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Nixon Peabody San Francisco is a local law firm with international reach. Focusing on corporate law, intellectual property, real estate, labor and employment and litigation, we provide sophisticated strategies and innovative solutions for our clients, regardless of market size or corporate structure. Our multi-disciplinary teams have the comprehensive knowledge to handle all your legal matters. With more than 600 attorneys in 16 offices around the world and an efficient, personalized approach, Nixon Peabody offers mega-firm results with boutique client service.

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In January 2019, NP San Francisco opened a larger, more versatile office that embodies our vision- a diverse, modern law firm. We have greater opportunities for collaboration and additional space for business and educational programs.

Five major wage and hour ruling so far in 2021

Law360 | July 01, 2021

This article on notable wage and hour rulings from the first half of the year quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman for her outlook on rounding break time in Donohue v. AMN Services, and the impact of including consumers in the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization preemption analysis in California Trucking Association et al. v. Bonta et al.

Cal/OSHA Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

CBS/KNX News Radio | June 09, 2021

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn discussed an upcoming Cal/OSHA emergency standard board meeting to review its recently updated COVID-19 guidelines on facial coverings, following the urging made by the California Department of Public Health to reconsider the board’s earlier guidelines to better align with CDC recommendations.

DIF fund to buy Oklahoma wind farm

Power Finance & Risk | June 09, 2021

This article mentions NP for advising DIF Capital Partners’ infrastructure fund on its agreement to acquire the Kingfisher wind farm in Oklahoma. The deal team includes Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Shariff Barakat, Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Buffalo Global Finance partner Martha Anderson, and Rochester Corporate associate Aya Hoffman.

Also contributing to the deal were New York City Corporate partner Rick Cox; Manchester partner Mark Beaudoin and San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Washington, DC partners Elizabeth Whittle and Bob Daileader and counsel Ken Weiner, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

In Depth

CBS/KNX News Radio | June 01, 2021

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn discussed Cal/OSHA’ s proposed updated COVID-19 guidelines and other top-of-mind issues for California-based employers and employees, including whether employers can ask for workers’ vaccination status, Cal/OSHA’ s requirement for vaccination documentation, and whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated.

Mask guidelines pose challenge to OSHA's ‘grave danger’ mandate

Bloomberg Law | May 20, 2021

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn is quoted in this article on how the CDC’s updated guidance that the risk of COVID infection is minimal for people who are fully vaccinated likely weakens OSHA’s argument that there is a “grave danger” to employees.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | May 20, 2021

This column of notable legal news includes San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron’s promotion to leader of the firm’s Litigation Department.

U.S. Appeals Court says gig worker rules apply in California trucking

Engineering News-Record | May 04, 2021

This article, covering a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that California Assembly Bill 5 applies to the trucking industry in California, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hillary Baca on the challenges it could create for commercial trucking companies.

Changing circumstances reduced demand for California school note program

The Bond Buyer | April 29, 2021

This article, on the California School Finance Authority’s borrowing program created to help school districts manage pandemic-driven budget deferrals, mentions NP as disclosure counsel for notes issued in March and April for elementary, high school, and community college districts. Los Angeles partners Rudy Salo and Dan Deaton, and San Francisco partners Travis Gibbs and Graham Beck, all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group, advised CSFA in this deal. Update: New York Bankruptcy & Restructuring partner Robert Christmas also advised CSFA in this deal.

An IP guide to winning investors for biotech start-ups

Managing Intellectual Property | April 08, 2021

This article on challenges biotech startups face in their patent strategies quotes San Francisco Intellectual Property partner oN Lu on how startups can take advantage of the USPTO’s provisional patent application system, utilizing an expedited examination, to get an early decision the startup can present to investors.

What's at stake as high court tackles union access case

Law360 | March 19, 2021

This article, focused on a case of whether a California regulation requiring growers to let union organizers on their property is unconstitutional, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Bonnie Glatzer on governmental policies and ways that the court could address the issue.

