Friday, January 20, 2017

Patrick F. Welch Featured in Arizona Capitol Times


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Patrick F. Welch, is featured in Arizona Capitol Times.

Read the full article: Strengthening Arizona-Mexico relationships: Q&A with Patrick Welch

Blind Man Sues Arizona Businesses for Failing to Provide Websites that are Accessible to the Visually Impaired


By Lindsay G. Leavitt, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.www.jsslaw.com

That collective groan you heard last night was from thousands of Arizona business owners who mistakenly thought that the tidal wave of ADA litigation in Arizona—more than 2000 cases in the past 18 months—had finally subsided. Unfortunately, it appears that another serial plaintiff has emerged, and this time he is focusing on website accessibility to persons with visual impairments.

A Texas resident named James W. Close has filed three lawsuits against Valley businesses alleging that their websites are not accessible to persons with visual impairments. Like the serial ADA plaintiffs before him, Mr. Close seeks injunctive relief, monetary damages and a reimbursement of his attorney’s fees.

Whether websites are considered “public accommodations” under Title III of the ADA is an emerging—and largely undeveloped—area of law. The 9th Circuit has held that a public accommodation must be an “actual, physical place.” Several other circuit courts have also adopted this same limitation. Some district courts have carved out exceptions to this general rule; for example, in certain cases where there is a “nexus” between the challenged service (i.e., lack of access to the company’s website) and the place of public accommodation. The legal analysis depends on the facts of each case, including the nature of the business, as well as what, if any, services are offered by the company on its website.

A business facing a lawsuit brought by a serial ADA plaintiff, such as Mr. Close, has several options to consider. The first step, however, is to seek the assistance of an experienced ADA defense attorney.



Lindsay Leavitt is a business litigation attorney who has successfully defended hundreds of businesses and commercial landlords in lawsuits arising under the ADA. He also regularly assists businesses with ADA compliance matters and provides advice on preventive measures.

Contact: lleavitt@jsslaw.com, 602.262.5825.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Litigation Practice with the Addition of Christopher D. Lonn




PHOENIX, Ariz. (January 9, 2017) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Lonn has joined the firm as a Member in the Commercial Litigation department.
Lonn focuses his practice on Arizona commercial litigation, arbitration, and administrative law, with a particular focus on construction law and litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, real estate disputes, business divorces and employment law and litigation. Lonn also represents numerous dental practices in connection with the variety of matters encountered by dental professionals. 
"We are excited to kick-off the New Year with the addition of Chris to our growing litigation department," states John C. Norling, Managing Attorney of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. "An experienced trial attorney, he adds to the bench strength of the firm, while expanding the services we are able to offer clients."  
In addition to handling commercial litigation matters, Lonn represents broker-dealers and investors in proceedings before administrative agencies, including the Arizona Securities Division, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Lonn has also represented home builders, real estate developers, homeowners’ associations and medical professionals. 
“I am honored to join Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. In addition to the expertise the firm has across many practice areas, I have found the people within the firm and their professionalism to be exceptional. Jennings Strouss has been a mainstay in the Arizona legal community for 75 years and I am proud to be a part of the firm’s future.” 
Lonn is active in community and business organizations. He previously served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court and was the State Bar of Arizona’s representative on the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board for the City of Scottsdale.  As a current member of the Scottsdale Bar Association, Lonn previously sat on the organization’s Board of Directors and served a term as its President. Other involvement includes serving as a member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for the State Bar of Arizona and as Ex Officio on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Bar Association. Lonn has also been involved with the March of Dimes.
Lonn earned a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award. He completed his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University with a focus in Justice Studies.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law, bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The firm’s affiliate, B3 Strategies, assists clients with lobbying and public policy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels. For more information please visit www.b3strategies.com.

~JSS~
Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson | danderson@jsslaw.com| 602.495.2806

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Norma Izzo Featured in Maricopa Lawyer


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Norma Izzo, is featured in Maricopa Lawyer.

Read the full article here.

Fay Bidlack Featured in the Journal of Corporate Renewal for 2016 TMA Chapter Award Recipient


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Fay Bidlack, is featured in the Journal of Corporate Renewal as the Recipient of the 2016 TMA Chapter Award for Most Innovative: Program or Event.

See the article here.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice with the Addition of Fay Waldo Bidlack



PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 22, 2016) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Fay W. Bidlack has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization department, where she will continue to focus her practice on restructuring, bankruptcy, creditor rights, loan enforcement, business transactions, and business disputes and litigation.
Prior to joining Jennings Strouss, Bidlack practiced for six years with a Scottsdale law firm, and served as in-house counsel with marketing company.
“We are pleased to welcome Fay to the firm,” stated John C. Norling, Managing Attorney of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. “Her legal knowledge and experience, along with her professional involvement in industry organizations, are of great value to the firm and its clients.”
In addition to her legal experience, Bidlack has been recognized as an influential woman in the industry. She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Southwest Super Lawyers for the past three years. Additionally, in 2013, Bidlack was listed as one of Arizona Business Magazine’s “Five Most Influential Women under 35 in Business,” and she was chosen as a “Turnaround of the Year Finalist” by the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), in 2012.
With respect to being Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s newest attorney, Bidlack stated, “I’m honored to join a firm with such a great reputation, and excited about the enhancement and expansion of my practice that will result from collaborating with attorneys in many of the firm’s other areas of practice.”
Bidlack is currently serving as President of the Arizona Chapter of the TMA. She is the youngest person in the global organization’s history to be elected to the position. She is also a director and chair of TMA’s Programming Committee, and is a member of the Scottsdale Bar Association.
Bidlack earned a J.D. cum laude from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and a B.A., with a focus in Spanish and Philosophy from Edgewood College, where she received the distinction of summa cum laude. Bidlack completed her last semester of college at the Universidad Publica de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C.
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., has been providing legal counsel for over 70 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. The firm's primary areas of practice include agribusiness; automobile dealership law, bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; construction; corporate and securities; employee benefits and pensions; energy; family law and domestic relations; health care; intellectual property; labor and employment; legal ethics; litigation; professional liability defense; real estate; surety and fidelity; tax; and trust and estates. For additional information please visit www.jsslaw.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The firm’s affiliate, B3 Strategies, assists clients with lobbying and public policy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels. For more information please visit www.b3strategies.com.

