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Dan Kohane Featured Speaker at 2021 ADTA Annual Meeting

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Insurance Coverage attorney Dan D. Kohane was featured as a speaker while attending the 80th Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) annual meeting in Ashville, North Carolina on August 12, 2021. He spoke on his experiences as a first-generation American and how the rule of law affected his family and continues to affect millions every day.

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Jody E. Briandi Included in Buffalo Business First’s 2021 Power 200 Women

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Firm President and Managing Member Jody E. Briandi was recently chosen for the #71 spot in Buffalo Business First’s 2021 Power 200 Women.

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What Employers Need to Know About Long Covid Disability Claims

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, however, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected, or may have new or recurring symptoms at a later time. Attorney Joseph Brown discusses how "Long Covid" may affect disability claims and what it means for employers.

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Employers Take Note: CDC Revised Mask Guidance May Require Workplace Changes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Due to concerns over the Delta variant of COVID-19, the CDC has reversed its prior guidance, now stating that fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks when indoors in COVID-19 hot spots.  Previous CDC guidance stated that fully vaccinated individuals no longer had to wear masks in public places.  Employers should be aware of this changing landscape, as workplace safety implications are likely to arise as CDC guidance changes.

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Christopher Potenza & Nicholas Heintzman Published in Canadian Defence Lawyers Newsletter

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Litigators Christopher Potenza and Nicholas J. Heintzman were published in the May 2021 issue of Hearsay, a monthly e-newsletter published by the Canadian Defence Lawyers.

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Jody E. Briandi Featured in Business First Diversity & Inclusion Panel Recap

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Firm President and Managing Partner, Jody E. Briandi was recently featured in a Buffalo Business First Diversity & Inclusion event as an expert panelist.

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President Biden’s Proposed Regulation of Non-Competes: Three FAQs

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Attorney Joseph S. Brown explains what President Biden's July 9, 2021 Executive Order means for New York employers with non-compete agreements.

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Ryan Maxwell Featured in Law360 Article on COVID Coverage Suits in NJ

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Insurance Coverage attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in an article in LAW360's Opinion column, "COVID Coverage Suits In NJ Prove Tough For Policyholders."

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HERO Act Update: Model Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plans Released

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

In May, New York State passed the New York Health and Essential Rights (“HERO”) Act, which took effect on June 4, 2021.  The HERO Act imposes many workplace safety requirements on employers with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. 

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Hurwitz & Fine Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Every year, Hurwitz & Fine welcomes several law students to work in our office and gain valuable insight into the inner workings of a law firm through our Summer Law Clerkship. On a day-to-day basis, these law clerks support the firm’s attorneys with a variety of tasks, including research, writing projects and case preparation

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Ryan Maxwell Featured in Law360 Article

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Insurance Coverage attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in an article in LAW360's Opinion column, "8th Circ. Gives Insurer First Appellate COVID Coverage Win."

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First COVID-19 Business Interruption Appellate Decision Finds For Carrier: “Physical” Is The Key

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in Oral Surgeons, P.C. v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, Case No. 20-3211 (8th Cir. July 2, 2021), upholding the decision of the trial court from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell provides updates.

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End of State of Emergency and Impact on Remote Notarizations

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that New York’s COVID state of emergency, in place since March 7, 2020, has expired as of today, June 24, 2021.  What this means in terms of remote notarization of documents is unclear as the Governor had issued Executive Order 202.7 providing for remote notarization of documents, which had been extended through and including July 5, 2021.  In essence, we have conflicting guidelines as to how to treat this issue. 

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SIU Today: Remote Virtual EUOs—No Need for Bathroom Breaks Anymore!

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Insurance Coverage Attorney Scott D. Storm was featured in the Summer 2021 edition of SIU Today for his article, "Remote Virtual EUOs—No Need for Bathroom Breaks Anymore!" Scott's article focuses on whether it is effective to return to conducting examinations under oath in-person or remotely, post-pandemic. 

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Buffalo Business First’s Panel of Experts: Diversity & Inclusion

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Hurwitz & Fine's President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi joined a panel of local figures in the greater Buffalo community to speak on the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

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Andrea Schillaci Sworn in as President of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Hurwitz & Fine’s head of Business & Commercial Litigation department, Andrea Schillaci, was recently sworn in as President of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NAWBO.

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Michael F. Perley Sworn in as President of the Erie County Bar Foundation Board

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Hurwitz & Fine Litigation Chair Michael F. Perley was recently sworn in as 2021 – 2022 President of the Erie County Bar Foundation. 

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Thomas Casella Joins Hurwitz & Fine as an Insurance Coverage Member

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Thomas Casella has joined Hurwitz & Fine as a member of the Insurance Coverage group.  He brings 15 years of legal experience to the team, 10 of those in the insurance industry holding a number of roles including Staff Attorney, Complex Claims Supervisor and Senior Risk Manager.  Mr. Casella is also experienced with ADR, having mediated many complex, high value claims nationwide with excellent results. 

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New York State Court Updates to Eviction and Foreclosure Matters

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

On May 24, 2021, a series of Administrative Orders were issued affecting procedures in residential evictionscommercial evictions, and foreclosure matters. Attorney Alexis M. Florczak provides updates. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from the EEOC and New York State: Five FAQs

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown answers five commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination policies.

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