Employers face new risks as business travel returns

Law360 | March 16, 2021

This article on the risks employers face as business travel returns quotes Labor & Employment deputy practice group leader and OSHA practice chair Ben Kim, of Los Angeles, and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn on the realities of a shifting office environment.

Ninth Circuit won't jump-start Hertz age bias suit

Law360 | March 12, 2021

This article covers the recent Ninth Circuit judgement that affirmed a summary judgement win for Hertz in a suit involving a fired payroll worker’s allegations of age bias and defamation against the car rental company. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight is mentioned for advising Hertz.

CDC vaccine guidance offers ‘road map’ for employers

Law360 | March 10, 2021

Labor & Employment deputy practice group leader and OSHA practice chair Ben Kim, of Los Angeles, and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Rachel Conn provide commentary in this article analyzing the CDC’s new post-vaccination guidance, discussing implications for employers.

RIMA to host virtual manufacturing conference and expo April 13

Providence Business News | March 09, 2021

This article, covering the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association’s annual conference, mentions that NP will host a workshop entitled “Making It Through Changes in Employment, Labor and Workplace Health and Safety Law.“ Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott and San Francisco partner Rachel Conn, both of the Labor &Employment group, will present the session.

After the turbulent Trump years ,what will it take for the U.S. and China to reset their relationship?

San Francisco Business Times | February 26, 2021

This article covers a recent “Bridge from China“ event, sponsored by NP, that included discussion of how the pandemic has affected cross-border business, geopolitical tensions of recent years, and what the administration change could mean for U.S. businesses wanting to do business in China. David Cheng, chair and managing partner of NP’s China & Asia Pacific practice, served as a panelist and David Kaufman, director of Global Strategies, co-moderated the panel discussion.

Los Angeles makes tender offer ahead of taxable MICLA refunding

The Bond Buyer | February 18, 2021

This article mentions the firm as bond counsel on the City of Los Angeles’ hybrid tender offer and refunding related to the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles lease revenue bonds. The NP team includes Los Angeles partners Jade Turner-Bond and Dan Deaton; San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs; Washington, D.C. associate Joel Swearingen; and Los Angeles associate David Song—all of the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

CA vapor intrusion guidance evaporates hope for urban residential redevelopment

Bloomberg Law | February 18, 2021

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt contributed this article on how the California Environmental Protection Agency’s vapor intrusion guidance may impact residential development on the state’s brownfields.

AI Advisors Suggest Better Ways to Build

Engineering News-Record | February 10, 2021

In this article on artificial intelligence and technology innovations in construction, San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Aldo Ibarra and associate Tracy Ickes are quoted extensively for their outlook on accommodating new technologies in contract language, shifting risk to tech companies, better risk assessment for emerging AI advisors, and how tech vendors license to their users.

5 insurers off hook for city's $5M flood damage costs

Law360 | February 05, 2021

This article covers a California federal judge’s decision clearing five insurers of covering more than $5 million in settlements and other costs resulting from a trio of suits alleging the city of Walnut Creek failed to maintain its storm drains and caused flooding. NP was mentioned for the work by San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matthew Richards and department attorney Dawn Noel Valentine in representing Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, an AIG subsidiary.

On the Move

The Recorder (California) | January 28, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner-elect Jade Turner-Bond and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner-elect Rachel Conn were included in this roundup of notable legal moves for their promotions to partner.

Proposition 22 and the Tenuous Path Forward to App-Based Companies

The Daily Journal | January 22, 2021

San Francisco associate Jade Butman and Los Angeles associate Andrea Chavez, both of the Labor & Employment group, contributed this article on the California law classifying workers as either independent contractors or employees, and the law’s impact on the gig economy.

Retroactive Dynamex Exposes CA Employers to Wage Suits

Law360 | January 15, 2021

In this analysis of the California Supreme Court’s opinion that Dynamex applies retroactively, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hillary Baca provides commentary on potential implications for pending worker-classification cases as well as those coming down the pipeline.

