Bailey Glasser Newsletter - Holiday News & Insights
As we conclude a momentous, challenging, and successful year, this holiday edition of our Bailey Glasser newsletter contains recent news and insights, as well as a reflection on some highlights from the past year. As we celebrate courtroom and corporate victories, new colleagues, and contributions to our communities, this newsletter is best enjoyed with a holiday beverage, warm or cold. All of us here at Bailey Glasser wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.
This month's newsletter includes:
- Welcome Aboard: New additions to the firm this autumn include partner D. Todd Mathews, of counsel Bart Cohen, and associates Elizabeth Stryker and Isabella Anderson.
- A Year in Pictures: A small montage of our vibrant year, including how we gave back to our communities.
- News, Alerts, and Articles: Remote work considerations, Title IX op-ed in Sportico, discovery matters in Bloomberg News, and much more.
- New Elevations: Nick Johnson is named equity partner, and seven lawyers are promoted to partner.
- Protecting Student-Athletes: BG continues to protect student-athletes, this time at Dickinson College.
- Thanks for the Memories: Saying goodbye to Larry Groce at NPR's Mountain Stage.
- Plus: Webinar replay of our two-part series on raising business cash: "Raising Capital & Staying Compliant: It's Not Easy Being Green" and new videos about our capabilities.
Meet Our New Lawyers
We are pleased to announce the addition of four new lawyers to our national practice:
- Isabella Anderson joins the firm as a lawyer in Bailey Glasser’s consumer litigation group and is located in our Charleston, WV office. Isabella handles individual and class actions involving consumer finance, TCPA violations, defective products, and a host of other consumer and employment matters.
- Bart D. Cohen joins our Philadelphia office as of counsel handling complex litigation. Bart is a second-generation attorney, first inspired to become a lawyer by his father (who has been practicing for over 60 years), and now inspired by pursuing truth and justice on behalf of his clients.
- D. Todd Mathews joins our St. Louis office as a partner. During the past two decades, Todd has secured numerous multi-million dollar trial verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, successfully representing plaintiffs nationwide across product liability, personal injury, employment, sexual abuse, class action, mass tort, and whistleblower cases.
- Elizabeth L. Stryker joins our Morgantown, WV office as an associate, where she represents victims and their family members whose lives have been impacted by severe or catastrophic injury or death. She has a legal background steeped in developing winning litigation strategies, skills she sharpened both as an advocate for her clients and as a former judicial clerk.
2021 in Pictures
Recent News & Alerts
- Client Alert: "Home Is Where the Harm Is: Peloton Treadmill Injuries" - by BG lawyers Todd Walburg and Benjamin Hogan
- BG Lawyer Jade Smith-Williams Helps Lead Ownership Group for Oakland Coliseum Proposal Along with WBNA Legend Alana Beard and the African American Sports and Entertainment Group
- Bailey Glasser Lawyers Win Appeal Before the West Virginia Supreme Court in Ruling that Helps People Impacted by Mental Illness
- Sportico: "College Sports NIL is Headed for a Collision With Title IX" - BG partners Arthur Bryant and Cary Joshi share their unique insights into Name, Image, and Likeness regulations and Title IX
- Bloomberg Law: "Revisiting Proportionality Under Rule 26(b)(1)" - BG lawyers Katherine Charonko and Brian McAllister (with JAMS arbitrator Daniel Garrie) write that lawyers are best served when they embrace the challenges of achieving proportionality in civil discovery
- Commonwealth Magazine: "Supreme Judicial Court Taking Up Challenge to Harvard's Ownership of Slaves Photos" - BG partner John Roddy is representing several academics who are involved in the case against Harvard
Committed to Our Clients' Success
Bailey Glasser announces seven new partners, and one new equity partner:
- Nicholas S. Johnson has accepted the firm's offer to become an equity partner. Nick's remarkable skills as a trial lawyer, his critical work for the firm as the Corporate Practice Group leader, and his proven ability to fight successfully for the firm's clients are renowned as he assumes this new role. Nick was co-lead counsel (along with Brian Glasser) of the trial team that won a $32.7M jury verdict on behalf of Ramaco Resources, Inc. in 2021.
