Harmon Kennedy Law

Harmon Kennedy Law Business & Trademark Law Firm located outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and serving trademark clients nationwide. Boutique Business & Trademark Law Firm located in Beaver County just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and serving Trademark clients nationwide.
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Services for local business clients include start-up representation, trademark prosecution, general counsel, legal strategy & compliance, contracts, commercial real estate, construction representation, liquor licensing, and succession/estate planning. We offer a legal concierge program for monthly general counsel clients and use a variety of technology tools to be more convenient, efficient, and offer a better value to all of our clients.

Operating as usual

On Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions of workers by ... not working!  We hope you're enjoying your day, even if i...
09/07/2020

On Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions of workers by ... not working! We hope you're enjoying your day, even if it's dark and rainy like it is here in Western Pennsylvania. Labor Day is special for us, because our clients are giving their all to build their piece of the dream. Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚

#laborday2020 #timeoffwork #businesslawyer #kickbackrelax

#RedAlertRESTART :  On Sept 1, live events venues around the country will light up in red in support of the RESTART Act,...
09/01/2020

#RedAlertRESTART : On Sept 1, live events venues around the country will light up in red in support of the RESTART Act, which (if passed) would benefit an industry employing over 12 million people, contributing over $1 trillion to the US economy, and for which 95% of the industry is currently "cancelled" and out of work.

One of the hardest hit, one of the last to recover.

This photo is from the last live event my family attended before pandemic -- Paw Patrol Live in Youngstown, Ohio!

What was the last live event you attended?

Post a pic of it and check out #wemakeevents to see how you can help by writing your congressional representatives.

My "why?"  Deciding on a whim to take this little guy to Grandma's for a week of swimming and still being able to Get. I...
08/25/2020

My "why?" Deciding on a whim to take this little guy to Grandma's for a week of swimming and still being able to Get. It. Done. from the car, countryside, pool deck, whatever... if you're ๐Ÿค” of starting your own business, or are growing your biz and facing those pesky daily legal questions, let's chat about how our predictable flat fees and monthly legal subscription plans can help you budget, help you plan, and help you win.

#lawyermom #lawyersofinstagram #mywhy #workfromhomemom #momsofboys #virtuallawyer #businesslawyer #trademarklawyer #workdayselfie #startuplifestyle #entrepreneurspirit #bossladylife #legallyblonde #legallittle #subscriptionlegalservices

I'm creating super-customized contracts today for a super-special client and taking frequent brain-breaks to check on th...
08/21/2020

I'm creating super-customized contracts today for a super-special client and taking frequent brain-breaks to check on this little guy, who's working hard in his own way.

#lawyermom #pittsburghlawyer #monarchbutterfly #naturerocks #businesslawyers #ladybosslife #contractlaw #getitinwriting #caterpillarsofinstagram #waitingpatiently #almostfall #lawyersofinstagram #lawyerlife #butterfly #workfromhomemom

Throwback to 3 years ago when I gave my first CLE presentation!  This one was at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's annu...
08/11/2020

Throwback to 3 years ago when I gave my first CLE presentation! This one was at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's annual Animal Law Conference, on legal issues in starting a dog park ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿถ

Now, we're working on a community presentation for launching a new home-based business -- stay tuned!

#dogpark #dogparkfun #animallaw #dogmomlife #continuingeducation #publicspeaker #businesslawyer #businesslaw #startabusiness #doglovers #coffeepeople #trainingsession #entrepreneur101 #pittsburghdogs #pittsburghsmallbusiness #pittsburghentrepreneurs #pghbusinesslaw #beavercountypets

Who is supporting your favorite #localrestaurant today?! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ•    #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shoplocalpittsburgh...
08/07/2020

Who is supporting your favorite #localrestaurant today?! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ•

#supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal #shoplocalpittsburgh #smallbusinesslawyer #hospitalitylawyer #lawyersofinstagram #carryoutpa #fridaynightdinner #foodiefriday

Today's Headline:  "The Sun Still Shines Out There, Guys."  #goodnewstuesday  #morningsunshineโ˜€๏ธ #standupdesk #lawyermom...
07/28/2020

Today's Headline: "The Sun Still Shines Out There, Guys." #goodnewstuesday #morningsunshineโ˜€๏ธ #standupdesk #lawyermom #candleloversofinstagram #businesslawyer #mybackyardview #pittsburghmom #workfromhomemom #realbooks #plantationshutters #smallbusinesslawyer #goodnewsfeed #beavercountypa

Who needs a #momentofzen this morning?  ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒž#dogsofinsta #workfromhomedogmom #lawyersofinstagram
07/17/2020

Who needs a #momentofzen this morning? ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒž

