Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, the nation's first all-girls Horizons program, has appointed Robinson+Cole lawyer Sandra Marin to its Board of Directors. The mission of the program is to help girls in Hartford Public Schools from low-income families improve their educational outcomes. Read more in the press release.
Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is one of four local non-profits to which Blue State Coffee (777 Main Street in Hartford) donates two percent of its sales. Each time a customer makes a purchase, he or she is given a token with which to vote for one of these non-profits by placing the token in the non-profit’s jar. If you are going to Blue State Coffee, please consider dropping a token in the Horizons at The Ethel Walker School jar to help raise funds for the organization.
Robinson+Cole lawyer Eric D. Daniels is chairing the 90th Anniversary Human Relations Award Banquet, hosted by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), on April 20, 2017, at the Marriott Downtown in Hartford.
The annual banquet includes the presentation of awards to individuals in the community who have distinguished themselves by treating others with open-mindedness and respect, showing leadership by example, and demonstrating diligence in their fight for human rights and equality. Read more in the press release.
Robinson+Cole’s Business Litigation Group welcomes Patrick W. Begos as a partner in the firm’s Stamford office. Mr. Begos has nearly 30 years of commercial and insurance litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation experience, representing companies and individuals in a wide array of industries.
“We are excited to welcome Pat to the firm,” said Theodore J. Tucci, chair of the firm’s Health and Benefits Litigation Group. “His addition to Robinson+Cole significantly expands our litigation depth and geographic reach in representing clients in pension and life, health, and disability benefits matters.” Read more in the full release.
The Village for Families & Children (The Village), a nonprofit that helps over 8,000 children and at-risk families throughout the Greater Hartford region each year, has appointed Robinson+Cole managing partner Stephen E. Goldman to its Board of Directors.
The mission of The Village is “to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.” Founded is 1809, The Village was one of the first organizations in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, it provides a full range of behavioral health treatment for children and youth, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children and their families in the Greater Hartford region.
The First Tee of Connecticut, a nonprofit organization that has reached out to more than 70,000 young people through the game of golf, has appointed Robinson+Cole lawyer Kenneth C. Baldwin to its Board of Directors.
The First Tee of Connecticut’s mission is to positively influence the lives of young individuals of all backgrounds throughout Connecticut by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through golf.
The M&A Advisor, a premier global network of M&A, turnaround, and finance professionals, recognized Robinson+Cole with two awards during the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, held at the New York Athletic Club on November 9. The first award presented to the firm was in the Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $100MM) category, and the second award received by the firm was in the Private Equity Deal of the Year (From $10MM - $25MM) category. Accepting the awards on behalf of the firm were Patrick M. Birney and Michael R. Enright for Restructuring Deal of the Year and Stephen P. Hanson for Private Equity Deal of the Year.
Read more in the press release.
Robinson+Cole lawyers and staff members participated in Junior Achievement (JA) Day at Parkville Community School in Hartford on November 18, 2016. This was the firm's 12th JA/R+C Day and 11th visit to the elementary school. Seven volunteers from the firm taught approximately 75 students in kindergarten through second grade a JA-developed curriculum focused on promoting financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness. Robinson+Cole partner Christine E. Bromberg is a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.
See a photo and read more in the press release.
Tax Group partner Christine E. Bromberg has been selected to serve on the 2017 Law360’s Tax Editorial Advisory Board. She also served on the board in 2016. In this position, Ms. Bromberg will advise Law360 editors on current issues concerning tax matters. In addition, she will offer insight on the best ways to formulate future tax-related coverage.
Richard M. Borden, Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer, was a presenter in the West LegalEdcenter webcast "How Can Companies Respond to Cyber Attacks by State Actors?" on February 7, 2017. The panelists discussed how recent congressional new rules and regulations will affect both the public and private sector. They specifically focused on breach notification, including case studies where some of the largest companies in the world did not properly discharge their notification obligations; what a cyber incident means for a company, including the associated costs; and legal solutions currently being debated.
