The Tax Group welcomes Michael J. Kearney Jr. as a partner in the firm’s Stamford office. Mr. Kearney is an experienced tax lawyer with a broad-based transactional tax practice involving corporations, partnerships and LLCs.
“The addition of Michael is an important step in the continuing growth of our business transactions and finance practices,” said Stephen E. Goldman, Managing Partner of Robinson+Cole. “As a strong, experienced federal tax lawyer, Michael will be a great asset to our clients, as he has a breadth of experience in addressing the tax issues that arise in a wide range of domestic and international transactions.” Read more in the press release.
Robinson+Cole lawyers Michael F. Maglio and Earl W. Phillips, Jr. have each been named the Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Maglio's recognition is in the area of Banking and Finance Law, and Mr. Phillips' recognition is in the area of Environmental Law.
Overall, 52 Robinson+Cole lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Of the 52 lawyers from across the firm’s practice groups and offices named to the list, 42 are from Connecticut. The firm continues to have the highest number of recognized lawyers in the state. Read more in the press release.
Robinson+Cole recently recognized nine of its lawyers for their pro bono work, mentoring, and efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Pro bono partner Peter R. Knight presented the firm’s Pro Bono Award to J. Tyler Butts, Jonathan E. Small, and Elizabeth K. Wright. Wystan M. Ackerman presented the Mentor of the Year Award, which recognized E. Christopher Kehoe, Rachel V. Kushel, Keisha S. Palmer, and Earl W. Philips, Jr. Lastly, the Diversity and Inclusion Award was given to David M. Panico and J. Michael Wirvin by John B. Lynch Jr.
Read more about the honorees and their work in the press release.
The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV), an organization dedicated to equipping veterans who are facing or at-risk of homelessness with the tools for economic self-sufficiency and to providing them a path to achieve successful and dignified independent living, has appointed Finance Group lawyer Amanda S. Eckhoff to its Board of Directors. Read more in the press release.
Transactional Health Law Group lawyers helped close two significant health transactions for Optimal Health Services and Dermatology and Surgery Associates. All aspects of the deals were led by the group’s co-chair Leslie J. Levinson, along with the support of a team that included Rickie M. Sonpal, who advised on corporate and transactional matters; Erica S. Youngerman, who advised on transactional and health care matters; and Christine E. Bromberg who advised on tax structuring and tax matters. “These transactions are significant because they represent the acquisition of meaningful platforms in sectors that have received considerable attention and interest from both strategic as well as private equity acquirers,” said Mr. Levinson. “We are thrilled to have been part of such important transactions.” Read more in the press release.
Benchmark Litigation has named Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer Rhonda J. Tobinone of its Top 250 Women in Litigation for 2018. In this national list published on July 19, 2018, she is one of only three female litigators chosen in the state of Connecticut. Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation recognizes the accomplishments of America’s leading female trial lawyers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read more in the press release.
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, an educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievement of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public, and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls, has elected Robinson+Cole lawyer Abby M. Warren to its Board of Trustees. Founded in 1994, the primary goal of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is to provide role models to women of all ages, encouraging them to recognize their potential, and live their dreams. The Hall stands as the state’s premier source for Connecticut women’s history with more than a hundred Inductees. Read more in the press release.
BusinessWest recognized Business Litigation Group lawyer Kathleen E. Dion as a “40 Under Forty” winner during the publication’s annual gala event on June 21, 2018 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts. BusinessWest's 40 Under Forty recognizes 40 young business and civic leaders in Western Mass. who demonstrate excellence within their profession, a commitment to giving back to the community, dedication to family and work/life balance, and a focus on what else they do in each of those realms. This year’s recipients were chosen from more 180 unique nominations and hail from a host of different industries. Read more in the press release.
The firm was featured in the article “The Loyalty Factor: Robinson & Cole's Secret to Attorney Retention,” published in the Connecticut Law Tribune on August 10, 2018. The article examines Robinson+Cole’s rich history, dedication to diversity and mentoring, and strong retention rate. “[Robinson+Cole] has grown into a national enterprise where loyalty is an asset that helped the Connecticut-based law firm attract a cadre of top-notch attorneys, who’ve called it home for decades.” Read the full article.
