Robinson+Cole announced today that lawyers from a variety of its practice areas have formally come together to form an interdisciplinary Sustainability Group. Comprised of lawyers with deep experience and a history of collaborating to handle sustainability issues related to energy, environmental, tax, intellectual property, real estate, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and construction matters, the team is positioned to offer clients a comprehensive approach to incorporating sustainable designs and practices into their business.
The lawyers in the group routinely counsel clients on addressing sustainable practices such as using renewable and alternative energy, recycling and conserving water and other resources, financing green initiatives, following LEED and green construction practices, implementing corporate sustainability programs, managing climate change risks through adaptation and mitigation, and establishing clean-tech ventures.
The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) has appointed Robinson+Cole partner and Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group chair Jacqueline Pennino Scheib to its Board of Directors. The CTC is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building, and assistance for growing companies. Board members serve a three-year term during which they help lead the council in its mission to spur job creation and support Connecticut's growing technology companies.
Robinson+Cole construction lawyer Todd R. Regan was selected as one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" for 2015. Mr. Regan was honored at an awards dinner on November 4 at The Bond Ballroom in downtown Hartford with the other honorees. The class of 50 honorees was also recognized in the New Leaders in the Law 2015 Yearbook published on November 2. The "New Leaders in the Law" recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 for achievements in their legal work, pro bono efforts, and community involvement. Read more in the news release.
Richard M. Fil was recently reelected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals (RISEP). Formed in 1989, RISEP is a nonprofit corporation that encourages and facilitates the development and support of the environmental services industry in Rhode Island. Members in RISEP include engineering and environmental consulting firms, industry/manufacturing businesses, academia, attorneys, government agencies, and environmental technology businesses. The organization provides a collective voice for the environmental community in identifying key regulatory issues and reforms that are important to industry and commerce. It also provides a coordinated level of technical expertise to the regulatory and legislative community for expert reviews and guidance.
Mr. Fil is a partner in Robinson+Cole's Environmental + Utilities Group.
Linn F. Freedman was quoted in the article "You’ve been hacked: How to recover from the nightmare," which appeared on February 2, 2016, in Health Data Management. Although most health care organizations have plans in place to close access to networks, assess damages, and perform post mortems after a hack, they often, however, don't have a plan to respond to any resulting reputational damage. Ms. Freedman stresses that to repair damage after a breach, an organization needs to examine security practices, make improvements, and publicize those improvements as much as possible. To find out more, please click here to read the article.
Ms. Freedman is chair of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy and Security Team.
Dwight H. Merriam, Evan J. Seeman, and Karla L. Chaffee, RLUIPA defense lawyers, were interviewed by a reporter for KPBS Public Broadcasting, who wrote the feature news item "Opposition Builds Against San Diego Televangelist Project," which appeared on January 29, 2016. (KPBS Public Media provides television, radio, and digital programming in San Diego, California). The article presents the story of celebrity televangelist Morris Cerullo in his quest to build an 18-acre mixed-use development in Mission Valley and the opposition by several neighborhood organizations to that development. Mr. Cerullo claims that his project is protected under RLUIPA. Mr. Merriam is quoted in the piece and speaks to the issue by stressing that the law most often applies to places of religious celebration, not commercial projects like this development. He adds this: "Would a large-scale, mixed-use development possibly be under the umbrella, the protection of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act? It's unlikely, is the short answer." KPBS featured the interview online, in its radio broadcast, and on television.
Also, Karla L. Chaffee was quoted in the Cook County Record article "Illinois nuns' lawsuit vs McHenry County over zoning denial could have local, national implications," published on January 28, 2016. The article highlights a case where a county in Illinois rejected the proposal of an order of Catholic nuns to expand its convent facilities. The outcome could have far-reaching implications in yet another situation where religious adherents and organizations contend with their rights. In commenting on the case, Ms. Chaffee says that "[t]he Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) has and continues to have a large impact on the planning world and municipal land use law," and that "RLUIPA provides extra-constitutional protections to religious land use applicants and institutionalized persons and grants prevailing plaintiffs the right to recover their attorneys' fees." Please click here to read the full article.
