• Chess Legend Garry Kasparov to Speak on LI at CMM International Event

    By Adina Genn Garry Kasparov – the legendary chess champion and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin – will be on Long Island June 7. The chair of the Human Rights Foundation, Kasparov will discuss his recent book Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. Hosted by Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, the fundraiser will benefit the Human Rights Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights in closed societies. This year marks the 20th anniversary in which Kasparov lost the chess match with IBM’s computer Deep Blue. He is making headlines now talking about ...

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    Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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  • Can I Submit a Claim for Unemployment Benefits?

      by Carrie Mason-Draffen (carrie.mason-draffen@newsday.com) DEAR CARRIE:  I work for a private security company that provides guards to a school district. As such, there are numerous days off, sometimes more than a week at a time. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. Since I’m employed by a private company and not the school district, can I submit a claim for unemployment benefits to cover the long breaks? — Breaks Break the Bank DEAR BREAKS: Unemployment-eligibility questions are some of the toughest to answer because many factors can come into play in a single case. That’s why the standard advice of the ...

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    Tuesday, May 09th, 2017

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  • Learning to Love Intelligent Machines

    Twenty years after famously losing to Deep Blue, chess champion Garry Kasparov says that it’s time to embrace AI and its liberating potential By Garry Kasparov April 14, 2017 The Wall Street Journal It was my blessing and my curse to be the world chess champion when computers finally reached a world championship level of play. When I resigned the final match game against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue on May 11, 1997, I became the first world champion to be defeated in a classical match by a machine. It is no secret that I hate losing, and I did not take it well. But ...

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    Friday, May 05th, 2017

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  • McCormick Named Dean at Suffolk Academy of Law

    By Adina Genn Photo by Bob Giglione Patrick McCormick will be installed as the twenty-first dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law, the educational branch of the Suffolk County Bar Association, on June 2 at Larkfield in East Northport. McCormick is a partner and heads the litigation and appeals practice at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, a law firm headquartered in Ronkonkoma. He has served as associate dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law for two years, and is also on the Suffolk Bar’s board of directors. At Campolo, McCormick litigates commercial and real estate matters, and advises clients on contract disputes, agreements, corporate and partnership ...

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    Thursday, May 04th, 2017

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  • April 2017 CMM Newsletter: Negotiate Like a Marine… and more

    April 2017 CMM Newsletter: Negotiate Like a Marine... and more

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    Saturday, April 29th, 2017

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  • “Fearless Girl” and “Charging Bull” Square Off

    Last month, on International Women’s Day, the “Fearless Girl” statue was installed in New York City’s Financial District as a symbol of female empowerment, standing opposite the iconic “Charging Bull” statue that has come to symbolize Wall Street.  However, earlier this month, the sculptor who created the “Charging Bull” said “Fearless Girl” violates his copyright and subverts the bull’s meaning. The “Charging Bull” was created 30 years ago after the stock market crash to convey a positive, optimistic message.  The sculptor of the bull, Arturo Di Modica, says that it carries a meaning of “freedom in the world, peace, strength, power ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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  • Five Questions To Ask About Your Company’s Cybersecurity Insurance Policy

    Companies of all shapes and sizes understand the importance of general commercial liability coverage. But, with the unprecedented rise in cyber attacks—particularly against businesses that collect and store the personal, medical, or financial data of their customers—how many companies have invested in the necessary cybersecurity insurance coverage?  PwC estimates that cyber insurance premiums will reach $7.5 billion by the end of the decade. However, not all cybersecurity insurance policies are created equal, and companies must evaluate their unique risk profile and pay careful attention to how their insurance carrier defines key terms in their policies. Cyber attacks resulting in customer data ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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  • Next Slide, Please: The Use of PowerPoints at Trial

        PowerPoint presentations have become a staple of law school classes, business presentations, and educational seminars – so it’s no surprise that they have also made their way into the courtroom.  But at what point does a PowerPoint cross the line from helpful to harmful?  The Court of Appeals recently addressed this question in People v. Williams, 2017 WL 1216063, 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 02588, a criminal case that is still informative in commercial and other civil matters. People v. Williams stems from a violent encounter in 2009 in which the defendant allegedly broke into the victim’s apartment, shot him, cut him ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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  • Secondary Reasons to Protect Your Assets

    In past articles I’ve discussed some key reasons to try to protect your assets – namely, protection from the cost of estate taxes and long-term care.  However, there are other less widespread but nevertheless important events and situations in which you need to try to protect your assets.  These include bankruptcy, litigation, and divorce. Attorneys such as myself look at each of these events and try to figure out how we can minimize the financial damage these events could cause our clients.  For example, if you are single, or married for 40+ years, the odds of divorce are pretty slim.  But ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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  • Negotiating Marine Corps Style

    It’s always a source of pride and amazement for me how applicable the lessons I learned in the Marine Corps are to so many aspects of civilian life.   Indeed, many of the eleven Marine Corps leadership principles lend themselves perfectly to preparing for and engaging in a negotiation, another one of my favorite subjects.  Before combat, Marines diligently prepare and train. The same type of persistent preparation is needed for a successful negotiation.  Here are a few leadership principles from my experience serving as a U.S. Marine that inform my approach to every negotiation. Know yourself and seek self-improvement: When entering ...

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    Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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Fred Eisenbud