In addition, Mr. Borden participated in the 2017 Cybersecurity Acquisition Supply Chain Workshop, sponsored by American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council on February 8, 2017, in Washington, DC. In the session "Developing Cybersecurity Strategies and Best Practices for the Acquisition Supply Chain," Mr. Borden and his fellow panelists provided perspectives on requirements for cybersecurity in the supply chain, implementation of cybersecurity in the supply chain, the effect of cybersecurity in the supply chain on the enterprise culture, and raising awareness of cybersecurity in the acquisition community.
Construction Group lawyers Gregory R. Faulkner and Martin A. Onorato were panelists at the Connecticut Building Congress program "A Lawyer, an Architect, and a Carpenter: Construction Law Best Practices Roundtable Discussions" at Central Connecticut State University on February 21, 2017, in New Britain, Connecticut. The session addressed best practices in construction law, focusing on onerous contract clauses, quality of design, and avoiding litigation and arbitration.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Dwight H. Merriam has been selected to serve on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy. The journal, to be launched by the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth (Center) at the Georgia State University College of Law in the spring of 2017, will publish articles resulting from the Study Space Program in Cape Town, South Africa. The Center fosters “interdisciplinary dialogue, academic exchanges, and research related to challenges facing the physical and built environment in Atlanta and around the world.”
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyers Rhonda J. Tobin and Eugene P. Murphy spoke to a group of in-house lawyers at AIG Claims, Inc., on February 16, 2017, in New York City. Their presentation, "Underwriting Issues in Insurance Claims," focused on underwriting issues, legal remedies concerning those issues, and underwriters as witnesses. The attendees included 50 lawyers who handle complex liability claims and their managers.
Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer Kathryn M. Rattigan and Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer Carrie C. Turner, along with Ivan Stamatovski of Easy Aerial, presented the program "Drones Take Flight in the Insurance Industry" on January 19, 2017, in New York City and on February 8, 2017, in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Rattigan and Ms. Turner discussed how drones can collect valuable data to reduce losses, evaluate and monitor risks, reduce fraud, and increase the productivity, safety and efficiency of claims adjusters. Additionally, they addressed the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations, voluntary best privacy and security practices, and how businesses using drones can comply with these regulations and practices. Mr. Stamatovski spoke about supplying hardware (drones) and software to many industries already using drones worldwide and provided a drone display, which he designed and built, for audience members to view up close.
Environmental + Utilities Group lawyer Megan E. Baroni co-chaired the ABA Section of Litigation’s Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar. Held in Squaw Valley, California, from January 26 to January 28, 2017, this CLE program brought together in-house counsel, government employees, members of the judiciary, and plaintiffs and defense counsel to learn about the latest insights and law developments in the areas of environmental, energy, mass torts, and products liability. The topics included the recent trend of sanctioning in-house and outside counsel for discovery and other misconduct; the rise of citizen science in supporting environmental and product-related claims; emerging insurance coverage issues in the environmental, energy, mass torts, and products liability areas; and ethical and logistical issues facing plaintiffs' lawyers in the multidistrict litigation program.
Robinson+Cole hosted the first of CISO Executive Network's Roundtable Breakfast Series at its Hartford, Connecticut, office on January 31, 2017. Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer Richard M. Borden participated in this session, “The Endpoints,” which covered end point security, where users interact with systems and data. Endpoints are often vulnerable, challenging the security footprint. To help mitigate the vulnerability, the discussion focused on anti-malware, network access control, intrusion detection/prevention, device management, and USB device control, among other key topics. Robinson+Cole will host the five remaining sessions of the series in its Hartford office. The CISO Executive Network, a peer-to-peer organization, is committed to help information security, IT risk management, privacy, and compliance executives be more successful.
