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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 & Peters LLP Announces New Practice Group Leaders

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Michael J. Kelly and Terrence J. Sheahan have been named Co-Leaders of the Litigation Practice Group, Kimberly A. Beis has been named Co-Leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Marc B. Zimmerman has been named Leader of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Katheleen A. Ehrhart and Steven D. Pearson have been named Co-Leaders of the Insurance Brokerage Group.

Freeborn & Peters LLP Promotes Jennifer M. Huelskamp, Ryan G. Rudich and Martin Syvertsen to Partner

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer M. Huelskamp, Ryan G. Rudich and Martin Syvertsen have been promoted to Partner, effective January 1.

Client Alert: Estate Planning Opportunities Remain in 2021

Estate Planning in the first quarter of 2021 provides continuing opportunities for clients seeking to preserve and transfer wealth while minimizing or avoiding gift taxes. This Client Alert provides information on three hot topics

Client Alert: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 2.0 – A Summary of the New and Modified Rules

In late December of 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”) was signed into law which contains approximately $900 billion in additional coronavirus (COVID-19) relief funding programs. Among those programs is an additional $284 billion in additional aid to small businesses to be allocated via a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. These new loans will be made available both to qualifying new borrowers and borrowers who have previously received a PPP loan. Learn more in this Client Alert written by Partner Anthony Zeoli.

Client Alert: Copyright Filing Deadlines Further Extended Under CARES Act

As an update to prior Freeborn alerts (available here and here), the United States Copyright Office announced on January 7, 2021, that it is extending certain timing adjustments due to the pandemic through March 9, 2021. Under the Copyright Act, a copyright owner generally is eligible to recover attorney’s fees and costs and statutory damages (“Remedies”) in an infringement action only if the work is registered prior to the infringement or within three months of the work’s first publication. The effective date of registration is the date when the Copyright Office receives the application

Freeborn Partner Philip Comella Provides Insight on Nuisance Law for Waste 360 Article

Freeborn Partner and Leader of the Environment and Energy Practice Group, Philip Comella, was recently interviewed by Waste 360 for an article entitled, "What Landfill Operators Should Know About Nuisance Law." Phil shares that the main defense for operators who receive complaints or face charges is to show they comply with their permits and that they act reasonably in controlling odors. He states that internal inspections are also key to an operator’s defense against claims. To learn more or read the full article, click here.

Jason J. Ben Joins Freeborn’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Jason J. Ben has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group.

Partner Kathy Ehrhart's Legal Rebels Podcast Listed in ABA Journal's Top 10 Favorite Podcasts of 2020

Freeborn Partner Kathy Ehrhart was featured in ABA Journal's Top 10 Favorite Podcasts of 2020.

Partner Robert Stines Authors Article for Today's General Counsel on Digital Forensics in E-Discovery

Freeborn Partner Robert Stines recently authored an article for Today's General Counsel entitled, "Think About Digital Forensics When You Conduct E-Discovery."

Freeborn Associate Sarah A. Gottlieb Receives Federal Bar Association President’s Award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Sarah A. Gottlieb, an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, has received the Federal Bar Association President’s Award from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA).

Client Alert: SBA Issues New Questionnaires and Guidance for PPP Borrowers with Loans Over $2 Million

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), PPP loan borrowers are, and always have been, required to certify that the requested PPP loan funds are necessary to support their “ongoing operations” in light of the economic uncertainties created by COVID-19. However, since the inception of the program there has been a lot of ambiguity as to how, and as of when, a particular borrower’s need is to be assessed for purposes of being able to make such certification. That ambiguity recently increased significantly when the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) started sending out a “Loan

Freeborn Partner Matthew J. O’Hara Named a BTI Client Service All-Star 2020 by BTI Consulting Group

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Matthew J. O’Hara, a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Co-Leader of the Complex Litigation Group, has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star MVP 2020 by BTI Consulting Group. This year, corporate counsel clients identified 475 attorneys in the U.S. and beyond, among 650 law firms serving large organizations, to be named BTI Client Service All-Stars who stand above all the others in delivering the absolute best in client service. Matt was one of only 61 attorneys named an All-Star MVP for having earned this

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