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Long Island businesses, universities, research centers and health care institutions are thriving innovators. We are proud to be the largest full-service law firm with a significant presence on Long Island, working side-by-side with them as their ideas and companies grow.

We provide the practice diversity and deep bench on Long Island to address a full range of business legal needs, from formation, financing and intellectual property services needed by life sciences and other technology-driven businesses, to dispute resolution, real estate and workforce issues. Depth also brings differentiating experience such as top trial attorneys who handle complex litigation and class actions; a nationally recognized health services team serving the world’s most prestigious hospitals and medical centers; an M&A team capable of handling complex, strategic and private equity transactions on either side of the deal; and industry leaders tracking the unique needs of higher education institutions and nonprofits.

Hospital's comments to FDA granted absolute privilege

The New York Law Journal | January 18, 2017

This article highlights a recent ruling from a New York appeals court regarding a defamation claim in a lawsuit filed by a research scientist who was fired by the former New York Downtown Hospital, now New York-Presbyterian. Long Island commercial litigation counsel Christopher Porzio is noted as representing the defendants in the lawsuit.

Forecast: Law and Government

Long Island Business News | January 11, 2017

Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen provides an outlook on industries such as life sciences and biotechnology which have been areas of recent growth for Long Island.

Thomas H. Lee invests in Professional Physical Therapy

The Deal | December 20, 2016

This article is about private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP ‘s recent investment in Professional Physical Therapy, a provider of physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Long Island health care partner Michele Masucci and associate JoAnna Nicholson are noted as representing Professional Physical Therapy.

Law firm nets highest Human Rights Campaign rating

Long Island Business News | December 05, 2016

Nixon Peabody is included in the below articles covering the firm’s 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign, which evaluates companies on policies and benefits that support LGBT employees.

CPSC's rare 10th Circ. loss gives boost to magnet industry

Law360 | November 29, 2016

This story is about a Tenth Circuit decision to vacate the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ruling on small, high-powered magnets.  Long Island commercial litigation partner Jim Weller is quoted discussing how challenging it can be for a company to take on a high-powered government agency.

When starting a business, consider the liabilities

The New York Times | November 17, 2016

Long Island Health Care partner Allan Cohen is quoted in this article about legal challenges entrepreneurs can face when starting a business. Allan’s comments focus on areas start-ups should keep in mind such as patent, ownership and copyright issues, and what companies should consider to avoid being sued.

Ones to watch

Long Island Business News | November 07, 2016

Long Island Health Care group partner Michael Taubin’s new role as health care practice leader is highlighted in this story.

Experts: Even tiny firms need sexual harassment policies

Newsday | October 02, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this piece that discusses the need for all companies—no matter how small—to have polices in place to prevent sexual harassment.

Who's News

Crain’s New York Business Health Pulse | September 02, 2016

This news brief notes that Michael Taubin has been named health care practice group leader.

Proposed Class Action Data Breach Suit Against Health Insurer Quashed for Lack of Sufficient Injury

Privacy & Cybersecurity Report | September 01, 2016

Government investigations and white collar defense partner Tina Sciocchetti and commercial litigation associate Michal Ovadia co-authored this column that discusses a federal district court’s dismissal of a putative class action filed on the heels of the health insurer’s disclosure of a data breach involving approximately 1.1 million plan members.

Bosses—Personal cellphone use is a productivity killer

Newsday | August 08, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this article that discusses the type of policies employers should use as guidelines for personal mobile phone use in the workplace.

Beware of Tougher Breach Standards for Mental Health-Related PHI

Health Information Compliance Alert | June 01, 2016

Long Island health care associate Kristen Marotta is quoted in this piece on increasing tough standards related to sensitive health information.

The Risk of Data Misuse by Health Care Co. Employees

Law360 | May 25, 2016

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti, health care partner Laurie Cohen and commercial litigation associate Michal Ovadia co-authored this column discussing the risks companies that collect or maintain sensitive personal information face when a rogue employee compromises data security.

Evening The Score: A New Wave Of Equal Pay Act Claims

Law360 | May 03, 2016

Partner and Labor & Employment practice group co-leader Stacie Collier and Labor & Employment associate Steven Nevolis authored this column discussing claims by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team alleging that members of the Women’s Team are unlawfully compensated at a much lower rate than their male counterparts, members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. The article looks at the case itself, the increasing attention that the gender pay gap is receiving and what it means for employers.