Dwight H. Merriam, Real Estate + Development Group lawyer, participated in four sessions at the 31st Annual Land Use Institute (LUI): Planning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain, and Compensation program on February 1 and 2, 2017, in Miami, Florida. This was the 25th anniversary of his first appearance on the faculty. Mr. Merriam was a panelist for "Update on Planning, Land Use, and Eminent Domain Decisions.” Click here for the PowerPoint, here for the case information, and here for the resource materials. He was also a panelist for "Federal Laws, Regulations, and Programs Affecting Local Land Use Decision Making." Click here for the PowerPoint and here for the resource materials. He was a response panelist for the Annual Richard F. Babcock Faculty Keynote Address, "From the Ground Up: Unshared Assumptions in Law and Planning” and participated in a session "Regulating Navigable Airspace: The Drones Are Here." Click here for the PowerPoint and here for the resource materials. The annual LUI program addresses and analyzes the state-of-the-art efforts by government to manage land use and development and presents the key issues faced by property owners and developers in obtaining necessary governmental approvals.
Robinson+Cole was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) on January 26, 2017. The firm was presented with a plaque and recognized for its 15 years of commitment to CT ABC. In attendance at the event were Construction Group partner Todd R. Regan and Labor and Employment Group lawyer Peter A. Dagostine. Click here to see the photo of Mr. Regan accepting the award. CT ABC is one of the most prominent trade organizations for the construction industry.
Amid a rapidly changing regulatory and political environment, Environmental + Utilities Group members presented "Regulatory Trends and Outlook for 2017" at the Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF) Meeting in Wethersfield, Connecticut, on February 1, 2017. Todd R. Berman, Brian C. Freeman, Robert S. Melvin, and Emilee Mooney Scott provided a comprehensive overview of environmental rules, exposures, and trends likely to emerge or strengthen over the course of the year and how Connecticut environmental professionals can navigate these choppy waters. Mr. Berman is president of the CEF Board of Directors.
Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer Richard M. Borden contributed to the article "A New Focus on Law Firm Cybersecurity," published in the Midsize Law Firms Blog of the Legal Executive Institute (LEI), a Thomson Reuters legal resource, on January 11, 2017. In response to how often law firms are victims of data breaches and hacks, the article outlines a proactive approach in securing data. First, law firms can use cost-effective tools, such as e-mail encryption services, secure file management and transfer solutions, multifactor authentication, mobile device management, and integrated malicious code detectors. Also, they can develop a security conscious culture and stress that every employee must be committed to taking the steps necessary to protect the firm's information and systems. Finally, through the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization, they can share cyber threat information to collectively improve their knowledge of threats and better prepare for them. Click here to read the article.
Boston lawyers Katherine C. Bailey, Elizabeth K. Wright, Lawrence P. Heffernan, J. Michael Wirvin, Ashley P. Keenan, and Christopher M. Bergan represented Robinson+Cole when they walked with nearly 700 lawyers to the Massachusetts State House for the 18th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on January 26, 2017. At the State House, participants urged lawmakers to protect state funding for civil legal aid. There is no right to court-appointed attorneys in civil cases, and civil legal aid programs provide vital services to protect the safety and stability of low-income individuals and families. These programs provide legal services on cases related to loss of housing, domestic abuse, access to veterans benefits, employment, elder law, and immigration. By providing lawyers and legal advice to people living at or near the federal poverty level, civil legal aid programs enhance the ability of clients to access justice and can serve as a powerful tool to combat poverty. Click here to view a photo of Robinson+Cole lawyers at the State House.
The Walk to the Hill event was sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association.
Insurance + Reinsurance Group lawyer Eugene P. Murphy spoke at the 18th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, held in Orlando, Florida. The conference featured programs on current trends, hot topics, and recent developments in windstorm/property insurance claims. Mr. Murphy presented at two sessions, on January 30 and February 1, 2017, on the topic "Advanced Settlement Techniques for Property/Windstorm Insurance Claims: The Upside of Getting to 'Yes,'" which addressed the preparation of mediators and clients for mediation; key settlement issues regarding authority, control, timing, confidentiality, and limited discovery; and insurance-specific dynamics and considerations. This year's Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference drew over 1,000 property/windstorm insurance claims professionals.
Intellectual Property Group lawyer Alaine C. Doolan and Business Litigation Group lawyer James R. Nault participated in the "IP Year in Review" presentation at the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Intellectual Property Section Meeting in New Britain, Connecticut, on January 26, 2017. The discussion focused on the most relevant patent, trademark, and copyright cases in 2016 and how they will affect the practice of intellectual property going forward. Ms. Doolan moderated the session, and Mr. Nault presented the patent portion. Ms. Doolan is co-chair of the CBA's Intellectual Property Section.
