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Fishman Haygood welcomes new partners Blair Schilling and Danny Dysart

Fishman Haygood proudly announces that Blair Schilling and Danny Dysart join the firm’s partnership.

Blair represents clients in a wide range of commercial matters in federal and state courts, with a concentration in environmental law. In her environmental work, she brings cases on behalf of  landowners against some of the oil and gas industry’s largest operators for contamination of oilfield sites, land loss, equipment removal, and groundwater contamination.

Danny’s practice focuses on all aspects of civil litigation, including personal injury, products liability, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, redhibition, and claims involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Oil Pollution Act.

Both Blair and Danny are recognized by Best Lawyers as “One to Watch” in their practice areas.  Fishman Haygood is thrilled to have these capable and excellent attorneys join the partnership.

See the firm’s formal announcements here and here.

The Firm Welcomes Top-rated Bankruptcy Team

Fishman Haygood has expanded its capabilities to assist clients dealing with distressed businesses and properties (whether as a creditor or debtor) which may include restructuring and formal bankruptcy cases, with the addition of three leading lawyers – William H. Patrick, III, Tristan E. Manthey and Cherie Dessauer Nobles and their support staff.

Billy Patrick and Tristan Manthey will head the firm’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice. The team was previously with Heller, Draper, Patrick, Horn & Manthey.…

Best Lawyers Recognizes Fishman Haygood Attorneys as “Ones to Watch”

Best Lawyers has recognized Mike Dodson, Danny Dysart, Carson Haddow, Blair Schilling, Rebekka Veith, and Molly Wells as “Ones to Watch”.   Best Lawyers uses a peer review methodology to recognize attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.  See the announcement here.

Fishman Haygood Successfully Defends Superdome Manager in ADA Lawsuit

Fishman Haygood successfully defended the manager of the Superdome, SMG, in a lawsuit alleging that the Superdome’s 100 Level accessible seating did not meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The plaintiff in Bailey v. Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, et al. (Case No. 2:18-cv-5888) alleged that the accessible seats in Rows 1 and 36 of the Superdome’s 100 Level violated the dispersion and sightline requirements of the ADA and that SMG failed to make the 100 Level accessible “to the maximum extent feasible” as part of its alterations to the Superdome in 2010. …

Sharonda Williams to Particpate in FBA Panel on Issues Surrounding Law Enforcement’s Liability

Drawing on her experience handling the most comprehensive police consent decree in the history of the United States as City Attorney for New Orleans, Sharonda Williams will join a distinguished national panel of defense attorneys with expertise in representing officers to discuss issues surrounding law enforcement’s liability.

The webinar, which is hosted by the Federal Bar Association, will be presented on July 21, 2020 at 1pm.  The webinar follows a previous installment covering insights on how law enforcement is trained, special considerations that arise during their prosecution, and solutions for the problems faced by prosecutors.

Read more here and register here.

PPP Flexibility Act Provides Relief for Businesses

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (the “Flexibility Act”). The House passed the bill (H.R. 7010) last week, and the President signed the bill into law on June 5. The Flexibility Act provides much needed relief for businesses by extending the “covered period” for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to 24 weeks and reducing the amount of loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll costs to be eligible for forgiveness from 75% to 60%.  Read more about what the Flexibility Act means for your business here.

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Excessive Market Losses May Have Been Preventable

Because the overall market has performed well over the past several years, a great deal of investor losses and broker misconduct has gone undetected.  Many investors have lost money in the recent decline of the market due to COVID-19, but for some investors, negligence or other misconduct on the part of a broker or financial advisor has caused excessive and unnecessary losses that could have been prevented.  Fishman Haygood’s team of securities lawyers is here to help.  Click here for more information.

Maureen Gershanik Weighs in on Securities Law Implications of the Opportunity Zone Program

As more investors eye lucrative investment opportunities in Qualified Opportunity Zones, the SEC and state regulators will be monitoring securities activities associated with the program. Maureen Gershanik advises that, at the federal level, careful compliance with these four areas of securities regulations will help avoid costly violations that could delay or even prevent a transaction: Securities Offering Regulation, Broker-Dealer Regulation, Investment Adviser Regulation, and Investment Company Act Regulation.  Learn more in Maureen’s article that was recently published by the ABA Probate & Property Magazine.

CDFI Fund Opens 2019 NMTC Application Round

The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today announced the opening of the calendar year 2019 allocation round of the federal new markets tax credit (NMTC). Applications are due October 28, 2019. The CDFI Fund anticipates announcing 2019 NMTC awards in summer 2020. The CDFI Fund provides resources including an introduction to the NMTC program, the NMTC program application, the Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA), an Awards Management Information System navigation guide, an application FAQ and an application roadmap presentation here.

Economic Development Districts = Tax Dollars to Developers

Real Estate Developers in Louisiana can receive tax dollars to enhance projects through Economic Development Districts (EDDs).  EDDS are strictly defined geographic areas that are authorized and created by ordinance of the city or parish where they are located.  The vast majority of EDDs generate tax revenues for real estate developments from sales and use taxes and hotel occupancy taxes, though property taxes may also be used.  Read more about EDDs here. If you have questions about Opportunity Zones, contact John Werner or  Charles Landry.

CREW Comes to New Orleans: Leadership Summit for Women in Commercial Real Estate

Fishman Haygood and New Orleans CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), welcomes CREW delegates from across the country for the 2019 CREW Network Leadership Summit.  This multifaceted meeting brings together the top leaders in CREW Network to learn from one another about chapter management, but also to learn from leading experts about the critical leadership skills that give you the business advantage.

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