Mr. Merriam, Mr. Seeman, and Ms. Chaffee are co-authors of the blog RLUIPA Defense, a resource for those seeking to avoid or defend against claims taken under RLUIPA.
Business litigation lawyers Kathleen E. Dion and Kathryn M. Rattigan will present at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Third Annual Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium on February 10, 2016, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Along with co-presenters Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong of Health Law Advocates in Boston, David Harlow of The Harlow Group in Newton, and Roy J. Watson of the Watson Law Offices in Cambridge, Ms. Dion and Ms. Rattigan will discuss how to navigate substantive legal development in health law practices. Specifically, the topics will include digital health, HIPAA hot topics, charitable hospital duties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) and the U.S. Tax Code, and corporate compliance strategies for health care organizations.
Find out more about the symposium on the MBA website.
James A. Merrifield, IGP, CIP, manager of Records and Information Governance (IG), participated in the panel discussion "Don't Let Your Information Undermine Cybersecurity" at Legaltech New York City on February 2, 2016. Doug Weiner, senior counsel of cybersecurity at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was the moderator. Mr. Merrifield, with co-panelists Joseph S. Abrenio, vice president of Commercial Services at Delta Risk LLC; Martha Berek, associate general counsel of IT & Corporate Operations at United Technologies Corporation; and Julia Montgomery, solution architect at Traveling Coaches, Inc., discussed how failing to address security can lead to long-term brand erosion. The overall focus was on creating an end-to-end information governance strategy to help businesses protect their assets and maintain ethical obligations to clients' security.
Intellectual property and technology law lawyers Jacqueline Pennino Scheib and Alaine C. Doolan ran an International Trademark Association Roundtable discussion titled "Decisions You Need to Know: Key Trademark Cases from 2015" on January 28, 2016, in Hartford, Connecticut. The session discussed critical cases in the trademark field from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District and Circuit Courts, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The presentation also covered cases to watch in 2016 and pending legislation that could have implications for the trademark field if passed in the near future. Attendees were trademark practitioners from a wide cross section of companies, ranging from large international corporations to small intellectual property boutiques.
Robinson+Cole is a member of the International Trademark Association, and Ms. Scheib and Ms. Doolan are active participants in the association's activities.
Linn Foster Freedman, chair of the Data Privacy and Security Team, co-presented the session "Assessing the Situation: How to Identify and Evaluate the Cyber and Data Risks that a Contractor Bears" on February 3, 2016, as part of the Association of General Contractor's 2016 annual conference on surety bonding and construction risk management. Ms. Freedman's fellow presenters included Gregory D. Podolak, a partner from Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C., and Brian P. Rice, assistant general counsel and chief litigation counsel of RailWorks Corporation.
James A. Merrifield, IGP, CIP, manager of Records and Information Governance (IG), participated in a New Haven Bar Association event on January 21, 2016. Mr. Merrifield presented the session "The Road to a Paper-Lite Office Environment." Speaking to a group of lawyers and consultants, he discussed practical steps firms can take to move away from a paper-intensive surrounding and into a paper-lite office environment.
Joseph A. Barra was interviewed and quoted in the article "Homeowner's orders fail to save contractor," published on January 14, 2016, in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The article discusses a case where the plaintiffs hired a construction company to replace their roof. Instead of replacing the roof, the company placed a new rubber membrane over the existing roof. After discovering that this violated the building code, the plaintiffs sued the company to recover the cost of replacing the roof. The Appeals Court decided that a contractor is liable under Chapter 93A for a building code violation even if the homeowner agrees to the work performed or even orders that it be done. In discussing the implications, Mr. Barra said, in part, that "contractors have a duty to investigate the conditions at a property, rather than relying on a homeowner's word," and when faced with a situation where the owner is asking the contractor to ignore an almost certain building code violation, it might be wise for the contractor to "simply walk away from the job."