Linn F. Freedman, chair of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Security Team, presented the program "Data Privacy Day: How to Create a Culture of Privacy & Security within Your Organization" at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhode Island, on January 26, 2017. To an audience of senior executives, Ms. Freedman offered practical tips and a plan on how to address the increasing risk of data management, build data privacy and security into the company culture, and engage employees in becoming part of the process.
Additionally, Ms. Freedman spoke at the Associated General Contractors' (AGC) 2017 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management on January 30 in Naples, Florida. In the session "Cybersecurity Priorities: Top 10 Questions for Senior Executives to Ask Their IT and HR Departments and Their Suppliers and Subcontractors," Ms. Freedman identified data security vulnerabilities that all construction firms need to address, offered practical ways to deal with those vulnerabilities, and provided the top questions to ask their IT and HR departments and vendors.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, J. Michael Wirvin, Matthew J. Lawlor, Kendra L. Berardi, and Ashley P. Keenan, accompanied by their significant others, attended the annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Hosted by the Boston Bar Foundation, the event is the largest of its kind in the Boston area, with 100 percent of the proceeds funding direct grants awarded to local organizations that serve thousands of individuals and families struggling with critical issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, and various forms of injustice. Click here to view a photo from the event.
Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer Richard M. Borden participated in the Connecticut Law Review's annual symposium Privacy, Security, and Power: The State of Digital Surveillance at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford on January 27, 2017. The symposium addressed some of the most important and challenging legal issues that society faces as it seeks to balance considerations of privacy and security. Mr. Borden moderated the session "Surveilling the Future," which examined emerging technologies and shifting regimes that experts anticipate for the near future.
Finance lawyer Keisha S. Palmer has been appointed to the board of directors of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) by House Majority Leader, Matt Ritter.
“Keisha Palmer has accepted a very challenging, very important assignment,” Rep. Ritter said. “There are fewer and fewer employer sponsored retirement plans – meaning more and more Connecticut residents are nervously looking ahead at their retirement years. Keisha and the other members of the CRSA will be working to make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy retirement.”
“Given the significant number of State residents without access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, the Connecticut Retirement Security Program is a great way to facilitate retirement saving among this underserved segment of our population. I look forward to contributing my skillset to the betterment of my fellow citizens as a board member of the Authority,” Palmer said. Read more in the press release.
For the 13th consecutive year, Robinson+Cole spread holiday cheer to more than 170 children from the Northwest Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford by providing them with holiday gifts. Once again, the Hartford office met its goal of fulfilling every child’s “wish” thanks to the generosity of lawyers and staff. Presents ranged from dolls and action figures to sports equipment and remote controlled cars. Health Law Group members Lisa M. Boyle and Brian D. Nichols coordinated the gift drive. Click here to see photos of some of the children receiving their gifts.
Real Estate + Development lawyer Dwight H. Merriam presented the "The Top Ten Land Use Law Decisions and Developments in the Past Year" at the National CLE Conference, held in Snowmass, Colorado, on January 6, 2017. He discussed key land use decisions and developments in 2016 as well as the lessons learned in the process. Click here to view the PowerPoint and here to view the resource materials.
In addition, Mr. Merriam, along with Professor Daniel Mandelker of the Washington University School of Law, moderated the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) webinar "2016 Cases of the Year" on January 9, 2017. Click here to view the PowerPoint and here to view the resource materials.
Finance lawyer Norman H. Roos, chair of Robinson+Cole's Finance Group and counsel to the Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), moderated the session "CMBA Legislative Update—The CMBA Presents: Coping with the Aftermath of 'Dodd-Frank' While Contemplating the 'Age of Trump'—The Mortgage Industry in a State of Flux?" at the New England Mortgage Expo, held on January 13, 2017, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. The program, which covered legislative activity in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, addressed what is anticipated for the mortgage industry in 2017, how businesses may have to change going forward, and whether the post-crash laws, regulations, and heightened enforcement activity will begin to subside.