#dogsofinsta #workfromhomedogmom #lawyersofinstagram

Have you DIY'ed your trademark application?  If you get an unsolicited e-mail offering attorney help with your Office Ac...
07/07/2020
โ€œI feel like Iโ€™ve been swindledโ€ โ€“ concerns grow over โ€˜Holly Mariellaโ€™ trademark campaign | World Trademark Review

Have you DIY'ed your trademark application? If you get an unsolicited e-mail offering attorney help with your Office Action for "the lowest price," that's a big red flag, in this case, from someone apparently hijacking a legit attorney's name and bar number. Be careful out there, and if the offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

https://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/brand-management/i-feel-ive-been-swindled-concerns-grow-over-holly-mariella-trademark-campaign

Business owners have reached out to WTR in recent days over a trademark marketing campaign conducted by a person who appears to have hijacked the details of a California-based attorney.

Owning your business is both exciting and scary, but having a #businesslawyer on your side can help smooth the ride.   O...
07/06/2020

Owning your business is both exciting and scary, but having a #businesslawyer on your side can help smooth the ride. On a related note, what's your favorite place for fun in the sun? My kid had a blast in #erie this weekend! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž #smallbusinessowners #lawyersofinstagram #momlife #womeninlaw #trademarklawyer #eventslawyer #hospitalityindustry

Summer is a great time to be #yourownboss, just sayin'.  ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž
07/02/2020

Summer is a great time to be #yourownboss, just sayin'. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž

06/22/2020

Know what's better than getting program updates from your lawyer (or your other advisors) second-hand? Getting the info directly from the SBA!

Oh, man.... this is a work of freaking art.  Thanks, RoyallyFit LLC for making the "office" smell amazing ๐Ÿ˜Ž
06/18/2020

Oh, man.... this is a work of freaking art. Thanks, RoyallyFit LLC for making the "office" smell amazing ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Employers:  The US Supreme Court rules that sexual orientation (and through a separate court case, gender identity) are ...
06/15/2020
In landmark case, Supreme Court rules LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination

Employers: The US Supreme Court rules that sexual orientation (and through a separate court case, gender identity) are covered discrimination protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you haven't already, review your employment practices, employee handbooks, and policies. Review your employment practices insurance policies. Update training for your managers and staff. Reach out if you need help with any of this -- Employment discrimination is a big deal.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-existing-civil-rights-law-protects-gay-lesbian-n1231018?fbclid=IwAR1TrxXM1BKbax7qzlUn1aOWwjt8WbJFONV-bBrY21BFUcHZRrSPDKvePdc

The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.

Heres the video from last night's presentation, and feel free to send a message for a copy of the materials
06/11/2020

Heres the video from last night's presentation, and feel free to send a message for a copy of the materials

Thanks to all who turned out for yesterday's virtual program, To Open or Not To Open? with attorney Heather Harmon Kennedy of Harmon Kennedy Law. If you missed it, check out the recording here:

https://psu.zoom.us/rec/play/u5R8I-2hrTI3TtOctASDUfN_W9W7LKOs0yQa-fcKmE-xACUGZFamY-FDYbBlBHEtoQH7srqm3y5RPGza?continueMode=true

A special thanks to Heather for donating her time and expertise to help us better understand what to expect as #smallbiz owners and #entrepreneurs in a post-COVID world.

06/10/2020

CORRECTED TIME: The time for today's webinar is 5:30 PM, not lunchtime! So... grab your DINNER and chat about whether and how to re-open your business as our area recovers. Registration link in event below.

Tomorrow at 11:30: Grab your lunch and watch as we partner with Penn State New Kensington, The Corner, and Beaver Valley...
06/09/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: To Re-Open or Not to Re-Open. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Tomorrow at 11:30: Grab your lunch and watch as we partner with Penn State New Kensington, The Corner, and Beaver Valley Launchbox for a free webinar on re-opening your business and a practical, easy to follow look at some of the policies you may consider implementing, how to do it, and if time permits, some tips on properly using those PPP and EIDL funds.

Pre-registration is required and a recording will be available afterwards. Register here: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcOCtqDkqHNEqD1Xle27bcA2RF7rB7gPY?fbclid=IwAR04JaaKRwMsdIs4MklN20ZIyxjlT84KsCFOuqVES_smGWcrS2c1ex5PiAU

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: To Re-Open or Not to Re-Open. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

05/27/2020

Pennsylvania Food & Beverage update: starting June 5, restaurants in "yellow" counties resume outdoor dining.
๐Ÿป Cheers! ๐Ÿป

05/25/2020

If you received a "USPTO Trademark Alert" via text message saying your Office Action Response is due today, it's not. It's a scam. Carry on, don't click the link, get out and enjoy the ๐ŸŒž!