Retirement Plan Payout Updates Ripe for Lawmaker Action in 2021

Bloomberg Law | January 11, 2021

In this article on key retirement proposals that benefits advisers are watching for the new Congress, San Francisco Corporate counsel Claire Rowland, of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team, is quoted for her outlook on required minimum distributions relating to the excise tax, account holders with less than $100,000 saved, and raising the participation age to 75.

ERISA Arbitration, New Legal Theories to Be Tested in 2021

Law360 | January 03, 2021

In this article on notable ERISA cases in the year ahead, San Francisco office managing partner and Corporate partner Karen Ng is quoted for her outlook on Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass’n, et al v. CA Secure Choice Retire. Svg., et al and the tension between ERISA’s broad preemption powers and the desire by states to provide retirement benefits to employees of small companies. The case’s outcome could determine other states’ programs.

With budget in rearview, Cook County turns sights to borrowing plans

The Bond Buyer | December 22, 2020

This article mentions the firm for serving as bond counsel to Cook County, IL, in its new money and refunding deals totaling about $600 million. The NP team included Chicago partner Julie Seymour, San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs and New York City counsel Abbie Olsen, all in the Project Finance & Public Finance group.

Preparing for GMO Labeling in 2022

Food Business News | December 22, 2020

In this article on the requirement for food manufacturers to label GMO ingredients in their products by 2022, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Bruce Copeland was quoted on best practices for working with suppliers and attaining certifications from high-quality, reputable food labs.

California Poised For Growth Despite Pandemic Impacts, Regulations

Engineering News-Record | December 10, 2020

In this article on the workplace requirements for contractors and other employers in the construction industry, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted for her outlook on Cal/OSHA’s definition of “exposed workplace” and the potential overlap of notifications requirements with AB 685.

In Depth

KNX-AM | December 10, 2020

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn appears as a guest in this radio news segment to discuss the dilemma employers are facing and what they should consider—Cal/OSHA, California sick leave laws and other advisories—as they navigate how to provide a safe workplace for their employees during the holidays.

Former OSHA Head's Transition Role Suggests Quick Emergency Rule

Bloomberg Law | December 08, 2020

In this article covering former OSHA head David Michaels being named to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team Covid-19 task force, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted on employers’ trepidation over possible new regulation.

Your Boss Can Restrict Your Holiday Plans in the Pandemic

The Wall Street Journal | December 07, 2020

In an article covering what employers can and cannot enforce when employees are outside of the workplace, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn explains how off-duty conduct laws in some states and union contracts could prevent employers from taking action against employees.

A Post-Thanksgiving Litigator of the Week Runner-Up and Shout Out Marathon

The American Lawyer | December 04, 2020

This week’s “Litigators of the Week“ column by American Lawyer includes the dismissal for outsourcing facility Leiters, Inc. in a multiple-state dispute. Leiters was represented by Chicago partners Ethan Trull, John Ruskusky and Lisa Sullivan, and associates Bill Kirby and Tina Jonsson; and San Francisco partner Bruce Copeland and counsel Lauren Michals—all in the Complex Commercial Disputes group.

MRM Research Roundup: End-of-October 2020 Edition

Modern Restaurant Management | November 02, 2020

This roundup of current industry issues to watch highlights several thought leadership pieces from NP’s recently published fourth-quarter Food & Beverage Crystal Ball. The publication summarizes trends provided by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt and counsel Ian O’Banion, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate Group; Rochester Corporate associate Isaac Figueras; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Rachel Conn and Maritza Martin.

Why start-ups need to learn about IP

Managing Intellectual Property | October 01, 2020

This article on what entrepreneurs need to know about IP quotes San Francisco Intellectual Property partner oN Lu extensively on whether startups need IP, strategies they can take to monetize their IP, and when to engage an attorney. The article—resulting from NP’s European Innovation Academy involvement—also includes commentary from NP clients on how IP strategies have benefitted their companies in terms of funding, growth, and other factors.

Pandemic Pay Issues for Wage and Hour Lawyers to Watch

Law360 | September 24, 2020

This article on notable pandemic-related wage and hour issues quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on whether employers would be on the hook for the time that workers spend adhering to building safety protocols.

