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COVID-19/Securities & Capital Markets Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruptions to business and economic activity across the country, the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the SEC staff have taken steps to provide relief from certain filing and other regulatory requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and to give guidance to public companies on disclosure considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program
(April 2020)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for the IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program titled, "COVID-19: Employment Privacy and Security Issues" on April 1. During this virtual meeting which was hosted by Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Counsel Tandy Mathis, McGinnis joined other data security and privacy experts discussing how to enable employee social distancing with secure work-from-home capabilities, but keep threats at bay. This meeting also discussed both the U.S. and global perspectives on employee health and privacy considerations regarding health screening, pre-screening before return to work, geolocation tracking and geofencing for contagion management. ​


MVA ranked largest North Carolina law firm
(April 2020)

Moore & Van Allen has ranked in the number one spot for largest law firms in North Carolina by the Triad Business Journal’s “Top of the List: N.C. Law Firms” list. MVA is number one with 293 attorneys practicing in the state of North Carolina. 


Guidance and Legislation regarding patient information protections during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

As summarized below, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued a series of bulletins and other guidance regarding the ability to use and disclose protected health information during the nationwide public health emergency concerning COVID-19.  Generally, the guidance is intended to provide greater flexibility during the emergency and to communicate existing abilities to use and disclose patient information, while confirming that the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s protections are not suspended as a whole.  In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act contains provisions related to Part 2 protections and additional HIPAA guidance.


MVA Litigation: 28 U.S.C § 1782(a) – Obtaining Information in Aid of International Private Arbitration from U.S. Federal Courts
(April 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Jim McLoughlin‘s blog article titled, “28 U.S.C § 1782(a) – Obtaining Information in Aid of International Private Arbitration from U.S. Federal Courts” was published on April 1.


State Legislators Seek to “Rewrite” Insurance Policies, Requiring Coverage of COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has elicited extraordinary suppression and mitigation measures from all levels of government in the U.S. and around the world. It is difficult to fathom the extent to which the economy, global and domestic travel, and life as we knew it have been disrupted in the span of only a few weeks. Lawmakers have been in the difficult position of having to weigh the public health implications of their policy decisions against the economic impact on businesses and individuals. At all levels, our governments have been taking steps to address mitigation of business and individual losses incurred during the pandemic. On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at stemming some of the damage. State legislators also are taking steps to address mitigation of business losses, including attempts to remove obstacles for businesses to collect under business interruption insurance policy provisions.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IMPACTING U.S. IMMIGRATION DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
(March 31, 2020)

Like many areas, the U.S. immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most critical information effecting employers and their foreign workforce during this time.


GENERAL GUIDANCE ON LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE

Employers across the country are facing unique and unprecedented challenges in responding to workforce issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is changing quickly to address issues presented by the spread of COVID-19. The following shares guidance and insight into common workplace issues that can arise in response.


INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CLIENT ALERT REGARDING COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil the global markets, private fund managers across the alternative asset spectrum (e.g., hedge, credit, private equity, etc.) have been confronted with a host of novel issues touching all aspects of their businesses. Managers should leverage historical context in communicating with their stakeholders, managing novel risks, and seizing on perceived opportunities.


SUMMARY OF THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS) TEMPORARY REGULATORY WAIVERS AND NEW RULES AFFORDING ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITIES TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued additional broad and unprecedented regulatory waivers and new rules to enable the U.S. healthcare system to have maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


A message from Moore & Van Allen in response to COVID-19
(March 2020)

Moore & Van Allen faces the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in solidarity with you - our clients and our communities. MVA lawyers, professionals and staff are here to support you during this time and remain committed to your success and well-being.     The Firm is following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, as well as our state and local authorities to protect our employees, their families and our clients. We have implemented our Business Continuity Plan, which includes regular meetings of an interdisciplinary team to ensure we can continue to support the needs of our clients. We are also equipped with secure and sophisticated technological resources to allow for seamless remote working as needed and appropriate.  As we continue to monitor for risk in this evolving environment, we want to reiterate our commitment to our people, communities and clients. If you seek assistance in your own responses or preparations, or otherwise, we are prepared to support your needs.  Tom Mitchell Chairman Moore & Van Allen


COVID 19’s Impact on Human Trafficking Proliferation
(March 29, 2020)

The most vulnerable among us who are preyed upon for the economic benefit of another -- victims of human trafficking -- just got more vulnerable.  It goes without saying that this global public health and economic crisis will touch most industries and systems.  Developing and maintaining an effective response to human trafficking ought to remain high priority for our government agencies, schools, healthcare workers, law enforcement, courts and financial service providers.  Perpetrators may take advantage of our fragile communities and temporary processes, causing already vulnerable people to become even more susceptible to victimization. 


Immigration Update: USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2021
(March 2020)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions has been met and that the lottery selection process has been completed.


Operating A Business Under North Carolina’s COVID-19 “Stay-At-Home” Order: Essential Business Designation & Reentry Certification

At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, all citizens and businesses of North Carolina will join hundreds of millions of others in the United States that are subject to state or local government issued “stay-at-home” orders. On March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order via Executive Order 121, “Stay-At-Home Order and Strategic Directions for North Carolina in Response to Increasing COVID-19 Cases” (Stay-At-Home Order”). The Governor stated several findings as the basis for the Order, including that 763 COVID-19 cases across 60 counties had been confirmed in the state, widespread community transmission of the virus is occurring, and local control of the emergency has been insufficient to protect the lives and property of North Carolinians. Accordingly, residents statewide have been ordered to stay in their homes, except to engage in essential activities and governmental operations, and to access essential businesses and operations. All non-essential businesses are required to cease operations. The statewide order will work in conjunction with any local orders that have been issued by cities and counties in North Carolina, and it explicitly permits local jurisdictions to impose greater restrictions consistent with authority under North Carolina law if deemed necessary.


