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We wanted clients to tell their stories, on site, at their locations," said Pamela Gilchrist, the firm's director of marketing who produced the video. "Visual storytelling best communicates the trusted relationships that our attorneys have with our clients.


"Strauss Troy's entrepreneurial spirit is tremendously advantageous to our clients, and our goal is to make more businesses aware that our firm deftly handles a wide-spectrum of legal needs including start-ups, franchising, intellectual property, leasing, real estate, M&A, banking and finance," she said. "Our team is passionate about businesses and growing the economy."


"Our role is to understand where you are headed and help you succeed," said Strauss Troy President Marshall Dosker in the new video.


Also included are interviews with leaders from LaRosa's, Corporex, Scott Industrial and the Catalytic Development Funding of Northern Kentucky. For example, Corporex Managing Director Tom Banta shares how he has trusted our attorneys to manage complex real estate transactions on tight deadlines for more than 28 years. And Scott Grudich, CFO of Scott Industrial Systems, shares how the responsiveness of our attorneys keeps his business moving.


"Our attorneys are proactive problem solvers," said Richard Colvin, chair of the firm's Corporate | Business Practice Group. "We're interested in telling clients what they can do, not what they can't do."


The video also highlights how Strauss Troy is engaged in the community and features many of our community partners.


A special thank you to our valued clients and friends who shared their stories for this video: Catalytic Development Funding of Northern Kentucky, Evolution, Kings Ford, Miller Valentine, Miami Township, Lamar Advertising, LaRosa's, Salon Concepts, Signature Hardware and Verdin Bell.

What Does Legal "Trade Dress" Have To Do With Popeyes' $43M Fried Chicken Recipe?  


Popeyes Chicken    

Popeyes Louisiana Chicken finally owns its recipes for chicken and biscuits. According to a recent bizjournals article, Popeyes paid the family of its founder, Al Copeland, $43 million for the copyright to the core recipes for its famously spicy food. Previously, the company had been paying $3.1 million in royalties to the family each year. The company will still continue to pay royalties to the Copeland family for the sauces.

"With the cooperation of the Copeland family, this transaction now brings important intellectual property -- Popeyes' core recipes -- under brand ownership for the first time in our company's history," Popeyes Louisiana Chicken CEO Cheryl Bachelder said in a statement.


Strauss Troy Attorney Kris Brandenburg explains the intellectual property issue behind the yummy chicken recipe, "While most businesses are aware that names can be protected under trademark law, few know that other branding elements such as package design, decor or even retail store design may be eligible for trademark protection."


"To receive protection, the trade dress must be distinctive," Kris explained. Famous examples of trade dress include the shape of a Coca Cola bottle or the Maker's Mark red wax seal. Over time, customers build an association with the overall appearance of your product. Don't overlook this important component of your brand; protect it like you would any other piece of your intellectual property portfolio.    

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Parker, Former SWEL Student (l) With Strauss Troy Attorneys Philomena Ashdown And Kris Brandenburg At SWEL Opening Reception 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Parker, Former SWEL Student (l) With Strauss Troy Attorneys Philomena Ashdown And Kris Brandenburg At SWEL Opening Reception
Strauss Troy hosted the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) opening reception in its Cincinnati office. The SWEL program provides paid placements for minority high school and college students to gain first-hand experience in the field of law. Students are placed with private firms, corporate law departments, municipal law departments, and with state and federal judges. This experience helps the students decide if they would like to pursue a career in law. It also gives them an opportunity to develop a network of contacts in the legal community. These relationships are valuable regardless of which career path the students choose. This year's program has 32 students, six of whom are working in Dayton for the summer.

A recent Cincinnati Enquirer article by Josh Pichler described SWEL's mission to diversify the legal community. "A lot of these students are the first ones going to law school in their family. Some are the first going to college. A lot will come and say, 'I know where I would like to be, but I just don't know how to get there,'" said Kenneth Parker, chairman of SWEL's board. "There's a long road of potential disenchantment and frustration between where they are and where they're going, and you don't want them to give up." 