Mr. Barra is a construction lawyer in Robinson+Cole's Boston office.
Dwight H. Merriam of the Land Use Group spoke at the Colorado Bar Association's Annual National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado, on January 8, 2015. His session focused on "The Top Ten Land Use Law Decisions and Developments in the Past Year." Please click here to view his PowerPoint and here to view his resource materials.
In addition, along with co-moderator Professor Daniel R. Mandelker of the Washington University School of Law, Mr. Merriam conducted the webinar "The Year in Review" for the International Municipal Lawyers Association on January 11, 2016. The session highlighted significant land use developments of 2015. The panelists were Professor Peter Salsich of the St. Louis University School of Law, Professor Stuart Meck of Rutgers University's School of Planning and Public Policy, and Nancy Stroud of Lewis Stroud & Deutsch in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here to see his PowerPoint and here to see his resource materials.
Patrick M. Birney, a finance and business litigation lawyer in Robinson+Cole's Hartford office, authored the article "Toward Understanding Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy," which appeared in the most recent edition of the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice. In the article, Mr. Birney discusses how make-whole premiums (MWPs) have become ever-present clauses in commercial loan agreements and bond indentures. In particular, he examines these aspects of MWPs: their evolution, their characteristics, their enforceability under state law, and their enforceability in bankruptcy. To read the entire article, please click here.
Finance lawyer Norman H. Roos moderated the session "CMBA Legislative Update Panel: What's in Store for the Mortgage Industry 2016" at The New England Mortgage Expo on January 15, 2016, held at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut. The program featured speakers covering legislative activity in all six New England states. In addition, along with Jeremy Potter, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Norcom Mortgage, Mr. Roos presented the "Connecticut Legislative Update," which examined mortgage-related legislation enacted in Connecticut in 2015 and previewed likely legislative activity that mortgage bankers can expect to see in 2016. Click here to view the presentation.
The Connecticut Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) is a sponsor of 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. Mr. Roos is chair of Robinson+Cole's Finance Group and counsel to the CMBA.
Intellectual property and technology partner Jacqueline Pennino Scheib moderated the panel discussion "What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Angel Investing" on January 14, 2016, in Farmington, Connecticut. As part of the Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) Investor & Entrepreneur Network Event, the session explored, from the view of insiders, how angels find and evaluate investment opportunities. The featured panelists were Michael Benson, a senior associate at Ironwood Capital; Mee-Jung Jang, an investor at Jefferson Investors; Pauline Murphy, senior managing director of Investments at Connecticut Innovations; and Sandy Wollman, co-founder and investor at Westchester Angel Group.
Ms. Scheib serves on the Board of Directors of CVG's Hartford Chapter.
Richard M. Fil of the Environmental and Utilities Group was reelected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for The Westerly Land Trust. The Westerly Land Trust (Trust), a not-for-profit corporation, operates throughout Westerly, Rhode Island, to conserve space and enhance community resources. Specific programs include preserving open space, rehabilitating and redeveloping established neighborhoods, and establishing education and recreation opportunities for the public. The Trust's programs and activities are directed to protecting and enhancing the environment, agriculture, and water resources as well as the community's "sense of place."
Westerly is recognized as a place with special charm and attractions, which are a source of pride to its residents and a magnet for tourists and new residents. The Trust aims to protect and strengthen that reputation.
Leslie J. Levinson, health law and business transactions lawyer in the New York office, was quoted in the January 4, 2016, issue of Part B News in the article "M&A outlook: More big deals; insurers, private equity stepping in." The article focuses on the expanding health care industry and how leaders in the industry predict that expansion will continue in 2016. Additionally, it emphasizes the trend toward consolidation in the health care industry. Mr. Levinson comments on private equity firms looking to anesthesia, cardiology and "other specialty practices with a view towards consolidation and scalability" of their health care portfolios.
Part B News provides guidance, analysis, and news concerning Medicare Part B payment, coding, and billing rules for physician practices. Mr. Levinson is co-chair of Robinson+Cole's Transactional Health Law Group.