GINA offers EEOC 'another arrow in the quiver' to protect employees against discrimination, attorney says

Pennsylvania Record | April 19, 2016

Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary in this article on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Defining the Sale-Leaseback: Is it Right for You?

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor | April 01, 2016

Long Island health care partner Rebecca Simone is quoted in this article that reviews the benefits, risks and process of a sale-leaseback in a health care transaction, and what it can hold for those participating in one.

Gender Identity Discrimination: What New York Employers Should Know

Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Blog | March 24, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian are featured in this piece discussing new regulations from the New York State Division of Human Rights regarding gender identity employment discrimination.

New York City Employers Should Think Twice Before Reviewing a Current or Potential Employee's Credit History

ABA Labor & Employment Law Flash | March 16, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian authored this column about the expanded rights of New York City employees.

EEOC raises the stakes with retaliation rule update

Business Insurance | March 13, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment group partner Chris Gegwich provides third-party commentary in this feature story that discusses the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's proposed update of its guidance on workplace retaliation and the potential impact.

Northwell Ventures turns employee ideas into products

Newsday | March 12, 2016

Partner and leader of the health care practice Michele Masucci is quoted in this article discussing health care systems’ efforts to grow revenue by tapping employee innovation. Michele provides third-party commentary on the positive impact that venture capital financing can have for health care systems offering them an ownership stake in these new technologies.

‘Ban the Box' Laws in New York—Is Your Company Compliant?

SHRM HR Daily | February 10, 2016

Labor & Employment attorneys Chris Gegwich and Alex Gallin authored this column discussing New York’s three largest cities' legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their past criminal record on an employment application and if your company is compliant.

Nixon Peabody adds 11 partners, one on LI

Innovate Long Island | February 01, 2016

This write-up focuses on newly elected Long Island and New York City Commercial Litigation partner Tom Mealiffe.

New Laws Force Shops to Scrutinize Pay Practices for Men, Women

Ignites | January 19, 2016

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian provides third-party commentary on new laws in New York and California aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women.

Family Medical History Queries Violate GINA

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) | December 22, 2015

Labor & Employment partner Christopher Gegwich is quoted in this article discussing inquiries by employers that violate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Firms Feted for Pro Bono Work

New York Law Journal | November 06, 2015

The Lawyers Alliance for New York presented the 2015 Cornerstone Awards for outstanding pro bono legal services provided to nonprofit organizations. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen and Long Island real estate associate Ed Puerta were among the those honored.

Nixon Peabody named top health law firm

Innovate Long Island | November 02, 2015

This coverage highlights our health care practice’s U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” recognition. Practice group leader Michele Masucci is quoted. The firm’s national tier 1 rankings are also highlighted.

NY Tribe's Land Claims Appeal Nixed By 2nd Circ.

Law360 | October 27, 2015

Commercial Litigation partner and leader of the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming team Michael Cohen is featured in this story on the Second Circuit’s decision to toss a bid by the Shinnecock Indian Nation to overturn a NY district court's dismissal of its land reclamation claims in the Hamptons. Michael is quoted and identified as counsel for many of the appellees.

New Security Risks for Providers

Crain's New York Business - Health Pulse | August 20, 2015

Health Care partner Rebecca Simone provides commentary on the struggle some health care providers face working to ensure the security and HIPAA compliance of outside business partners with access to electronic medical records.

Post-Daimler Decisions Confirm the High Bar for General Jurisdiction over Product Manufacturers

TerraLex Connections | July 15, 2015

This column discusses a survey of lower court decisions in the sixteen months since the Supreme Court's decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman. This survey confirms that courts are applying a high bar with more uniform results as to when general jurisdiction will be found. Partner and co-leader of the Commercial Litigation practice Joe Ortego, San Francisco Commercial Litigation partner Eric Strain and New York City Commercial Litigation associate Zack Stillings co-authored the piece.

Obama's Overtime Proposal Could Be Costly for Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education | July 01, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Tara Daub provides commentary in this article on the Obama administration’s proposed overtime pay rules.

2nd Circ. Urged to Nix Tribe's Hamptons Land Claims

Law360 | June 04, 2015

This feature story notes New York and other defendants’ request to the Second Circuit to uphold the dismissal of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s complaint saying the appeals court’s precedent of denying such tribal land claims is well-settled. Long Island commercial litigation partner Michael Cohen is identified among the appellees’ counsel.

Are Employers Responsible for an Employee's Unauthorized Review of a Patient's Confidential Health Information?

