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  • 25 Larkin Hoffman Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

    Larkin Hoffman is proud to announce that 19 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. In addition to the Super Lawyers list, an additional six of the firm’s attorneys were named Rising Stars.

  • A Summer of Special Sessions: Is July’s Special Session the Last Chance for a Deal on Bonding, COVID-19 Relief & Police Reform?

    Margaret Vesel and Matthew Bergeron recap the Minnesota Legislature’s week-long June special session and preview the upcoming special session scheduled for July 13, 2020. They discuss the ongoing negotiations over law enforcement reform, capital investment, and bonding and examine how the seemingly unrelated issues are interconnected when it comes to finding a “comprehensive deal".

  • Estate Planning Opportunities in the COVID-19 Environment

    Due to a convergence of recent tax changes and the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a handful of particularly effective opportunities available for transferring wealth from one generation to the next. By taking advantage of the current environment, you can increase the likelihood your loved ones will pay lower estate taxes upon your death. It is a common misconception that gift planning is limited to those individuals who are willing to part with control and the economic benefits or their property. Depending on the situation, it is many times possible to structure a gift plan that retains control and economic benefit in the family unit.

  • Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Available

    On June 23, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development started accepting applications for grants to Minnesota owned and operating businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the pandemic. The Minnesota legislature has allocated over $60 million in grant funds. The application process goes through July 2, 2020, and recipients will be selected randomly through a lottery.

  • Todd Freeman Explains New SBA Enhancements on Loan Forgiveness for Most PPP Borrowers

    On June 16th, SBA released an updated loan forgiveness application that reflected provisions of the PPP Flexibility Act. This guidance indicates a significant change in how borrowers may qualify for loan forgiveness and criteria in selecting the 8-week vs 24-week covered period. This podcast will update the factors borrowers consider as well as identify the opportunities and pitfalls arising out of this guidance.

  • Minnesota’s Special Session Begins Without an End in Sight

    Larkin Hoffman’s Director of Government Relations Margaret Vesel and attorney Matthew Bergeron sit down to discuss the end of Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session, the start of the Minnesota Legislature’s unique special session, including legislative votes to end Gov. Walz’s COVID-19 peacetime emergency and the myriad of policy and spending issues to be addressed in the coming weeks.

  • Phyllis Karasov Interviewed by KARE 11 Regarding the Minneapolis Police Department’s Union Contract

    Phyllis Karasov was interviewed about the Minneapolis Police Department’s union contract with its officers, impediments it imposes to firing poor-performing officers, and other issues the contract raises in the aftermath of the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.

  • Todd Freeman and Dan Kadlec Discuss How the Recent PPP Flexibility Act May Affect You

    The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was enacted on June 4th as a means of providing relief to PPP borrowers as to requirements that were considered to be onerous. The podcast will review the provisions of the Act and identify potential opportunities and pitfalls created by the Act. Just as PPP borrowers’ management of their employees and payrolls were heavily influenced by the loan forgiveness provisions of the CARES Act, this new Act may cause borrowers to revisit these issues and projections of loan forgiveness and repayment.

  • Christopher Yetka Featured in Business Journal Article Discussing Insurance Questions Relating to Business Damage from Recent Riots

    Christopher Yetka was featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business commenting about how companies across the Twin Cities should be surveying damage and reach out to their policy issuers as soon as possible after a series of violent nights in the metro area. Many policies have a clause that states the policyholder must notify the insurance company in a timely manner in the event of a loss. 

  • Paul Smith and Chris Yetka Discuss Why Covid-19 Losses May Well Be Covered under Your Business Interruption Insurance Policies

    COVID-19 and the stay at home mandates have had a devastating impact on the business community. Many business owners are looking to their business interruption and other insurance to cover the losses but finding insurers are asserting various coverage issues and exclusions. Paul Smith and Chris Yetka shine a light on what to look for in your policies before you give up on financial help from insurers. This episode of Larkin Hoffman Briefings will discuss the various strategies all businesses should employ when assessing their insurance coverage.

  • Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine Discuss Re-opening a “Safe” Workplace: OSHA, ADA and More

    Employers are legally required to make their workplaces “safe” for their employees and customers. What does “safe” mean, given that no employer can guarantee a virus-free workplace? What are the rules on screening employees, taking temperatures, and refusing to allow employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 into the workplace? This session will talk about how to make the workplace safe, OSHA guidance, how to handle employee requests for reasonable accommodation for medical conditions that place them at higher risk if they become infected with coronavirus, whether employees should be required to sign waivers and more.

  • Christopher Yetka Moderates Bisnow Town Hall: Insurance and Liability Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    On Thursday, May 14, 2020, attorney Christopher Yetka moderated a panel with Tim Worke, CEO of Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, and Jason Wilsey, a Vice President and Shareholder at CSDZ, an insurance agent and broker focusing on construction clients. The panel addressed liability and insurance stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine Discuss Re-Opening A Business the Right Way: Tips to Avoid Pitfalls

    Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine discuss the matters employers need to consider when re-opening businesses after the Covid-19 shutdowns. Recalling only some employees, screening employees before they enter the workplace and dealing with employees who refuse to return to work are among the issues discussed.

  • Small Business Reorganization – Bankruptcy Protection For Small Businesses

    The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) has the potential to make Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections available to smaller businesses. The Federal government and State relief efforts are providing various forms of relief to businesses of many sizes and in many industries – what programs like the PPP and Main Street Lending Program do not do and cannot do is actually bring customers back to storefronts or kickstart “nonessential” businesses. Having no customers, landlords and lenders that are struggling themselves, coupled with the lack of access to capital resources will create many difficulties for small businesses that, before this crisis, had typical levels of debt and leverage. The SBRA may be well suited for small businesses that need some time to restructure and fend off creditors and avoid a liquidation scenario.