Business litigation lawyer Thomas J. Donlon of the Stamford office published his latest "Silly Lawyer Tricks" column in the Fall 2015 issue of the ABA Appellate Practice Journal. The regular column reports on actual cases where mistakes by appellate lawyers have resulted in bad results for the lawyers and their clients. The latest column highlights in one case a lawyer who, in an unsuccessful effort to increase his own attorney's fees, argued that the trial court awarded his clients too much money, and in another case, a lawyer whose claim that the mistakes in his second "corrected" brief were excusable because he was a sole practitioner with limited resources only resulted in its rejection by the court. To read about these and other bad appellate lawyers, click here to view a copy of the article.
Mr. Donlon presently serves as co-chair of the ABA Amicus Briefs Committee and as a vice chair of the Appellate Practice Committee.
Dwight H. Merriam of the Land Use Group spoke at two sessions at the annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference at Pace Law School on December 11, 2015, which 250 people attended. He first participated in the opening plenary session, speaking on the impact of technology on zoning practice, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the first zoning ordinance. The other panel members were Michael Allan Wolf, professor at the Levin College of Law, University of Florida; Don Elliott of Clarion Associates in Denver, Colorado; Patricia Salkin, dean of the Touro Law School; and John Nolon, professor at Pace Law School.
In an afternoon session, Mr. Merriam participated in another panel with the same members, speaking on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, Arizona. Click here for a copy of the session's PowerPoint.
Click here to view a photo of Mr. Merriam with Maryland's governor, Parris Glendening, who was the keynote speaker for the Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference.
Land use lawyer Evan J. Seeman wrote the article "Sign Regulation Turned on Its Head" for the Fall 2015 issue of Connecticut Planning, a publication of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association. The article analyzes the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert for communities across the country regulating signs through local zoning codes without running afoul of the First Amendment's freedom of speech protection. The Reed decision, Mr. Seeman concludes, appears to have significantly expanded the types of sign ordinances that will be deemed content based and subject to strict scrutiny judicial review. To get ahead of the problem, he suggests that local governments may want to review and revise sign ordinances and other ordinances regulating free speech for compliance with Reed.
To read the entire article, please click here.
Privacy and data security lawyer Kathleen M. Porter authored a chapter in the book Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts (2015), which provides authoritative and practical guidance on breach prevention, compliance, and safeguarding privacy. The chapter, "Privacy and Security in Mergers and Acquisitions," details how to conduct mergers and acquisitions due diligence on privacy and data security matters as well as provides negotiating tips on how to address issues that may arise. This first edition book is published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Ms. Porter is a member of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Security Team.
Danielle Andrews Long, counsel in the Business Litigation Group in Boston, has been elected to membership in the Abstract Club. A professional association of experienced lawyers who practice in the area of real estate law, the Abstract Club has been in existence for over 130 years. Membership is limited to 100 people, who can only become members by invitation and election. Ms. Long joins a group of well-known, highly respected lawyers and many members of the Massachusetts Land Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Land Use Lawyer Dwight H. Merriam co-presented at a webinar on the topic of "Comprehensive Plans" on November 9, 2015. With fellow panelists Edward J. Sullivan and Carrie Richter, lawyers in the law office of Garvey Schubert Barer in Portland, Oregon, and Daniel Mandelker, professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Merriam discussed the turbulent legal landscape of local planning. Please click here to see the PowerPoint for the webinar.
In addition, Mr. Merriam spoke before members of the New Hampshire Municipal Lawyers Association (NHMLA) on November 12 in the seminar "Planning for Religious Uses under RLUIPA." With co-presenters James Kennedy, city solicitor of Concord, New Hampshire, and Daniel Crean of the Crean Law Office in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Mr. Merriam addressed these topics: the historical perspective and evolution of the First Amendment and sign regulation and changes resulting from Reed v. Gilbert; perspectives on electronic, changeable text sign regulation; and understanding and complying with RLUIPA and the First Amendment in terms of signs and religion. For more specifics, please click here to view the PowerPoint for the session.
