Publications

July 22, 2020
Publication
Nearly three months after its initial announcement, on June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve launched its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), offering additional support for small and mid-size businesses struggling as...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
July 17, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released revised optional forms for employees to use when applying for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and for employers...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
July 13, 2020
Publication
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, owners and developers find themselves facing the prospect of continued project disruptions. While almost every governmental shutdown order has allowed construction activities to continue as long...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
July 9, 2020
Publication
Following the enactment of tax reform legislation in 2017 commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the constitutionality of the “individual mandate” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
July 7, 2020
Publication
In a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Booking.com was not a generic term and is entitled to protection under trademark law.
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
June 29, 2020
Publication
The first reported substantive ruling by a judge sitting in Illinois on the legal implications of whether COVID-19 and the resulting governmental shelter-in-place orders relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent...
Paul W. Carroll
Managing Partner
Daniel E. Crowley
Associate
June 25, 2020
Publication
The IRS earlier this month released proposed regulations on Section 1031 like-kind exchanges that may help taxpayers who were facing tax consequences due to changes made to Section 1031 by the...
Philip P. Piecuch
Associate
June 24, 2020
Publication
Welcome to Ten Talks With Gould & Ratner, a new video series of 10-minute conversations with some of our firm's most experienced attorneys, discussing the latest trends they're seeing in a...
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
June 19, 2020
Publication
This week, the SBA released new guidance surrounding the ever-changing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
June 18, 2020
Publication
As we wrote about in a previous HR Law Blog post, as of June 1, 2020, employees who have “recurring interactions with the public, including, but not limited to, an employee...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
June 15, 2020
Publication
In a 6-3 decision, the court resolved the question of whether discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity is deemed to be discrimination based on sex, and therefore covered by...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
June 12, 2020
Publication
UPDATE: In its latest update to its pandemic workplace guidance, the EEOC addresses questions employers will face as businesses reopen and employees return to work.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
June 10, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the third installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We will continue to periodically sit down with representatives of some...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
June 9, 2020
Publication
Significant updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were enacted at the end of last week, addressing complaints about rigid and impractical terms that many small business owners have voiced since...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
June 4, 2020
Publication
Emily Wessel Farr spoke with John Flemal, owner of Urban Lift Salon in Chicago, about how his team prepared for a safe and successful reopening.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
June 2, 2020
Publication
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-39 on May 29, 2020 which states that businesses must follow the guidance first published by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
June 1, 2020
Publication
When you push a pause button on a computer, it shuts down. When you push a pause button on a human, as is occurring now in the midst of the...
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
June 1, 2020
Publication
Yes, it’s true. Upon taking office on a platform to reform a real property assessment system some described as opaque and complicated on a good day, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi...
Amy M. Blumenthal
Managing Partner
May 27, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the second installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
May 26, 2020
Publication
Last week, the Chicago City Council passed the COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, which aims to protect covered employees who remain at home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are following a...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
May 26, 2020
Publication
The Small Business Association (SBA) has published the much-anticipated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application, complete with an OMB Control Number (read: it’s official).
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 21, 2020
Publication
While much of the construction industry has continued working throughout the pandemic, all stakeholders in a typical construction project have been impacted by the crisis.
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
May 20, 2020
Publication
The IRS issued Notice 2020-29 on May 12, 2020, to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
May 13, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of our Construction Interview Series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We will periodically sit down with representatives of some of...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
May 13, 2020
Publication
This week, the Department of Labor issued further clarification on the scope of FFCRA.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 13, 2020
Publication
Since the CARES Act became law on March 27, 2020, many businesses focused on securing a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, and it’s no wonder why: unprecedented loan forgiveness.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
May 7, 2020
Publication
Karin O'Connell's article was featured in the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and explains the basic requirements for a Habitat Conservation Plan, to be submitted in connection...
Karin T. O'Connell
Of Counsel
May 5, 2020
Publication
COVID-19 has created uncertainty across the economy, including in mergers and acquisitions. Parties may suddenly find themselves in a buyer’s market compared to the pre-COVID-19 world, and target businesses may increasingly...
