Announcements

Announcements

  • MehaffyWeber named USLAW NETWORK’s Houston member firm

    MehaffyWeber, a Houston-based litigation firm, has been named USLAW NETWORK’s Houston, Texas, member firm. MehaffyWeber was founded in 1946, its trial lawyers practice in state and federal courts throughout Texas, and the firm functions as national and regional counsel for numerous large corporate clients.
  • USLAW webinar focuses on Medicare compliance within your Casualty Program

    This webinar program will illustrate the benefits of implementing a strategic response to Medicare requirements based upon a legal/risk analysis, which allows your organization to properly manage claim spending, closure rate and compliance. 

    Please share with your colleagues and clients. Reserve your spot today.
  • How Canadian Employers Deal With Cannabis

    If you have clients who have business operations in Canada or you are wondering how Canadian employers are dealing with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, check out the latest USLAW EduNet webinar led by Jennifer Therrien | Kelly Santini LLP (Ottawa, Ontario); Alex B. Hunt | Parlee McLaws LLP (Edmonton, Alberta); and Marianne Bessette | Therrien Couture LLP (Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec). Please share with colleagues and clients as needed.
  • New joint and several liability compendium of law released

    USLAW has released its newest compendium of law that focuses on joint and several liability. This state-by-state guide serves as a reference tool for joint and several laws across the United States.  Lew R.C. Bricker of SmithAmundsen LLC in Illinois created and edited the compendium.

    For a complete listing of current compendiums, visit uslaw.org, and select Compendiums of Law under the Client Resources tab.
  • Register today: How Canadian Employers Deal with Cannabis

    As you no doubt heard, Canada recently legalized recreational cannabis, becoming the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana. A trio of attorneys from our Canada member firms - Kelly Santini LLP, Parlee McLaws LLP and Therrien Couture LLP - will lead a discussion about the impact this could have on the workplace.

    This Dec. 4 (1 p.m. ET) webinar will summarize for you the current state of law in Canada with respect to cannabis in the workplace, including a brief overview of federal and provincial legislation legalizing and governing recreational and medicinal cannabis use. The goal of this webinar is to identify prominent cannabis-related issues and concerns for employers with Canadian workforces, and to provide practical advice to assist employers in preventing and addressing the legal risks that may arise out of such issues and concerns. 

    This webinar is ideally suited for employers with activities or operations in Canada, general counsel, HR and safety employees and other professionals, risk managers, insurance execs and claims adjusters, executives and other officers, etc.

    **Please share with your colleagues and clients. Sign up today.**
  • Noble Allen, Wendell Large named 2018 USLAW NETWORK O’Hagan Award recipients

    Noble F. Allen of Hinckley Allen in Hartford, Connecticut, and the late Wendell G. Large of Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger in Portland, Maine, have been named recipients of the 2018 USLAW NETWORK O’Hagan Award. The award is named after Jim O’Hagan, a founding member of USLAW, and is given annually by the USLAW Chair to a USLAW member(s) who demonstrates outstanding service and commitment to the organization’s guiding principles, mission and objective.

    The award was presented during USLAW’s recent annual Fall Membership Meeting in Montreal.  USLAW Chair John D. Cromie of Connell Foley LLP in New Jersey presented the award to Allen, and Tom McKeon, Large’s law partner who accepted the award in Large’s memory; Large passed away in April.

    “I am humbled to have the honor to present this award to Noble and to Wendell’s family,” said Cromie who worked with both recipients during many years of USLAW membership and USLAW Board service. “Noble and Wendell have been dedicated friends, colleagues and partners to all of us in the NETWORK, and I am pleased to recognize both of them for their important contributions to USLAW.”

    Cromie on Noble Allen

    • “Noble raised the issue of diversity and inclusion to the Board, and he brought it to the forefront of our strategic discussions. We proudly acknowledge Noble’s commitment and vision to not only present the issue but also for being an advocate for it within the organization. Even after Noble served his tenure on the Board, he accepted my request to assume additional leadership duties and lead our Diversity Council. He was selfless as he took the lead and guided us to formally incorporate this important initiative into USLAW’s culture.” 

    Cromie on Wendell Large

    • “We often say USLAW Is a family. We’ve embraced that in our culture. We establish strong relationship and bonds with our colleagues from all corners of the NETWORK. Nowhere is this more true than with Wendell. He was a dedicated and generous member of our NETWORK who exemplified the finest values of our group. He was a dedicated practice group leader and committed Board member.  Wendell was dedicated to his family, to his profession, to his clients and to USLAW. We dearly miss him, but know we are better for having known him and enjoyed his contributions to USLAW and his example of a life well-lived.”
  • 2018-19 USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors elected

    During the recent fall USLAW NETWORK Membership Meeting, the 2018-19 USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors was elected.  Kevin L. Fritz of Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri, was named Chair, and Dan L. Longo of Murchison & Cumming LLP in Irvine, California, was named Vice Chair.

    Amanda P. Ketchum Of Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, PC in Kansas City, Missouri, and Rodney L. Umberger of Williams Kastner in Seattle, Washington, have been selected to join the Executive Committee.

    New members of the Board include Douglas W. Clarke (Therrien Couture L.L.P., Brossard, Quebec, Canada), Merton A. Howard (Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, California), and Larry A. Schechtman (SmithAmundsen, Chicago, Illinois).

    Two new ex officio positions were also added to the Board for representatives from USLAW’s Future Leaders (Jessica L. Fuller - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP) and Diversity Council (Earl W. Houston, II - Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C.) groups.
  • Kevin Fritz named Chair of USLAW NETWORK

    Kevin L. Fritz of Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri, has been named Chair of USLAW NETWORK for 2018-19. He succeeds John D. Cromie of Connell Foley LLP in New Jersey. The change of leadership was made at the NETWORK’s annual Fall Membership Meeting in Montreal, Canada. 

