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Top US Attorneys Discuss COVID-19 Crisis and Business.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve, many industries will see a shift in what was once considered the norm. Leaders in every field are moving with diligence to ensure the best interest and protection of their business, employees, and clients. With the dust just beginning to settle, it’s crucial to get an adept understanding of the business and economic implications resulting from the coronavirus. 

As a society, we have confided in the council and opinions of trusted attorneys since the dawn of this country. Lawmen in almost every area of practice have always played a key role in making sense of unsettling times. With that being said, some of the nation’s most decorated, and respected attorneys and law firms weigh in on their experiences thus far dealing with the ramifications of this crisis that is impacting life as we know it. Our Public Relation Firm investigates:

  1. Jonathan Sparks, founder of Sparks Law, LLC, whose firm focuses on the journey of the entrepreneur, disclosed that by implementing tools to adapt during the COVID-19 quarantine, they were able to assist their clients with their business and financial needs with ease. “Our firm has implemented a work-from-home policy and have helped our clients do the same. We have also called each of our clients individually just to check in and say hello. No sales, simply us reaching out to see how we can help during this tough time.” Business owners across the country are experiencing immense financial hardship, Sparks expressed how his firm has developed a program to better accommodate the needs of his clients during these specific times in our economy. “Through this COVID-19 crisis, we developed a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Advisory Program. The PPP process can be very vexing and confusing, so we’ve created a program in which we make the process from applying for the loan to forgiveness as easy as possible for our clients.” Sparks makes it a point to check in on his clients while also keeping them up to date. “We send weekly updates regarding changes made within legislature or simply asking how all our program participants are and how we can help them currently. Clients have been quite receptive to our proactive approach and guidance during these “interesting” times and we have gotten countless positive reviews on the help we were able to successfully offer to each one.”
  1. Adam Rossen, lead attorney and founder of Rossen Law Firm, whose practice is criminal defense law by definition focusing on: DUI, domestic violence, theft, assault, vandalism and much more, however, Rossen exclaims the firm refrains from using the word “criminal” in their practice, as they are ready to help while offering a judgment-free environment. Rossen’s offices were deemed an essential business following the quarantine, provoking the need for the employees to work remotely amidst these trying times. “As of mid-May, we began alternating our employees’ schedules to phase back into working in the office so that our employees work at home part of the week, and in the office other days while limiting contact with one another and lessening the number of people in our office at one time.” Moving a courtroom to a contactless proceeding, whether over the phone or over a video call session, has created an indefinite suspension of jury trials. “For some of our clients, this is very positive as prosecutors may be more willing to work out a deal now than they were before due to trials being so far off in the future.” Rossen specified the biggest change his law practice has witnessed during the quarantine being the intake of fewer new clients, considering a substantial amount of cases they handle are DUI charges. “As you may imagine, with restaurants closed, bars closed, and people being home more and driving less, DUI charges have drastically decreased. With the reduction in public drinking and then driving – which is certainly a positive thing –  we presume that is one of the main reasons we’ve seen a decrease in new client intake since the quarantine began.”
  1. Kelly C. Sturmthal, the founder of Sturmthal & Associates/ DSM Law, often partners with other professionals to best serve families and business owners planning for family protection and business legacy. Sturmthal’s offices created a combination of working from their physical location along with home offices to accommodate for the ongoing pandemic. “I spent time answering questions for many current and potential clients as I felt many needed reassurance during this unusual time.  Additionally, we postponed the majority of our document signings as our practice did not allow for online notary signings.” Sturmthal reveals she has been in contact with other business owners as they navigate how to handle social distancing in a demanding business. “We currently are planning our initial appointments via ZOOM, Facetime, or telephone conference. Our current in-person meetings are planned outside instead of inside in order to provide the most protection for our clients. Our document signings are all handled outside with all of those involved practicing social distancing and wearing masks; We call it a “drive-through” client option.”
  1. Jordan R. Wagner, the managing partner of Kibbey Wagner, whose handlings are criminal defense and personal injury cases,  remained open but managed hearings, depositions and mediations remotely (over the phone or by video call sessions), as the US dealt with the widespread pandemic. “Rarely, if ever, were depositions, court hearings or mediations done via zoom.  Sometimes you would do a hearing via telephone, but even that was sometimes frowned upon because Judges would want you to show up live.  Now doing these matters remotely is encouraged.”
  1. Jacqueline Salcines, Esq, founder of Law Offices of Jacqueline A. Salcines, P.A, whose firm generally focuses on real estate law, business law, and litigation, continued its business throughout the quarantine, while she herself worked from the office, her staff worked from home. Salcines highlights the distinct change in business has been handled. “So much of the work shifted from transaction work and real estate acquisition (purchase and sale) to how could my clients cancel and get out of their existing contracts, since the future was uncertain with COVID 19 and monies were restricted with unemployment, furloughs, and layoffs” As the pandemic produces massive pressure on the economy, along with the inability to conduct business in close contact, many contracts were falling apart. Salcines states “Landlord-tenant evictions picked up with tenants losing their jobs and not able to pay rent, both residential and commercial. However, the Supreme Court placed a stay on all evictions so landlords were not able to remove tenants for non-payment.”
  1. Matthew Ladd, founder of The Law Offices Of Matthew  E. Ladd, is a litigator for both civil and criminal matters, states the absence of a reopen date for jurys has led to settlements and plea bargains, but ultimately a clog in cases that would be settled if not for the closures. “My criminal practice continues to stall since the court has not made accommodations for the return of jury trials.  Also, the quarantine resulted in fewer arrests, likely because everyone was home and staying out of trouble.  But also because police held off on operations that result in mass arrests.” Ladd explains that although there isn’t as much as an immediate demand for criminal lawyers, he has given lots of professional advice during the hardship many Americans are facing. “My criminal practice continues to stall since the court has not made accommodations for the return of jury trials.  Also, the quarantine resulted in fewer arrests, likely because everyone was home and staying out of trouble.  But also because police held off on operations that result in mass arrests.”

In just a matter of weeks, the state of globalization and business has been altered drastically for everyone. These are unprecedented times that will test the ability of many to adapt and remain resilient. As we each develop and execute our own plans for the future, it’s all the more necessary that we look to our nation’s greatest business owners, community leaders, and it elects for guidance and voice on what lies ahead. In the heat of a crisis, one thing is for certain – after hearing these testimonies from some of the nation’s top attorneys, we should never doubt the ability of the American people to come together and rise ahead with the proper knowledge, courage, and perseverance. 

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