David H. Hoeppner
Senior Associate
May 4, 2020
Publication
Following the White House’s issuance of broad guidelines for states to implement a phased reopening of businesses subject to isolation orders stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the U.S. Centers for...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
May 4, 2020
Publication
This three-part article offers possible post-COVID-19 changes to our work environment, from a variety of perspectives: social, design, technology, marketing and sales, legal, financial and government.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
May 1, 2020
Publication
This three-part article offers possible post-COVID-19 changes to our work environment, from a variety of perspectives: social, design, technology, marketing and sales, legal, financial and government.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
April 29, 2020
Publication
This first section of a three-part article offers possible post-COVID-19 changes to our work environment, from a variety of perspectives: social, design, technology, marketing and sales, legal, financial and government.
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
April 29, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its FAQ page on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), explaining how employers should calculate employee leave and addressing the confusion over...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 29, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner has prepared a reference chart to serve as a guide to each state’s stay-at-home executive order, specifically related to construction activities.
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Matthew N. Spinner
Paralegal
April 28, 2020
Publication
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s newest executive order in response to COVID-19 includes a new restriction on evictions, and, this time around, commercial evictions are impacted.
Alison L. Constantine
Associate
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
April 28, 2020
Publication
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court held that, in certain circumstances, discharges from “point sources” (e.g. wells, containers, pipes, ditches, channels, tunnels, conduits, etc.) into groundwater may require a...
Karin T. O'Connell
Of Counsel
April 27, 2020
Publication
As the nation continues to struggle with the spread of the novel coronavirus, the construction industry has often been designated as an essential sector of the economy and encouraged to continue...
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
April 24, 2020
Publication
UPDATE: A challenge to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s emergency amendment, described below, has resulted in a temporary hold on the rule.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
Publication
Current guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides that employers may lawfully take an employee’s temperature upon entering the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
Publication
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released an alert advising employers on safety tips to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to COVID-19.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 23, 2020
Publication
The already-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is expected to soon receive a $310 billion infusion of new funding in the next few days.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
Ammara H. Khan
Associate
April 20, 2020
Publication
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. The guidance is specifically intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis and...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 20, 2020
Publication
In addition to the typical risks in every construction project, the current and lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created a whole new set of risks that would have been...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
Matthew N. Spinner
Paralegal
April 17, 2020
Publication
The current low interest rate environment resulting fromthe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may provide individuals whose estates are expected to exceed the federal estate tax exemption amounts (currently $23,160,000 for a married...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
April 16, 2020
Publication
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has announced its implementation of expanded unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
April 16, 2020
Publication
As COVID-19 continues to impact businesses across all sectors of the economy, many commercial landlords have been flooded with rent relief requests over the past month.
Aaron T. May
Partner
April 15, 2020
Publication
UPDATE: On April 15, 2020, the SBA released additional guidance on frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans provided for in the CARES Act.
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 14, 2020
Publication
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS previously issued several notices to provide relief to taxpayers by postponing the due date for filing federal income tax returns and making...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
April 13, 2020
Publication
A significant component of the sweeping $2 trillion economic stimulus enacted on March 27, 2020, is a $500 billion Exchange Stabilization Fund, whose ...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 10, 2020
Publication
The IRS yesterday announced some relief for taxpayers currently engaged in a 1031 like-kind exchange, most notably that any 45-day or 180-day deadline that occurs between April 1 and July 14...
Paige M. Krause
Associate
April 10, 2020
Publication
The Federal Reserve yesterday announced a series of actions authorized by the CARES Act to try to stabilize the economy amidst the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, including two measures targeted...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 10, 2020
Publication
The CDC this week issued updated COVID-19 guidance for employers, supplementing its “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by adding to its...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 7, 2020
Publication
While much attention has been focused on the relief provided in the recently enacted CARES Act that targets individuals and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many mid-sized businesses are...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
April 7, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a temporary rule Monday, April 6, 2020, that provides additional guidance on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
April 6, 2020
Publication
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance and on Friday, April 3, 2020, issued a recommendation on the use of cloth face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
April 6, 2020
Publication
There are many issues that a business must consider when a vendor, customer or other contact files for bankruptcy protection. In anticipation of what many believe will be a tidal wave...
