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Latest News

Former Deputy Attorney General for Minnesota joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that Karen Olson, former Deputy Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Minneapolis office. She will return to private practice as part of the growing Litigation practice group at Spencer Fane.

Spencer Fane Strengthens Real Estate Practice with Addition of Two Laterals

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Brian Zavislak and of counsel Sarah Sicotte to the firm’s Real Estate practice group. Zavislak will be located in the Phoenix and Dallas offices, while Sicotte will be based in Denver.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Mehdi to Health Care Practice in Las Vegas

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Ayesha Mehdi to the Health Care practice group in the firm’s Las Vegas office.

Spencer Fane Names Four New Partners

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce attorneys Derek Ankrom, Mark Cole, Patrick McAndrews, and Heather Morris have been elected partners, effective Jan. 1, 2020. McAndrews and Morris work out of the Kansas City office, while Ankrom is based in Springfield and Cole is in Overland Park, Kansas.

Mary Bacon Honored as Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Spencer Fane LLP attorney Mary Bacon recently received the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN).

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Latest Publications

SECURE Act Generates Changes and Opportunities for Retirement Plans

In the waning days of 2019, President Trump signed into law the most significant retirement legislation in more than a decade.  The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement – or “SECURE” – Act includes far-reaching changes that affect qualified retirement plans, 403(b) and 457(b) plans, IRAs, and other employee benefits.  In a series of articles, we will describe key provisions of the Act.  Our first article provides an overview of the Act’s key provisions and their effective dates.  Some of the changes under the SECURE Act are effective immediately, while others are effective for plan or tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.  Although the Act generally provides sufficient time to amend plan documents, employers must modify certain aspects of plan administration (and potentially financial planning decisions) now to align with the SECURE Act’s more immediate requirements.

Proposal to Repeal Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”) Heading to the Ballot in November 2020

The Second Trip to the Colorado Supreme Court

No other state has a provision in its constitution like the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”).  The TABOR measure amended Article X of the state’s constitution and restricts tax revenues and spending at all levels of government.  The provision prevents tax increases without voter approval and prohibits state and local government from spending revenues collected under existing tax rates without voter approval if revenues grow faster that the rate of inflation and population growth.  Tax revenues in excess of the TABOR limit must be refunded to taxpayers.  The impact of the provision has been significant.  Since 1992, tax authorities have refunded over $2 billion to the taxpayers.

Chemical Safety Board Proposes 4-Hour Release Reporting Rule

On December 11, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) proposed a rule requiring that companies swiftly provide the CSB notice of accidental chemical releases sufficient to trigger a CSB investigation, to help the CSB make deployment decisions and to more rapidly respond to release incidents.

New Ozone Classification Will Impact Permitting Along The Front Range in Colorado

New “Serious” Classification for Nonattainment For Ozone

On December 16, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to reclassify the Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area from Moderate to Serious nonattainment under the Clean Air Act.  The area covered embraces all of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties as well as the southern portions of Larimer and Weld counties.

Landmark Decision Re: Climate Change and Allegations of Securities Fraud

Trial Court Absolves ExxonMobil

On December 10, 2019, following twelve days of trial and testimony, Judge Barry R. Ostrager of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, denied the State of New York’s claims that ExxonMobil engaged in securities fraud by either violating the Martin Act or Executive Law  63(12).  New York had claimed that ExxonMobil failed to make proper public disclosures related to how ExxonMobil accounted for past, present and future climate change risks.

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Latest Events

Spencer Fane Health Care 2020

Join the Spencer Fane Health Care Team for a discussion on trending health care topics.

Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker to Present at SecureWorld Dallas

Spencer Fane attorneys Shawn Tuma and Jeremy Rucker will present at the SecureWorld Dallas Conference on the current and future legal climate of cybersecurity.

John Watson to Provide Insight on Colorado Good Samaritan Act

Spencer Fane attorney, John L. Watson, will participate on a panel at the annual San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference in Silverton, Colorado on the topic “Reimagining Superfund in Historic Mining Districts.”

Shawn Tuma to Serve as Co-Chair at CAIL Cybersecurity Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma will participate in The Center for American and Internal Law (CAIL) Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Conference as both co-chair and moderator of two panels.

Mike Patterson to Participate in Panel on Capital Funding for Technology Companies

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson will join a panel discussion about capital available for technology companies at a Perimeter83 Lunch & Learn event.

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