Sorell E. Negro was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Writing Award for the Best Cutting Edge Article in Real Property from the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section's Probate & Property magazine for her article "Land Use and Sea Level Rise: Practice Tips for Land Use Practitioners in the Wake of Changing Regulatory Schemes." Published in the July/August 2015 issue of Probate & Property, this article analyzes recent changes in state and local regulatory schemes in response to sea level rise and offers land use practitioners practice tips on working with these regulatory trends affecting development in coastal areas. Please click here to view the article.
Land use lawyer Sorell E. Negro participated in a national webinar for the International Municipal Lawyers Association entitled "Fracking Redux" on December 14, 2015. Ms. Negro, along with Erica Levine Powers, an environmental and energy lawyer in Albany, New York, presented on land use and planning issues related to impacts on communities from oil and gas development, including housing, economic, and health impacts, and discussed how state and federal laws may affect local land use planning efforts. Land use lawyer Dwight H. Merriam co-moderated the webinar, as he does every month, with Daniel Mandelker, professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to see the PowerPoint. Click here to see the resources.
Boston lawyers Karla L. Chaffee, Katherine C. Bailey, J. Michael Wirvin, Kathleen M. Porter, and Matthew J. Lawlor, together with clients and friends of the firm, attended the 2015 WomenUp: Local Women of Influence Celebration breakfast in Boston on December 8, 2015. Sponsored by the Boston Business Journal, Webster Bank, Care.com, Robinson+Cole, and Emirates Airlines, the event recognized 23 Boston-area women of influence, business leaders, innovators, and visionaries, who have demonstrated entrepreneurial success at their companies and in the community. Before an audience of more than 300 professionals and entrepreneurs, business and intellectual property lawyer Kathleen Porter provided an overview of Robinson+Cole and then introduced four of the honorees.
The national WomenUp.org's mission is "to increase women's role in the global economy by providing leadership training, mentorship, and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers."
Robinson+Cole business litigation lawyer James R. Nault has been elected to the Board of Directors of Our Shoreline Community Association (OSCA), a nonprofit organization started by the Honorable Timothy Bates, a former Robinson+Cole partner, and others in 2001. OSCA is dedicated to enhancing the independent lives of seniors in the southeast Connecticut area by offering the support and security of a retirement community in their own homes. It does this by providing free rides to doctor and other important appointments, free handyman services, social events, and other services. Social events include monthly lunches and dinners as well as visits to museums and the theater, among other events. OSCA is a member of the Village to Village Network, an association that helps and supports about 100 operating senior assistance "villages" like OSCA across the United States, with about 120 more in development.
Insurance lawyer Dana M. Horton, along with legal assistant Brenda Vucci, organized the Providence office's participation in the December 2015 Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive at Children's Friend. Lawyers and staff brightened the holidays of a three-year-old boy by donating everything on his list—and more. The Rhode Island Women's Bar Association sponsored the drive. Please click here to see the display of generosity in the Providence office.
This event, which started over 15 years ago when gift baskets were distributed to a few families, has developed into a large operation that includes selecting needy families and reviewing and approving wish lists, all made possible with a staffed agency and volunteers. Sponsors are matched with families who currently receive services from Children's Friend, 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.
Business litigation lawyer Linn F. Freedman was quoted in the article "Wyndham Settles FTC Data Security Enforcement Case," published on December 9, 2015, in Bloomberg BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report, regarding the settlement entered into between Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and the Federal Trade Commission over contentious litigation surrounding an FTC investigation of a series of data breaches of personal information of over 100,000 customers. The case highlighted the FTC's authority to bring data security enforcement actions under the FTC Act and Wyndham's challenge to the FTC's jurisdiction, which was the first challenge in history. To read what she has to say in the article, please click here.
