Up in Chicago (Boston too) February is the perfect month to curl up in front of a fire with a few great articles about business law, and so we decided to cull for you a perfect selection of diverse topics. For those thinking about the shape of law to come Counsel On Call founder Jane H. Allen brings us an innovative article teaching new methods for staffing complex legal projects efficiently without reducing quality. It’s also tax time. An article about partnership tax rules by Betty J. Boyd explains how to understand the new Title XI of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement. For those working on their online marketing campaigns, Linda A. Freidman’s article on trademarks describes the rules for using third-party marks online. Thinking about taking a vacation someplace warm and sandy? You might read Sarah Jane Hughes’ contribution on OFAC Regulations and how U.S. companies can still get into trouble doing business with Iran. Are you concerned about environmental issues closer to home? Peggy Otum’s article provides practical advice on conducting environmental due diligence in M&A transactions. Finally, Rochelle Spandorf provides 12 tips for avoiding joint employer risks in franchise deals. Grab a cup of cocoa, light that fire, and enjoy.