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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.
American Health Law Association | August 06, 2020
In this podcast episode, Washington DC Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with executives of two health care organizations about how their jobs have changed during the pandemic, discussing the challenges of remote workforces, ongoing regulatory changes and scarce resources, among other topics.
Daily Record | July 31, 2020
In this article on the proposed legislation to provide businesses with immunity from COVID-19 liability lawsuits, Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding is quoted for her outlook on the legislation and the importance of businesses to continually abide by state and federal laws.
Forbes | July 31, 2020
In this contributed article, Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo discusses how COVID-19 and the forced work-from-home experiment may have permanently changed the future of cities as the epicenters of the economy.
Bond Buyer | July 30, 2020
This article about San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and its preparations for a $291 million bond refunding deal mentions NP as disclosure counsel. San Francisco partner Travis Gibbs and Los Angeles partner Dan Deaton and counsel Heather White, all of the Project Finance and Public Finance Group, advised on this matter.
Affordable Housing Finance | July 28, 2020
This article on the $224 million in supplemental payments that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is making available to owners of properties receiving project-based rental assistance links to New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate counsel Kathie Soroka and strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen’s client alert on the topic.
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.
New York Law Journal | July 22, 2020
New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan co-authored this article on developing robust compliance programs for fashion companies, especially as COVID-19 has created disruptions in supply chain management.
WHEC-TV News 10NBC | July 22, 2020
Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding was featured in this broadcast segment on what obligations employers have to work with their employees as schools start again in September.
Law360 | July 16, 2020
This article covers a request by prosecutors in the college admissions case to delay the first trial until late February due to COVID-19 challenges and safety concerns. Counsel for several defendants assented to the request, and the story mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants.
New York Law Journal | July 16, 2020
In her latest “Ask the Former Regulator” column, New York City Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley examines some of the limited relief afforded to condominium sponsors under the recent executive orders signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Journal of Bankruptcy Law | July 14, 2020
Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group leader Victor Milione, partner Rick Pedone (both in Boston), and associate Christopher Fong (in New York City), contributed this article on the key changes made to the Small Business Reorganization Act that small businesses and lenders must understand.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive | July 14, 2020
Manchester office managing partner Andrew Share, of the Corporate practice group, contributed this article on tech contracting in the coronavirus era, explaining why now is as good a time as any for businesses to review their contracting procedures.
HealthTech | July 10, 2020
This article about automation’s increased importance in health care during the pandemic quotes Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank from a panel she moderated at the American Telemedicine Association’s recent 2020 conference. Sarah noted that we are at the very beginning of AI’s expansion in health care.
Rockefeller Institute of Government | July 07, 2020
In this article on how COVID-19 could impact transit funding, Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted for his outlook on ridership in the Bay Area.
American Health Law Association | June 30, 2020
In this podcast episode, Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with two general counsel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic about issues that arise with remote work such as cybersecurity, employee morale, and how things might change in the future.
American Health Law Association | June 18, 2020
In this podcast episode, Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with two executives on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic about the future of telehealth, and using the pandemic to inform how we should address future public health emergencies. The speakers also discuss how the pandemic may reshape the health care industry, particularly primary care.
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.
Project Finance International | June 16, 2020
Project Finance & Public Finance partners Roddy Devlin, in New York, and Angelica Valencia, in Los Angeles, contributed this article on their outlook on P3s in the airport industry, and the downstream effect of COVID-19 on new project development.
Rochester Business Journal | June 12, 2020
Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on how businesses can prepare now for legal implications of the coronavirus, putting themselves in a stronger position for long-term success. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Rick McGuirk.
Law360 | June 12, 2020
This article, on an expected slow opening among Boston-area law firms, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Glincher on how Nixon Peabody will take a thoughtful approach to reopening when the time is right—doing so in phases and meeting or exceeding any state and federal guidelines that are put in place.
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.
National Association for Law Placement | May 19, 2020
Boston-based senior business development manager Paul Lazdowski, who also co-chairs the NALP Legal Employers Alumni Relations/Programs Section, co-wrote this article on how law firms can rethink the ways in which they stay connected and engaged with alumni amid the global pandemic.
New Hampshire Union Leader | May 15, 2020
This article, covering developments in the case of immigration detainees at Strafford County (N.H.) Department of Corrections, extensively quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki after the judge chastised Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not doing enough to identify medically vulnerable immigration detainees. On Friday, a staff member at the jail tested positive for COVID-19. Thus far, 14 civil immigration detainees have been released from the facility as a result of the class action lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody, the ACLU and four regional law firms.
Politico | May 14, 2020
This roundup of lobby hires mentions that apartment industry advocacy group National Multifamily Housing Council has hired Washington, DC, Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Richard Price to lobby on amendments to the CARES Act.
American Health Law Association | May 14, 2020
In this podcast episode, Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with two general counsel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic about how COVID-19 has affected their associations and advocacy activities, and how they are dealing with the related challenges.
Mergers & Acquisitions | April 29, 2020
This Q&A roundup on dealmaking during the age of COVID-19 features Boston-based Corporate practice group leader Chris Keefe’s best practices, including reaching out to colleagues and clients to check on the hardships they may be facing and lending a hand as we all weather the storm together.
