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Coronavirus Response Team

Gain Perspective

Our attorneys have been fielding questions from clients around the clock about what to expect if the pandemic escalates, as many predict it will, and what proactive measures businesses can take in the meantime to minimize disruption and market risks. Recognizing the growing need for reliable intel, our multi-disciplined Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team is here to help you understand and better navigate the issues that matter most to your business.

Response Team Contacts

To point you in the right direction.

  • Catherine F. Burgett Profile Image
    Catherine F. Burgett

    Member

    Columbus, OH

  • Lynda M. Hill Profile Image
    Lynda M. Hill

    Industry Team Leader

    Nashville, TN

Our Resources

Industry-Focused Solutions

Our Coronavirus Response Team has the industry-focused resources necessary to help companies navigate the many interrelated issues impacting their business and workforce as this pandemic reaches an inflection point. Our attorneys are recognized thought leaders, working nationally and internationally in several key industries. We can quickly assess the sector-specific implications of COVID-19, help businesses address these challenges, and work with your leadership team to identify commercially viable solutions to achieve sustainability into the future.

Health Care
  • HIPAA Privacy Rules – Exceptions Under Public Health Emergencies
  • Non-Workforce Access Restrictions
  • Surveys & Licensing
  • Disease Containment Measures
  • Telemedicine
    Reimbursement
  • FDA Licensed Products
Mobility & Transportation
  • Global Supply Chain Interruptions for Automotive, Aviation and
    Logistics
  • Force Majeure Issues
  • Travel Restrictions
  • Warranties and Insurance
Manufacturing
  • Global Supply Chain Interruptions
  • EEOC’s Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace
    & the ADA Guidance
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • FDA Regulatory Issues
Financial Services
  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Virtual Payment Platform Capacity
  • Loan and Deposit Operations
  • Cash Handling, ATM Policies, and Levels/Availability
Energy
  • Customer Service Shutoff Policies
  • Force Majeure Issues
  • Public Service Commission Regulatory Considerations

COVID-19 Hot Topics

We’ve identified the following legal/business issues where our cross-disciplined Coronavirus Response Team can provide problem-based solutions, value, and reassurance as companies are faced with tough choices.

Labor & Employment
  • Response Plans
  • Non-Essential Travel Bans
  • Personal Travel Disclosures
  • Self-Reporting Diagnoses/Contact with Diagnosed Person(s)
  • Required Examinations & Care
  • Employee Quarantines
  • Vendor/Contractor Workplace Restrictions & Pre-entrance Inspections
  • EEOC’s Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace & the ADA Guidance
  • Immigration
  • Employee Benefits
  • Qualified Disaster Relief
  • Employee Assistance/Charity Programs
  • Dependent Care Assistance
  • HIPAA Privacy Rules
  • Collective Bargaining
Force Majeure, Business Interruption & Supply Chain Disruption
Insurance Policies & Coverage
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Distressed Suppliers
  • Insolvency Proceedings
Public Companies & Securities
  • Virtual Shareholder Meetings
  • SEC Reporting
  • Public Company Disclosures
  • Investor Relations
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Virtual Due Diligence
Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Privacy/Security
  • Remote Employee Access
  • Cybersecurity Training (i.e., Secure Access, Phishing)
  • Business Continuity
  • Recovery of Business Systems
  • Technology Implementation Delays
  • Brand Protection
Real Estate & Construction
  • Sale, Lease & Construction Force Majeure Issues
  • Multifamily Housing
  • Facility Rental Agreements
  • Commercial Property Quarantine Issues
Crisis Management & Public Relations (PR) Communications
  • Crisis Readiness
  • Response Plans & Implementation
  • Managing PR Data
Government Services
  • Government Contracts
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Facility Access Restrictions & Closures
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Community Programming
  • Before/After School Programming
  • Federal, State & Local Law Enforcement & Corrections
  • Provision of Essential Services
Government Relations
  • Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy
  • Public Policy
Tax
  • Deductibility Issues
  • Impending Deadlines & Extensions
  • Timing-Related Issues (i.e., Voluntary and/or Required Elections)

Latest COVID-19 Takes

COVID-19 Collections

Our team is issuing legal updates at a rapid click in an attempt to cover the pandemic from every applicable business and legal angle. For your convenience, we’ve created searchable collections to help you find the information and analysis you’re looking for.

