Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A. News/Blogs Feed Jan 2022firmwise Employment Law Check-Up: Is Your Practice Complying with All Requirements?25 Feb 2022Events in US Data Privacy Live Webcast CLE Presentation Feb 2022EventsDescription: This program will explain the patchwork of existing US data privacy law, discuss new developments in state and federal law, and provide guidance for addressing privacy in commercial contexts.<br /> <br /> Topics:<br /> Identifying data subject to regulation<br /> Unpacking the acronyms: CCPA, CPRA, VCDPA, COLOPA, HIPAA, FCRA, FERPA, GLBA, ECPA, COPPA, and VPPA.<br /> New developments in privacy and data security laws<br /> Considerations for addressing privacy in B2C and B2B transactions<br /> <br /> Click <a href=";ADMIN_PREVIEW=true">here</a> to register. Bankruptcies: An Introduction to Key Issues Live Webcast CLE Presentation Jan 2022EventsDescription: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption in the hotel and hospitality industry and a significant number of hotel owners and operators have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the pandemic. This CLE presentation will explore a number of key legal considerations for hotel owners, operators, franchisors and attorneys assisting the hotel industry in navigating times of financial distress. <br /> <br /> Topics will include whether a hotel filing constitutes a single asset real estate case under the bankruptcy code, considerations in managing and transitioning franchise agreements in bankruptcy, franchisor protections, section 363 sales and valuation disputes, lease rejection and potential damages and the role of lenders in appointing a CRO or other management team in hotel bankruptcies. Among other cases, the recent Eagle Hospitality and San Jose Fairmont chapter 11 cases will be used as case studies.<br /> <br /> Click <a href=";ADMIN_PREVIEW=true">here </a>to register. York Department of Labor Offers Some Clarity on Employer Obligations Concerning New York HERO Act Workplace Safety Committees Jan 2022Publications Blocks OSHA Vaccine and Testing Mandates, Leaves in Place Similar Requirements for Healthcare Workers Nationwide Jan 2022Publications Lawdragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers Jan 2022News Exec's Drug Trafficking Trial Tests Bold Legal Theory Jan 2022News York Cannabis Retail Opportunities Take Shape After Opt-Out Deadline Passes Jan 2022News Schotz Elects New Co-Managing Shareholder, First Female Firmwide Leader Jan 2022News Schotz Elects Randi Kochman as Co-Managing Shareholder Jan 2022NewsNational law firm Cole Schotz P.C. is pleased to announce that Employment Law Department Chair <a href="">Randi W. Kochman</a> has been elected by a unanimous vote of the firm&rsquo;s shareholders to serve as a co-managing shareholder. Ms. Kochman will work alongside co-managing shareholders <a href="">Samuel Weiner</a> and <a href="">Warren A. Usatine</a> effective immediately. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Randi is an accomplished leader and dedicated mentor, who has made meaningful and impactful contributions to our culture and growth since starting her legal career here nearly 30 years ago,&rdquo; said Mr. Usatine. &ldquo;Randi has a deep understanding of our firm and has always been staunchly committed to our values of developing long-lasting client relationships and creating opportunities for our attorneys to grow.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Ms. Kochman and Mr. Usatine both joined Cole Schotz as summer associates in 1994 and have spent their entire legal careers at the firm. <br /> <br /> Ms. Kochman, who remains Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Employment Law Department, has taken on a wide range of responsibilities during her time at Cole Schotz, including acting as human resources counsel to the firm and more recently joining the Return to Office Taskforce. She is also on the Executive Committee, and has served or is currently serving on committees focusing on finance, diversity, equity and inclusion, community affairs, and employment, harassment and personnel issues. In practice, Ms. Kochman has nearly three decades of helping employers in all types of employment-related contexts. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to join an extraordinary leadership team,&rdquo; Ms. Kochman said. &ldquo;I look forward to continuing to help the firm navigate the novel challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while prioritizing our commitment to building deep client relationships and developing some of the most talented lawyers in the industry.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Ms. Kochman, who is becoming the firm&rsquo;s first female co-managing shareholder, has long been committed to furthering the careers of women in the legal industry. In addition to her leadership and mentoring roles at Cole Schotz, Ms. Kochman has been actively involved in the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, including previously serving as President, President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary. She is also a trustee of Partners for Women &amp; Justice, a nonprofit that provides free legal representation to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.<br /> <br /> Ms. Kochman, who focuses her practice in New Jersey and New York, has been named in the 2016-2020 Chambers USA Guide for Labor and Employment and been named a New Jersey &ldquo;Super Lawyer&rdquo; since 2011. Furthermore, she has been ranked in the top 50 for 2015-2017 and 2020 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers and the top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs by LWE. <br /> <br /> Continuing the firm&rsquo;s strategic plan of transitioning primary management responsibility to the next generation of firm leaders, Ms. Kochman&rsquo;s election was facilitated by the decision of Cole Schotz member <a href="">Michael D. Sirota</a> not to seek re-election as co-managing shareholder following more than two decades serving the firm in that capacity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mike is an extraordinary leader who has made countless contributions to our firm over the many years he served as co-managing shareholder,&rdquo; Mr. Weiner said. &ldquo;We are incredibly fortunate to have grown under his guidance and he will continue to play a significant role as a mentor and leader of our bankruptcy department and firm.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Mr. Sirota, who is Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy &amp; Corporate Restructuring Department, will remain on the firm&rsquo;s Management Committee in an emeritus role.<br />