#LawMay Day 21.  Choice of law and why?  I'm a big fan of choice and freedom.   So I guess it's fitting that I started m...
05/23/2020

#LawMay Day 21. Choice of law and why? I'm a big fan of choice and freedom. So I guess it's fitting that I started my own firm, I wanted to have the freedom to work when I want, on the cases I want, and for the clients I want. Like most of us, I do my best work when it's work I want to be doing! And it's also fitting that the work I choose to do is work that enables other people to have those same kinds of freedoms for themselves-- the entrepreneurs and small business owners of the world who put their EVERYTHING into building a life for themselves and their family, and I'm honored to have even a tiny part in that journey. #lawmay #smallbusinesslawyer #smallbusinesseveryday #pittsburghbusiness #pghbusinesslaw #hospitalitykounsel #hospitalitylaw #eventslawyer

#LawMay Day 20 ... so  we've skipped a few, but getting back to it now! Day 20 is your "biggest challenge. "  My biggest...
05/22/2020

#LawMay Day 20 ... so we've skipped a few, but getting back to it now! Day 20 is your "biggest challenge. " My biggest challenge was moving to Pittsburgh, taking a new bar exam, and starting up a brand new law firm in a new practice area under new laws, in a place where I knew nobody and had no clients. Easy peasy, right? #startingover #pittsburgh #pittsburghbusiness #hospitalitylaw #eventlaw #hospitalitykounsel

#lawmay Days 9 & 10.  Catch-up day!  I got behind, but if we're talking #priorities , then I'm OK being a few days behin...
05/14/2020

#lawmay Days 9 & 10. Catch-up day! I got behind, but if we're talking #priorities , then I'm OK being a few days behind on my social media plan. So here goes: DAY 9: my main inspiration, and DAY 10: "on my table," are conveniently related: these plants are just waiting for the Pennsylvania frost to quit already, but until then, my whole garden (and some not pictured here) is on my kitchen table!

Why is this my inspiration? Because gardens start from a tiny little seed, and grow to be these big, beautiful things with a little bit of luck and lots of TLC... and that's my job for my clients-- helping this tiny dream sitting on the kitchen table get planned and mapped out, planted firmly on the ground, and well-tended for along the way. Happy Spring, guys! ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒฑ

#lawmay Day 9:  Details of your work:  I don't have many physical books these days, but when I need to refer to stuff da...
05/14/2020

#lawmay Day 9: Details of your work: I don't have many physical books these days, but when I need to refer to stuff daily, these are my trusty go-to's!

05/14/2020

Noon Today!

#lawmay Day 8:  Lawyer Selfie.  All bundled up in mid-May, heading out to boost our local economy (translation: beer run...
05/12/2020

#lawmay Day 8: Lawyer Selfie. All bundled up in mid-May, heading out to boost our local economy (translation: beer run to a few Beaver County breweries last weekend).

While at first glance it doesn't seem like a "lawyer" selfie because I'm not sitting at a desk, I think supporting our local small businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry I primarily serve, is a MASSIVE part of my job... buying whatever InBev is mixing with water this week doesn't, um, mix... Cheers! ๐Ÿป #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocalpittsburgh #smallbusinesslawyer #beertogo

"In todayโ€™s world of fear and unease and social distancing, it's hard to imagine sharing experiences like these ever aga...
05/12/2020
The Day the Live Concert Returns

"In todayโ€™s world of fear and unease and social distancing, it's hard to imagine sharing experiences like these ever again. I donโ€™t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life. But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to. Itโ€™s not a choice. Weโ€™re human. We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone."

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/dave-grohl-irreplaceable-thrill-rock-show/611113/

I donโ€™t know when it will be safe to sing arm in arm at the top of our lungs. But we will do it again, because we have to.

#lawmay day 7:  my favorite form of advocacy is full information, because that's the only way I believe good decisions g...
05/12/2020

#lawmay day 7: my favorite form of advocacy is full information, because that's the only way I believe good decisions get made. Without a real understanding of pros & cons, risk & reward, we can deprive our clients of the opportunity to control their own decision making process. I'm a big fan of seeing both sides of something ("my side" and "the other side,"to be nice about it), to ensure I'm not missing something big.

To that end, I wouldn't feel helpful to a client if I only presented my view, or a tailored list of points designed to sway them to my view -- that's a different kind of one-sided advocacy I gave up years ago. So maybe my favorite advocacy is the Devil's Advocate, but that just doesn't have a great ring to it ๐Ÿ˜‚

#LawMay Day6:  How I learned what I wanted to be when I grew up... trial & error.  I  didn't really know from the start ...
05/11/2020

#LawMay Day6: How I learned what I wanted to be when I grew up... trial & error. I didn't really know from the start I wanted to be a lawyer (hello, 5 undergrad majors), and I didn't even have a practice area I loved in law school.