- Arthur H. Bryant has won major victories and established precedents in constitutional law, consumer protection, toxic torts, civil rights, class actions, and mass torts. He was recently named by the National Law Journal as a 2021 Trailblazer in Sports Law. In the past year, Arthur has won settlements preserving women's (and men's) intercollegiate athletic opportunities and advancing gender equity at Brown University, the College of William & Mary, Clemson University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, East Carolina University, University of St. Thomas, La Salle University, Dartmouth College, and Dickinson College.
- Maggie B. Burrus handles high-stakes litigation, is a strategic adviser to her clients, and guides companies of all sizes through complex restructurings and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Based in our Charleston, WV office, Maggie advises debtors, creditors, investors, and other interested parties in the context of out-of-court and in-court corporate restructurings, liquidations, distressed financings, acquisitions, and receiverships.
- Joshua I. Hammack counsels and defends clients in federal court, both at trial and on appeal, and before regulatory agencies. He focuses primarily on commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property, product safety, and credit reporting under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Josh was an integral member of the trial team that won a $32.7M jury verdict on behalf of Ramaco Resources, Inc.
- Sharon F. Iskra leads the firm's Institutional Abuse & Neglect practice area and is a nationally-recognized advocate for children, individuals with special needs, and others who have been abused, neglected, or exploited in institutions such as group homes, rehabilitation centers, universities, hotels, and foster care facilities. Based in our Charleston, WV office, Sharon was an integral member of the trial team that secured the largest verdict on record in Hardy County, WV on behalf of two developmentally disabled children.
- Benjamin P. Lajoie is based out of the firm's Boston office and is a commercial litigation and corporate attorney whose technical skills combine with an attentive and pragmatic approach to client advocacy, allowing him to successfully represent the unique interests of his clients in the life sciences, technology, and financial industries.
- Brian J. McAllister is an integral part of the firm's Electronically Stored Information (ESI) group, where he assists clients and lawyers in the implementation of structured, strategic, and analytic e-Discovery functionalities, including collection and preservation, document review, use of technology, as well as technology-assisted review (TAR) and ESI protocols.
- Stephen Putnoki-Higgins protects family wealth through careful estate and tax planning, as well as estate administration. Stephen guides his clients through proactive assistance in achieving key tax and non-tax goals, such as probate avoidance and the preservation of familial harmony. He also strategically assists in transfer tax planning for high-net worth individuals, including closely-held business owners and other professionals, and helps nonprofit organizations in structure, governance, and other matters.
Mountain Stage Memories
After 38 years and 950 incredible shows, Larry Groce recently announced his retirement as the host of National Public Radio's Mountain Stage. While Larry will continue as the show’s artistic director, Grammy award-winning recording artist and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will be Mountain Stage’s new voice behind the mic. BG is a proud longtime sponsor of the program. Produced live in West Virginia, Mountain Stage can be heard on more than 240 public radio stations across America, worldwide via NPR Music, and at mountainstage.org.
Client Alert: Remote Work Accommodation Requests in a Post-COVID World: How "Essential" is the Office Anyway?
by Jaclyn S. Clark, Labor & Employment Practice
After nearly two years of having the flexibility to work from home, it’s not hard to understand why many employees are reluctant to return to the “old ways” of business casual attire, hour-long commutes, and five days per week in-office from 9-to-5. Many employers, however, are more eager than ever to get their employees back into the office — and generally, that’s the employer’s call to make.
While this inevitably means many employees may have to begrudgingly face the reality of squeezing themselves back into their pre-pandemic work pants and schlepping back to the office at some point soon, for some employees it isn’t that simple. While employers generally have the right to implement whatever sort of in-person attendance or return to office policies they feel are appropriate for their workforce, exceptions to such policies may sometimes need to be made for employees who request remote work accommodations for legitimate medical or disability-related reasons. Read on
Please enjoy these new videos which highlight a recent webinar series and some of our practice areas.
Part One - Raising Capital & Staying Compliant: It's Not Easy Being Green
Part Two - Raising Capital & Staying Compliant: It's Not Easy Being Green
FAQ: What Are My Options as a Veteran If I Believe I Have Received Faulty Medical Care?
FAQ: How Do I Know If I'm Getting Adequate Medical Testing, Treatment, and Care?