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Freeborn Highly Ranked By 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that the 2021 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" guide has ranked the firm within Tier 1 in six practice areas.

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Freeborn Partner Sean Keely Discusses New York Office Move and Firm's Strategic Growth in Interview with Law360

Freeborn New York Office Managing Partner, Sean Keely, recently spoke with Law360 about the firm's New York office relocation to a new and larger space located at 1155 Avenue of the Americas. The article entitled, "Freeborn Doubles Down On NY Footprint With Bigger Office," discusses the New York office's substantial growth and plans to hire even more in the near future. Sean additionally provides details on the new office space, the firm's overall hiring goals and commitment to growing the New York office, and trends he's noticed in the market. To read the full article, click the PDF below.

Client Alert: USPTO Announces COVID-19 Trademark Use Guidance

On April 9, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) provided guidance regarding filings required to maintain trademark registrations and non-use of the registered mark due to COVID-19. This Client Alert, written by Andrew Goldstein, is part of Freeborn’s ongoing analysis of the pandemic’s impact on intellectual property (prior alerts available here, here, here, and here).

Freeborn’s New York Office Moves to New Location, Larger Space as Part of Firm’s Strategic Growth Plan

NEW YORK - Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s New York office has moved to a new and larger space located at 1155 Avenue of the Americas. As part of the firm’s focus on continued growth in each Freeborn office, the new space offers more individual offices and communal areas to accommodate current attorneys and staff, as well as anticipated future hires. “We are thrilled to be in the new office space,” said Sean Keely, New York Office Managing Partner. “The move to our larger office is a key milestone in our continuing drive to recruit talented and experienced lateral

Client Alert: How 2021 Is Shaping Up for Estate Planning Opportunities

Estate planning in the second quarter of 2021 provides continuing opportunities for clients seeking to preserve and transfer wealth while minimizing or avoiding gift and estate taxes. This Client Alert written by Partner Michael D. Whitty provides information on three hot topics: 1. Extended Deadline for Individual Income Tax Returns: The IRS has announced the postponement of the due date from April 15 to May 17, 2021 for individual income tax returns (Form 1040). Business entity returns and gift tax returns (Form 709) were not postponed, and first-quarter estimated tax payments are still due

Client Alert: Illinois Human Rights Act Update: Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

On March 23, 2021 Governor JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill (SB) 1480, a new bill amending the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) (the “Amendment”), which took effect immediately. The Amendment places limitations and procedural obligations on the use of criminal records in employment decisions by: (1) limiting disqualification of a job applicant or employee with a conviction record unless there is a “substantial relationship” between the criminal conviction and the employment; and (2) mandating new procedural requirements when using criminal records in employment decisions. Learn more in this

Client Alert: FFCRA Update - COVID-19 Related Leave Remains Optional, but Employer Tax Credit Still Applies

Nearly one year ago, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was enacted to provide paid leave, up to certain daily and monetary caps, for eligible employees for COVID-19 qualifying reasons. Notably, the paid leave requirement provides a corresponding 100% tax credit to employers. However, the law only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The mandatory requirement of the law expired on December 31, 2020. Given the recent stimulus legislation, employers may be wondering if the FFCRA still applies, and to what extent. This Client Alert written by Partner Erin McAdams

Delphine Knight Brown Joins Freeborn’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups

NEW YORK - Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Delphine Knight Brown has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups in the New York office. “We are so excited to welcome Delphine to our team and to Freeborn,” said Kimberly Beis, Partner and Co-Leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. “Delphine brings vast and varied experience in intellectual property litigation and we know she will only enhance our abilities to offer incredible experience and service to our clients.” For decades, Delphine has litigated complex technology

Powerhouse Points: Quarterly Litigation Newsletter: Winter 2021

Freeborn's Litigation Practice Group's Quarterly Litigation Update, Powerhouse Points. In this Issue: Massachusetts Lawsuit Over Black Lives Matter Masks Shows When it Comes to Employees’ Self-Expression, Consistency is Key, Jennifer M. Huelskamp An Effective Antitrust Compliance Program: Guidance from a Recent Criminal Prosecution, Jeffery M. Cross You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone: Helping Your Clients Protect Their Intellectual Property Assets, David S. Becker, Kimberly A. Beis, and Troy D. Smith NLRB Hearings to Proceed Virtually, Despite Litigants’ Exceptions, Tae Y. Kim

Powerhouse Points: NLRB Hearings to Proceed Virtually, Despite Litigants’ Exceptions

Written by Attorney Tae Y. Kim for the Winter 2021 Edition of Powerhouse Points, A Quarterly Litigation Newsletter. Read the full issue here. Powerhouse Points: Labor practice hearings have resumed, but can now take place virtually The NLRB’s decision has given respondents even more uncertainty because requires respondents show concrete concerns, but the decision only increases ambiguity for respondents. Respondent’s counsel should assess the impacts of a virtual labor practice hearing on its case. In May of 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it would no longer

Powerhouse Points: Massachusetts Lawsuit Over Black Lives Matter Masks Shows When it Comes to Employees’ Self- Expression, Consistency is Key

Written by Partner Jennifer M. Huelskamp for the Winter 2021 Edition of Powerhouse Points, A Quarterly Litigation Update. Read the full issue here. Powerhouse Points Consistently-applied employment policies are key for employers to avoid this type of litigation. A recent federal lawsuit in the District of Massachusetts examines the intersection of the Black Lives Matter movement and Title VII. The court’s opinion, which dismissed most of the claims against the defendant–employer, analyzed whether the dress code policy at issue had a disparate impact on certain employees and was therefore

Powerhouse Points: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone: Helping Your Clients Protect Their Intellectual Property Assets

Written by David S. Becker, Partner, Kimberly A. Beis, Partner, and Troy D. Smith, Partner for the Winter 2021 Edition of Powerhouse Points, A Quarterly Litigation Update. Read the full issue here. Powerhouse Points: IP assets can be categorized into four different types. Patents protect an implementation of an idea. Copyrights protect the expression of an idea. Trademarks protect consumers by identifying the source of a product or service. Trade secrets protect valuable information that is not generally known to others. When you look around a business, it’s easy to see the hard assets

Powerhouse Points: An Effective Antitrust Compliance Program: Guidance from a Recent Criminal Prosecution

Written by Partner Jeffery M. Cross for the Winter 2021 Edition of Powerhouse Points, A Quarterly Litigation Update. Read the full issue here. Powerhouse Points: An effective antitrust compliance program should be incorporated in a company’s business practices and internal controls. Tone at the top is critical. Senior management must be held accountable. The importance of the antitrust compliance program should be reflected in the company’s employee evaluation, incentive, and compensation systems. Antitrust compliance training should be tailored to the company’s business. An antitrust

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