Thomas Henican, partner at Riess LeMieux, will cover legal issues implicated by the recent approval and use of COVID-19 vaccines, including: Equal Employment Opportunity guidance, the ADA, the Civil Rights Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The discussion will include best practices for employers considering distribution of the vaccine directly (or through a third party) and/or requiring proof of vaccination to return to work, and will conclude with a discussion of Louisiana’s liability limiting COVID-19 statute as to employer vaccination programs and the proposed federal legislation.
Riess LeMieux has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” regional lists. The firm has been ranked Tier 1 for Construction Law and Litigation and Tier 3 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. This announcement follows the news that four attorneys were recently selected to Best Lawyers 2021 publication.
We are proud to announce that Michael S. Blackwell has been named partner in the firm. He brings experience in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Governmental Contracts and Surety Law, and Real Estate Law and regularly lectures on these matters. Michael was named to both the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Ali Barnes to the firm. Ali brings to the firm experience in construction law, commercial litigation, employment and labor law, transactional law, and insurance law. She has previously served as a prosecutor and as an Assistant City Attorney in Mobile, Alabama. She also has worked for a family business on complex estate, trust, and insurance matters.
Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Patrick "Trey" Talley to the firm. Trey is a recent graduate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and also has a Structural Engineering degree from Clemson University. The firm is excited about his technical experience that will allow him to assist in advising clients on construction-related issues.
Several important laws affecting the construction industry—and businesses in general—were passed by the Louisiana Legislature during the 2020 Regular and Extraordinary Sessions and signed into law by the Governor, including partial tort reform, business and individual protections related to COVID-19, and new laws affecting the construction industry in particular.
Christopher K. LeMieux and Jonathan S. Forester will be hosting an audio webinar with the National Business Institute on June 10, 2020. This webinar will focus on construction issues that can have substantial legal repercussions. It will cover how to troubleshoot these issues and give you the information necessary to find solutions before they escalate. Riess LeMieux regularly provides webinars and seminars for clients on a wide array of legal topics.
Riess LeMieux Construction Practice and Attorneys Ranked in 2020 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Riess LeMieux has been ranked in the 2020 guidebook, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Construction Law. Firm founders, Michael R. C. Riess and Christopher K. LeMieux were also recognized in the publication for their individual achievements in the area of construction law.
The Louisiana Legislature has joined a number of other states—including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio—in introducing legislation that would require business interruption insurance to retroactively cover business losses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A federal district court recently granted summary judgment in favor of a firm client, dismissing a personal injury claim against a general contractor arising from a car accident near a construction site. The court concluded that the client had correctly performed its work on the federal project and complied with the plans and specifications.