With lots of decisions, if you don't know what you want to do, it can be just as helpful to know what you DON'T want to do.

As a new lawyer, I tried family & criminal law briefly and knew right away those weren't for me. I was a construction litigator for 5 years, and was totally turned off by the court process, but I loved my business clients. I was a foreclosure mediator and saw lots of abuse of the system (from both sides) so I knew I wasn't destined for consumer law... when I moved to Germany, I became fascinated with shopping in my own neighborhood and meeting the actual owners of the shops and the event operators... and the seed was planted!

I don't regret any minute of trying the wrong stuff, because now I'm damn sure I'm in absolutely the right place, doing the work I'm best at and care the most about, at absolutely the right time. #smallbusinesslawyer #lawmay #startingover

#lawmay Day 5: what's always in your hand?   Coffee!  At least until around 3 PM or so... this is one of my favorite cof...
05/07/2020

#lawmay Day 5: what's always in your hand? Coffee! At least until around 3 PM or so... this is one of my favorite coffee mugs. My mom gave me a set of these about 10 years ago. They've lived through a move overseas, a move back to Las Vegas, and a move to Pittsburgh and are still standing! These mugs literally brighten my day! ๐ŸŒž

#lawmay Day 4:  Your Preferred WorkI love working with #smallbusinessowners! My clients never cease to amaze me with the...
05/07/2020

#lawmay Day 4: Your Preferred Work

I love working with #smallbusinessowners! My clients never cease to amaze me with their passion, work ethic, and grit. When I was a #babylawyer, I once had a colleague tell me she switched from divorce law to adoption because she much more enjoyed building families than tearing them apart, and that stuck with me for some reason.

Specifically, I most enjoy work in the hospitality industry -- live events, tourism, food & beverage, because these fall in line with my personal hobbies.

When I started building my own firm, I decided my #bestwork was in helping people build on their dream to own their own business, whether it's planning their business structure, developing their policies and risk management plans, helping them hire employees, or putting together a deal to buy their first building or even buy a company from a retiring colleague... working with these clients is energizing, rewarding, and reminds me every day of the importance of spending my family's hard-earned dollars where it really counts. #shopsmall #smallbusinesslawyer #supportlocal #eventsindustry

#lawmay Day 3:  Your Recent Work:  after tons of research on the concerns, new rules, and emerging best practices for an...
05/06/2020

#lawmay Day 3: Your Recent Work: after tons of research on the concerns, new rules, and emerging best practices for an eventual re-opening companies who will welcome employees and the public back into their spaces, I'm working hard on packages of policies, procedures, and forms for small companies that encompass all the recent federal and Pennsylvania guidance into a "done for you" back to work package! #lawmay2020 #smallbusinesslawyer #returntowork #pittsburghsmallbusiness

One hour!  At 11:30, join as we partner with Penn State New Kensington, The Corner and Beaver Valley Launchbox to discus...
05/05/2020
Virtual Lunch & Learn: Legal Issues in Event Planning

One hour! At 11:30, join as we partner with Penn State New Kensington, The Corner and Beaver Valley Launchbox to discuss Legal Issues in Event Planning as the hospitality industry considers its re-opening. We'll discuss risk management, legal liability of operators in the events, hospitality, food & beverage industries, contract and employment legal issues, and today's updates to Pennsylvania re-opening requirements. Free and open to all.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-lunch-learn-legal-issues-in-event-planning-tickets-103007564398?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0lMV-Nv_bG2jUtM58OAvpLCekkET4EinAUPfn__8BhCTUwKrKPXZqvTRU

The Corner Launchbox, in partnership with the Beaver Valley Launchbox, invite you to join us for this virtual event with attorney Heather Harmon Kennedy!Does your business involve bringing together groups of people? Worried about how that's going to look in the coming months? While we can't know for...

#lawmay Day 2:  Your Space -  I currently split my time evenly between two offices:  my actual home office, and the Livi...
05/04/2020

#lawmay Day 2: Your Space - I currently split my time evenly between two offices: my actual home office, and the Living Room Annex (pictured here). This photo is about 6 weeks old, but is something I will both want to remember and try to forget as time goes on -- working from the couch is a bit tougher go manage as far as physical space and phone calls go (just try telling a 4-year old to mute Paw Patrol for your video call)... but wins way more hugs throughout the day ๐Ÿค—

#businesslaw #takingcareofbusiness #lawmay2020

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Pittsburgh friends... I'll be speaking tonight about the various practical legal issues involved in starting, running, and growing a business. Come check it out, or feel free to share the link to anyone you know who may be interested. Many thanks to Paramount Co-Op CoWorking and Office Space, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Development Corporation, Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Larimer Consensus Group, and their Catapult Start-up to Storefront Program for the invitation!
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