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Paul Downes

(612) 333-9774

September 2019

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11 SiebenCarey Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers 2019

We are proud to announce that Paul, along with ten other SiebenCarey attorneys, was selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 – an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The annual Best Lawyers list has been published since 1983. Rankings are based on a peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. “It is an honor to receive this important peer recognition from The Best Lawyers in America again this year,” said Jim Carey, President.

Smart Toys Can Put Your Child’s Privacy, Safety at Risk

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Kids today have the kind of toys their parents could only dream of. Everything from tablets to teddy bears could have motion sensors, speakers and microphones to make a toy that interacts almost as well as a real friend or parent. These “smart” toys learn children’s interests over time, so their play can become personalized. And while this may improve communication skills and has been found to increase concentration for children with intellectual disabilities, there are some real privacy concerns. Access to the internet with the possibility that personal information will be shared creates a new digital frontier that caregivers need to understand before purchasing the latest gadget for kids.


$18 Billion

Smart toy revenues are projected to grow to $18 billion by 2023, up 200% from 2018.


Consumer Reports on Dangers of Smart Toys

What every parent needs to know about the safety risks of connected smart toys.



Shop for safe smart toys (and other smart devices) using this consumer shopping aid from Mozilla.

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