Cybersecurity

Woman Using iPadWhat the Internet giveth, the hackers taketh away. The most important tool of the twenty-first century continues to open doors and connect us with others from around the globe. But in spite of all the advancements the Internet has provided, it is also unfortunately the weapon of choice for would-be identity thieves and hackers.

The recent compromise of four-million federal government employees’ information serves as an important reminder of this imposing threat. While the extent of the breach is still being determined by federal investigators, it appears the hack impacted employees of the executive branch but not the legislative or judicial branches, nor uniformed United States military personnel.

With thousands of Department of Defense personnel and federal contractors right here in the Tennessee Valley, security and privacy remains paramount in online activities. While there’s no way to eliminate the threat completely, we wanted to share some of the ways we’re protecting our information at Martinson & Beason, P.C., and we want to advise our clients to do the same.

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Join us for our Annual Putt-Putt Party and Open House!

As the temperature rises, and as downtown Huntsville fills with a wide variety of summer activities for all ages, our firm is preparing to once again open our doors to past, present, and future clients for the 2015 Martinson & Beason Putt-Putt Party. Join us at Hole 2 of Downtown Huntsville Inc.’s Downtown Open on Thursday, June 25th, anytime from 5-8PM, at our offices: 115 Northside Square for food, hard and soft drinks, and some putt-putt golf!

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Fourth of July Events near Huntsville, AL

FireworksCue the fireworks, fire up the grill, and hang the stars and stripes proudly for all of Huntsville to see—the Fourth of July holiday weekend is nearly here! Independence Day holds a special meaning to the team at Martinson & Beason, P.C., as it does for many residents throughout Madison County.

The big question for many in the area is how to celebrate America’s birthday. We can’t imagine a better place to enjoy time with family and friends than right here in our own backyard.

Here are few nearby Fourth of July celebrations taking place in Huntsville and across Madison County on July 4, 2015:

U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

When: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Cost: $20

Website: http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/u-s-space-and-rocket-center-july-4th-fireworks-extravaganza

While the fireworks show doesn’t kick off until 9 p.m., be sure to arrive early to participate in all the on-site activities the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has to offer! There will be a kid’s zone, with activities such as building paper rockets, a moon bounce, and chalk art. The 274th Army Material Command Band will also provide entertainment.

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Things to Do in Great Weather in Huntsville, AL

Things to Do in Great Weather in Huntsville, ALFood Trucks, and Time Travel, and Gardens, Oh My!

Huntsville, Alabama, has a lot to offer residents and visitors. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do here in the springtime and are very excited to share it with our readers. Hopefully this list will inspire long-time residents and new residents alike to get out and explore your town, and encourage nonresidents to pack up the car and head over for a weekend in this beautiful town. Without further ado, the list:

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Attorney Morris Lilienthal, Selected for Super Lawyers Rising Star Award for Third Consecutive Year

Morris Lilienthal - Martinson and BeasonMorris Lilienthal Attorney | Super Lawyers 2014In the most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, Martinson & Beason partner, Morris Lilienthal, was selected for a third consecutive year as a recipient of the publication’s Rising Star Award. Following the same structured and rigorous selection process to name the annual Super Lawyers, The Rising Star Award is presented to attorneys either under 40 years old, or those who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Recipients are among only 2.5% of the total number of attorneys named as Super Lawyers, making the award highly prestigious and a great recognition.

Morris was honored in the area of general personal injury. As such, Morris handles all types of personal injury claims including, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, products liability, mass torts and various other areas. His personal injury practice is not only in Huntsville, but statewide. In fact, Morris and his co-counsel recently wrapped up a personal injury and wrongful death claim arising out of an industrial accident that occurred at a military base in Afghanistan. [Read more…]

Supporting March of Dimes is a Slam Dunk!

The March for Babies event in Huntsville, Alabama, begins at 8 a.m. on April 18 for registration, the walk starts at 9am. If you’re able we’d greatly appreciate you making a donation to Team Will.  You can do this on our March for Babies: Team Will page. Thank you so much for your support. We hope to see you at the Huntsville March of Dimes event on April 18!

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U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, AL

US VeteransLocated in the northern part of Alabama, Huntsville comes in as the fourth largest city in the state. While there are many things that are special to this town, one attraction that we hold close to our hearts is the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum on Airport Road SW. With everything that our veterans have done for us, it is nice to work so close to a place that pays homage to these heroes.

This museum works in three different areas: historical preservation, public display, and public education. While all veterans are honored within these grounds, the museum holds a great emphasis on those who fought for the United States in World War I. Many Huntsville residents as well as visitors come to the museum to remember those family members and loved ones who fought and lost there lives in the war. The museum commemorates those from all different areas of the military, including men and women from the front line, doctors, researchers, and many other positions held.

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“101 Inventions that Changed the World” Exhibit at the Huntsville, AL U.S. Space & Rocket Center

“101 Inventions that Changed the World” Exhibit at the Huntsville, AL U.S. Space & Rocket CenterLove is in the air! After all, February is the month to celebrate our closest unions, our friends, and for the attached or married, that special person that makes our hearts soar. While Valentine’s Day falls in February, there is no reason why science cannot fit right alongside romance. With so much emphasis on the mystery of love, it might comfort those with a less emotional or more intellectual bent to learn that science continues to study and illuminate the physiological side of chemistry and attraction. Besides, intelligence typically ranks high in desirable traits.

For those looking to improve their mental capacities, or even those who just love science, why not investigate the U.S. Space & Rocket Center located in Huntsville, Alabama? The special exhibit highlights the “101 Inventions that Changed the World.” Take advantage of the opportunity to not only expand your awareness, but of the power of scientific discovery in everyday life. The impact of how these scientific discoveries have changed the world around us makes for an epic story as life altering as any romantic ballad – or at least just as interesting.

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Rocket City, Home of 101 Inventions

Local Blog 101 InnovationsAs the first incorporated city in Alabama, Huntsville has a long and illustrious history. Over the years, Huntsville has been home to important industries including the cotton, railroad, munitions, technology, space, and defense industries. Huntsville’s heavy involvement in the U.S. space missions of the mid-twentieth century earned it the nickname “The Rocket City.”

Since 1805, the city has grown from a small, quiet town to the city we enjoy today (one that has actually been named as “America’s Best City” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and to “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010” by The National Trust for Historic Preservation).  [Read more…]

Everything You Need to Know About Bad Weather Driving

Winter DrivingAlabama typically has very mild winters, with temperatures rarely getting below freezing. It’s rare that we have snow or even freezing rain.

However, snowstorms can still happen in Alabama; in fact, one happened in January of this year. This freak storm left thousands of motorists throughout the Deep South—particularly in Georgia and Alabama—stranded on the highway for hours, unable to get home from work or pick up their children from school. Many people holed up in the cars for the night, while others walked miles to get home, simply abandoning their cars.

The gridlock was so bad in Atlanta that one woman, unable to reach a hospital, delivered her baby on the side of the road,. (Fortunately, her husband and a police officer were there to help her deliver.) Alabama’s Interstate 65 was littered was cars and semi-trucks that had been involved in accidents caused by the icy roads.

According to a Fox News article covering the situation, Alabama State Troopers identified five people killed and at least 23 injured in accidents attributable to the weather. In Georgia, 130 injuries and one death from more than 1,000 accidents were related to the weather. [Read more…]