Matthew A. Olins
Partner
Chair, Business Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Practice
April 3, 2020
Publication
While the Stay at Home order issued last month by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has numerous (and obvious) impacts on business, a perhaps...
Karen Osiecki Meehan
Partner
April 3, 2020
Publication
Small businesses looking for an economic lifeline as a result of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic have several loan programs they may be able to tap for help, thanks to...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
April 1, 2020
Publication
The IRS has delayed the due date for filing 2019 federal gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax returns and making federal gift and GST tax payments from April 15, 2020, to...
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
April 1, 2020
Publication
As discussed in two previous articles on payroll tax credits for sick and family leave and CARES Act tax relief, eligible employers are entitled to claim an employment tax credit for...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
April 1, 2020
Publication
As part of the recently enacted $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress included expanded unemployment benefits in partnership with state unemployment agencies.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 31, 2020
Publication
In addition to benefits available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act), an existing benefit under the...
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
March 31, 2020
Publication
Gould & Ratner presents the first installment of an interview series on adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. We periodically sit down with some of the most accomplished and incisive venture capital...
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor issued a series of additional Q&A on March 27, 2020, updating initial guidance for the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers most employers...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
Enacted into law last Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included numerous provisions providing tax relief to individuals and businesses who have been...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
The COVID-19 pandemic, with many companies being forced to cease operations by state-issued stay in place orders or shutting down or curtailing operations, could affect the operation of qualified retirement plans.
David M. Arnburg
Partner
March 30, 2020
Publication
Small businesses looking for an economic lifeline as a result of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic have several loan programs they may be able to tap for help, thanks to...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 26, 2020
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a series of Questions and Answers (Q&A) on March 25, 2020, detailing the leave requirements found in the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response...
March 25, 2020
Publication
Now that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order deemed construction to be an essential service, and the City of Chicago has confirmed that construction can proceed as an essential...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
March 25, 2020
Publication
As businesses try to cope with the serious threats arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, virtually all of them are looking to see what relief and protections might be available in...
Christopher J. Rog
Associate
March 24, 2020
Publication
As noted and discussed last week on our HR Law Blog, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
March 24, 2020
Publication
As employers nationwide have turned to teleworking to help “flatten the curve,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on March 20 that it will defer the physical presence requirement of...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 23, 2020
Publication
The spread of COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of the economy. Social distancing guidance and stricter regulations have led to large increases in remote work, and hackers have identified this as...
David H. Hoeppner
Senior Associate
March 23, 2020
Publication
To help employers grappling with how to respond and handle a variety of challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States, we have compiled some answers to frequently...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 23, 2020
Publication
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has postponed the federal income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, from the usual April 15 due date. The move...
March 22, 2020
Publication
Judy Frydland, commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings, has confirmed in an email communication that construction can proceed in Chicago as an essential infrastructure exception to the Stay...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
March 21, 2020
Publication
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker yesterday issued an executive order advising the state’s citizens to stay home and allowing only essential businesses to keep operating beginning on March 21, 2020.  The Stay...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
March 20, 2020
Publication
In addition to issues regarding the viability of future projects, the coronavirus pandemic has created concerns whether if, or when, your current construction ...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
March 19, 2020
Publication
In a 90-8 vote, the Senate yesterday passed a new version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Response Act) that was signed into law by the President. By way of...
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 18, 2020
Publication
As part of an effort to provide some measure of tax relief during the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS has pushed back the April 15 deadline to July 15, 2020, for those...
Gerard R. Fellows, CFP®
Partner
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
March 17, 2020
Publication
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all sectors of the economy. Businesses and organizations are facing multiple challenges involving potential business interruption, financing needs or workforce concerns.