Incoming fall associate Je’Quana Orr and Public Finance Group lawyer Keisha S. Palmer were featured in the article “High School Students Take Mock Trial Seriously,” published in UConn Today on August 16, 2018. The article spotlights the Summer Mock Trial Program, co-sponsored by UConn School of Law and Robinson+Cole in partnership with Hartford Public High School. The piece covers the program’s co-founding by Ms. Palmer during her second year at UConn School of Law and how the program led Ms. Orr to pursue a legal career. Read the full article.
Manufacturing Industry Team lawyer Jeffrey J. White was quoted in the article “CT manufacturers scramble to blunt metals tariffs,” published in the Hartford Business Journal on August 20, 2018. The article examines the scramble by Connecticut manufacturers to blunt the impact of rising material costs as a result of President’s Trump’s announcement placing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Mr. White commented on the lack of response to tariff exemption requests made to the U.S. Department of Commerce by manufacturers. "While there was an initial rush of questions from our clients about applying for exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs, those requests have died down perhaps in light of the significant delays in getting those exemptions ruled upon," White said. Read the full article.
Business Litigation Group lawyers Dan A. Brody and Edward J. Heath co-authored the article “New DOJ Commentary Promises Leniency for Companies Who 'Do the Right Thing’ and Self-Report Violations,” published in the Connecticut Law Tribune on August 15, 2018. The article covers the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), it’s broad reach, investigating suspected FCPA violations, and whether to self-report misconduct to the Department of Justice (DOJ.) Mr. Brody and Mr. Heath also examine the DOJ's new commentary “intended to provide the private sector with further clarity on how the DOJ approaches FCPA cases.” The commentary “reinforces the DOJ's commitment to leniency toward the companies that self-report, and states that the DOJ will apply those same principles to FCPA violations occurring in the context of mergers and acquisitions.” Read the full article.
52 Robinson+Cole lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
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Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team lawyer Linn F. Freedman was among the participants that contributed to a project entitled “Privacy in the Digital Age: A Project for France” on July 26, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Presented by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, the three-week project addressed political, economic, and social issues in relation to the digital era with sessions taking place in six different locations across the U.S. Attendees from France included a high level expert on artificial intelligence from the European Commission, the head of legal and international affairs for the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and a data protection advisor to the president and the secretary general. The themes covered in the Providence session included compliance with state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, state emergency data breach response and mitigation, and U.S.-based corporations’ efforts to comply with GDPR.
Business Transactions Group lawyer Shant H. Chalian was quoted in the article “Firms and CCOs embrace social media despite a graying advertising rule,” published in Regulatory Compliance Watch on July 26, 2018. The article examines the Advisers Act’s advertising rule and how investment firms are navigating the application of the nearly 60 year old rule in today’s media landscape. “Compliance ‘should vet everything’ uploaded about the company, believes Chalian. ‘Things posted on employee social media accounts will get attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the adviser,’ he adds.”
Labor + Employment Group lawyer Nicole S. Mule was quoted in the article “The Picture Is Brightening For Law-School Graduates,” published in BusinessWest on August 7, 2018. The article examines how the legal job market has changed following the Great Recession through experiences shared by recent graduates of Western New England University School of Law. Ms. Mule explains how she became interested in law and how jobs held during law school reinforced her love for the profession. “’It made me realize why advocating for businesses was so important,’ said Mule. 'As an attorney, I can have a significant effect on my clients’ businesses for their benefit.’” Read the full article.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyers Marc E. Haas and Gilbert L. Lee co-presented a webinar on “Construction Defect Coverage” on July 31, 2018. The lunchtime program covered the peculiarities of construction defect insurance claims under standard commercial general liability policies. Mr. Haas and Mr. Lee offered insight on a variety of common recurring issues that the courts continue to wrestle with, including policy definitions of property damage and occurrence, and they addressed relevant case law and legislation.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Candace M. Cunningham has been appointed Vice-Chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys' (ACMA) Title Insurance Committee. Ms. Cunningham has been actively involved in the Committee and also serves on the ACMA's Program Committee. Formed in 1974, the ACMA is comprised of more than 400 lawyers in North America who are recognized as leaders in mortgage law.
