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Senior Public Relations Manager
LANDAU AND BENEDICT WIN PILLSBURY'S FIFTH STRAIGHT BURTON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEGAL WRITINGMay 7, 2012
Washington, DC—Pillsbury Executive Compensation & Benefits attorneys Scott E. Landau and Bradley A. Benedict have won the 2012 Legal Writing Award from the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. This is the fifth consecutive year that Pillsbury has won the award, which honors attorneys for articles with compelling analysis and a clear, concise and jargon-free style.
"Employers collect a substantial amount of personal information about their employees," write Landau and Benedict. "Maintaining compliance with applicable data privacy laws is a responsibility employers cannot afford to overlook."
The authors provide a straightforward overview of the patchwork of data protection laws throughout the world, and the major challenges facing large employers in managing employee and applicant data collection and retention.
"Data protection laws tend to be complex," they write, "and—in part because they are relatively new—there is not a great deal of interpretive guidance."
The authors go on to provide practical advice to help executives, in-house counsel and human resource managers maintain compliance and minimize risk.
Scott E. Landau is a partner in Pillsbury's New York office. He represents private equity clients and public companies in acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings within the U.S. and internationally, and counsels clients on designing executive compensation and nonqualified plan arrangements.
Bradley A. Benedict is an associate in Pillsbury's New York office, where he helps advise on a variety of pension, profit-sharing, welfare and other employee benefits matters.
Burton Award recipients are selected by the Burton Foundation (www.burtonawards.com) in a highly competitive process based on nominations from senior management at the 1,000 largest U.S. law firms. Law firms are only allowed to nominate one article per year.
Previous Pillsbury recipients of the Burton writing award include:
- the Honorable Christopher R. Wall, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and Pillsbury's senior international trade partner, who won in 2011 for "Weak Tea," his op-ed piece on the watering-down of UN sanctions against Iran, which was published in Foreign Policy;
- Energy partner Jay E. Silberg in 2010 for "Nuclear Waste Is Piling Up";
- Litigation partner Wayne C. Matus and counsel John E. Davis in 2009 for "Does Your Search Pass Judicial Scrutiny?"; and
- Intellectual Property partner Bryan P. Collins in 2008 for "Finding Allies in the Patent Reform Debate."
Landau and Benedict will receive their award at the 13th annual Burton awards gala on June 11 at the U.S. Library of Congress, which will feature retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens as the guest of honor.
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