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
March 17, 2020
Publication
Both commercial tenants and landlords, especially in the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries, are facing uncharted territory in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
March 16, 2020
Publication
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19) has been detected in more than 160 locations internationally, including in the United States. As anyone with a...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
March 16, 2020
Publication
This past weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (Response Bill) to help address the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and help mitigate its economic effects.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 11, 2020
Publication
In our blog post back in February, we urged employers to develop and implement a plan to address the impact of a pandemic in the workplace. Since last month, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
March 5, 2020
Publication
It's becoming increasingly clear that the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect the construction industry in the United States in the coming weeks and perhaps even longer.
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Patrick J. Johnson
Associate
February 20, 2020
Publication
The Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack shares her wisdom about service, justice, leadership, and . . . AirPods.
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
February 19, 2020
Publication
If you own at least 10% of a foreign company or any foreign rental real estate, you are required to file a form BE-10 by May 29, 2020.
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
February 14, 2020
Publication
The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, has spread to the United States, although so far in very small numbers. The Trump administration and the World...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
February 12, 2020
Publication
Employment laws are often grouped based on numbers – number of employees, to be exact. Sometimes, however, you can group laws by industry. This year, a number of new laws will...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
February 10, 2020
Publication
The I-9 Form, used to verify employment eligibility, was updated January 31, 2020, by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
January 2, 2020
Publication
The SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act, signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, brings about major changes for your retirement plans.
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
December 30, 2019
Publication
3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! It’s nearly 2020, and you may have read our previous blog posts about what that means for employers in Chicago, Illinois and...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 18, 2019
Publication
The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, which seeks to bring predictability to employee scheduling, is effective as of July 1, 2020. Under the ordinance, covered employers will be required to provide 10...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 13, 2019
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced its final rule on perks and benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), defining what ...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
December 6, 2019
Publication
2020 is just weeks away, and Illinois’ new law allowing adults 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed stores has the potential to substantially change employers’ current drug...
Emily Wessel Farr
Partner
November 19, 2019
Publication
Vanessa Tiradentes, partner in Gould & Ratner’s Litigation Practice, served as editor for the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s “The Business Courts Benchbook: Procedures and Best Practices in Business...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
November 8, 2019
Publication
Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker recently signed into law the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act that makes Illinois the first state to address the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in hiring.
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
November 4, 2019
Publication
Throughout 2019, Illinois has adopted a number of laws imposing new requirements and restrictions on employers, meaning that prudent Illinois employers should consider updating their employee handbooks to ensure compliance with...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
October 30, 2019
Publication
Many parts of the business world felt a seismic shift this past August, as the venerable Business Roundtable, a nonprofit group comprising CEOs of major U.S. corporations, released a new statement...
September 25, 2019
Publication
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday issued its final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) increasing the salary thresholds for workers to be considered “exempt”...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
August 27, 2019
Publication
A recent change in Illinois law will have a significant impact on how much retainage owners are allowed to withhold in the vast majority of new construction contracts in the state.
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
August 20, 2019
Publication
The I-9 Form, which is used to verify employment eligibility, is set to expire August 31st.
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
August 14, 2019
Publication
David Newman, chair of Gould & Ratner’s Intellectual Property Practice, authored an article for IP Watchdog that discusses how choosing arbitration to resolve Inter Partes Review proceedings can save cost and...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
August 13, 2019
Publication
In a move seen to be helpful to business, the federal government is changing regulations related to how the Endangered Species Act is applied.
Karin T. O'Connell
Of Counsel
August 5, 2019
Publication
Given its history of stringent regulation of many industries, it’s no surprise that California is taking consumer privacy seriously. With its sweeping new California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the state is...
August 1, 2019
Publication
A new law in Illinois seeks to advance the fight for pay equity. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on July 31, 2019, banning Illinois companies from asking job applicants or their...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
August 1, 2019
Publication
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law an amendment to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, which provides an expedited process for applicants with arrest or conviction records to...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
July 31, 2019
Publication
Advancement is a corollary to indemnification, permitting directors, officers and managers to get legal fees advanced for their defense of claims asserted against them in their corporate capacity. While indemnification...
Vanessa R. Tiradentes
Partner
July 31, 2019
Publication
You find yourself in a situation where you want (or need) to dissolve your limited liability company. You are in Illinois. The limited liability company is a Delaware entity. How can...