Finance Group lawyer Patrick M. Birney has been named chair of the United States Law Firm Group's (USLFG) Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Committee. The committee is made up of nearly 30 members who meet semi-annually and confer between meetings regarding current legal and practice developments relevant to bankruptcy and creditors rights.
Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team lawyer Linn F. Freedman was among the panelists that participated in a discussion on “Phishing” as part of the Cyber Security Summit on July 20, 2018 in Newport, Rhode Island. Presented by the Opal Group, the event gathered C-level and senior executives responsible for defending their companies’ critical infrastructures together with technology providers and distinguished information security experts for a series of interactive panel discussions and keynote presentations on how to protect businesses from cyber-attacks.
Construction Group lawyers Todd R. Regan and Peter E. Strniste, Jr. were among the speakers that presented during the NASBP Road Show: Bonding with Bob program on July 19, 2018 at The Lyceum in Hartford, Connecticut. “Bonding with Bob” is a series of half-day educational and informational programs spotlighting National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) benefits, programs, and hot topics in the surety industry. Mr. Regan presented the program entitled "My Brother’s Keeper: The Pitfalls of Bonding Special Preference Relationships." The seminar covered the factual and legal basis on which sureties and producers may potentially be held liable for the principal’s fraudulent conduct and provided some practice pointers on how to avoid this potential liability. Mr. Strniste presented a session on the "Adventures of the Surety in the New Frontier — The Extension by State Law of the Prime’s Liability to Third Tier Subcontractors and Beyond." The program examined recent trends in state law extending the prime’s liability to third tier subcontractors and suppliers and beyond as well as the effect upon the Surety’s payment bond liability in both the public and private settings.
Tax Group lawyer Ryan V. Leichsenring presented a program on "What Your Small Business Needs to Know About Nexus” on July 18, 2018 in Torrington, Connecticut. The session was part of the regional “CONNection” small group meeting series hosted by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. In light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, eliminating any physical presence requirement for the collection of state sales and use tax by remote sellers, the presentation offered an update on nexus for sales and use tax purposes in a post-Quill world. Mr. Leichsenring also provided an update on nexus issues for income tax and gross receipts taxes.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Michele L. Maresca moderated a panel discussion on the "Future of Retail" as part of the New England Conference & Deal Making Idea Exchange on July 17, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC,) the session examined how landlords can position their tenant mix to respond to a rapidly changing market. The program also included the exploration of two case studies, Arsenal Yards redevelopment and Tuscan Village new development, that are especially illustrative of forward-thinking retail development. Arsenal Yards is a community-minded redevelopment of a Boston area retail center into a major mixed-use project with retail, restaurant, office, hotel, and residential space. Tuscan Village is a ground-up development on over 170 acres that will use a mix of downtown-style housing, office, retail, and experience to create a destination where people can live, work, stay, and play.
The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) has appointed Labor and Employment Group lawyer Natale V. Di Natale and Business Litigation Group lawyer Kathryn M. Rattigan to its Health Law Section Council. Ms. Rattigan will lead the section as Chair of the Council. She previously served as vice chair and is a frequent speaker for the MBA. The Health Law Section provides a discussion platform to improve the professional competence of attorneys dealing with health care issues through seminars and publications; strives to bring together all members interested in the practice and delivery of health care. Read more in the press release.