Modern Restaurant Management | April 29, 2020
Franchising & Distribution co-leader Keri McWilliams in Washington, DC, and Corporate associate Wes Gangi in Chicago contributed this article. Based on a recent client alert, the article covers relief programs available to the restaurants industry, food retailers, and franchisees under the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.
Crain’s New York | April 29, 2020
Cooperatives & Condominium practice team leader Erica Buckley contributed this op-ed on New York City’s real estate landscape during the pandemic, offering her outlook and appeal for affordable housing and home ownership.
The Boston Globe | April 29, 2020
This article, which looks at the potential flood of litigation as the economy reopens, quotes Boston co-office managing partner and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns on the possibility of shareholder lawsuits at publicly-traded companies, even if companies have listed the coronavirus as a risk factor in their annual reports.
New Hampshire Union Leader | April 24, 2020
Following up on last month’s Union Leader op-ed (“I didn’t have a plan, so I bought toilet paper”), Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub wrote this article on developing resilience and mental fortitude amid the pandemic. Phil includes insights from a Marine, a Green Beret, and an Army veteran.
Women’s Wear Daily | April 23, 2020
This article about the how the coronavirus era has impacted the future of dealmaking in the fashion industry quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan.
Corporate Compliance Insights | April 17, 2020
NP’s Christopher Hotaling, Adam Tarosky, Scott O’Connell and Colin Missett authored this article detailing key considerations for businesses to consider, given that funds under the CARES Act come with associated responsibilities for recipients, creating potential criminal and civil liability if not properly handled.
American Health Lawyers Association | April 01, 2020
In this podcast, Washington, D.C. Health Care counsel Sarah Swank speaks with three hospital general counsel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chicago Tribune | April 01, 2020
In this front-page article in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner David Allswang provided comments that commercial landlords are bracing for a significant drop in rent payments in April amid the coronavirus crisis, citing anecdotal data from commercial property owners in London.
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.
Affordable Housing Finance | March 31, 2020
Washington, D.C. Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Richard Price shares his perspective on the early impact of COVID-19 on the affordable housing industry, including how the federal government should respond.
Forbes | March 31, 2020
The latest contributed column from Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo looks at how the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic could alter the infrastructure and transportation landscapes.
New Hampshire Union Leader | March 30, 2020
This article highlights the efforts of Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associate Michael Strauss to secure home confinement for their client, who is currently serving a sentence in a Merrimack County jail where a corrections officer has tested positive for COVID-19.
Commercial Observer | March 28, 2020
Los Angeles office managing partner Justin Thompson, of the Affordable Housing and Real Estate practice group, says there is no modern comparison to California’s blanket moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus crisis.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 26, 2020
Providence Corporate partner Adam Gwaltney weighs in on the implication of force majeure clauses, particularly in cross-border contracts. These boilerplate clauses are becoming a popular topic as businesses consider the possibility they may not be able to fill contractual obligations as a result of coronavirus.
AHLA Speaking of Health Law | March 26, 2020
Washington DC Health Care counsel Sarah Swank appeared on this American Health Lawyers Association podcast to discuss how medical facilities are ramping up telehealth programs in response to the pandemic.
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.
Habitat | March 26, 2020
New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Erica Buckley and counsel Ruben Ravago co-wrote this contributed article, based on their NP client alert, about the key issues condo boards and co-ops must consider before enlisting the assistance of volunteers during a pandemic.
Inside Higher Ed | March 26, 2020
Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard says the lack of a fixed time frame for the completion of Title IX investigations has created uncertainty for colleges and universities during this public health crisis.
Reuters | March 26, 2020
Boston co-office managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, a partner in the Complex Commercial Disputes group, provides insight on a possible uptick in SEC enforcement activity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and the new federal stimulus package.
Law360 | March 25, 2020
Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, of Boston, and Litigation Department chair Scott O’Connell, of Manchester, discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the near-freeze on Massachusetts court proceedings during social distancing in the commonwealth.
Chicago Tribune | March 25, 2020
Labor and Employment deputy practice group leader Brian Alcala in Chicago talks about the advice he is giving employers whose employees feel unsafe reporting for work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Healthcare Financial Management Association | March 24, 2020
Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank discusses how waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have allowed hospitals to pursue flexible approaches to patient care during the wave of COVID-19 infections.
Econerre | March 24, 2020
Chicago Corporate partner Charles Bernardini wrote this contributed article for an Italian publication discussing which Italian subsidiaries in the United States may be eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.
Law360 | March 24, 2020
Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell talks to Law360 about how the unfolding coronavirus pandemic has changed the way lawyers are approaching their jobs. “There is a level of collegiality and cooperation that has been refreshing,” Scott says.
Innovate Long Island | March 24, 2020
Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen is quoted throughout this article that looks at Nixon Peabody’s strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the firm’s robust emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.
New York Law Journal | March 23, 2020
In her latest “Ask the Former Regulator” column, New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Erica Buckley explains that the functions of New York government, including the Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau, are still in operation during the coronavirus shutdown, as most state employees continue to work remotely.