~JSS~
Contact:  Dawn O. Anderson | danderson@jsslaw.com| 602.495.2806

Friday, December 9, 2016

Proposed Overtime Rule Will Not Go Into Effect December 1, 2016


By: Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Labor & Employment Law Attorneys

A Federal Judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor's new overtime rule that would have affected more than 90,000 Arizona workers. The rule was set to go into effect across the country on December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor sought to update the overtime rules to "keep up with our modern economy" by raising the salary threshold (below which all workers must receive overtime pay) from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year. The rule was challenged in two lawsuits - one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the other by more than twenty states - in an attempt to delay the effective date or completely stop the new overtime rule altogether.

In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant ruled that the plaintiffs stood a significant chance of ultimately prevailing in the case and that they would suffer serious financial harm if the rule was put into effect as scheduled. The court held that the Obama administration overstepped its authority by, among other reasons, raising the salary threshold as high as it did.

The rule was expected to affect more than 4 million workers across the country.

Arizona employers with questions about the current overtime laws should speak with a qualified employment law attorney.

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Employers have many options for hiring labor and employment legal representation; however, unlike Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, few encompass the reputation, history, experience, and full-service functionality under one roof.

Minimum wage and overtime issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act create unique challenges for employers. We offer creative solutions and swift litigation support. From internal compliance audits to Department of Labor investigations, we guide clients through the maze of regulations to ensure they comply with the ever changing laws, and defend clients facing wage and hour litigation in both individual and collective claims.

Our labor and employment attorneys are also experienced at handling the wide-range of employment issues that challenge businesses, big and small. They regularly assist clients in hearings before numerous administrative agencies, such as the EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, OFCCP, U.S. Department of Labor, Arizona Civil Rights Division, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. In addition, our labor and employment attorneys are skilled litigators, defending clients in all types of lawsuits brought before state and federal courts (both trial and appellate). They also assist our clients in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, early neutral case assessment and other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

For assistance with any of your labor and employment needs, please contact one of our experienced labor and employment attorneys:

John J. Egbert - johnegbert@jsslaw.com - 602-262-5994
Chris M. Msaon - cmason@jsslaw.com - 602-262-5817
Lindsay G. Leavitt - lleavitt@jsslaw.com - 602-262-5825
Otto S. Shill - oshill@jsslaw.com - 602-262-5956
John "Jack" Sestak, Jr. - jsestak@jsslaw.com - 602-262-5827
A Federal Judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor's new overtime rule that would have affected more than 90,000 Arizona workers. The rule was set to go into effect across the country on December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor sought to update the overtime rules to "keep up with our modern economy" by raising the salary threshold (below which all workers must receive overtime pay) from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year. The rule was challenged in two lawsuits - one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the other by more than twenty states - in an attempt to delay the effective date or completely stop the new overtime rule altogether.

In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant ruled that the plaintiffs stood a significant chance of ultimately prevailing in the case and that they would suffer serious financial harm if the rule was put into effect as scheduled. The court held that the Obama administration overstepped its authority by, among other reasons, raising the salary threshold as high as it did.

The rule was expected to affect more than 4 million workers across the country.

Arizona employers with questions about the current overtime laws should speak with a qualified employment law attorney. - See more at: http://www.jsslaw.com/news_detail.aspx?id=521#sthash.h8QoM33T.dpuf
A Federal Judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor's new overtime rule that would have affected more than 90,000 Arizona workers. The rule was set to go into effect across the country on December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor sought to update the overtime rules to "keep up with our modern economy" by raising the salary threshold (below which all workers must receive overtime pay) from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year. The rule was challenged in two lawsuits - one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the other by more than twenty states - in an attempt to delay the effective date or completely stop the new overtime rule altogether.

In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant ruled that the plaintiffs stood a significant chance of ultimately prevailing in the case and that they would suffer serious financial harm if the rule was put into effect as scheduled. The court held that the Obama administration overstepped its authority by, among other reasons, raising the salary threshold as high as it did.

The rule was expected to affect more than 4 million workers across the country.

Arizona employers with questions about the current overtime laws should speak with a qualified employment law attorney. - See more at: http://www.jsslaw.com/news_detail.aspx?id=521#sthash.h8QoM33T.dpuf
A Federal Judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor's new overtime rule that would have affected more than 90,000 Arizona workers. The rule was set to go into effect across the country on December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor sought to update the overtime rules to "keep up with our modern economy" by raising the salary threshold (below which all workers must receive overtime pay) from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year. The rule was challenged in two lawsuits - one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the other by more than twenty states - in an attempt to delay the effective date or completely stop the new overtime rule altogether.

In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant ruled that the plaintiffs stood a significant chance of ultimately prevailing in the case and that they would suffer serious financial harm if the rule was put into effect as scheduled. The court held that the Obama administration overstepped its authority by, among other reasons, raising the salary threshold as high as it did.

The rule was expected to affect more than 4 million workers across the country.

Arizona employers with questions about the current overtime laws should speak with a qualified employment law attorney. - See more at: http://www.jsslaw.com/news_detail.aspx?id=521#sthash.h8QoM33T.dpuf