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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.


Partner Tina Wills Authors Article for Illinois CPA Society's Insight Magazine on How to Respond to Subpoenas

Freeborn Partner Tina Wills recently authored an article for Illinois CPA Society's Insight Magazine entitled, "CPAs and Litigation: How to Respond to Subpoeans." The feature discusses the unique challenges CPAs face in balancing their legal and ethical obligations to both their clients and the public when becoming involved in litigation. To read the full article, click here.

Recording Available: Partner Philip Comella Presents American Bar Association (ABA) Webinar on Environmental Law

Freeborn Partner and Leader of the Environment and Energy Practice Group, Philip Comella, recently presented an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar entitled, "Environmental Law: Legal Recourses for E-Recycling and Reuse." The presentation addressed various kinds of circular economy strategies to shift the US towards a more sustainable environment. CLE credit is available for the presentation, which can be accessed here.

Freeborn Welcomes Three New Litigation Associates to Chicago and Tampa Offices as Part of Firm’s Strategic Growth Plan

CHICAGO & TAMPA – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Lillian Grappe Lamphere and Jacob R. Schuhardt have joined the firm’s Chicago office as associates, and Amanda S. Keller has joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate. All three attorneys are in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. “We are thrilled to welcome Lillian, Amanda and Jake to Freeborn,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner William E. Russell. “They are each talented young attorneys with valuable experiences that will enhance the firm’s offerings on matters involving litigation, antitrust, insurance and

Partner Thomas Bush Authors Article for Mealey's International Arbitration Report on Problems that Subpoenas Present in Arbitrations

Freeborn Partner and member of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group, Thomas Bush, recently authored an article that was published in Mealey's International Arbitration Report. The article entitled, "Subpoenas To Third Parties In Arbitration," examines the unique problems that subpoenas present in arbitrations. With subpoenas, it is necessary to comply with the rules in arbitration statutes and in judicial decisions interpreting those rules. This article additionally discusses the intricacies of issuing and enforcing subpoenas and the tools available in gathering evidence to

Freeborn Partner Jason Stearns Appointed by the Florida Bar President to Serve as Chair of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Committee

TAMPA – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Jason Stearns has been appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to serve as Chair of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, effective July 1, 2021. The prestigious committee is by appointment only, with Jason having previously served as the Vice Chair. “We are extremely proud of Jason and his appointment to serve as Chair of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Committee,” says Lawrence Ingram, the Firm’s Tampa Office Managing Partner. “Jason is an experienced and hardworking trial attorney with a number of recent

Freeborn & Peters LLP Sponsors Virtual First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition in Partnership with Stetson University College of Law

TAMPA – Freeborn & Peters LLP is thrilled to have sponsored the First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition for Stetson University College of Law students for the fourth year in a row. The competition took place Tuesday, April 13, 2021 and Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and attorneys from Freeborn’s Tampa office, Jason Stearns, Robert Stines, Ian Dankelman, Christina Flatau, Sarah Gottlieb and Hoyt Prindle, volunteered as judges. Throughout the competition, the panel of judges provided the law students with as many as 15 questions per oralist in a 10-minute argument. The competition was held

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