CW HOUSTON OFFICE WELCOMES TWO NEW ATTORNEYS
Conner & Winters is proud to announce the addition of William A. Worthington and Peter W. Arbour to the firm’s Houston office. Worthington is an experienced trial and appellate litigator with an emphasis in commercial litigation and product related litigation. Arbour served a NYSE-listed company as its General Counsel. He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, litigation management and compliance matters.
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT NEWS: New Overtime Rules Limiting Application of “White Collar” Exemptions on Hold
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rules for application of the Executive, Administrative and Professional Employees overtime exemptions set to go into effect this Thursday, December 1, 2016 are now on hold. On November 22, 2016, less than 10 days before the effective date, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction postponing implementation of the new rules indefinitely. Click here to read the complete alert.
HEALTH CARE LAW NEWS: CMS Issues Final Rule Regulating Use of Binding Arbitration Agreements by Long-Term Care Facilities
On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule revamping and consolidating the conditions for long-term care facilities to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Perhaps the most controversial aspect relates to the final rule’s prohibition against pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Simply stated, a facility receiving funding under either Medicare or Medicaid may no longer enter into pre-dispute agreements for binding arbitration with any resident or a resident’s representative. Click Here to read the complete alert.
56 Conner & Winters Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America Recognition List
Conner & Winters is pleased to announce that 56 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Click here to see the list of Conner & Winters attorneys included on the list.
CLIENT ALERT: Digital Geocaching and Nuclear Security
Pokemon Go is sweeping the world and is creating a myriad of safety and security issues. Conner & Winters attorney Donn Meindertsma, who specializes in nuclear power plant whistle-blower defense, wrote an update about this for the nuclear industry. The information is relevant for businesses of all types. Click here to read the alert.
Valerie V. Hatami Joins Conner & Winters’ Oklahoma City Office
Conner & Winters is proud to welcome Valerie V. Hatami to the firm’s Oklahoma City office. Ms. Hatami practices in the firm’s litigation section, representing corporate clients in complex oil and gas litigation matters. Prior to joining Conner & Winters, she served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Ms. Hatami graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she was a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. While in law school, Ms. Hatami focused on oil and gas law, earning a Certificate in Energy and Natural Resources Law. In the summer of 2014, her article on the regulatory aspects and science behind hydraulic fracturing was published in the Oklahoma City University Law Review.
Conner & Winters Welcomes Michael D. Sutton to its Northwest Arkansas Office
Michael D. Sutton has joined the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office as an associate. Mr. Sutton focuses his practice on complex commercial and business litigation as well as health care compliance, administration, and transactions. He has experience litigating in both federal and state courts and has addressed a broad array of issues including environment regulations, contract disputes, products liability, intellectual property rights, and trade secrets. Michael also has experience with general civil litigation, real estate transactions, and business formation matters.
Prior to joining Conner & Winters, Michael attended the University of Arkansas School of Law where he graduated first in his class. During law school, Michael also clerked for the Honorable Judge Brad Karren, the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, and for several law firms throughout Arkansas. He also served as an Articles Editor for the Arkansas Law Review, a Teaching Assistant for introductory Property Law courses, and on the Board of Advocates. Michael remains active in the law school community by volunteering as a judge for moot court and trial competitions.
Vic Albert Presented at Elected Prosecuting Attorney/District Attorney Joint Training Conference
Conner & Winters attorney Vic Albert was invited by the District Attorneys Council to give a seminar presentation at a recent meeting in Oklahoma City. Mr. Albert presented on the topic “Social Media and Government Entities”. The attendees were District Attorneys from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
Conner & Winters Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide
Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys and five practice areas are included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide. Congratulations to: Vic Albert, Gary Betow, Elise Brennan, Teresa Burkett, David Cordell, Bob Curry, John Elrod, Jared Giddens, Robert Melgaard, Randall Mock, Lynn Moore, Ron Petrikin, Kiran Phansalkar, Kevin Redwine, Gentra Sorem, Hilary Velandia, Steve Ward and John Williams. Conner & Winters practice groups are recognized in the areas of: Corporate/Commercial, Energy, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial and Native American Law.
The Chambers guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990 and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers ranks lawyers and law firms based on the research of its 150 full-time editors and researchers, as well as information submitted by law firms and in-depth telephone interviews with attorneys and firms. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.
CLIENT ALERT: DHHS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination by Health Care Providers That Receive Medicare or Medicaid Funds
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule prohibiting entities that are reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid from discriminating against an individual in the provision of or access to health services or health insurance coverage on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Click here to read the alert.
CLIENT ALERT: DOL Issues Final Rule Limiting Application of “White Collar” Overtime Exemptions
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division issued its long-anticipated final rule updating its standards for application of the Executive, Administrative and Professional exemptions to the overtime rules established by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Click here to read the alert.
CLIENT ALERT: Employment Law Impacts of Federal Trade Secret Law Amendments
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), recently signed into law by President Obama, broadens options that companies have to sue for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA adds provisions relating to potential trade secret misappropriation that will be of interest to employers. Click here to read the alert.
Matt Allen Honored By JOURNAL RECORD as a Member of “Achievers Under 40” Class of 2016
Conner & Winters partner Matt Allen was honored by the JOURNAL RECORD as a member of their “Achievers Under 40” Class of 2016. Selection is based on career achievements, community involvement and personal goals. The honorees are considered the cream of the crop of Oklahoma’s up-and-comers in all fields.