  • Tom Flynn and Patrick Cole Discuss Bankruptcy and Business Contingency Planning

    Could changes to Chapter 11 bankruptcy be the answer to many businesses' financial worries in our COVID-19 world? Attorneys Tom Flynn and Patrick Cole explain what your options for financial relief are under the law in the latest edition of the Larkin Hoffman COVID-19 Podcast Briefings.

  • Christopher Yetka Obtains Insurance Bad Faith Award in Minnesota Federal District Court

    Christopher Yetka won a significant victory on Tuesday, obtaining the first award of bad faith damages in Minnesota’s Federal District Court after an evidentiary hearing. 

  • Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine Discuss Difficult Questions Facing Employers Under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act

    Larkin Hoffman employment law specialists Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine answer some of the tough questions employers face under the new Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) in our latest COVID-19 Briefing series podcast.

  • Todd Freeman and Dan Kadlec Provide Guidance on Managing PPP Proceeds to Maximize Loan Forgiveness

    Your business has successfully applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program. You either have received the loan proceeds or are awaiting receipt of the proceeds. This podcast addresses the management of the proceeds to ensure proper use of them and maximize the amount of proceeds that may be forgiven. Given the complex interplay among the various sets of rules for use, forgiveness, reduction in forgiveness and relief from reduction in forgiveness, compiling pertinent information to develop a game plan for these proceeds will not only allow you to maximize use and forgiveness, but also provide guidance on the support that you may provide to your workforce funded by this government program.

  • COVID-19 Briefing Podcast Series

    Introducing a new series of podcasts discussing issues affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Our senior attorneys will address corporate, employment, real estate, construction, franchise, bankruptcy, insurance, litigation, and other matters in this series. The podcasts are 15 minutes long and can be heard at your convenience. Over the next few weeks, there will be several podcasts on developing matters. 

  • COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Updates

    The unemployment compensation landscape is constantly evolving during this COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (“DEED”) are frequently issuing new guidance and updates as they work to implement emergency orders and legislation and to try to respond to the mass layoffs stemming from COVID-19 shutdowns. While DEED’s unemployment website provides useful information, its call center is closed to customer service calls as the office focusses on processing the flood of applications and implementing the new policies. This article seeks to distill the current unemployment compensation landscape to address the most frequently asked questions we receive from employers considering layoffs and employees facing layoff.

  • Privacy and Compliance Considerations for Health Care Providers during the COVID-19 Emergency

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has thrown economic and health care systems into disarray across the globe. In the United States, hospital systems and departments of health have scrambled to identify ways to decrease the spread of the infection while preparing the health care system for the onslaught of patients that overwhelmed hospitals in other counties. As part of that effort, significant attention has been devoted to the ongoing role of existing privacy regulations and various adaptations that could support the remote provision of health care services.

  • What the Paycheck Protection Program Offers Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses

    The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides important public funding to small businesses. The following are some of the highlights of the Paycheck Protection Program (the “Program”) which is part of the CARES Act. This Program is an expansion of the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) 7(a) loan program. The available pool for these loans is $349 billion. Loans will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis, so businesses should apply as soon as possible. The information below is based on the Interim Final Rule promulgated by the SBA on April 2, 2020.

  • Lawmakers Pass $330 Million COVID-19 Package

    Late yesterday afternoon, the Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a $331.5 million relief package aimed at combating the growing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on a 67-0 vote. The House of Representatives had passed H.F. 4531 earlier in the afternoon on a 99-4 vote. Both bodies utilized unique voting practices that included members voting remotely, from the gallery or entering the chamber one at a time to vote. Gov. Tim Walz is expected to sign the bill later today.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) Model Notice, New Effective Date and Amnesty

    The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published the model notice which employers must post as required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The notice must be posted in conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees are customarily posted. An employer can satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. An employer is not required to post the notice in multiple languages, but the DOL will be publishing the notice in the near future in several additional languages. The requirements in the notice apply only to current employees. Employers can order notices free of charge from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, or download and print the notice here.

  • Paycheck Protection Program: Q&As For Small Businesses

    On March 25, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to keep American workers paid and employed. The CARES Act authorizes the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to provide loan guarantees for up to $349 billion in loan commitments under the SBA’s 7(a) program (the SBA’s primary program for providing financial assistance to small businesses), funding a new forgivable loan program: Paycheck Protection Program. The below information will help small and mid-sized businesses to better understand loan eligibility, benefits, and the application for the SBA loan under the Program. We will continue providing further updates as the SBA issues guidance interpreting the Program.

  • An Update on the Minnesota Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued an Executive Order which directs Minnesotans to stay home. The “Stay at Home” order takes effect beginning this Friday, March 27th at 11:59 p.m. and ends on Friday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m. The order limits activity for all those not engaged in “Critical Sector” work.

  • Governor Walz Directs Minnesotans to Stay at Home (Effective March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.)

    On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20, directing all individuals within the State of Minnesota to stay at home as a result of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. Individuals are instructed to stay at their place of residence and all non-essential businesses are ordered to close or transition all operations to remote work. Exec. Order 20-20 is similar to several “shelter-in-place” orders that have been issued in other states.


Larkin Hoffman attorneys in franchising and real estate were again ranked highly by Chambers USA.

Larkin Hoffman has been named a ‘Best Law Firm’ by U.S. News for 2020

Larkin Hoffman has been named one of the country’s Top 50 Construction Law Firms® by Construction Executive magazine in its inaugural ranking of firms.