3 Tips Now That DOL's Joint Employer Rule Is Struck Down

Law360 | September 16, 2020

This article, which examines last week’s Southern District of New York judgment striking down the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employment rule, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on the complexities of multiple layers for employment law compliance with respect to the National Labor Relations Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and FLSA.

Painful Impact of COVID-19 on the Troubled Skilled-Nursing Industry

ABI Journal | September 01, 2020

San Francisco Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy partner Lou Cisz, III co-authored this article, which provides an outlook on COVID-19’s financial impact on skilled-nursing facilities, while looking ahead to set the stage for industry-wide restructurings and bankruptcy filings.

UC System Asks ITC to Probe Home Depot, Others Over LEDs

Law360 | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

'Edison' Bulb Battle Heats Up With University Targeting GE, Ikea

Bloomberg News | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products. In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

How to Get What You Want in a Term Sheet

TechCrunch | August 13, 2020

San Francisco Corporate partner and leader of the West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group Lior Zorea discusses how to negotiate the all-important term sheet and cap table to ensure that all parties benefit. Lior recently presented at TechCrunch’s premier Early Stage event on this subject.

On High Alert: Running a Retail Business in the Age of the COVID Pandemic

Marijuana Venture | August 10, 2020

San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, who co-leads NP’s Food, Beverage & Agribusiness team, and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hilary Baca co-wrote this contributed article on how cannabis retailers can revamp their stores and policies to stay in compliance with state and local laws, while helping to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses to customers and employees.

5 ERISA Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2020

Law360 | July 29, 2020

San Francisco office managing partner and Corporate partner Karen Ng was quoted in this article for her outlook on the federal government’s interest in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, and the rise in ERISA privacy and cybersecurity lawsuits in Harmon et al. v. Shell Oil Co. et al.

Employer Object To Cal/OSHA Virus Reporting Split From Federal OSHA

Inside OSHA | July 28, 2020

This article, discussing employer objections to the differences between Cal/OSHA and the federal OSHA requirements to record and report COVID-19 cases, quotes an NP alert providing guidance for California employers on the differences. The alert was authored by Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice co-chair and Los Angeles Labor & Employment partner Ben Kim and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Maritza Martin.

Starbucks Can Use Agency Finding To Defend Prop 65 Suit

Law360 | July 15, 2020

This article covering recent developments in CERT v. Starbucks, et al., mentions San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Greg O’Hara and counsel Lauren Michals for representing Kroger and Ralphs Grocery in the case. During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge denied motions for summary adjudication, explaining that defendants can use a recent California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment regulation to defend against allegations they violated a state cancer warning requirement.

DOL Must Hand Over Amazon Safety Data to Journalism Outlet

Bloomberg Law | July 07, 2020

In this article on a recent decision requiring the U.S. Labor Department to provide unredacted safety records to an investigative journalism organization, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted on how the decision could make it easier for media outlets and labor unions to request injury and illness data from the government. The decision could also lead to adverse publicity for companies.

Marijuana Social Clubs: How Colorado is Setting the Pace

Cannabis Business Executive | June 17, 2020

This article, on the reopening of Colorado’s marijuana hospitality industry, cites a recent NP alert that details guidelines for cannabis retailers to consider for revamping operations without spreading communicable illnesses. Cannabis Business Executive also re-published the complete NP alert, written by San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan; and San Francisco Labor & Employment associates Hillary Baca and Rachel Conn.

How employers can prepare for expected waves of coronavirus-related litigation

Daily Journal | June 03, 2020

Labor and Employment partner Bonnie Glatzer and associates Hillary Baca and Jade Butman, all in San Francisco, contributed this article on potential coronavirus-related litigation matters that California employers should be aware of, and how employers can prepare for possible lawsuits.

Signet furloughs workers, appoints accounting officer

JCK Magazine | March 31, 2020

This leading trade publication in the jewelry industry quotes San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Hillary Baca, who explained in a recent industry webinar why many employers prefer furloughs to layoffs during this time of economic uncertainty.