Journal of the American College of Radiology | May 01, 2015

This contributed column discusses employer liability for employees who improperly access confidential patient information. This piece is authored by Albany Health Care partners Laurie Cohen and Peter Millock, counsel Barbara Asheld and Long Island associate Brooke Lane.

Guilt—and Liability—by Association under the ADA

Law360 | April 03, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich and Long Island Labor & Employment associate Alex Gallin authored this piece discussing the broad reach of the Americans with Disabilities Act and local civil rights laws in prohibiting actions against employees.

Attorneys React to High Court Pregnancy Bias Ruling

Law360 | March 25, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court pregnancy discrimination case.

Ones to Watch: Law

Long Island Business News | March 18, 2015

Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone is featured in this column describing her practice and noting her recent election to the firm’s partnership.

Beware of Drive-By Doctoring Fraud

Consumers Digest | March 01, 2015

Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone provides commentary in this article on “drive-by doctoring,” a practice where medical professionals charge patients or insurers fees by inserting themselves into treatment without the patient's knowledge.

Surprise-Billing Law Casts Wide Net

Crain's New York Health Pulse | February 02, 2015

Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen and Long Island Health Care partner Rebecca Simone are quoted in this article discussing New York's surprise medical bill law. The piece also contains a link to Laurie and Rebecca's original client alert on the topic.

The Montreal Convention: Assessing Flight Crew Response to Medical Emergencies

Westlaw Journal Aviation | January 22, 2015

Partner and co-leader of the Commercial Litigation practice Joe Ortego and Long Island Commercial Litigation associate Tom Mealiffe co-authored this column discussing courts’ recent application of the Montreal Convention to cases involving in-flight medical emergencies.

Supreme Stimulus

Long Island Business News | January 12, 2015

Long Island Commercial Litigation associate Thomas Mealiffe is quoted in this article discussing changes to the litigation process as directed by the New York Supreme Court and how these could impact local law firms.

Can NY Employers Retaliate Against Employee Attorneys?

Law360 | January 08, 2015

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Christopher Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian authored this column discussing a lawsuit seeking an unprecedented interpretation of the retaliation provisions of New York Labor Law.

Unlawful termination suit shipped to New York

Antitrust Law Daily | December 11, 2014

This coverage notes an Arkansas federal district court ruling transferring Applied Energy of AR-LA-MS, Inc. v. Pall Corp. to the federal district court in New York pursuant to the parties’ agreement. Co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group Joe Ortego and Long Island Commercial Litigation associate Juan Luis Garcia represented Pall Corp.

ACO Rules Allow For-Profit Medicine?

Crain's New York Business | October 22, 2014

Partner and Health Care Practice Group leader Michele Masucci and Albany Health Care partner Laurie Cohen are quoted throughout this article discussing the possible impact of New York’s new ACO regulations on the state’s prohibition against the corporate practice of medicine.

Out of Gas

Long Island Business News | October 22, 2014

Long Island Energy & Environmental counsel Jesse Hiney is quoted in this feature story discussing possible future uses of local properties that once housed gas stations.

Antique Car Dealer Taking the Low Road by Infringing Songs, Suit Says

Westlaw Journal | September 08, 2014

This coverage highlights Freeplay Music Inc. v. Streetside Classics—a lawsuit over alleged use of copyrighted songs. Partner and leader of the IP Litigation practice Jason Kravitz and Long Island Commercial Litigation associate Seth Berman are noted as plaintiffs’ counsel.

EOC Updates Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination

Newsday | August 18, 2014

In this workplace column, Long Island Labor & Employment partner Tara Daub provides commentary on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s updated guidelines on pregnancy discrimination.

Dealmakers Q&A

Law360 | August 13, 2014

Health Care and Life Sciences leader Michele Masucci is profiled in this Law360 Q&A series with dealmaking movers and shakers.

Easing Pain, Sparking Concerns

Long Island Business News | July 11, 2014

Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Joe Carello provide commentary on how New York State employers can prepare for dealing with employees who have access to or use medical marijuana.

What You Know Can Hurt You

Long Island Business News | June 13, 2014

Long Island Labor & Employment partner Chris Gegwich provides commentary on discrimination charges employers could face monitoring and/or researching employees through social media.

NY Surprise Medical Bill Hits Out-Of-Network Providers

Law360 | June 12, 2014

Long Island Health Care associate Rebecca Simone authored this column discussing New York’s new “Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills” legislation.

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