to law enforcement in cases previously thought of as unsolvable.

Bode and Gene By Gene both offer high-quality and accredited services. The shared focus on quality and responsible implementation of this technology enabled the combined solution to be approved for use throughout the state of New York.

About Bode Technology

Bode operates one of the most internationally respected private forensic DNA laboratories and provides a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art forensic DNA collection products, DNA analysis services, and research services to law enforcement, the justice system and other government agencies around the world. Bode is accredited by ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Forensic Testing and Calibration Laboratories. Bode also maintains compliance with the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and DNA Databasing Laboratories. Bode also maintains AABB accreditation for relationship testing and holds a CLIA certification for diagnostic testing.

About FamilyTreeDNA and Gene By Gene

Founded in 2000, FamilyTreeDNA is the pioneer of the genetic genealogy and direct-to-consumer DNA testing industry, and the top choice for consumer privacy, according to U.S. News and World Report and Consumer Report. FTDNA is a privately held company located in Houston, Texas. http://www.familytreedna.com. Gene By Gene is a CAP and CLIA accredited laboratory located in Houston, Texas which processes genetic tests for commercial customers, along with consumer DNA tests for its FamilyTreeDNA division. http://www.genebygene.com.

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