Employers with skeleton crews are on the hook for their safety

Bloomberg Law | March 26, 2020

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses some of the methods employers are using to keep essential employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak—from staggered shifts to reconfigured work spaces.

California ramps up tenant protections as state shuts down

Commercial Observer | March 20, 2020

Los Angeles office managing partner Justin Thompson, of the Affordable Housing and Real Estate practice group, talks about California’s proposed moratorium on commercial evictions. Justin notes that tenants who do not pay their rent may face negative contractual consequences even they are not evicted.

One of your employees is diagnosed with coronavirus What now

CNN Business | March 13, 2020

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses the steps employers should take if they learn that an employee has contracted coronavirus, including reaching out to local health authorities and notifying employees, customers, and vendors.

The Coronavirus checklist: Nine steps to protect your company

Bloomberg Businessweek | March 03, 2020

In this article, San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn suggests that employers coping with coronavirus impacts create a communicable illness policy that outlines what illnesses are covered, employees’ obligation to report them, and employers’ communications practices during an outbreak.

Workflows

Bloomberg Law | February 25, 2020

This round-up of personnel moves in the legal industry features the selection of San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards as Nixon Peabody’s new pro bono partner.

On the Move

San Francisco Daily Journal | February 24, 2020

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards, who became the firm’s new pro bono partner on February 1, talks to the Daily Journal about his new role and the connections between pro bono and his day-to-day litigation practice.

Coronavirus putting crimp on firms doing business in China

Rochester Business Journal | February 21, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about how employers with business operations in China are responding to the coronavirus outbreak and related travel restrictions. The article is based on an alert by Hong Kong Corporate partner David Cheng, Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Benjamin Kim, San Francisco Labor and Employment senior counsel Jeffrey Tanenbaum and associate Rachel Conn, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman

On the Move: Tracking the ins and outs of California lawyers

The Recorder | February 21, 2020

The appointment of San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards to pro bono partner is included in this roundup of notable executive news.

From eyeglasses to backpacks, Bay Area firms scramble as coronavirus closes Chinese factories

San Francisco Chronicle | February 07, 2020

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman discussing the enormous supply chain impact from the lockdown of manufacturing and high-tech hub Wuhan, China, and its surrounding region.

Coronavirus closes China to the world, straining global economy

The Wall Street Journal | February 03, 2020

This article quotes San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discussing how employers are reacting to a wave of travel cancellations, store closures, and supply chain disruptions caused by the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read the article.

California 2020 Vision: HR will see a year of litigation, legislation and more

Society for Human Resource Management | January 10, 2020

This article features San Francisco Labor and Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum discussing the changes in the definition of employee and employer that come from California’s recent passage of AB5.

California Employers Should Start Working on Violence-Prevention Plans

Society for HR Management | December 09, 2019

In this article, San Francisco labor and employment associate Rachel Conn provides her insights related to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s draft regulation on workplace-violence prevention programs.

New California law redefines who gets employment benefits. The lawsuits are just starting.

The Sacramento Bee | December 09, 2019

San Francisco labor and employment partner Bonnie Glatzer is quoted in this article about California’s Assembly Bill 5, a new law that redefines how companies classify employees and who qualifies to receive full employment benefits.

The Generals’ Next War

Best Lawyers | October 21, 2019

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Alison Torbitt wrote this contributed article analyzing the increasing appetite among employees and investors for corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance standards. Alison also writes about how companies’ general counsels can participate in these initiatives.

Pac-Man creator chases down retro game co. with IP suit

Law360 | September 24, 2019

This article mentions San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rob Weikert and associate Andrew Winetroub, and Washington DC Intellectual Property partner David May and associate Jennette Psihoules, all of whom are representing Bandai Namco Entertainment in an IP dispute involving its iconic Pac-Man video game franchise.