The CMBA sponsors this annual expo. It is the largest regional mortgage banking conference in the country, this year drawing more than 2000 attendees from across the region.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Evan J. Seeman has been selected as chair- elect of the American Planning Association's (APA) Planning and Law Division (PLD). For the past two years, Mr. Seeman has served as the division's secretary/treasurer and before that served on its Education and Outreach Committee. The PLD is dedicated to educating individuals about the intersection of planning and law, as the legal issues underlying the planning of our cities and communities are important and essential components in the education and training of those who would become professional planners and land use practitioners. The PLD has over 500 members, including attorneys, planners, municipal officials, students, and others.
Robinson+Cole lawyers Jeffrey J. White, Robert S. Melvin, Sorell E. Negro, and Matthew T. Miklave participated in sessions relevant to each of their practice areas for the National Business Institute (NBI) webinar "Manufacturing Law" on December 15, 2015. The program provided both in-house lawyers and outside counsel with the latest information in dealing with compliance, environmental health and safety, and labor and employment issues in the manufacturing industry. Mr. White co-presented "Corporate Law & Compliance Issues Facing Manufacturers," Mr. Melvin and Ms. Negro co-presented "Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and Real Estate Issues Facing Manufacturers," and Mr. Miklave presented "Labor and Employment Issues Facing Manufacturers." The Manufacturing Law Blog, written by members of Robinson+Cole's Manufacturing Industry Group, was one of the first blogs in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors. The group's practice, a trendsetter in the industry, is national in scope.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Evan J. Seeman and Business Litigation Group lawyer John F. X. Peloso Jr. authored the practice note "Avoiding and Defending Against RLUIPA Claims," published in Practical Law (Thomson Reuters) on December 22, 2016. In the note, Mr. Seeman and Mr. Peloso discuss how local governments can avoid liability under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). They specifically focus on strategies that can prevent and defend against substantial burden, unreasonable limits, and equal terms claims, including using the safe harbor provision, addressing public statements, and educating government officials about the law. Please click here to view the note.
Leslie J. Levinson, co-chair of Robinson+Cole's Transactional Health Law Group, was quoted in a Part B News article published on January 2, 2017. The article, "2017 predictions: Increased cash payments, no changes to MACRA and more," discusses the potential for 2017 to be an unparalleled time for changes in health care. Regarding the prediction that practice consolidation will accelerate, Mr. Levinson says that practice acquisition was active in 2016, "particularly in the specialty practice areas with dermatology, ophthalmology and anesthesia remaining strong, along with a continuing consolidation of dental practices by practice management companies."
Business Transactions Group lawyer Joseph B. White was reappointed judge for a ninth term in the Municipal Court of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where he has served 18 years on the bench. The Municipal Court handles zoning, housing, and traffic cases, as well as ordinance violations and misdemeanors. In addition, Mr. White was recently recognized by the ABA's Special Judicial Division for his work with the National Safety Council in implementing an online driver safety program now being used in numerous cities and towns throughout the State of Rhode Island.
In August 2016, State Senator Martin Looney appointed Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Edward V. O’Hanlan as one of 30 working members of the Task Force to Increase Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters (Task Force), which was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in its 2016 legislative session. The Task Force, chaired by UConn Law School Dean Tim Fisher and former CBA president Bill Clendenen, worked for four months and issued its Final Report on December 15, 2016.
The Task Force’s mission was set forth in the underlying legislation to identify the consequences of the lack of competent legal counsel to assist Connecticut residents in dealing with the civil—as distinct from criminal—legal system and to make specific recommendations for action where the need for civil counsel is particularly felt. The most salient needs the Task Force identified included (a) the civil process for orders of protection against domestic violence, (b) child custody and detained removal (deportation) matters, and (c) defense of residential evictions.
Mr. O'Hanlan was a member of the Task Force subcommittee that drafted the section "Why Access to Legal Services Matters," in which studies were cited showing that the real dollar cost to society of these unmet civil counsel needs in civil process far exceeds the likely costs of effective programs of legal assistance in our courts. In addition, Mr. O’Hanlan, who participates in Robinson+Cole's pro bono effort with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Counsel, recommended language highlighting veterans' need for legal services, which is contained in the Final Report. Click here to view the Final Report in its entirety.
