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Wind Energy

We have one of the largest and most experienced Wind Energy practices of any law firm in the world. As such, we represent the world’s largest and most well-established wind energy sponsors, developers and investors. We also act for new-entrant and medium-size clients, in each case consistently providing value–driven advice.  Our team has been named Project Finance Group of the Year by Law360 four times, most recently in 2016, and our Renewables and Alternative Energy practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA  and Chambers Global, and Tier 1 by Legal500 in 2018. Our group is described ...
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Wage-and-Hour

Our representation includes all phases of class litigation, from initial filing to class certification and subsequent litigation through settlement and claims proceedings. Our employment litigators have a proven track record of obtaining dismissal of purported class claims on the pleadings and defeating class certification. In addition to our successful representation of class actions, we have a strong reputation of representing clients with DLSE, EDD and DOL proceedings Audits and enforcement actions Single plaintiff cases Meal and rest break issues Off-the-clock ...

Tip-ping the Scales: New Challenge to the DOL’s Revised Tip Credit Rule

by James McQuade, Kourosh Jahansouz and Alex Mitchell | April.04.2019

As was reported late last year, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) in 2018 published an Opinion Letter (FLSA2018-27), effectively rescinding the agency’s 80/20 tip credit rule. In general, the tip credit rule permits employers in tip-producing industries, such as the restaurant industry, to compensate employees at a minimum rate of $2.13 per hour, and to take a credit against the tips an employee receives. An employer is additionally responsible for the remainder of an employee’s wages, if any, between what the employee earned in wages and tips combined, and the federal minimum wage.

Water and Wastewater

Since 1985, members of our Water and Wastewater Financing Group have participated in over 800 tax-exempt financings aggregating nearly $80 billion dollars. We participate in financings for a broad range of purposes such as:   Storage facilities Treatment and pre-treatment facilities Collection and distribution facilities Desalination facilities System expansion and maintenance Rate relief and debt service savings    We particularly enjoy working with clients on long term capital programs and cutting edge financing structures and the development of new credits. ...

Welfare Plans

We have witnessed the enactment of the preexisting condition, nondiscrimination, and the privacy rules under HIPAA, to name just a few. Additionally, employers and their plans have become subject to the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. Other laws that have applied to employer welfare plans for some time, such as the continuation coverage rules of COBRA and the rules applying to cafeteria and flex plans, have undergone dramatic changes in just the last year or two. As if this were not enough, employers ...

White Collar Criminal Defense

The counseling engagements and representations of our White Collar Defense practice run the gamut, from compliance matters to client-initiated investigations, to state and federal investigations, to trial and appeal.  And, because cases now often involve parallel criminal and civil proceedings, complex e-discovery and data privacy issues, as well as international coordination among countries and their law enforcement agencies, our White Collar Defense practice includes lawyers who possess both criminal and civil experience to provide counseling and advice in all matters touching on government ...

Whistleblower & Corporate Investigations

We’ve worked on precedent-setting cases, including Livingston v. Wyeth, one of the leading cases to date that address what constitutes "protected activity" under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. And we helped Broadcom secure a complete dismissal of a Dodd-Frank whistleblower claim brought by an in-house attorney in Davies v. Broadcom. Along the way, we’ve played an integral role in the development of whistleblower law. We authored the leading treatise on Whistleblower defense, Corporate Whistleblowing in the Sarbanes-Oxley/Dodd-Frank Era. Our clients include multinational employers across a wide range ...

IRS Reports Record $312 Million In Whistleblower Bounties

by Peter Connors, Mike Delikat, Renee Phillips and Michael Disotell | March.18.2019

In February, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its FY 2018 Annual Report and announced a record-breaking year for the agency’s whistleblower program.  Overall, whistleblowers provided information that contributed to the agency’s recovery of over $1.44 billion during the course of the year.  As a result, the IRS awarded $312 million in bounty awards to whistleblowers in FY2018, an almost ten-fold increase from the $33.9 million in awards it made in FY2017.  Of the 217 total awards the agency made to whistleblowers in FY 2018, 31 were mandatory awards under Internal Revenue Code ...