Alison L. Constantine
Associate
July 23, 2019
Publication
The Illinois General Assembly has passed SB 75, a bill that would require all employers in the state to provide workplace sexual harassment training to employees annually, following the trend of...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
July 16, 2019
Publication
Illinois has cleared one of the last remaining minefields for out-of-state businesses selling to Illinois residents to submit the state sales tax that they are required to collect on such sales.
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
June 21, 2019
Publication
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that a trust beneficiary’s residence in a state by itself doesn’t give the state the right to tax the trust.
Ilana Schwartz Bley
Associate
June 5, 2019
Publication
From its recent inception, the Qualified Opportunity Zone program has generated a lot of interest from potential investors, but many have waited until receiving further guidance from the Internal Revenue Service...
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
May 24, 2019
Publication
Amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into effect on June 17, 2019 (the “coming into force date”, or “CIF”). Also the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) will be temporarily deactivating...
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
May 2019
Publication
David Newman, Chair of Gould & Ratner's Intellectual Practice authored an article for Landslide, a publication for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
March 27, 2019
Publication
Attention businesses operating in Illinois: If you use a person’s “biometric” data for things like timekeeping or security, you must have a written policy under which you: (1) obtain written consent,...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
March 14, 2019
Publication
Early March has come in like a lion for employers, who are now facing potential new federal rules on overtime and classification, as well as changes to how much information they...
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
February 28, 2019
Publication
The process of being the “owner” on a project, and not just a lawyer, both taught and reinforced some simple yet important lessons that I will carry forward in representing my...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
January 22, 2019
Publication
As we welcome 2019, the following is a recap of new laws affecting Illinois employers. Illinois Human Rights Act The Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) now requires all Illinois employers to...
Mark D. Brookstein
Partner
Jillian M. Molz
Associate
January 2019
Publication
An inter partes review (IPR) might be more efficiently accomplished through arbitration than an IPR through a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceeding, so it should be considered by practitioners.
David L. Newman
Partner
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice
December 19, 2018
Publication
As 2018 begins to wind down, it is the traditional time for industry experts to prognosticate on risks facing the construction industry. We have reviewed several such prognostications from the insurance...
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
Chair, Construction Practice
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
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
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)....
Jennifer Y. Tolsky
Partner
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
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
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
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
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
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
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
Chair, Construction Practice
Construction
Eric P. Sparks
Partner
Construction
January 2014
Publication
Edward A. Trio
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
October 2013
Publication
September 2013
Publication
John A. Washburn
Of Counsel
Corporate
Financial Services
July 2013
Publication
Jessica G. Lingertat
Managing Partner
Real Estate
June 2013
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
June 2013
Publication
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
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
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 Wealth Transfer
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
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
January 2011
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
September 16, 2010
Publication
Jessica G. Lingertat
Managing Partner
Real Estate
August 2010
Publication
Gail Potysman Bley, CFP®
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
August 2010
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
July 2010
Publication
July 2010
Publication
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
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
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
Corporate
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
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
March 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
March 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Partner
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Real Estate
March 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Partner
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
Tax Planning and Compliance
February 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
January 2008
Publication
David N. Michael
Partner
Chair, Litigation Practice
Human Resources and Employment
January 2008
Publication
Ronald N. Mora
Partner
Family Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
January 2008
Publication
Karen Osiecki Meehan
Partner
Real Estate
January 2008
Publication
Steven C. Gustafson
Partner
Tax Planning and Compliance
Financial Services
January 2008
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Private Equity and Venture Capital
November 2007
Publication
Paul W. Carroll
Managing Partner
Litigation
Real Estate
October 2007
Publication
Richard S. Reizen
Partner
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
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Tax Planning and Compliance
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
Chair, Tax Planning and Compliance Practice
Tax Planning and Compliance
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
Chair, Corporate Practice
Corporate
January 2002
Publication
Fred Tannenbaum
Partner
Corporate
Family Offices, Businesses 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 Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs
June 1999
Publication
Brian B. Gilbert
Partner
Chair, Corporate Practice
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 Offices, Businesses and Entrepreneurs