Hartford lawyers Christopher J. Hug, Edward J. Heath, and Kelley Galica Peck presented at the Probate Judicial Assembly and CBA joint meeting in Cromwell, Connecticut, on December 2, 2015. Because the Judicial Assembly and CBA co-sponsored the event, nearly all of the state's probate judges and many private practitioners were in attendance. In all, there were over 300 attendees. Asked by court leadership to present at the meeting, Mr. Hug and Mr. Heath discussed effective hearing management conferences and critical evidentiary issues in contested probate matters, and Ms. Peck spoke on the topic of insolvent estates. Only three other practitioners presented during the daylong seminar.
Mr. Hug, Mr. Heath, and Ms. Peck frequently speak at educational seminars for the probate judges and bar.
Health care and business transactions partner Leslie J. Levinson spoke at Privcap's "Healthcare Game Change 2015" conference on November 18, 2015, in New York City. He participated in the panel "Healthcare Deal Flow Dynamics" with principals from FFL Partners and Vestor Capital. The presentation featured an interactive discussion among the panelists and audience on the state of the health care deal market and trends, deal dynamics, negotiation strategies, and unusual diligence and closing considerations.
The annual conference, a unique gathering of private equity investors and health care thought leaders, was attended by over 65 private equity firms, including, among others, Apex Partners, Bain Capital, and TPG Capital.
Business litigation lawyer Linn F. Freedman spoke at the webinar "Battling Mobile Security Challenges," sponsored by Health Data Management (HDM) and Citrix, on December 8, 2015. Along with her co-presenter, Keith Fricke, the principal security consultant at tw-Security, Ms. Freedman spoke about risks facing organizations related to mHealth, including using a Bring Your Own Device Program, mobile devices and removable media, how best to mitigate specific risks to protect health care organizations, and emerging risks related to the access, use, and disclosure of sensitive health care information.
Ms. Freedman is chair of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Security Team.
Construction lawyer Joseph A. Barra spoke at a Transportation Update Meeting sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) on December 1, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with Dr. Luciana Burdi and Danielle Arciero of Massport, Mr. Barra presented on "Massport's BIM Addenda & Lean Update."
Business litigation lawyer Linn F. Freedman was featured in the Law360 article "FTC's Data Security Authority Limited In LabMD Ruling," published on November 17, 2015. The article explores how an administrative law judge set a high bar for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) when he threw out a data security suit that the FTC had filed against LabMD.
In essence, the decision rejected the FTC's position that LabMD's failure to establish appropriate data security standards created an unfair trade practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act. In responding to the decision, Ms. Freedman said that "[b]ecause this is the first case that challenged the FTC and won, the FTC is likely going to take that into consideration in future enforcement actions when deciding whether or not the facts are sufficient to move forward…." Please click here to view the article.
Ms. Freedman is chair of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Security Team.
Health law lawyers Leslie J. Levinson and Brian D. Nichols, along with Dave Terry, CEO and founder of Archway Health Advisors, spoke at the webinar "Bundled Payment Programs—What You Can't Afford to Miss" on November 12, 2015. The presenters analyzed bundled payment programs (both governmental and commercial), their impact, and the direction in which they are headed.
Mr. Levinson is co-chair of Robinson+Cole's Transactional Health Law Group. Mr. Nichols is a partner in the firm's Health Law Group, focusing on corporate and regulatory health law. Both are frequent speakers at industry conferences.
Dana M. Horton has been appointed to serve on the Local Rules Review Committee (LRRC) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Selected by the judges of the Court, she will serve a three-year term.
Ms. Horton is an insurance litigation lawyer in Robinson+Cole's Providence office.
Real estate development partner Brian W. Blaesser spoke at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference on the subject of "Developer/Tenant Flashpoints in the Redevelopment of Malls and Shopping Centers" on October 29, 2015. His session covered key issues that must be resolved to successfully redevelop a mall or shopping center. Topics included outparcel development, operating covenants, co-tenancy clauses, anchor tenant issues, site plan issues, use restrictions, and existing rights of refusal or options, and construction issues, including how to redevelop with an operating shopping center. Mr. Blaesser serves on the Editorial Board of the ICSC Retail Law Strategist and is the appointed ICSC Eastern Division Government Relations chair.