San Francisco airport will price into market hungry for California paper

Bond Buyer | August 09, 2019

This article mentions Nixon Peabody’s role as disclosure counsel in San Francisco International Airport’s upcoming pricing of $1.2 million in revenue bonds.

Decline in Chinese FDI affects industries in US, from tech to real estate to Hollywood

China Daily | July 26, 2019

This article quotes Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman on the outlook for cross-border investment between the United States and China, which is likely to include a reduced focus on high tech but new opportunities in tourism, travel and education.

What trade trouble? China loosens foreign ownership of financial sector one year early

Forbes | July 20, 2019

This Forbes article describing China’s efforts to open its market to foreign investors.

U.S. releases new guidance on status of on-demand service providers

Rochester Business Journal | June 28, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed article outlining new guidance from the Department of Labor on whether “gig economy” workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.

How to contact your customers without getting sued

Bloomberg Law | June 11, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Karl Belgum wrote this contributed article explaining that businesses need to perform a self-assessment of the risks of automated customer contact, given the FCC’s failure to clarify the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

INSIGHT: California overhaul of injury recordkeeping rules just a start

Bloomberg Law | June 04, 2019

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn wrote this contributed article outlining California’s recent actions to strengthen its occupational safety record-keeping rules in response to weakened protections at the federal level.

Law360 reveals 400 largest US firms

Law360 | May 12, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article as No. 77 on this year’s Law360 list of the 400 largest U.S. law firms.

Exercise your way to becoming a smarter lawyer

Law.com | April 23, 2019

San Francisco Corporate partner and M&A and Corporate Transactions team leader Tom Gaynor is quoted in this article about how exercising has positive benefits for brain function and productivity.

On the Move: Tracking the ins and outs of California lawyers

Law.com | April 14, 2019

The elevation of Corporate partner Karen Ng to office managing partner in San Francisco is highlighted in this roundup of new hires and promotions across the California legal market.

High court hints at 3 possible outcomes in deference fight

Law360 | March 25, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Karl Belgum wrote this contributed article outlining the arguments in a Supreme Court case addressing the appropriate level of deference federal courts should give to administrative agencies in interpreting statutory language.

4 New considerations in California real estate law

Law360 | March 14, 2019

San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion wrote this contributed article outlining four significant changes in California real estate law and how they will impact commercial landlords, tenants and developers.

Brown reaches $3.5M deal to close book on ERISA suit

Law360 | March 12, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steve Richard and San Francisco Labor and Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article for their representation of Brown University in a matter involving employee retirement savings accounts.

What construction attorneys must know about drones

Law360 | February 12, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Aldo Ibarra is quoted in this story about the FAA regulations governing the use of drones on construction sites, and how many builders aren’t aware of the latest rules.

ICE sued for docs on detained immigrant transfer policies

Law360 | January 14, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards is quoted in this story about Nixon Peabody’s representation of Human Rights Watch in a pro bono lawsuit seeking detained immigrant transfer records from ICE. San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Will Lisa is also mentioned.

UPS egress citations, settlement could put logistics firms on notice

Bloomberg Environment | January 10, 2019

San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article on a recurring set of safety issues identified by OSHA at a UPS distribution center in Ohio.

Job moves

Financial Times | December 17, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s strategic addition of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is included in the Financial Times’ daily email newsletter.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | December 12, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s strategic addition of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is covered in this roundup of executive news in the M&A, private equity and venture capital spaces.

Nixon Peabody snags corporate pro for San Francisco office

Law360 | December 11, 2018

San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea’s arrival at Nixon Peabody is featured in this article, which highlights Lior’s experience in emerging growth companies, venture capital and M&A in the tech industry.

Nixon Peabody beefs up corporate practice with new hire

PE Hub | December 10, 2018

The arrival of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is covered in this article by PE Hub, a top publication covering venture capital and private equity fundraising. Lior is quoted in the piece, along with San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor and Corporate practice group leader David Martland of Boston.

