Publications

November 7, 2018
Publication
The Opportunity Zone program was created as a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017. The program was developed with the intent to help encourage investment in...
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
Daniel E. Crowley
Associate
September 4, 2018
Publication
On August 21, 2018 the State of Illinois amended the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to prohibit an employer from reducing an employee’s compensation for breaks for nursing mothers.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
July 2018
Publication

In this article, part of the Lexis Practice Advisor practical guides for clients and lawyers, partner Ellen Chapelle, co-chair of Gould & Ratner’s Construction Practice, discusses the...

Ellen M. Chapelle
Of Counsel
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
May 25, 2018
Publication
The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major victory for employers across America – ruling that mandatory arbitration agreements that contain a provision prohibiting any form of class or collective...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
March 19, 2018
Publication
When negotiating a construction contract, the pricing model selected to determine the cost of the project is arguably the most important decision the parties will make.
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Daniel E. Crowley
Associate
Philip P. Piecuch
Associate
February 6, 2018
Publication
Along with the new year came sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), in the form of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act)....
February 2, 2018
Publication
Stiff Penalties Will Likely Force Compliance With GDPR

A sweeping new law aimed at protecting the privacy of people living in the European Union will likely force virtually all businesses –...

January 4, 2018
Publication
The issue of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace vaulted to the forefront of most employers’ attention in 2017, with the #MeToo hashtag going viral and Time magazine naming as...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
January 1, 2018
Publication
The Senate and the House have each passed their own version of Tax Reform. In comparing the two bills there are many similarities, however, there are ...
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
December 19, 2017
Publication
An insidious and underreported aspect of the tax legislation winding its way through Congress this week is a provision that likely will meaningfully and negatively impact private...
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
November 20, 2017
Publication
Taking aim at standard-setting organizations for potentially anti-competitive behavior, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim delivered unprecedented remarks in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, 2017. Member-driven SSOs, such as the European Telecommunications...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
November 17, 2017
Publication
Taking aim at SSOs for potentially anti-competitive behavior, Assistant Attorney General, Makan Delrahim delivered remarks at the U.S.C. Gould School of Law's Center for Transnational Law and Business Conference (Los Angeles,...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
November 7, 2017
Publication
In a groundbreaking decision, the federal appellate court in Chicago has held that employers are not required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide an employee with a long-term...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
September 7, 2017
Publication

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has announced an immediate stay and review of an Obama-era policy requiring pay information to be included on form EEO-1....

Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
September 6, 2017
Publication
Remember last November when a federal judge put a temporary hold on significant changes to federal labor laws affecting millions of workers and their employers?
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
July 19, 2017
Publication
In many aspects, today’s practice of law looks a lot different than it used to, and a major reason is the integration of technology into the practice, specifically the use of...
June 2017
Publication
Two new local ordinances requiring employers in Cook County or Chicago to provide paid sick leave take effect on July 1, 2017.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
May 30, 2017
Publication
David Newman discusses how three U.S. Supreme Court rulings weaken patents and may damage many U.S. technology sectors.
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
May 2017
Publication
Eric Sparks examines freedom of contract and the rule of law in the jurisprudence of merits-based review of arbitration awards in construction matters.
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
May 2017
Publication
In this article, published in Intellectual Property magazine, Gould & Ratner IP Practice Chair David Newman discusses how a change to the IP system is needed to meet the call for...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
May 9, 2017
Publication
The Illinois House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2462, which aims to prevent pay discrimination against women in Illinois. The bill amends the existing Equal Pay Act of 2003, which...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
April 4, 2017
Publication
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (in Chicago) ruled on April 4, 2017, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which prohibits workplace discrimination...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
February 23, 2017
Publication
When preparing for an archeological dig, New Hampshire state archeologist Richard Boisvert once succinctly stated: “If we knew what was there, we wouldn’t have to dig.”
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Daniel E. Crowley
Associate
Construction
January 23, 2017
Publication
Effective Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must have completely converted to using the new version of Form I-9 to verify new employee identification and U.S. employment authorization for both citizens and...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
December 29, 2016
Publication
As we enter the new year, several new or amended employment laws will take effect for Illinois employers – and inevitably affect many individuals as well. The 2017 changes starting either...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
December 9, 2016
Publication
David Newman discusses how Apple is in jeopardy of losing most of the $400 million damage award it had previously achieved against Samsung Electronics Inc.
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
Litigation
November 23, 2016
Publication
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule nationwide, scheduled to take effect next week on Thursday, December 1.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
October 2016
Publication
Family-owned companies and other closely held businesses and investment entities would be affected
May 2016
Publication
Companies can now bring civil actions for misappropriation of their trade secrets in federal courts through the Defense of Trade Secrets Act 2016, making it easier to prevent former or current...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
Intellectual Property
April 30, 2016
Publication
McDonald’s and the National Labor Relations Board faced off in an administrative court to determine whether the fast-food chain is liable for the actions of its franchisees as a joint employer.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
April 2016
Publication
Most construction contracts contain boilerplate Force Majeure or Act of God provisions, but they should clearly identify what those events are, their impact on contract terms and allocate the risks of...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Litigation
April 2016
Publication
At the start of this year, a new provision of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act became effective, a major development in the history of Illinois’ Mechanics Lien Act that may simplify...
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Construction
Real Estate
March 2016
Publication
Litigation over restrictive covenant agreements, including non-competes, is on the rise. Because such agreements are viewed as restraints on trade, they are generally disfavored by Illinois courts. In a recent decision,...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
September 2015
Publication
March 2014
Publication
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Ellen M. Chapelle
Of Counsel
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Construction
February 2014
Publication
Ellen M. Chapelle
Of Counsel
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
January 2014
Publication
Edward A. Trio
Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Tax and Wealth Transfer
October 2013
Publication
September 2013
Publication
John A. Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
Financial Services
July 2013
Publication
Jessica G. Lingertat
Partner
Chair, Real Estate Practice
Real Estate
June 2013
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
June 2013
Publication
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Ellen M. Chapelle
Of Counsel
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Construction
June 2013
Publication
Because of changes to the law enacted last year, all existing Exemption Certificates for Enterprise Zones, High-Impact Businesses and River Edge Redevelopment Zones expire June 30, 2013, even if the...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Real Estate
Ellen M. Chapelle
Of Counsel
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Real Estate
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Construction
Real Estate
April 13, 2013
Publication
March 2013
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
February 2013
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
January 2013
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
December 10, 2012
Publication
Ronald N. Mora
Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Real Estate
April 2012
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
October 2011
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
June 2011
Publication
John A. Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
June 2011
Publication
John A. Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
Litigation
February 2011
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2011
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2011
Publication
Karin T. O'Connell
Of Counsel
Environmental
Real Estate
Virginia M. Harding
Of Counsel
Real Estate
Environmental
January 2011
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Managing Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Tax and Wealth Transfer
January 2011
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
September 16, 2010
Publication
Jessica G. Lingertat
Partner
Chair, Real Estate Practice
Real Estate
August 2010
Publication
Gail Potysman Bley, CFP®
Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Tax and Wealth Transfer
August 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
July 2010
Publication
July 2010
Publication
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Corporate
Litigation
July 2010
Publication
June 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
April 2010
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
October 2009
Publication
Karen Osiecki Meehan
Partner
Real Estate
October 2009
Publication
July 2009
Publication
David M. Arnburg
Partner
Human Resources and Employment
Corporate
March 2009
Publication
David M. Arnburg
Partner
Real Estate
January 2009
Publication
John A. Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
December 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
October 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
October 2008
Publication
October 2008
Publication
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Tax and Wealth Transfer
March 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
March 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Managing Partner
Family Business and Entrepreneurs
Real Estate
March 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Managing Partner
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
Tax and Wealth Transfer
February 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Business and Entrepreneurs
January 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2008
Publication
Ronald N. Mora
Partner
Family Business and Entrepreneurs
Estate Planning and Family Office Administration
January 2008
Publication
Karen Osiecki Meehan
Partner
Real Estate
January 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Managing Partner
Tax and Wealth Transfer
Financial Services
January 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 2007
Publication
Paul W. Carroll
Partner
Litigation
Real Estate
October 2007
Publication
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Co-Chair, Construction Practice
Litigation
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Litigation
August 2007
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
Litigation
August 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
July 2007
Publication
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
Tax and Wealth Transfer
Tax Controversy
May 2007
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
April 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
March 2007
Publication
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
Tax and Wealth Transfer
Tax Controversy
March 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
February 2007
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
October 2006
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
July 2005
Publication
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Corporate
January 2002
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Business and Entrepreneurs
January 2001
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
December 2000
Publication
May 2000
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 1999
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Business and Entrepreneurs
June 1999
Publication
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Corporate
Intellectual Property
November 1998
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
March 1998
Publication
January 1997
Publication
September 1990
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Business and Entrepreneurs