Hurwitz Fine's COVID-19 Legal Response Team was created to provide legal advice and counseling our clients are seeking during this time. Our approach is an interdisciplinary model comprised of lawyers from various firm practice groups. For more information and the latest coronavirus legal updates, click here.
Business Services Team
Hurwitz Fine’s Business Services team regularly offers guidance and counseling to businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is familiar with all aspects of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other loan and grant options available to assist businesses during and after the pandemic, including the Main Street Lending Program and loan programs offered by economic development agencies. Our collective experience extends far beyond loan and grant application processes; our team offers practical advice and assistance, which includes best practices for disbursement and tracking of loan proceeds for successful PPP loan forgiveness. In addition, we routinely assist businesses with determinations of whether and which of their operations are essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive orders, and how to best navigate and adapt business operations in a post-COVID-19 world.
Kevin J. Zanner leads the Firm’s Business Services team and has advised business, non-profit organizations and economic development agencies for over 20 years. Evan Y. Bussiere is a partner at the firm who heads the commercial real estate and condominium & homeowner’s association practice groups and advises businesses, holding companies and developers on a diverse range of matters.
The Hurwitz Fine Coverage Team represents regional, national, and international carriers in all aspects of insurance coverage and bad faith matters. We provide sophisticated advice and our coverage lawyers are widely recognized as thought leaders in their field. As COVID-19 national coordinating counsel and regional coverage panel counsel for several carriers, we are actively analyzing and cataloging Business Income legislative initiatives and litigation across the country. By following the theories presented by the policyholder bar, we are able to help our clients stay up-to date on the quickly evolving COVID-19 coverage and casualty landscape.
While it seems that every firm now has a COVID-19 “coverage” team, members of the Hurwitz Fine Coverage team focus their practice completely upon insurance policy interpretation, claims processing and procedures, and compliance with state insurance laws and regulations. The Coverage team is uniquely prepared for the myriad of COVID-19 related claims on the horizon, with expertise in both the first and third-party property and casualty claims of business interruption, general liability, directors & officers liability, employment practices liability, and errors & omissions liability, to name just a few. The Hurwitz Fine Coverage team has been providing coverage advice and bad faith avoidance to our clients for more than 30 years. The firm publishes Coverage Pointers, a widely circulated, biweekly electronic insurance coverage newsletter as a service to the broader coverage community summarizing the latest property and casualty insurance decisions from the courts in New York and Connecticut. Dan D. Kohane, our Coverage team lead, is an adjunct professor of insurance law at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and one of the most respected and sought-after coverage lawyers in the country.
Labor & Employment Team
Hurwitz Fine’s Labor & Employment team has actively monitored and analyzed recent changes to employment law at the federal, state, and local levels related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We regularly counsel clients on issues related to COVID-19 leave laws, layoffs, furloughs, WARN Act notices, wage & hour issues, changes to employment policies, workplace safety, unemployment law, compliance with executive orders restricting non-essential businesses, strategic communications, and developing plans to return to “regular” workplace operations. While the group has several decades of litigation experience, we pride ourselves in helping clients devise cost-effective strategies to avoid litigation and minimize risk.
Ann E. Evanko combines her first-hand knowledge of what it takes to effectively lead a mid-size business during a challenging economic climate with more than four decades of experience as a leading employment lawyer. Andrea Schillaci, who chairs the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation group, brings several decades of experience in the areas of business disputes, employment litigation, healthcare, professional liability, and regulatory and compliance matters. Amber E. Storr brings additional insight, experience, and creativity to our clients’ most challenging workplace issues during this global health crisis.
Medical & Nursing Home Defense Team
With over 50 years of combined experience in defending doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, as well as hospitals, institutions, and nursing homes, the Hurwitz Fine COVID-19 Medical & Nursing Home Defense Team is here for you. The medical field and nursing home community are facing incredible pressure in dealing with this current COVID-19 outbreak that is stretching resources beyond capacity. We are here to defend our caregivers on the frontlines of this unprecedented pandemic from claims of negligence and malpractice.
Our defense team has the trial results and experience to vigorously defend our caregivers facing blame in these most trying of circumstances. Patrick B. Curran has dedicated his 40-year legal career defending medical professionals and nursing homes from claims of negligence and malpractice. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and lecturer for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and School of Nursing, as well as for other health care professional and community groups. V. Christopher Potenza is a seasoned and trial-tested litigator, having obtained defense verdicts across New York State on complex matters. He has substantial experience defending claims at the federal, state, and appellate levels. Stephanie L. McCance is also a member of the team, offering her international legal experience with strong analytic and organizational skills.