Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
Tools to prepare and respond to business and legal implications
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Topics
We are helping to guide clients on a wide range of critical topics that impact their businesses.
Please see below for insights by topic.
Benefits and Executive Compensation/ERISA Litigation
Our benefits and executive compensation/ERISA litigation working group advises clients on all aspects of the benefits landscape as plan sponsors, service providers and participants grapple with COVID-19 issues. Our attorneys are dealing daily with rapidly evolving compliance issues, litigation risks, and legislative and regulatory endeavors.
Commandeering and Government Takings
Our construction working group helps clients evaluate impacts on existing and future projects. Our attorneys are engaging daily with project executives, industry leaders, and state and local governments to evaluate the latest developments from the impact of COVID-19.
Consumer Goods and Retail
Our attorneys develop comprehensive solutions for companies manufacturing, distributing or selling consumer products. We provide clients with pragmatic and timely advice on how to manage and overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The contracts working group helps clients understand and navigate their contractual obligations in the face of the business disruption caused by COVID-19. Knowing whether or not you need to provide notice to a customer or balance your production equitably among customers in case of decreased productivity can help you position your business for maximum resilience. By combining legal experience with the QuarterJack Contracts Analytics platform, our professionals efficiently analyze and extract actionable business information from individual agreements or from sets of thousands of contracts.
A global pandemic can do something few other events can: commandeer the discussion so completely that it can be nearly impossible for a client to cut through the noise with relevant information for its target audience. Our crisis communications professionals have held roles in both media and public relations and have decades of experience communicating clients’ messages within critical, fast-moving situations.
Cross-Border Supply Chain
Our cross-border working group advises original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and subcontractors whose global supply chains have been impacted by COVID-19. Our professionals focus on cross-border contract negotiations, contract matters, mitigation, and international litigation or arbitration with geographic focus on China, the United Kingdom, European Union, South Korea, Japan, Italy and other affected areas.
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
The data privacy working group answers questions about collecting information from and managing disclosures to employees, governments and other visitors about health, virus exposure and risk. Leveraging the team’s deep experience in health privacy and familiarity with international regimes, our professionals counsel clients in navigating the data privacy issues arising from the global public health crisis.
FDA Regulatory and Global Trade
COVID-19 has underscored the interrelationship between consumers and companies across the world. The FDA regulatory and global trade working group is composed of attorneys and scientists who help clients navigate the quickly changing landscape. With scientific knowledge and keen legal acumen, our professionals provide up-to-date information from global public health agencies and practical advice on how to address complicated cross-jurisdictional issues.
Federal and State Tax
Our federal and state tax working group has been staying abreast of tax developments related to the COVID-19 crisis. Our attorneys advise on the tax aspects of the federal legislation that has been enacted in response to COVID-19, on relevant IRS pronouncements, and on state and local tax responses.
Finance and Restructuring
Food and Agribusiness
Our attorneys monitor and analyze the COVID-19 response by all levels of government to assist government contractors on issues arising out of the pandemic, including:
- Understanding and complying with government directives
- Benefitting from the CARES Act and other government relief measures
- Small business financing
- Performance disruption
- Cost allowability
- Suspension of work
- Investigation response
Our attorneys have advised clients through many unusual challenges that have tested contractors, including the Gulf War, September 11 terrorist attacks, Iraq War and government shutdowns. We have experience in the issues that often arise from these challenging circumstances, including delays, suspensions, terminations, emergency actions, accelerations, cost allowability, claims, investigations and working with overwhelmed government officials. Our attorneys include national leaders in ensuring protection from liability under the SAFETY Act and PREP Act as well as compliance with small business and government contracts regulations.
Immigration and Global Mobility
Our immigration and global mobility working group helps clients manage U.S., U.K. and global immigration, work visa, compliance and international travel issues for their global workforce when faced with sudden, unexpected consulate and border closings, self-isolation, social distancing, and remote work requirements and related issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our property and casualty insurance attorneys advise insurers on their obligations in evaluating and responding to property claims involving business interruption, event cancellation and related occurrences caused by crises, catastrophes and natural disasters. Our team advises insurers writing all lines of business on the application and impact of emergency actions taken by governmental and regulatory authorities in response to crises and how to deal with state Departments of Insurance and other government authorities’ directives on all insurance issues arising during crises. Our team of dedicated insurance attorneys and professionals stand ready to deploy customized counsel to address your litigation needs, regulatory issues, and legislative advocacy.
The intellectual property working group provides clients with timely information and insights concerning a wide range of coronavirus-related intellectual property issues that impact business, including those that relate to the applicability of federal statutes and regulations, the PREP Act, and relevant federal and state cases. In addition, we provide updates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and other patent offices around the world that impact patent and trademark prosecution. We are also actively involved in counseling clients on IP licensing and other contractual issues in view of the COVID-19 impact.
Labor and Employment
Nonprofits and Professional/Trade Associations
Our attorneys that serve nonprofits and professional/trade associations are advising clients on the myriad of corporate, tax and commercial matters arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are collaborating with attorneys across our entire platform to advise clients on questions regarding their contractual obligations (e.g., event, meeting, sponsor and attendee impacts), insurance coverage and risk management questions, sensitive employment matters, and stakeholder communications. In addition, we are assisting employers and their related charities (public charities, private foundations and donor advised funds) with the creation or expansion of employee assistance programs to meet the emerging needs of their workforce. Together with our public affairs colleagues, we are advising our clients of the federal and state loan and grant opportunities for which they may qualify in this current environment. Our nonprofit clients are meeting critical needs within our communities and we are privileged to provide legal support so that they can focus on their core charitable mission.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Public Companies (SEC)
The public companies/SEC working group draws on decades of high-level government, industry and law firm experience to help clients keep up with — and get ahead of — rapidly changing guidance from SEC, NYSE and other financial regulators. We provide counsel and hands-on assistance with public company compliance and disclosures, regulatory filings by registered entities, and examination and enforcement inspections and investigations.
Small Business and Franchise
Our small business and franchise working group advises clients on the myriad legal, business and public health issues they face with COVID-19. These attorneys and consultants are engaging daily with clients on identifying strategies to help them survive the COVID-19 challenges.
State, Local and Tribal Governments
Our state, local and tribal governments working group partners with officials and private clients on the public health response to the COVID-19 threat. Our professionals are working with public agencies as they establish and implement emergency management powers that affect businesses and citizens and on how state, local and tribal governments will provide public services during the pandemic.