Financial advisory firm fights NYU ERISA suit at 2nd Circuit

Law360 | December 02, 2018

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kristin Jamberdino and San Francisco Labor & Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article as counsel for the financial advisory firm Cammack in a dispute regarding retirement plans for workers at New York University.

Constellation Brands/Canopy Growth Corp.

The American Lawyer | November 30, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned as U.S. counsel for longtime client Constellation Brands in its acquisition of a 38 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian distributor of cannabis products. The following attorneys were members of the deal team: Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green, Boston Global Finance partner Craig Mills, Washington, D.C. Corporate partner Lloyd Spencer, San Francisco Global Finance counsel Sarah Abel, Buffalo Global Finance associate Dan Fabian, Rochester Corporate associate Isaac Figueras, and Washington, D.C. Corporate associate Pierce Han.

The story behind the nation's first standalone LGBTQ+ accelerator, which graduates its 20th startup today

Entrepreneur | November 28, 2018

San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is featured in this article about how a personal experience with anti-LGBTQ discrimination led to his role in the creation of the StartOut Growth Lab, the first standalone business accelerator for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. StartOut graduated its third cohort of businesses on Thursday.

High court decision on review expands landowners' options

Law360 | November 26, 2018

San Francisco Energy and Environmental partner Alison Torbitt is quoted in this article analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision to return to the Fifth Circuit a key case concerning federal agency authority and landowners’ rights in determinations about land protection.

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

How should discharges to groundwater be regulated?

Rochester Business Journal | November 22, 2018

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed column on recent cases involving the Clean Water Act and discharges to groundwater, drawing from an alert by San Francisco partner Alison Torbitt, Albany associate Dana Stanton and senior environmental health engineer Libby Ford, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group.

Florida jury clears aircraft maker in personal injury suit

Law360 | November 18, 2018

Long Island partner Joe Ortego, San Francisco partner Brian Dalrymple and Buffalo associate Erik Goergen, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, are mentioned in this story for securing a jury trial victory for Daher-Socata Aerospace in a complex, three-week trial in Florida.

Hertz workers' wage, rest break certification bid hits speed bump

Law360 | November 04, 2018

San Francisco Labor & Employment partners Bob Dolinko and Seth Neulight and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan are mentioned in this article for their representation of Hertz in a matter regarding employees wage and rest break.

The 1993 March on Washington remembered (photo essay)

Los Angeles Blade | September 22, 2018

Nixon Peabody last week co-sponsored a bicoastal celebration of the 25th anniversary of the 1993 March on Washington, a watershed event in the LGBTQ equality movement. San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor is pictured and quoted in this photo essay looking back at the March.

ABA calls on firms to pledge to tackle lawyer mental-health and substance-use issues

ABA Journal | September 09, 2018

The following coverage notes Nixon Peabody as one of the first law firms in the country to sign a pledge as part of the American Bar Association’s new health and wellness campaign to reduce substance use and improve mental health in the legal profession.

Accelerating success

Delta Sky Magazine | August 31, 2018

This article about startup incubators and accelerators highlights how Nixon Peabody partnered with a national nonprofit to create the StartOut Growth Lab, an accelerator for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Tough California hospital worker safety rules here to stay

Bloomberg Law | August 12, 2018

San Francisco Labor and Employment partner Jeff Tanenbaum is quoted in this article discussing the new Cal/OSHA standards for workplace safety in health care professions.

Deal makers in China-Hollywood express concern over impact of trade tensions

Forbes | July 30, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article about the impact of U.S.-China trade tensions on Hollywood deals.

Doc’s Lab, Doc Ricketts find new owner in Sonoma wine veteran

San Francisco Chronicle | July 29, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this article for representing a Sonoma winemaker who acquired an iconic San Francisco comedy club, bar and restaurant after it was abruptly closed and put up for sale.

Trade tensions impacting US-China collaboration in entertainment industry

The Orange County Register | July 26, 2018

Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman is quoted in this article discussing how the fraught relationship between the U.S. and China is altering the business landscape. “There is tension between the United States and China and that’s really affected the size of the deals that are going on,” he said.

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