Business Litigation Group lawyer Thomas J. Donlon made two contributions to the Summer 2018 issue of Litigation News, a publication of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation. The News reprinted Mr. Donlon's latest Silly Lawyer Tricks column from the Appellate Practice Journal, a publication of the section’s Appellate Practice Committee, which is a continuing series on “real mistakes and misdeeds by real lawyers on appeal.” The column reports on court opinions and covers mistakes real appellate attorneys have made over the past four years. In addition, Mr. Donon was quoted in the Litigation News article entitled “Appellate Review Allowed Despite Failure To Preserve Issue Below,” where he extensively addressed the Third Circuit’s distinction between waiver and forfeiture of an issue on appeal. The goal of Litigation News is to advance the art of advocacy by informing litigators of Section activities and news of professional interest
The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), an organization formed by lawyers to answer the call for greater diversity in the legal profession, has named Finance Group lawyer John B. Lynch Jr. its President-elect. Mr. Lynch will serve as LCD’s President in 2019. The mission of the LCD is to unite the resources, energy and commitment of the State’s leading law firms, corporations, public sector entities, law schools, state and county bar associations, and affinity bar organizations in the joint mission of making Connecticut a more attractive place for attorneys of color, minorities, and women to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities. Read more in the press release.
Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team lawyer Linn F. Freedman co-presented a program on "Building Your Leadership in Cyber Risk: What Board Members Should Do & Questions You Should Ask" on June 26, 2018. Presented by Women in the Boardroom, the webinar covered how to understand the evolving cyber threat landscape, why cyber risk is important to all board members, what the right questions are to ask, and how to get started with practical tools, resources and next steps.
Construction Group lawyer Joseph A. Barra authored the article “Climate Change and the New Normal,” published in the June 2018 issue of BSCES News, a monthly publication of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE. The article covers how climate change is “fast becoming a lightning rod of legal exposure for the design community” and explores the impact this phenomenon is having on the way engineers practice as well as the standards by which they are measured. “In the absence of exacting code guidance, today’s engineer must independently consider the effects of sea level rise, flooding, heat, freezing conditions, excessive wind, and other environmental factors when developing a conservative design,” said Barra. Read the full article.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer Dana M. Horton was among the speakers that participated in a panel discussion on “Success at a Law Firm and Becoming Partner" as part of the Success in the World of Law CLE Series on June 26, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. Presented by the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association, the 90-minute program covered the path to partnership, navigating the journey, anticipating and dealing with associated challenges, and defining success as a female attorney and law firm partner.
Labor + Employment Group lawyer Susan N. Masters earned a certificate from the Association of Workplace Investigators by successfully completing the organization’s 2018 Atlanta Training Institute, which took place from April 30 to May 4, 2018 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The program consists of four days of training, including 10 hours of small group sessions with experienced faculty, and a half-day series of tests. Upon her successful completion of the program, Ms. Masters received a certificate indicating that she has mastered the materials and is permitted to use the designation ‘AWI-CH’ (Association of Workplace Investigators – Certificate Holder). Obtaining a certificate reflects demonstrated success at achieving the core knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations.
Business Litigation Group lawyers Edward J. Heath and Joanne J. Rapuano, along with Employee Benefits + Compensation Group lawyer Virginia E. McGarrity, presented during the MLG Roundtable on June 14, 2018 at the firm. Mr. Heath and Ms. Rapuano presented an interactive program on “FCPA in 2018,” which provided an overview of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its common misconceptions. They also shared best practices for training and investigating employees in light of those common misconceptions. Ms. McGarrity's program on “The Latest Trends and Practices in Employee Benefits” covered emerging employee benefit trends shaping 2018, including pension de-risking strategies, tax reform changes to executive compensation and benefits, and the latest developments in health care reform.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts held an all-day conference on June 6, 2018 to discuss the recently published book, Reinventing Development Regulations, co-authored by Brian W. Blaesser, a Partner in the Real Estate + Development Group. The Institute invited 32 experts from around the country to participate in a peer review of the book. The conference was organized around four sessions for which Mr. Blaesser and co-author, Jonathan Barnett, made initial presentations that were followed by formal “responder” comments and then general discussion. The first session addressed the technical/legal issues of incorporating environmental information in development regulations using Geographic Information System (GIS) databases and software. The second session discussed the book’s proposals for how to relate development to the natural environment and to manage climate change locally. The third session concerned use of design standards and guidelines to address development, using the ubiquitous suburban commercial corridor as a case study. The last session was devoted to the legal framework and principles presented in the book for how to implement innovative development regulations while safeguarding private property interests and taking into account market realities. Read more about Reinventing Development Regulations on the Lincoln Institute’s website. View the cover of the book.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyers Lawrence J. Klein, Eugene P. Murphy, and Rhonda J. Tobin presented the program “Policy Limit Demands— Protecting Insurers Against The Latest Strategy of Plaintiffs' Counsel” on June 13, 2018 at the firm. Attendees were lead through an interactive discussion on policy limit demands in an effort to coordinate a proper response. Mr. Klein, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Tobin addressed identifying a policy limit demand, the continuing need to fully evaluate a claim for liability and damages following receipt of a policy limit demand, the potential legal consequences of failing to properly respond to a policy limit demand, and best practices and strategies for responding to a policy limit demand. The presentation was the third in a newly launched “Insurance In-House Counsel CLE Series” that offers continuing legal education (CLE) and networking catered exclusively to in-house counsel and attorney claim professionals in the insurance industry. The next program in the series is scheduled to take place on September 6.
