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Aimée Groth is an independent business journalist who writes primarily for Quartz, a division of Atlantic Media Company. She previously served as associate editor of Super Lawyers and a senior editor at Business Insider. She’s the author of The Kingdom of Happiness: Inside Tony Hsieh’s Zapponian Utopia, which Kirkus called “An intriguing business/sociological chronicle with wider implications for modern corporate practices.”

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The Do's and Don'ts After Being Accused of a Crime

Three New York defense lawyers weigh in

What should a person do if they find themselves on the verge of the criminal justice system? First, don't speak to law enforcement, defense attorneys say.  “The worst thing—the absolute worst thing—that a client who is under investigation or arrested and charged can do is try and talk to the police,” says criminal defense attorney Chuck Ross of Charles A. Ross & Associates, who primarily handles white-collar criminal cases. “Take advantage of the right to remain silent and do …

Full Disclosure on NDAs

Three New York employment lawyers walk you through the basics

Here’s a piece of information we can share: Non-disclosure agreements are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. They’re often a requirement for employee onboarding and are baked into severance agreements. Especially in professional services industries like technology and finance, employees should expect to be presented with NDAs, which are designed to protect trade secrets, sensitive information, valuable intellectual property and other sources of profit.  As such, NDAs are …

Tenant Rights in New York City

Attorneys talk Renters v. Landlords

Lucas A. Ferrara calls it “one of the most contentious relationships known to humanity.” No, it’s not the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. Ferrara, a Manhattan real estate attorney with Newman Ferrara and an adjunct professor at NYU law school, is talking about the City of New York and their landlords. “We’ve got our share of lousy landlords, the ones who game the system,” Ferrara says. “Over the decades the market has become quite adversarial. [But] the good thing about New York City …

Representing Erin Andrews

Bruce Broillet and Scott Carr on the case heard ‘round the world

In September 2008, ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews checked into the Nashville Marriott to work the sidelines of the Vanderbilt University football game across the street. It seemed like a routine assignment. It led to an unending nightmare.  Michael Barrett, a middle-aged man who was stalking Andrews, took several videos of her naked through the peephole door to her room, which he’d altered. After unsuccessfully trying to sell the video to gossip news site TMZ, Barrett posted it online, where …

Workplace Privacy in the Facebook Age

What employees can expect from employers in New York

Technology has increasingly blurred the lines between our private and work lives. This means greater flexibility and autonomy. But on the downside? “Employees may have an expectation of privacy at work,” says Katharine H. Parker, a labor and employment law lawyer with Proskauer Rose, but it’s merely an expectation. “Employer monitoring, reviewing, or deletion and disclosure of electronic communications on company computer systems is an employer’s right. If employee privacy is …

The Best Neutral

Mediating with John DiBlasi

In 1990, on the heels of New York’s crack cocaine crisis, John DiBlasi was appointed to the bench and presided over thousands of criminal proceedings for the City of Mount Vernon. “The courts were overwhelmed,” says DiBlasi, who later became a New York Supreme Court justice. He finally left the bench 14 years later but still felt he had a long career ahead of him. With good reason: He wasn’t even 50 yet. “Most judges come off the bench at 70,” he says. Now DiBlasi has a reputation …

Brown for the Disabled

On Dan Brown’s pro bono work to make New York more wheelchair accessible

On the day before Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, Kenneth Martinez sat at a bus stop in Far Rockaway hoping to get to a shelter in advance of the storm. Each bus that arrived, though, was packed, without the room to accommodate him and his motorized wheelchair. Fearing the wheelchair would short from the rain, he eventually returned to his apartment. The next day he called 311 and 911 to get evacuation assistance. It never came. Hours later, neighbors rescued Martinez, who was floating and …

Stabilizing Rent-Stabilization

Ira L. Herman on the Santiago-Monteverde bankruptcy ruling

One-quarter of New York City residents, around 2 million people, live in rent-regulated apartments, which means many eyes were on Mary Veronica Santiago-Monteverde’s bankruptcy proceedings last year. At issue was whether Santiago-Monteverde’s rent-stabilized apartment, a two-bedroom in the East Village where she’s lived since 1963, and for which she pays $703 a month, could be sold along with other items to help pay creditors. Ira L. Herman, a partner with Thompson & Knight, filed an …

Rescuing businesses and other animals

Lindsey L. Smith on the emotional burden of bankruptcy

When Lindsey L. Smith looks clients in the eye and explains that filing bankruptcy means their lives will immediately become an open book to the public, they usually cringe. In that moment, some decide to skip it even if bankruptcy is the only way to potentially salvage their businesses, homes and the lives they’ve built. “It’s very emotional,” says Smith, an associate at Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill. “They’ve invested their whole lives into what they’ve done.” This is …

Prisoners of Wars

From Gitmo to Orange County, Cindy Pánuco fights for inmate rights

Six months after graduating from Loyola Law School, Cindy Pánuco found herself poring over documents in a high-security building near the Pentagon before flying to Guantanamo Bay to meet with an Afghan detainee named Obaidullah. She and her co-counsel petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus and eventually argued his case at a closed hearing.  “We weren’t even able to challenge [or see] some of the evidence because it was so highly classified,” she says. Ultimately they lost the hearing, …

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