In the News

Local and national media outlets are reaching out to our attorneys for insight into the COVID-19 issues of paramount concern for organizations across the private, public and social sectors.

Recent Articles

Explore the latest news stories for which our attorneys lent their perspective.

“Unemployed workers in Louisville eager for $1,200 coronavirus bailout checks,” by Alfred Miller (The Courier Journal)

Congress’ stimulus bill is just massive. That’s the policy, I would suggest, moving through these bills. It’s to put cash in the hands of business, put cash in the economy. That’s really positive.

Mark Sommer | Member | Louisville, KY

“Law firm organizes pandemic response team,” by Sarah Shadburne (Louisville Business First)

This obviously is an unprecedented situation, but a lot of the experiences they (our lawyers) have can be beneficial to share with our clients. 9/11 is one of the first things that comes to mind, just from very unique legal issues that face our business community that really couldn’t be predicted in any way, shape or form where there were unprecedented challenges that arose. From a business perspective we also have to help our clients to figure those things out and that’s what we’re dealing with here, too.

Geoff White | Office Member-in-Charge | Louisville, KY

“Cincinnati law firms talk their clients’ biggest concerns during coronavirus outbreak,” by Andy Brownfield (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Our view overall is not to panic. That’s the last thing people need to do right now. Be thoughtful and apply your prior experience and knowledge.

Chris Habel | Office Member-in-Charge | Cincinnati, OH

We’re trying to send a message that employers should be patient, flexible and willing to adapt to strike the balance of having a sick-free workplace and employees who voluntarily go home when they’re sick (without fear of losing their jobs).

Jeff Shoskin | Member | Cincinnati, OH

“Own a small business in Kentucky? Here’s how to get federal aid amid coronavirus shutdowns,” by Alfred Miller (The Courier-Journal).

The lending is an important piece, but it really is important for small businesses to take a holistic look at how this is going to impact them … I don’t want to be alarmist. But there appear to be more unknowns as to what’s going to happen in terms of supply chains and that sort of thing. It doesn’t appear at this point to be a concern that there is going to be a lack of financing. But the concern is a lack of workforce on the production side of the economy.

Jared Tully | Member | Charleston, WV

“How A Novel Virus Is Raising Novel Issues for Attorneys,” by Natalie Rodriguez (Law360)

We haven’t really dealt with the constitutional issues of how broad is too broad when you’re in the middle of a pandemic … [Prisoners] clearly have constitutional rights with respect to medical treatment. From a legal standpoint, those pieces are pretty clear. The issue is when we get to a point when it overwhelms the system.

Tom Wheeler | Member | Indianapolis, IN

“EU Travel Bar Adds To BigLaw’s COVID-19 Headaches,” by Natalie Rodriguez (Law360)

Travel concerns are delaying scheduling of in-person closing, but deal pace has not slowed [because companies have the ability to sign documents remotely] … Thanks to that, we are hopeful there will not be a material impact at this time.

Gray Sasser | Member | Nashville, TN

Team Recognition

“Resource guide for Greater Cincinnati businesses impacted by coronavirus,” by Business Courier staff (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Media Contacts

For quotations and inquiries regarding the firm and our attorneys, please contact media@fbtlaw.com. You can also contact the following professionals:

Catherine Marquardt

Director of Firm & Client Communications
cmarquardt@fbtlaw.com

Jaimie Schapker

Public Relations Specialist
jschapker@fbtlaw.com

Note: Our coronavirus-related guidance was current at the time of publication, but the situation remains fluid and the long-term ramifications are still unknown. Nevertheless, we are committed to providing regular updates on the emerging legal issues, as well as any changes at the policy level that stand to impact ground-level operations for your business. 

Our Response Plan

As we are all faced with the health and safety concerns related to the novel COVID-19 outbreak, we want to assure you that your needs — the needs of our clients — are at the forefront of the decisions we make here at Frost Brown Todd. We are taking every precaution to be proactive in this very fluid situation. We are asking all employees to postpone non-critical meetings and events. All employees must record their travel plans with our Human Resources Department. We do not want anyone to unnecessarily expose themselves or those around them to this illness. We are prepared to work remotely from a secure network if necessary and continue our operations without disruption. In the unfortunate instance that we must implement any additional precautions, we will notify you as soon as we are able. We value our client relationships and hope you stay healthy and safe during this uncertain time.

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