Robinson+Cole is the only private firm mentioned in the Task Force's Final Report for its pro bono efforts in handling issue-specific cases with Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Dwight H. Merriam, with Professor Daniel Mandelker of the Washington University School of Law, co-moderated the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) webinar "Disparate Impact Liability and the Fair Housing Act" on December 12, 2016. The focus of the discussion was the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project and how it brought clarity to whether disparate impact liability exists under the Fair Housing Act. Click here to view the session’s PowerPoint and here to view the resource materials.
In addition, on December 14, Mr. Merriam moderated the IMLA webinar "Show Me the Money – Real Estate Financing." The presentation focused on the advantages of public finance in incentivizing private development with public-private partnerships. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Nuala E. Droney and James R. Nault have been recognized for their outstanding service as pro bono counsel by the judges of the District of Connecticut. Both lawyers were recently named runners-up for the district’s biennial Pro Bono Award. In a letter sent to each of them, Chief Judge Janet C. Hall said “Our District is very fortunate to have outstanding lawyers willing to donate their time and resources to represent those in need.” Nominations for the pro bono award are made by district and magistrate judges
In an ongoing Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT) series, Public Finance Group lawyer Keisha S. Palmer was interviewed in "5 Questions With Robinson & Cole's Keisha Palmer on Mentoring and Switching Careers," published on December 6, 2016. In the article, Ms. Palmer talks about her practice and how she views law as a way to improve society. She answers questions on her changing careers, representing indigent clients in criminal appeals, co-founding the University of Connecticut School of Law/Robinson & Cole Summer Institute program, drafting model language for proposed amendments to the state's general statutes regarding stormwater authorities within the state, and training and mentoring new associates, paralegals and legal assistants within the firm's Public Finance Group. Click here to view her answers.
The Board of Governors of the World Jurist Association (WJA) has elected Sorell E. Negro president of its U.S. Chapter. The WJA, formed in 1963, is an international organization that focuses on the administration of international law and has special consultative status to the U.N. Economic and Social Council. Members include sitting and retired chief justices, judges, government officials, lawyers, and other professionals from over 140 countries. The WJA has national presidents in 85 countries, and the Board of Governors represents every continent and aspect of the legal profession. Ms. Negro is the first woman lawyer to serve as president of the U.S. Chapter.
Richard M. Borden, Data Privacy + Security Team lawyer, along with Tyler Polk of Fiduciary Investment Advisors and Ryan Rodrique of Wolf & Company, co-presented the webinar "Data Security & the Role of the Retirement Fiduciary" on December 15, 2016. With cybercrime an ongoing threat, they focused on how retirement plan fiduciaries need to understand their role in protecting retirement plan funds and data, and, in turn, safeguarding the personal data of their plan participants.
In a December 16 webinar focusing on vendors, Mr. Borden and his co-panelist, Chip Block of Evolver, presented "Peeling Back the Layers of the Cyber Regulation." In light of the New York Department of Financial Services 2017 Proposed Cyber Regulation, they examined (1) how it addresses vendors, (2) the minimum level of compliance for every vendor, (3) the consequences of a critical vendor not meeting minimum standards, (4) how to perform a cyber evaluation for each vendor, and (5) who pays for the vendors' evaluation.
The ABA's Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (formerly the Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law) has published Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries – 2016, edited by Environmental + Utilities Group lawyer Peter V. Lacouture. Mr. Lacouture is chair of the section's Annual Report Committee and has edited the volume since 2005. Recent Developments includes reports from the section's industry and practice committees that summarize judicial decisions, administrative rulings, and legislative actions in public utility, communications, and transportation industries through March 31, 2016, and a few major developments since that date. Each member of the section receives the 450-page volume. George W. Watson III, counsel in the Environmental + Utilities Group, and Leonel Gonzalez and Quinterrion Waits, the 2016 National Grid/Robinson+Cole summer fellows, assisted Mr. Lacouture in editing the book.