On June 15, 2018, HARC proudly opened “Richard's Corner Stone Connection,” a reading room and library named in honor of Richard Stone. Mr. Stone is a former participant in Robinson+Cole’s partnership program with HARC and worked at the firm for over 20 years. When he retired, Mr. Stone promised himself that he would fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to read and, under the tutelage of his reading teacher, succeeded in doing so at age 65. Richard's Corner Stone Connection is committed to helping others fulfill their dreams learning to read. Business Litigation Group lawyer Eric D. Daniels was among those who attended the opening. View photos.
Professional Facilities Management (PMF), a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the Providence Performing Arts Center, has appointed Data Privacy + Cybersecurity lawyer Linn F. Freedman to its Board of Directors. PFM was founded by a group of dedicated business and entertainment-industry professionals who had been invited to consult and advise on a number of venue-related projects in New England. The organization has national management/booking contracts with eleven facilities in eight states.
Construction Group lawyer Joseph A. Barra was quoted in the article “Mechanic’s lien unenforceable due to statutory noncompliance - Not based on contract referenced in lien filing docs,” published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on June 20, 2018. The article covers a recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision in which homeowners were entitled to summary discharge of a mechanic’s lien filed by a contractor that could not produce the original contract referenced in its filing, but later produced a nearly identical contract for a different amount (Atlas Contracting, Inc. v. Saleh, et al.). “Barra said the mechanic’s lien statute does provide for flexibility when it comes to defining the contract at issue. That is because the Legislature amended the statute in 1996, broadening the definition of ‘written contract’ to include any written, enforceable contract, Barra said. ‘Given these circumstances, I believe that the court had the authority to apply the $227,294 contract to Atlas’ notice but elected not to exercise its discretion,’ he said, adding that the strategic decision of Atlas’ attorney to supplement the record with that contract was the right decision, as counsel was obligated to disclose that finding to the court.” Read the full article.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer Dana M. Horton was among the speakers that participated in a panel discussion on the “Discovery of Electronic Materials Comes to Superior Court" as part of the Rhode Island Bar Association (RIBA) Annual Meeting on June 21, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. The focus of the program was on the Rhode Island Superior Court’s recent adoption or revision of numerous rules of civil procedure to address discovery of electronic materials. The rules impose significant, specific requirements on parties and counsel. The panel reviewed the rules, compared them to the analogous federal rules, discussed relevant case law, and considered the technological issues raised by the new rules.
Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group lawyer James P. Ray was among the speakers that participated in a roundtable discussion on the "Latest Perspectives on Vapor Intrusion Litigation" on June 28, 2018. Presented by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Environmental and Energy Litigation Committee, the live audio call-in program covered the regularly changing programs at the state and federal level.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer J. Tyler Butts presented a program on “Assignment of Benefits” during the 2018 Western Regional Adjusters Conference on June 26 to June 27, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The conference is hosted by the Property & Liability Resource Bureau as part of the organization's Regional Adjusters Conferences, which are held in three different cities around the U.S. During the session, Mr. Butts reviewed recent trends with building contractors soliciting assignment of benefits with personal lines and commercial lines claims; described assignment of benefits strategies employed by public adjusters, attorneys, and real estate purchasers; evaluated what the law in various jurisdictions says about rules governing assignment of benefits; and analyzed adjusting strategies adjusters might consider when faced with various forms of assignment of benefits.
