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Powerhouse Points: Quarterly Litigation Newsletter: Summer 2020

Freeborn's Litigation Practice Group's Quarterly Litigation Update, Powerhouse Points.

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Partner Michael Whitty Provides Insight for MarketWatch's TaxWatch Column on How the Upcoming Election May Affect Estate Planning

Freeborn Partner Michael Whitty recently provided insight for MarketWatch's TaxWatch column on how the upcoming election may affect estate planning. In the article, Michael encourages his clients to have these discussions now, rather than after the election. To learn more or read the full article, click here.

Freeborn & Peters LLP Remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Kathy Ehrhart, On Behalf of the Freeborn Women’s Leadership Council: We lost a giant Friday evening. Justice Ginsburg was an extraordinary woman and jurist, with a great love for humanity, this country, and the law. And it was with great emotion that many of us received the news. I myself sat down and cried. While I was raised with the privilege of having two parents who instilled in me the belief that I could grow up to be anything that I wanted, its hard to hold that belief in your deepest heart of hearts when you don’t always see someone who looks like you in certain roles. Justice Ginsburg

Freeborn & Peters’ Intellectual Property Practice Group Receives Patexia Recognition Within ANDA Intelligence Report

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group has been recognized within the annual Patexia Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Intelligence Report. Patexia, an IP analytics company and global IP community, is a trusted resource known in the intellectual property space for its transparency and extensive research. Inclusion in the report, according to Patexia, means that Freeborn & Peters LLP is in the top 10 percentile of this category of ANDA litigation. “We are thrilled to hear that our talented Intellectual Property Group

Client Alert: SEC Adopts Massive Changes to “Accredited Investor” Definition

It is official—the “accredited investor” definition, which has not changed significantly since its enactment almost 40 years ago, has been massively upgraded. On August 26, 2020 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its final rule which fundamentally changes and broadens the standards for qualifying as an “accredited investor.” The final rule also makes corresponding changes to the “qualified institutional buyer” definition in Rule 144A. The following Client Alert, written by Freeborn Partner Anthony Zeoli, is a summary of some of the amendments included in the final rule.

Ian J. Dankelman Joins Freeborn’s Tampa Office as Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Team

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Ian J. Dankelman has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Team. Ian focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.

Freeborn Partner Roger Bickel Named 2021 Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” for Government Relations Practice by The Best Lawyers in America®

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that firm partner, Roger Bickel, has been named the 2021 Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” for Government Relations by The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected attorney referral publications.

ABA Journal Interviews Freeborn Partner Katheleen Ehrhart About Virtual Trial Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Freeborn Partner Katheleen Ehrhart was recently interviewed by the ABA Journal to discuss a virtual trial she partook in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article is entitled, "Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected," and provides details on Kathy's experience with her first virtual trial. To learn more about the trial or read the full article, click here. Additionally, the ABA journal interviewed Kathy for an episode of their Legal Rebels podcast series. The episode further discusses Kathy's experience with the virtual trial. To listen to the episode, click here.

The Best Lawyers in America® Name Freeborn Attorneys “Best Lawyers” and “Ones to Watch” in 2021 Editions

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that 16 of the firm’s partners have been included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most prestigious attorney referral publications. Additionally, 7 Freeborn Associates were included in Best Lawyer’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” edition.

Client Alert: COVID-19 Insurance Update: Five Early Court Decisions on Insureds’ Claims to Business Interruption Coverage for Their COVID-19 Losses

Seeking to fill the financial void caused by our widespread and prolonged social distancing as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, innumerable businesses have sued for recoveries under their property insurance policies. Now courts have rendered five substantive decisions on these claims, which are summarized in this Client Alert written by Freeborn Partner Patrick Frye.

Partner Dylan Smith Provides Insight on RICO Ruling in Law360 Article

Freeborn Partner and Co-Leader of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Team, Dylan Smith, was recently quoted in a Law360 article entitled, "GM's Fiat Chrysler Bribes Suit Felled By Stiff RICO Standard." Dylan provides insight on the alleged RICO violation and the injury claimed by a civil RICO plaintiff. To learn more or read the full article, click here.

Partner Erin McAdams Franzblau Provides Quote for HR Dive Article on Exempt Employees Who Perform Nonexempt Duties During COVID-19 Pandemic

Freeborn Partner Erin McAdams Franzblau provided a quote for an HR Dive article entitled, "Exempt employees who perform nonexempt duties during pandemic will not lose status, DOL says." The feature shares insight on how employers may continue to treat salaried executive, administrative and professional employees who are exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as exempt, even if they perform nonexempt duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Erin provides guidance on how employers may want to create a policy that establishes workers will be paid for any unauthorized work they complete, but

Client Alert: Deadline Approaching - Illinois Employers Must Report Adverse Employment Rulings by October 31, 2020

Illinois’ new Workplace Transparency Act (“WTA”), effective January 1, 2020, has created a number of new requirements for Illinois employers. As just one example, by October 31, 2020, Illinois employers must report the number of adverse judgments or administrative rulings against them in the preceding calendar year (Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019), to the Illinois Department of Human Rights (the “Department”). This Client Alert, authored by Freeborn Labor and Employment Partner Erin McAdams Franzblau, details what employers need to know about the approaching deadline.

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