Construction Group lawyer Peter E. Strniste published an article, "Recipe for Successfully Navigating Project Financing Difficulties," for the Winter 2016 issue of CONNstruction magazine. CONNstruction is a quarterly publication of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, which focuses on the Connecticut commercial and construction industry and is distributed to over 5,000 subscribers. Mr. Strniste's article highlights the warning signs for project-related bankruptcies. He also discusses strategies for protecting the project from bankruptcies and best practices for project completion following a bankruptcy. Click here to read the article.
Insurance Group lawyer Dana M. Horton, along with legal administrative assistant Brenda Vucci, organized the Providence office's participation in the December 2016 Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive at Children's Friend. Lawyers and staff members brightened the holidays of a single mom and her four small children by purchasing presents for all of them. In addition, they gave the family a grocery store gift card for $235. The Rhode Island Women's Bar Association sponsored the drive. Please click here to see the display of generosity in the Providence office.
Children's Friend is a nonprofit organization that serves Rhode Island children and families who face overwhelming obstacles in their lives, from poverty and language barriers to lack of education and substance abuse.
Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Dwight H. Merriam was among the panelists who spoke at the 15th annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference at the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School on December 8, 2016. Mr. Merriam and his co-presenters, Donald Elliott, director of Clarion Associates; John Nolon, professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; and Michael Wolf, professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, spoke about recent high court cases challenging local zoning officials in the session "Case Law Update: Recent Challenges to Zoning." They specifically addressed the challenges, including the legality of mandatory affordable housing requirements, the vulnerability of existing zoning to discrimination challenges under the Fair Housing Act, shifting judicial standards for determining what is a regulatory taking, and new standards for regulating signs. Click here to view the PowerPoint for the session
In the article "Robinson & Cole Project Fights Poaching in Africa," published on December 8, 2016, the Connecticut Law Tribune (CLT) features the firm's unique project to assist Namibia's Legal Assistance Centre in improving the country's wildlife conservation laws and strengthening their enforcement. The Robinson+Cole team, comprising land use and environmental lawyers, is headed by Sorell E. Negro and includes Peter R. Knight, the firm's pro bono partner; Megan E. Baroni; Kelsey A. Cross; Emily C. Deans; and Diana E. Neeves. Click here to view the article.
Insurance + Reinsurance and Business Litigation Group lawyer Stuart D. Rosen was elected secretary of the Board of Directors of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mr. Rosen also serves on the board's Executive Committee. As Connecticut's largest volunteer mentoring network, Nutmeg makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteer mentors (Bigs) and children (Littles), who range from ages 6 through 18, in over 100 cities and towns across the state. Nutmeg supports children who need the most help, including those living in single-parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. The organization develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people in need. This year, Nutmeg is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Leslie J. Levinson, co-chair of the firm's Transactional Health Law Team, moderated the inaugural Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Healthcare Leadership Conference, held in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2016. The session, "Featured Deals of 2016," addressed the new breed of transactions in the fast-changing healthcare continuum. Additionally, it described the strategy and thinking behind the most noteworthy deals of the year. In attendance were senior management and policy experts from healthcare organizations (providers and payers) as well as senior executives from various supplier organizations (financial institutions, private equity firms, and law firms).
In a webinar sponsored by the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) on December 7, 2016, Dwight H. Merriam of the Real Estate + Development Group co-presented on "Ethics and the Digital World." The discussion focused on ethical considerations in the digital world in terms of the effects of smart cities, social media, and online data and tools in the area of planning and provided insight on the issues of privacy, access, application, and the nature of information and how it is shared. Presenting with Mr. Merriam were David Fields of Nelson\Nygaard; Julie Tapendorf of Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer; and Jerry Weitz of Jerry Weitz & Associates. Approximately 500 people participated in the webinar. Click here to view the PowerPoint for the session.