Strauss Troy has been a supporter of SWEL since its inception in 1988. The firm has had a summer intern from the SWEL program for more than 25 years. Benita Munnerlyn is this year's student. Strauss Troy Attorney Charles Ashdown joined the SWEL board of directors several years ago and currently serves as Treasurer.  

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Strauss Troy Attorney Marty Butler (r) Receives Lincoln Award From NKU President  Geoffrey Mearns 
Strauss Troy Attorney Marty Butler (r)
Receives Lincoln Award From
NKU President Geoffrey Mearns 
Strauss Troy Attorney Marty Butler received Northern Kentucky University's (NKU) prestigious Lincoln Award for public service at an event in the NKU Student Union Ballroom on June 24. 

"Marty Butler is a highly successful and creative commercial real estate and business attorney, who is also extremely committed to giving back and serving organizations which are our very fabric and future," said Strauss Troy President Marshall Dosker. "He is a role model and leader for all of us, and his commitment to Northern Kentucky has been a life-long pursuit."


Butler has served on the Northern Kentucky Board of Regents for 11 years, two of those as chair. Additionally, he served as chair of the NKU Presidential Search Committee. He has also served as chair of the Northern Kentucky Fine Arts Fund Campaign, president of Northern Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, and as board member of the Parish Kitchen, Senior Citizens of Northern Kentucky and Southbank Fund. These are only a few of the organizations that he has helped over the years with his leadership and generous support.


"We are inspired by Marty's spirit for service and commitment to community," Dosker said. "This honor is well-deserved."


First bestowed in 1992, the Lincoln Award is presented to residents, or former residents, of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana who demonstrate the qualities of exceptional citizenship, service and achievement in their professions and communities. Butler was honored alongside fellow recipients Charles H. Brown, Rosemary K. Schlachter and Mark S. Schlachter. 

 Strauss Troy Sponsors
Closing Event Of
Queen City Angels (QCA) 2014 Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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Strauss Troy sponsored the closing event of the Queen City Angels  (QCA) 2014 Entrepreneur Bootcamp on July 1 at Rhinegeist Brewery.

For "Meet The Angels," QCA joined with the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association (GCVA). This gave the nearly 40 Bootcamp attendees an opportunity to meet angels from both groups.  


Additionally, members of the Strauss Troy team served as mentors for the entrepreneurs. Our firm is strongly committed to driving entrepreneurial growth in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Strauss Troy Co-Chairman Jim Heldman

Strauss Troy Attorney Jim Heldman has been elected to the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc. is the local Junior Achievement organization whose core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, teaching business skills, workforce readiness and life skills to improve the quality of their lives.


As a volunteer in the Junior Achievement Program for the past seven years, Jim has been teaching eighth graders at Walnut Hills High School, his alma mater. Since its founding in November, 1951, the local Junior Achievement organization has served over 600,000 students through in-school classes being taught in grades K-12 throughout 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

Strauss Troy Attorney Kris Brandenburg
Strauss Troy Attorney
has been selected for the 2014-2015 session of Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK). The nine-month program was created to educate the region's up-and-coming leaders, chosen from a variety of backgrounds and industries, on the strengths and issues facing our community. The LNK class will participate in various sessions on topics including law and justice, education, human services, cultural competence, government and health.
Strauss Troy Attorney Philomena Ashdown and Judge Susan Dlott 
Strauss Troy Attorney Philomena Ashdown (l) With Esteemed Guest Federal Judge Susan Dlott At Strauss Troy Networking Event

Strauss Troy Attorney Philomena Ashdown hosted fellow members and guests of the CBA Women Lawyers Committee, IWIRC and Ohio Women's Bar Association for a networking social, as well as a fun and educational bourbon tasting with bourbon-themed appetizers. Honored guests included Judge Timothy Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Federal Judge Susan Dlott and Judge Beth Buchanan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio. 
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     When: Saturday, July 12, 2014   
7:30 p.m.
Where: Devou Park Amphitheater, Covington, KY

Cost: Admission free; donations appreciated

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