Health Law Group lawyer Brian D. Nichols was among the panelists that participated in a program on “Hospital M&A Market at Mid-Year: Surviving, or Not, Healthcare Reform,” presented on June 21, 2018. Hosted by Irving Levin Associates, the webinar covered the state of the hospital M&A market today, how valuations have been trending in 2018, and the outlook for traditional hospitals.
Finance Group lawyer Amanda S. Eckhoff presented a program on “Winning With Words: How to Improve Your Presentation Game” on June 20, 2018 at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by the Boston Chapter of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), the program was the first of a two-part Women's Roundtable Session. Ms. Eckhoff's interactive seminar highlighted the importance of public speaking and effective presentations and offered tips and best practices to use in both personal and professional settings. She also covered how to be more confident and effective while also being mindful of language and mannerisms that may actually weaken a presentation. Launched in 2015, REFA's Women’s Roundtable and Events are held throughout the year as a chance for women in the real estate finance industry to network with one another, discuss market updates and trends, and hear from prominent female leaders within the real estate finance community.
Business Litigation Group lawyer Steven J. Boyajian authored the article “Hope for Redemption – The Treatment of Pre-Petition Tax Sales in Bankruptcy,” published in the June 2018 edition of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. The article covers whether a debtor can extend tax sale redemption payments over the life of a plan. “There is no single answer,” said Mr. Boyajian, “because the ways in which state laws unbundle the attributes of property ownership following tax sales are too varied to allow it. However, by examining what a taxpayer retains and what a purchaser takes through a tax sale, bankruptcy courts have developed a consistent analytical framework that should allow for the development of predictable results for debtors that have lost their property to pre-petition tax sales.” Read the full article.
Labor and Employment Group lawyer Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Business Litigation Group lawyer Edward J. Heath presented a breakout session on "Conducting Internal Investigations: Getting the Witness Interview Right" during the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) 2018 Spring Symposium on June 6, 2018 in Waltham, Massachusetts. AICUM is the leading voice on public policy issues affecting independent higher education in Massachusetts. The association is comprised of 60 degree-granting, accredited, independent (private) colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. During the program, Ms. Cole-Johnson and Mr. Heath covered the components of an internal investigation, measures to take immediately, identifying witnesses, planning interview logistics, determining interview questions, and concluding the interview.
Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team member Linn F. Freedman presented the program “Data Privacy and Security: Your Role as a Judicial Officer” as part of the 2018 Connecticut Judges Institute on June 14, 2018, hosted at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Freedman covered identifying, protecting, and mapping high-risk data; privacy and security in the courtroom; threats to cybersecurity in the courtroom; and technology disruptions to the legal system. Former Robinson+Cole Partner and newly appointed Connecticut Superior Court Judge Nuala E. Droney delivered the introduction to Ms. Freedman’s session.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Matthew J. Lawlor was among the speakers that presented during a CLE program on “Ground Leasing with Governmental Entities” on June 18, 2018. Presented and hosted by the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, the program offered insight into the most common issues encountered and effective ways to navigate through them.
Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team lawyer Kathleen M. Porter presented a session on "Managing Privacy and Cybersecurity Risk in Transactions" during the Nineteenth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law on June 11 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), the event focused on current critical issues of information privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection faced by all companies with the goal of keeping attorneys and other privacy professionals informed and up-to-date in this complex and dynamic area of laws and regulations. Ms. Porter offered tips for selecting vendors, conducting due diligence, and negotiating privacy and data security issues in commercial contracts and technology transactions. She also covered the effect of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the cybersecurity and privacy practices of companies, vendors, and business partners.