Announcements

Announcements

  • 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. 
  • Spring/Summer 2018 issue of USLAW Magazine ready for download

    The 2018 spring/summer issue of USLAW Magazine is now available for reading, viewing and downloading. 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. The magazine includes articles on today’s important legal and business issues, including data privacy, block chain technology, the intersection of technology and transportation, cross border transactions and so much more. The current issue also include successful law firm transactions and highlights of firms on the move.
  • USLAW NETWORK publishes 2018-19 Membership Directory and Source Book

    The 2018-19 edition of the USLAW Membership Directory/Source Book is available for download. These important resources provide immediate access to USLAW members firms, key attorney contacts in each firm as well as a comprehensive line-up of resources to help legal decision makers with day-to-day management of legal issues.

    “The Membership Directory continues to be one of our most important resources we produce since it showcases our member firms and highlights key contacts among our nearly 20 substantive practice areas,” said Roger M. Yaffe, USLAW CEO. “This has evolved into an important desktop reference and now that it also is provided online, members and clients always have it within reach.”

    About the Membership Directory

    • Member firm profiles are grouped alphabetically by region (U.S., international members and then TELFA/ALN) so you can easily locate a firm in any jurisdiction where legal needs may arise.
    • Each entry provides an overview of each firm’s profile and some of the representative clients for each firm.
    • A two-page Membership Reference is provided (page ii-iii) for quick reference across the NETWORK.
    • Each entry includes primary contacts for ease of connections.
    Included within the Membership Directory is multi-page Source Book that showcases the many complimentary services and resources provided by the NETWORK. The Source Book provides information about USLAW’s Client Leadership Council, Practice Group Client Advisors, Team of Experts, USLAW EduNet webinars, Compendiums of Law and more.
  • Updated National Compendium of Law now available

    USLAW NETWORK today releases its updated National Compendium of Law, which is a multi-state resource that gives users easy access to state common and statutory law regarding a variety of litigation-oriented issues. The Compendium focuses on the procedural aspects of the law so that clients of USLAW member firms and their clients have a reliable resource at their fingertips. The National Compendium addresses issues that arise prior to the commencement of litigation through trial and on to appeal.

    Written by USLAW NETWORK member attorneys, the Compendium takes advantage of local knowledge and experience in jurisdictions in which USLAW NETWORK firms practice. The USLAW National Compendium of Law was edited by Lew R.C. Bricker and assisted by Sheeroz Kamran of SmithAmundsen LLC in Illinois.

    USLAW regularly produces new and updates existing Compendiums, which are easily sourced on a state-by-state basis and are developed by the member firms of USLAW. Current Compendiums include: Retail, Spoliation of Evidence, Transportation, Construction Law, Workers’ Compensation, Surveillance, Offer of Judgment, Employee Rights on Initial Medical Treatment, and many more. Visit uslaw.org for a complete listing (under CLIENT RESOURCES tab) and to access each compendium.
  • USLAW announces 2018 corporate partner roster

    USLAW NETWORK today announces its roster of 2018 corporate partners. Corporate partners are leaders in their respective fields and provide important industry expertise to USLAW member firms and their clients as they navigate and manage diverse legal matters. New to the roster in 2018 is Structured Financial Associates, Inc. (SFA), USLAW’s exclusive partner for structured settlement services. Also, USLAW’s official eDiscovery, cybersecurity and data forensics partner is Advanced Discovery, having acquired long-term USLAW partner Altep in 2017. 

    The 2018 roster of corporate partners includes: 

    • S-E-A, Ltd. - Official Technical Forensic Engineering and Legal Visualization Services Partner
    • U.S. Legal Support, Inc. - Official Court Reporting Partner
    • Advanced Discovery - Official E-Discovery, Cyber Security and Data Forensics Partner
    • Litigation Insights - Official Jury Consultant Partner
    • Marshall Investigative Group - Official Investigative Partner
    • MDD Forensic Accountants - Official Forensic Accountant Partner
    • Structured Financial Associates - Official Structured Settlement Partner
  • SFA named USLAW's official structured settlement services partner

    Structured Financial Associates, Inc. (“SFA”), a founding leader in the structured settlement business, has been named USLAW NETWORK’s exclusive partner for structured settlement services. USLAW NETWORK is an international organization composed of more than 60 independent, full practice firms with roots in civil litigation.  

    “Structured Financial Associates is a leader in the structured settlement market, and we are excited to welcome Richard Regna, John Machir and the SFA team to USLAW,” said Roger M. Yaffe, USLAW CEO. “SFA offers decades of experience and customized, tailored settlement tools that will serve as important resources for USLAW members and their clients as they manage various legal matters and claim resolutions.”

    SFA was founded in 1985, is a member of Integrated Financial Settlements (IFS) and has more than 70 structured settlement consultants with offices in every major metropolitan area of the country.  

    “Structured Financial Associates is pleased to join USLAW NETWORK as its exclusive Structured Settlement Partner,” said SFA president Richard Regna. “We are confident that our partnership will help USLAW continue to foster its vibrant network of legal experts. SFA’s full-service operations and support teams are comprised of veterans of the settlement industry, dedicated to providing superior service to its clients throughout the United States. Our knowledge and ability to create comprehensive and tailor-made solutions makes SFA invaluable to defense clients, injured plaintiffs and their attorneys.”