Published Articles

Our firm’s attorneys regularly contribute to legal and business publications. Our firm’s articles are listed below.

Richard Bell

May 24, 2021

4th Department Provides Clarity On Avoiding Civil Liability Under The Lien Law By Restoring Diverted Funds

by Richard Bell

Codified in 1959, Article 3-a of the Lien Law (Lien Law §§70-79a) provides very stringent trust provisions related to certain funds on construction projects.  For those not familiar with its…

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Dan Adams

April 15, 2021

Advocate’s View: Substantial Completion Bill Signed Into Law

by Daniel Adams

In this article, Daniel Adams discusses the new legislation and specifics of the Substantial Completion Bill. Snippet from the article: New York continues to provide legislation designed to speed up…

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Anthony Adams

March 1, 2021

Commentary: A Final End to an Ungentlemanly Agreement

by Anthony Adams

In this article, Tony Adams reviews the history of the “gentlemen’s agreement” and the recent MLB press release announcing “Major League Baseball is correcting a long time oversight in the game’s…

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Anthony Adams

February 22, 2021

Advocate’s View: Life Insurance Trustee Absolved of Policy Lapse — This Time

by Anthony Adams

An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust — ILIT for short — is a common estate planning tool, well known to attorneys and financial planners. In this article, Anthony Adams discusses some…

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December 22, 2020

Advocate’s View: Foster Care Case May Affect Challenges to COVID Restrictions

by Adams Leclair

A little over a month ago, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton challenges a decision by the city of Philadelphia to…

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Mary Jo Korona

November 19, 2020

Advocate’s View: Commercial Litigator’s Legal Lexicon: The Power of the Word ‘Notwithstanding’

by Mary Jo Korona

Every once in a while, the Court of Appeals gifts the commercial litigator with an opinion that includes a useful discussion about the meaning and significance of a familiar and…

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Thomas Stander

October 12, 2020

Advocate’s View: It’s the (Zoom) Where it Happens — What You Need to Know About Virtual Mediations

by Thomas Stander

Virtual mediations have become more commonplace in the practice of law since March 2020.  That shouldn’t be a big deal, right?  Isn’t it just like preparing for an in-person mediation? …

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Robert Yawman

September 22, 2020

Advocates View: Navigating the Eviction Moratorium in New York State

by Robert Yawman

As a result of the pandemic, New York protected both commercial and residential tenants from eviction. Eviction proceedings have been paused and modified for nearly six months because of Executive…

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August 28, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Strengthens Church Autonomy Doctrine

by Adams Leclair

When a teacher at a religious private school is fired for reasons she believes are discriminatory, can she bring an employment discrimination claim against the school? This issue came before…

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