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November 5, 2020

Berkowitz Oliver Named Tier 1 Firm for Kansas City Metro by U.S. News & World Report

Berkowitz Oliver has been named a Tier 1 firm in the Kansas City Metro area by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (R) “ Best Law Firms ” in 2021 in the following seven practice areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White Collar Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation – Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions (Defendants) Product Liability Litigation (Defendants) The firm has also been named a Tier 3 firm in the National Rankings in Commercial Litigation and Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy). The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, and information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm …

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October 16, 2020

John Shaw Featured in Federal Bar Association Chapter Newsletter

Partner John Shaw was recently featured in the Chapter Newsletter  of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri.  The feature was entitled “Literature, poetry, art part of career journey of chapter’s third president.” John, a former President of this Chapter of the FBA, is a 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and has been a partner at the firm since 1998.

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October 8, 2020

Three Former Judicial Law Clerks Join the Firm

Three new associates have recently joined Berkowitz Oliver. All are former judicial law clerks. Ben Donovan joined the firm on May 12. Ben has spent the past two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alok Ahuja of the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District. Ben is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law where he served as Senior Staff Writer on the Washburn Law Journal. He is also a 2013 graduate of the University of Kansas . Prior to attending law school, he worked …

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August 20, 2020

Morris Named Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: General Practice, Six Other Attorneys Named By Best Lawyers in America

Seven Berkowitz Oliver attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2021. In addition, Jeff Morris  was named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Criminal Defense: General Practice “Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, Missouri. The honored Berkowitz Oliver attorneys for 2020 are: Christina Wahl , for Criminal Defense: White Collar; Jeff Morris , for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Shazzie Naseem , for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Kathleen Nemechek , for Employment Law – Management; David Oliver , for Commercial Litigation and …

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June 4, 2020

Firm Associates Welcome Two New Associates with Virtual Happy Hour

Berkowitz Oliver associates recently held a virtual happy hour to welcome new associates Mo Khan and Ben Donovan to the firm. Mo Khan is a 2018 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Annual Review Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. He recently relocated to Kansas City from Denver, Colorado, where he worked at an AmLaw 100 firm. Prior to law school, Mo served as agenda clerk to the Kansas Senate Minority Leader, where he researched, tracked, …

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April 8, 2020

Berkowitz Oliver Employment Counseling Group Publishes Client Alert on the ADA and COVID-19

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys Kathleen Nemechek and Sharon Stallbaumer recently published a client alert on the ADA and the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of ADA issues arise when dealing with COVID-19 workplace safety, and some key questions and answers can be found in the attached client alert here .

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April 2, 2020

Gilman Presents on TCPA, Trademark Infringement to KU Students

Partner Stacey Gilman presented a virtual guest lecture on the TCPA, consumer consent, and privacy issues, and trademark infringement, to a marketing course at the University of Kansas on April 1, 2020. Stacey served as Associate Editor for the  Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review  while in law school at the University of Michigan , and has been named a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation for many years.

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March 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQs Regarding New Paid Leave laws

The U.S. Department of Labor ( DOL ) has issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by providing a series of FAQs. In the FAQs, the DOL addresses a number of issues including calculation of the 500-employee threshold, potential exemptions for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees), calculating rates of pay, documentation requirements, telework, intermittent leave, furloughs, and “top off” policies. A link to the FAQs can be found here . In addition, the DOL has provided the …

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