One of the many reoccurring concerns Jacksonville businesses contend with is the protection of intellectual properties from being stolen, shared, downloaded, or transferred to unreliable sources many work-from-home employees have access to. The new Covid-19 processes being adopted by many companies may have more far-reaching implications than currently realized. Present are the new security risks many small to medium size businesses didn’t plan for. In many cases these businesses lack the digital system protections most enterprise businesses have in place to protect their assets. Often times, a substantial amount of company information is available to employees such as client databases, inventory, electronic correspondences, pricing strategies, and even business plans that represent a significant portion of a company’s intellectual property and business value. Business employees have access to this confidential information and this in turn presents a security dilemma if an employee were to steal assets due to discontent, unhappy working conditions, or wanting a competitive advantage if they were to join or start their own business. The most common form of digital theft takes place by employees who have access to sensitive materials. These small to medium-size businesses are more likely to be targeted due to the lack of sophisticated security measures implemented to protect important material. Many company assets can be compromised at every level. So how do these small businesses protect themselves from theft and intellectual property loss? Heekin Law, P.A., a commercial and business law firm committed to protecting the interest of business clients throughout Florida believes businesses have a fiduciary responsibility to their owners and investors to protect all aspects of their intellectual resources. Our lead general counsel, Geoff Heekin believes that during the initial planning and implementation phase of a business, best practice methods need to be developed to launch a small business successfully. Developing HR policies, practices, and procedures as they relate to the handling of business data is essential to protecting it. Hiring policies need to include vetting of potential employees with background checks to reveal previous employment and reasons for separation. Past results usually determine future actions on the part of most employees. Employees need to be thoroughly trained on policies regarding the handling of all company information. Most effectively, HR policies concerning the handling of sensitive material should be provided to all current and future employees, and employees should be required to sign and date their understanding and acknowledgment. Additionally, there should be procedures implemented for the protection of passwords, sharing of confidential information, downloading, emailing sensitive data, and the reporting of security breaches of any kind. Resignations and terminations should be handled in an expeditious manner and businesses must take precautionary action to protect all company data. Security plans are only as good as their weakest point of entry. While these are common sense practices every small business should implement to limit their exposure, having an experienced legal advisor such as Heekin Law, P.A. could be paramount to your business’s success.
The practice of commercial law and business litigation is a specialized field not commonly performed by most attorneys. Since 1981, our managing partner Geoff Heekin has represented individuals and businesses involved in commercial disputes, construction disputes, homeowner association representation, and general commercial work. He has been instrumental in many business formations, drafting business plans, documents and general agreements, partnerships, employee non-disclosure agreements, and protecting intellectual property rights. Mr. Heekin and attorneys Hunter Malin and Ariel Spires also specialize in all facets of construction law, including construction disputes, liens, defects, and licensing. Heekin Law, P.A. also represents homeowner associations, giving legal guidance, formation, and maintenance of an association, disputes, and enforcement of covenant violations. With over 75 years of shared experience, the attorneys at Heekin Law, P.A. provide individualized legal counsel to any business entity facing a dispute. We have successfully defended clients in over 150 trials seeking just compensation and durable outcomes. Serving the needs of our business clients makes up the volume of our legal practice in all of North and North Central Florida including Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, St. Augustine, Clay County, The Beaches, Nocatee, Palm Coast, The Villages and beyond. Give us a call for a free, no-obligation consultation at 904-355-7000.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to