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.
Washington Business Journal | March 20, 2020
Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank talks about how a new waiver that expanded the list of video conference apps and platforms permitted under HIPAA for telemedicine could be a game-changer for the industry.
WHEC-TV (Rochester) | March 19, 2020
Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding spoke to the local NBC affiliate via FaceTime to discuss new work restrictions announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Kim talks about employee staffing, staggered scheduling and which businesses qualify as essential.
Inside Reproductive Health | March 19, 2020
In this podcast episode, Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon and Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank discuss new regulations around using telemedicine to reach patients in a time of community quarantines.
HR Magazine (Society for Human Resource Management) | March 18, 2020
Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding, Rochester Corporate partner Brian Kopp, and Long Island Labor and Employment associate David Tauster co-wrote this contributed article, based on their NP client alert, analyzing the new mandatory sick-leave deal in New York state.
Washington Business Journal | March 18, 2020
This article features Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank discussing how hospitals are adjusting to changes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and how many hospitals can employ lessons learned during the 2008 recession.
New Hampshire Union Leader | March 18, 2020
Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub wrote this op-ed sharing the insights of three retired Navy SEALs who talked about how people react in times of fear and anxiety, and how we can be strategic in our approach to the coronavirus outbreak.
Restaurant Dive | March 17, 2020
Washington, DC, Franchise & Distribution partner Keri McWilliams provides extensive third-party commentary in this article about whether the COVID-19 crisis could usher in permanent paid sick leave for restaurant employees.
Law360 | March 17, 2020
This Q&A with health care attorneys quotes Washington, DC, Health Care counsel Sarah Swank related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Section 1135 waivers and what they mean in practice.
Affordable Housing Finance | March 16, 2020
New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate Strategic Policy Advisor Deborah VanAmerongen analyzes new COVID-19 guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for owners and managers of HUD-assisted housing.
The Deal | March 13, 2020
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan discusses how parties in current M&A deals are using MAC clauses to account for the potential impact of COVID-19 on their businesses.
WXXI News | March 13, 2020
Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding says that travel, communicable illness, and sick leave policies should be top of mind for employers as they adjust to the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Boston Globe | March 13, 2020
This column features Boston Labor and Employment partner David Rosenthal discussing advice for clients who have questions about implementing work-from-home policies as part of social distancing strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19.
WHAM-AM (Rochester) | March 13, 2020
This story highlights Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding’s guidance on what is required of employers during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
Modern Healthcare | March 12, 2020
Chicago Health Care partner Valerie Breslin Montague talks about how hospitals can remain in compliance with HIPAA while executing an effective crisis communications plan related to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Daily Record | March 12, 2020
This coverage features the insights of Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding on how companies should address the growing coronavirus outbreak—including developing remote work guidelines and protecting the confidential health information of employees.
Spectrum News | March 11, 2020
This coverage features the insights of Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding on how companies should address the growing coronavirus outbreak—including developing remote work guidelines and protecting the confidential health information of employees.
Mergers & Acquisitions | March 09, 2020
New York City Corporate partner Dick Langan, who leads Nixon Peabody’s annual survey of MAC (material adverse change) clauses in M&A deals, says the coronavirus outbreak is exactly the type of risk that such clauses are designed to address.
Law360 | March 05, 2020
This article chronicling the legal profession’s response to coronavirus mentions Nixon Peabody as one of the BigLaw firms with a dedicated coronavirus task force.
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.
MarketWatch | March 02, 2020
Nixon Peabody’s recent MAC survey is mentioned in this article about the impact of coronavirus on the deal-making environment, and how a range of companies and investors could leverage material adverse change (MAC) clauses to renegotiate or walk away from deals.
WROC-TV | March 02, 2020
Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding talks about how employers can effectively address the coronavirus outbreak, including weighing short-term staffing needs, analyzing sick leave policies, and limiting employee travel to severely impacted areas.
WHEC-TV | March 02, 2020Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding talks about how employers can effectively address the coronavirus outbreak, including weighing short-term staffing needs, analyzing sick leave policies, and limiting employee travel to severely impacted areas.
Wall Street Journal | February 27, 2020
Manchester Corporate partner Phil Taub talks to the Wall Street Journal about the personal and professional impact of the coronavirus outbreak on private-equity practitioners.
Boston Globe | February 26, 2020
This article on local businesses’ preparation for a possible coronavirus pandemic reaching the U.S. quotes Labor and Employment practice group leader David Rosenthal, who encourages employers to be flexible with their workforces and demonstrate to employees that they are prepared.
WXXI News | February 25, 2020
This radio interview (also available in print) features Rochester Labor and Employment partner Kim Harding discussing the steps Nixon Peabody and other businesses are taking to modify employees’ travel routines as the coronavirus spreads. Kim also explains employers’ right to tell workers to stay home if there is a possibility of infection.
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
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.
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.
Bloomberg Radio | January 31, 2020
Boston Labor and Employment partner David Rosenthal joined Baystate Business to discuss coronavirus, the flu, and the importance of employers having written communicable illness policies.
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