Articles by Eddie A. Pantiliat

Age Discrimination On the Rise

A number of major U.S. companies, including IBM and IKEA, have been named in recent lawsuits claiming discrimination against older workers. The most recent lawsuit against IBM follows a ProPublica story published last March that exposed a companywide strategy aimed at “correcting seniority mix.” For Ikea, this is the fifth age discrimination lawsuit filed against the company in just over a year. Discrimination against “older workers” is clearly an increasing problem.
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Lost and Found – Kindness

I was working at my desk one afternoon, recently, when I received a peculiar telephone call. Our receptionist told me that the caller was from Israel and announced that I did not know him but he asked to speak to me. I have family in Israel and a daughter studying there this year; so, I thought it could be related to either and I took the call.
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Understanding UnderInsured Motorist Coverage

As we enter the summer months, many of us may plan on taking a vacation, road trip or even a stay-cation. With that in mind, it is important to know exactly what protection your car insurance may or may not provide you in case of an accident.
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Lessons from the Super Bowl

Most of us watched the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. If you didn't watch it, you most likely heard about the largest comeback in Super Bowl history (25 points) and that it was the first Super Bowl overtime game ever. I am not writing this letter because I am a Tom Brady or Patriots fan. In fact, I am a die-hard Giants fan and will let you know that Tom Brady and the Patriots are now 5-2 in Super Bowls, both loses inflicted by my Giants (but I digress). I believe there is a great lesson to be learned by the Super Bowl outcome.
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My Bucket List

As I approach a milestone birthday in the coming year, I feel more compelled to accomplish what I perceive as my "Bucket List" in life. One of my "list" items was attending a home football game of my favorite team - the New York Giants. Something I have always wanted to do.
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Complimentary T-Shirt

Last week, I was fortunate to be able to coach my son David's 13-14 year old basketball team for Team Phoenix at the JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis. I have coached my kids mostly in basketball, but also flag football and baseball, for over 13 years, totaling approximately 50 different teams and hundreds of games. But, this was my first Maccabi Tournament experience.
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Find Your Passion and Go For It!

It is hard to believe that I have been an attorney for over 22 years! When I first started practicing I was often asked "why did you decide to become a lawyer?" It seems like years since I have been asked that question. Maybe that is why I asked it of myself lately when reading two recent news stories.
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Texting and Driving: A Triple Threat

The odds are that, at some point, most of us will be involved in a motor vehicle crash. There is also the likelihood that the cause will be a driver whose attention was distracted from the road because they were using a cell phone. In fact, the National Safety Council has reported that a quarter of all car accidents involve cell phone use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 3,145 people were killed and approximately 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Texting while driving is particularly distracting because it involves taking your hands off of the steering wheel, diverting your eyes from the road and turning your mind to something other than the task of driving - a triple threat.
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Life Lessons

Five years ago a distinguished gentleman knocked on our door at home. He said that he worked for an orphanage in Israel and asked if he could speak to me about a possible donation. My oldest son Ari was turning 13 at the time and it was his Bar Mitzvah week.
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Have Lawsuit…May Travel

Having practiced law for almost 20 years, I have had the pleasure of reading over thousands of pages of “legalese” which is interesting to me (most times) but boring to most everyone else.
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Father’s Day

Father’s Day has always been a strange holiday for me. I am sure it is because my father passed away when I was very young and my mother never remarried. I never really celebrated Father’s Day until I had children, which was a 25 year wait. During those 25 years, I imagined what it would be like to be a father. Would I play catch with my kids, go to their games, dance recitals, graduations, etc.? Since I never experienced these moments with my own father, I promised myself that I would do as much as possible to be there for my kids during these precious moments.
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Surprising Personal Injury Outcomes

Personal injury cases can cover a variety of areas. Whether it is an injury from a car accident or a dog bite, we have heard them all. Here are three personal injury cases from across the country that you may not think would win but actually did.
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Employers Working

With Arizona having the second-longest border with Mexico, it is not surprising Arizona has been at the forefront of the national debate on immigration policy. Senate Bill 1070, requiring police to verify the immigration status of persons detained, also contributes to Arizona’s prominence in this area.
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Crash Course in Crashes

The odds are that, at some point, most of us will be involved in an automobile accident. There is also likelihood that we may be injured as a result. Since many of us are not trained in how to handle an accident situation, I wanted to share a few tips with you
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Always Be marketing

As the New Year rolled around, I, as I am sure many of you, either made resolutions or set new plans in motion. One area of business that gets a lot of attention, especially in the beginning of the year, is marketing. Budgets are created, plans are drafted, presentations are scheduled, etc. Most of us focus on either keeping existing clients happy and/or attracting entirely new ones.
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Health Insurance

It seems that healthcare is a major topic of most news stories these days. It is one of those things that I find boring and uninteresting. Of course, that is until my wife Lisa accidentally cut her hand with a knife recently and we had to get medical care at a local emergency room. The medical staff was terrific! They took x-rays, gave her medication and, eventually, after three hours or so; stitched up her wound.
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