Business litigation Lawyer Amanda E. Gordon chaired The Open Hearth's 2015 Hearth and Home Gala on November 13, 2015. Approximately 150 people attended the event, themed "Motown Downtown," which was held at The Hartford Club. Proceeds from the gala helped fund The Open Hearth in its mission to help homeless men and ex-offenders in Greater Hartford and Connecticut enhance their capacity for self-help, self-respect, and dignity to achieve their full potential as responsible citizens of the state. This is uniquely accomplished by providing a temporary residential community in a recovery and work-oriented environment.
Ms. Gordon is on the Board of Directors of The Open Hearth.
Megan E. Baroni co-wrote the article "Emhart v. United States: Another Failed Attempt to Prove Divisibility under CERCLA." Appearing in the Fall 2015 issue of Environmental Litigation, a publication of the ABA's Section of Litigation, the article examines the Rhode Island District Court decision that found Emhart Industries liable for past and future response costs at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site in North Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Baroni, with co-author James P. Ray, discusses the litigation, Emhart's Liability, and the issue of divisibility. Please click here to read the full article.
Ms. Baroni, Mr. Ray, and John F. X. Peloso, Jr., represented New England Container Company in the Centredale Manor litigation, which settled its liability in the case just before trial.
Real estate lawyer Steven L. Elbaum chaired the 2015 Champions of Youth Sports Breakfast, where the Stamford Boys & Girls Club honored Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman at its annual appeal kick-off event on November 5, 2015. Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group and past honoree, presented the award. Bobby Valentine, former professional baseball player and manager, and currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University, was the emcee.
Mr. Elbaum is the immediate past president of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford's Board of Directors. More than 300 business leaders attended the event, which raised $150,000. The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford provides after-school activities and development services to Stamford's youth, focusing on academic success, good character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Please click here to view a photo from the breakfast.
In the article "Arrest Of Immigrant At Texas Clinic Isn't A HIPAA Issue," published in Law360 on October 28, 2015, Linn F. Freedman, chair of Robinson+Cole's Data Privacy + Security Team, discusses the plight of a woman who was asked to complete paperwork and provide proof of identification at her physician's office. The woman was arrested after giving the clinic staff a fake driver's license. Did the clinic violate medical privacy laws? Click here to read the article.
Based on blog postings by Karla L. Chaffee, Evan J. Seeman, and Brian J. Connolly of Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, on June 22 and June 30, 2015, at www.RLUIPA-Defense.com, Dwight H. Merriam provides commentary in the article "Planning Law Makes National Headlines!" for the End of Summer News & Updates newsletter for the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA). In the article, Mr. Merriam addresses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, stating that the case is a wake-up call for communities to review their own bylaws and ordinances on signs. The result is that most local governments should take a look at their sign codes post-Reed to eliminate content-based distinctions. To find out more, please click here to view the article.
Robinson+Cole hosted a groundbreaking training session on November 2, 2015, for more than 35 lawyers interested in representing victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders (orders from relief from abuse) in Connecticut. The program's goal was to encourage lawyers at other firms to model their own pro bono programs after Robinson+Cole's successful Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program. The training featured presentations by the Honorable Elizabeth A. Bozzuto of the Connecticut Superior Court, the Greater Hartford Legal Aid, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Robinson+Cole. The Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section co-sponsored the program. Attendees included lawyers from other major law firms, in-house corporate counsel, and Judicial Branch Court Operations.
Robinson+Cole lawyers in attendance included Kelly Frye Barnett, Edward J. Heath, Eric D. Daniels, Jenna L. Veronneau, J. Tyler Butts, Jessica A. R. Hamilton, Andrew A. DePeau, Jonathan E. Small, Kathleen E. Dion, James R. Nault, Amanda E. Gordon, Catrina Cartegena Kohn, Nuala E. Droney, and Frank F. Coulom Jr.