    “I am honored to serve as Chair of USLAW NETWORK for the upcoming year,” said Fritz, who most recently served as Vice Chair of USLAW. “Our members offer a broad range of legal experience and industry knowledge across diverse disciplines, and I look forward to working with them and continuing our Board’s longstanding commitment to ensuring that USLAW delivers exceptional service and networking opportunities to our clients.”
  • Fall issue of USLAW Magazine now available for download

    The latest issue of USLAW Magazine includes articles on cybersecurity, drones, estate planning, retail leases and service contracts, “disappearing” ephemeral messaging apps, multiemployer pension plans and so much more.  USLAW Magazine is published each spring and fall and content is written by attorneys from USLAW member firms as well as industry leading corporate partners.
  • Newest compendium of law focuses on workers’ comp filing deadlines

    USLAW NETWORK today releases its newest compendium of law, a state-by-state workers’ compensation claim filing deadlines resource. Fred L. Hubbs of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. in Georgia served as editor.

    You can access all USLAW compendiums via https://web.uslaw.org/resources/compendiums-of-law/.
  • Updated USLAW compendiums: Nullum Tempus, Offer of Judgment & Spoliation of Evidenc

    USLAW NETWORK today releases a trio of updated compendiums of law, including Nullum Tempus, Offer of Judgment, and Spoliation of Evidence.  Each of these compendiums is easily sourced on a state-by-state basis and all are developed by the member firms of USLAW.

    USLAW regularly produces new and updates existing compendiums providing multi-state resources that permit users to easily access state common and statutory law.
  • Trio of updated USLAW compendiums of law released

    USLAW NETWORK today releases updated state-by-state compendiums of law for three practice areas: Construction, Retail and Hospitality Law, and Transportation and Logistics.  USLAW regularly produces new and updates existing Compendiums providing a multi-state resource that permits users to easily access state common and statutory law. Compendiums are easily sourced on a state-by-state basis and are developed by the member firms of USLAW.
  • 2018 USLAW Practice Group Attorney Directories Released

    Just released - The 2018 attorney directories for four USLAW practice groups: Complex Tort and Product Liability, Construction Law, Employment and Labor Law, and Transportation and Logistics.

    USLAW practice group attorney directories are detailed directories of the active attorneys within these groups. These directories showcase the attorneys’ specific areas of experience, education, industry memberships, published articles and in some cases representative clients. These directories are available as downloadable PDFs.
  • USLAW NETWORK announces dates, locations for 2019 Client Conferences

    USLAW NETWORK announces it will host its Spring and Fall 2019 Client Conferences in Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., respectively. The spring event will be held from March 28-30, 2019, at the JW Marriott Nashville followed by the fall event from Sept. 26-28, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

    “We are delighted to announce Nashville and Washington, D.C. as our 2019 client conference destinations,” said Roger M. Yaffe. “Both hotels offer an exceptional level of service and the cities showcase unique cultural, entertainment and adventure options that will provide wonderful choices and backdrops for all of our activities.” 

    Before USLAW travels to Nashville and Washington, the NETWORK heads north of the border to Montreal, Québec, Canada, and the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth from Sept. 6-8 for the Fall 2018 Client Conference. This marks the second time USLAW will host a client conference in Canada, the first being in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the fall of 2013.  The Fall 2018 Client Conference will be preceded by the USLAW/TELFA Cross-Border Exchange on Sept. 5 and the USLAW Managing Partner Forum from Sept. 5-6.
  • Tom DeMatteo receives 2018 USLAW NETWORK Bill Burns Award

    Thomas D. DeMatteo, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary for ABC Bus Companies, Inc. is the 2018 recipient of the USLAW NETWORK Bill Burns Award. The award was created to annually recognize a client who has shown outstanding service and dedication to USLAW and is named after Bill Burns, a longtime transportation risk management and litigation leader for Landstar System, Inc., a Jacksonville, Florida-based transportation company. Burns was named the first recipient of the Award.

    “We are thrilled to honor Tom and recognize him with the Bill Burns Award,” said John D. Cromie, chair of USLAW and a partner in USLAW member firm Connell Foley LLP in New Jersey. “Tom has been a tireless supporter of USLAW and an advocate of our strategic expansion to support the needs of our clients. He has served as chair of our Client Leadership Council (CLC) and is a current member of the CLC and Practice Group Client Advisors. Relationships and connections matter and we thank Tom immensely for his trust and friendship throughout the years.”

    DeMatteo has been with ABC Bus Companies, Inc. since 1996, a nationwide distributor and finance company for tour, mid-size and transit buses. 

    “This is quite the honor,” said DeMatteo after receiving the award. “I use the NETWORK as my legal team and my mantra has always been ‘relationships, but with results,’ and that is what you get here at USLAW. Thank you so very much for this honor.”

    Cromie was joined on stage by Mark A. Solheim of Larson · King LLP in Minnesota to present the award to DeMatteo at the recent Spring 2018 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference. Solheim introduced DeMatteo to USLAW. 

    “Tom and I have known each other since our law schools day and I am so pleased to join USLAW in honoring Tom with the 2018 Bill Burns Award,” said Solheim. “Tom is a hardworking, thoughtful client leader who has been a strong proponent of USLAW’s expansion and drive to broaden the services we can provide to our clients, making the NETWORK even stronger.  Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved recognition.” 

    Bill Burns Award Recipients
    • 2016 - Bill Burns, Landstar System, Inc.
    • 2017 - Stephen E. Winborn, National Interstate Insurance Company
    • 2018 - Thomas D. DeMatteo, ABC Bus Companies, Inc.