Key news from the legal sector for September 2021

Welcome to another edition of the National Law Review’s legal news column. Read on for the latest news on pro bono law firm, innovation and hiring as curated by the National Law Review editorial team!

Recruitment and relocation of law firms

Jones Walker LLP has expanded its State & Local Tax (SALT) team with the addition of Alysse McLoughlin as a partner. Ms. McLoughlin has experience in tax planning, state tax litigation and other financial services, and previously served as state tax manager for Barclays Capital and state tax advisor for Lehman Brothers. She is also ranked in Chambers USA since 2017 for her expertise in tax law.

“We have known Alysse and have respected her professionalism and talent for years,” said Bill Backstrom, head of the Jones Walker’s tax practice group. “We are delighted to welcome him to our team. His experience in a multinational investment bank, a global financial services firm and the IRS is a huge asset to our SALT team. We look forward to working with her and seeing her immediate impact in favor of the interests of our clients.

David M. Hill has joined Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine as an associate lawyer. Previously, he served as a judicial clerk and paralegal at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Fifth District Judicial Court of Wyoming, respectively, and obtained a master’s degree in business administration. business and supply chain management.

Mr. Hill will work in Burg Simpson’s Cody, Wyoming office where he will represent clients in areas such as real estate, leases, estate planning, contracts and personal injury.

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP has added corporate lawyer Lisa R. Jacobs to the firm’s Philadelphia office as a partner. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including groups of healthcare providers, food and beverage conglomerates and professional sports teams, and has practiced in areas such as private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

“I have known, respected and worked with Lisa Jacobs for many years,” said Jeffrey A. Lutsky, co-president and managing partner of Stradley Ronon. “I couldn’t be more excited for her to join Stradley.”

Pierce Atwood welcomed Nicholas Gladd as an associate in his energy law firm in the Washington DC and Portland offices. Mr. Gladd brings a wealth of knowledge in energy regulation and has held positions in the FERC Attorney’s Office and the Energy Bar Association.

“Nic’s deep and extensive expertise in energy law and litigation will help us service our growing list of utilities, energy project developers, energy traders, investors, and more. We are fortunate that Nic has chosen to bring his talent and expertise to Pierce Atwood, and we look forward to him joining our team of highly qualified energy lawyers, ”said Jared S. des Rosiers, Chairman of the Pierce Atwood Energy Practice Group.

Pro Bono & Recognition

Good2BSocial is one of the fastest growing private companies, according to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, which examines the growth of small businesses in America. 2021 companies are ranked based on their growth from 2017 to 2020.

“We are very happy to make our first appearance on the Inc. 5000. It is especially important that we are now on the list given the challenges that so many businesses have endured and overcome due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank all of our employees, customers and partners who have supported us throughout the process, ”said Guy Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Good2bSocial.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list appears to be one of the most important business lists ever compiled. Building one of America’s fastest growing companies every year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we have been through is just amazing. That kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership and the help of many people, ”said Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Magazine.

The Boston Bar Association (BBA) Labor and Employment Section Steering Committee selected Sherin and David I. Brody of Logden as Co-Chair for the 2021-2022 mandate. The committee plans the activities of the work and employment section of the association and develops policy initiatives.

Mr. Brody represents individuals in a wide range of work and employment matters in federal and state courts in Massachusetts and has been a member of the BBA’s Labor and Employment Steering Committee since 2018.

Matthew Sarna of DLA Piper received the 20/20 Partners Young Leader Award from the Business Bankruptcy section of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law. The award is reserved for lawyers who demonstrate commitment to corporate bankruptcy, community involvement, professionalism and leadership. Mr. Sarna was one of 19 recipients.

Mr Sarna is focusing on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring issues, and helping debtors pick up the pieces left behind by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Sarna is also involved in pro bono cases and helps veterans obtain release upgrades through the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

Legal Industry Awards and Innovation

The International Association of Defense Councils (IADC) has elected new officers and members for 2021-2022. The IADC focuses on legal reform and the professional development of lawyers.

IADC members represent some of the world’s largest companies, including members of the FORTUNE 500, and are leaders in corporate and insurance law.

The new directors of the board of directors are:

• President

Spencer H. Silverglate

Clarke Silverglate, Pennsylvania

Miami, Florida

• President-elect

Mark R. Beebe

Adams and Reese LLP

New Orleans, Louisiana

• Past President

Andrew S. Chamberlin

Ellis & Winters LLP

Greensboro, North Carolina

• Vice-president of insurance

Thomas F. Lysaught

QBE North America

Chicago, Illinois

The new members of the IADC Board of Directors (three-year terms) are:

• J. Dominic Campodonico

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, srl

San Francisco, California

• Daniela Karollus-Bruner

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

Vienna, Austria

• Christopher A. Kenney

Kenney & Sams, PC

Boston, Massachusetts

Americas Lodging Investment Summit selected Vedder Price’s deal for the sale of the property of L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel led by Michael M. Eidelman, shareholder and chairman of the Company’s Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization group , as the single asset transaction of the year.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California appointed Mr. Eidelman as special master overseeing the sale of the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel, which the United States government sold to recover funds illegally laundered from a major international money laundering scandal known as 1MDB. The scandal allegedly involved the embezzlement of billions of dollars from Malaysian development company 1MDB. The hotel property was sold for $ 100 million to EOS Investors after a competitive auction involving 50 competing bids.

“The Vedder Price team is honored to be recognized by the Americas Lodging Investment Summit,” said Mr. Eidelman. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the sale. The transaction highlights both our knowledge of the industry and our hard work. “

Ward and Smith created a new service covering mandatory workplace vaccines and potential exemptions from mandatory vaccination policies. The new service allows North Carolina residents to speak to a lawyer about the issue of mandatory vaccines through a phone call or virtual meeting for a lump sum of $ 300.

“A real concern, based on the many calls we have received on this matter, is from people stressed about the possibility of losing their jobs and livelihoods if they choose not to be vaccinated,” said the labor and employment lawyer Ken Gray. “This is why we have developed this service. We regularly help employers develop workplace policies and understand their rights, as well as the rights of their workers. With this service, employees can also understand their rights and move forward with correct information under the law here in North Carolina. “

Employees may be exempt from the requirement if they have a disability or religious beliefs, but these exemptions have their limits.

“Not all employers are covered by ADA or Title VII. In addition, the adaptation process is different for each workplace, depends on the employee’s situation or can change according to the needs of the company. For example, the arrangements may be different if a company decides to have this employee work remotely. “

Those interested in contacting Ward and Smith for more information can call 800-998-1102.

Jackson Lewis has launched a series of video trainings covering Title IX team training obligations and addressing allegations of sexual misconduct for higher education institutions. The training includes Title IX regulations of May 2020 and Title IX guidelines of July 2021 from the US Department of Education.

“Providing truly effective annual training for Title IX teams can be difficult, but ensuring campus fairness, compliance and security is critical,” said Josh Whitlock, Jackson Lewis’ office manager in Charlotte, Caroline. du Nord and creator of the new video training series. “People who serve as coordinators, investigators, hearing officers, appeals officers and counsel in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct have an often intimidating and always impactful role. Their training must respond to complex and changing legal requirements and prepare them to navigate difficult situations with skill and caution. This series offers a complete, efficient, economical and versatile solution. Our team have devoted deep thought and literally hundreds of hours to creating the content and training platform, we are proud of the value offered by the series and have received excellent feedback from dozens of schools that already use it.

The course includes seven training modules, 15 hours of hands-on breakdowns, real-life examples, quizzes and other interactive elements, and on-demand access on any device with unlimited sharing within the institution.

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