Construction lawyer Gregory R. Faulkner took part in a panel discussion at the 31st Construction SuperConference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 7, 2016. In the program, "Leveraging the In-house and Outside Counsel Relationship," the panelists offered strategies to drive down the cost of using outside counsel, to build collaboration between in-house counsel and junior outside counsel, and to implement alternative fee arrangements. Mr. Faulkner's co-presenters were Brian Rice of RailWorks Corporation and Joshua Strub and John Margie of Glaholt LLP. Click here to see a photo of the panelists.
Leslie J. Levinson and Brian D. Nichols participated in the webinar "Bundled Payment Programs Post Election—What the C-suite Needs to Know" on December 8, 2016. They joined Dave Terry of Archway Health to provide an update on important developments in the bundled payment programs, in particular what they mean following the recent election. Nearly 130 attendees participated in this session. Mr. Levinson is a partner and co-chair of Robinson+Cole's Transactional Health Law Group, and Mr. Nichols is a partner and a member of the firm's Health Law Group.
Health Law Group lawyer Meaghan Mary Cooper and Business Litigation Group lawyer Nuala E. Droney co-hosted an Interval House reception on December 4, 2016, in West Hartford. Approximately 40 people attended the event, including Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, and Robinson+Cole lawyers Keisha S. Palmer and Frank F. Coulom, and over $4,000 was raised. Interval House offers services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Robinson+Cole provides pro bono legal services to Interval House and partners with the organization on the firm’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program. Ms. Cooper serves on the Interval House's Board of Directors.
Tax Group lawyer Ryan V. Leichsenring spoke at the 2016 State Tax 360° Conference, whose theme was Brave New World – Taxation in the Virtual Economy, held by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, on November 29, 2016. Designed for accountants, consultants, lawyers, and other tax professionals, this program offered the latest tax information relevant for businesses whose activities, both traditional operations and their digital footprint, extend into and beyond Connecticut's boundaries. Together with his co-presenter, Jennifer Jensen of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Leichsenring's session, "Virtual Economy – Ready or Not," critiqued the recent expansion of state laws imposing enhanced sales and use tax collection and notification requirements on out-of-state businesses, federal initiatives to conform to these state laws, ongoing litigation, and best practices to conform with Connecticut statutory and administrative guidance.
Members of Robinson+Cole's Environmental + Utilities Group, senior environmental analyst Todd R. Berman and environmental lawyers Emilee Mooney Scott and Brian C. Freeman, presented the webinar "Environmental and Compliance Trends for 2017: Practical Strategies for Staying Ahead of Regulatory Changes" on November 30, 2016. In response to a new political alignment, implementation of existing rules, and emerging compliance concepts and regulatory tools, the session addressed new and changing responsibilities for environmental professionals in the upcoming year. The speakers discussed environmental regulatory trends to expect for 2017 and how to prepare for them. Among issues covered were new regulatory changes for 2017 concerning the Toxic Substances Control Act, emerging contaminants, greenhouse gases, land use and climate change, new refrigerant regulations, and an expected expansion of the Accidental Release Prevention (CAA § 112(r)) program.
Business Litigation Group lawyer Steven J. Boyajian is featured in the Providence Business News in the Q&A article “Boyajian named legal Rising Star,” published on November 25, 2016. In the interview, Mr. Boyajian talks about what inspired him to pursue a law career, what is the makeup of a good lawyer, why he chose business bankruptcy law, and what are the greatest challenges in doing business in Rhode Island. To read the full article, please click here.
Labor and Employment Group lawyer Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Head's Council at Loomis Chaffee, her alma mater. The Head's Council is a select group of alumni and parents tasked with providing valuable input and advice on critical issues of concern for Loomis Chaffee. She will serve a two-year term. Loomis Chaffee is a renowned independent, co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 located in Windsor, Connecticut.
Leslie J. Levinson, co-chair of the firm's Transactional Health Law Team, spoke on "What’s Driving Healthcare Private Equity Deal Flow?" at the Privcap Game Change: Healthcare 2016 conference on November 17 in New York City. He and his co-presenters, John McKernan of The Riverside Company and Adam Dolder of Great Point Partners, addressed the primary trends for private equity transactions. They focused on the sellers and their motivations, the hottest subsectors, and the investment plays that are driving interest from private equity. Click here to view a photo of Mr. Levinson at the conference.