Legislative and Bank Regulatory Actions to Assist Forbearance in a Pandemic World
(March 29, 2020)

For the last three weeks or so, the federal and state banking agencies, collectively and individually, have, with increasing urgency, called on financial institutions to meet the financial needs of customers impacted by the COVID-19. Congress has now codified some of the guidance in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). To assist our clients in understanding the scale and scope of the regulatory actions, we describe the state of play as we know it today. 


COVID-19 National and State Relief Efforts Focus on Single Family Mortgage Loans

The shuttered storefronts and grounded airplanes that by now have become an all too familiar image of the COVID-19 pandemic are quickly creating a ripple effect through the U.S. economy. As unemployment rises and Americans struggle to pay their bills, federal and state governments and agencies are rushing to provide aid to those most impacted by the virus. A key focus of those efforts has been on mortgage related relief. This article canvasses the rapidly changing regulatory environment related to single family mortgage loans and provides an overview of the relief available to homeowners at both the national and state level.


MVA Litigation Blog: A Place for Insurance in a Global Pandemic: How Do Event Cancellation & Business Interruption Policies Apply to COVID-19?
(March 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tony Lathrop‘s MVA Litigation Blog article titled, “A Place for Insurance in a Global Pandemic: How Do Event Cancellation & Business Interruption Policies Apply to COVID-19?” was published on March 25.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Treasury Department Publishes Proposed Rule on CFIUS Filing Fees
(March 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense, and Investigations Associate Elena Mitchell and Member Frank Schall’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog article titled, “Treasury Department Publishes Proposed Rule on CFIUS Filing Fees” was published on March 25.


Immigration Update: Suspension of In-Person Services at US Immigration Offices & US Embassies Worldwide
(March 2020)

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of State (US DOS) announced that in-person services were being temporarily suspended.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Financial Services Regulators Call for Preparedness and Flexibility in Supervised Institutions’ Responses to COVID-19
(March 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense, and Investigations Member Neil Bloomfield and Associate Kate Wellman‘s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog titled “Financial Services Regulators Call for Preparedness and Flexibility in Supervised Institutions’ Responses to COVID-19” was published on March 17.


Leslie Pedernales quoted in Law360 article
(March 2020)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Counsel Leslie Pedernales was quoted in the Law360 article titled, “Lawsuit Debate Again Derails Wash. State Privacy Legislation” which was published on March 13.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Never Waste a Crisis: How Coronavirus May Help Shape the LIBOR Transition
(March 2020)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Neil Bloomfield‘s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog titled “Never Waste a Crisis: How Coronavirus May Help Shape the LIBOR Transition” was published on March 13.


Immigration Update: Travel Ban - Europe to U.S.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Travel Ban - European Schengen Region On March 11, 2020, by Presidential Proclamation, President Trump ordered the suspension of travel to the U.S. from the Schengen region. This travel ban is effective on March 13, 2020 at 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: House Financial Services Subcommittee Tackles Trafficking Prevention in Financial Systems
(March 2020)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Senior Counsel Sarah Byrne’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice blog article titled, “House Financial Services Subcommittee Tackles Trafficking Prevention in Financial Systems” was published on March 10.


Anne Kelley Russell’s article published in South Carolina Lawyer magazine
South Carolina Lawyers, (March 2020)

Charleston Estate & Wealth Planning Team member Anne Kelley Russell’s article titled, “From This Day Forward, The Abolishment of Common-Law Marriage in South Carolina” was published in the March issue of South Carolina Lawyer.


MVA Litigation Blog: North Carolina State and Local Land Use Laws Under Revision to Prepare for the Future: The Charlotte UDO and NCGS §160D
(March 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tony Lathrop‘s MVA Litigation Blog article titled, “North Carolina State and Local Land Use Laws Under Revision to Prepare for the Future: The Charlotte UDO and NCGS §160D” was published on March 6.


Ernie Reigel named board of directors member for the Truist Foundation
(March 2020)

Charlotte Corporate Member and former MVA Chairman Ernie Reigel has been named a board of directors member for the Truist Foundation.  Along with key leaders from the heritage organizations of BB&T and SunTrust, Ernie is one of three outside community members that will be sitting on the board. The Truist Foundation has assembled a strong board of directors with valuable leadership experience, diverse perspectives and commitment to community engagement.  


Valecia McDowell and Ed O’Keefe serve as panelists for 2020 SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar
(February 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia McDowell and Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Ed O'Keefe will both serve as speakers at the SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar which takes place March 15-18 in Orlando, FL. McDowell will serve as a panelist for the session titled "Litigating with Current Employees: Risks, Strategies and Best Practices." O'Keefe joins as a panelist for the session titled "Digital Services Platforms: Compliance & Legal Challenges."


Moore & Van Allen Attorney Lesley A. Firestone Named to Charleston Regional Business Journal Forty Under 40 List
(February 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that environmental attorney and litigator Lesley A. Firestone has been selected as one of Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2020 Forty Under 40 winners. This year’s class of honorees will be formally recognized during an awards event on April 29, as well as with a special feature in the April 20 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.


Don Meyer to serve as speaker for 2020 AMGLR Retreat
(February 2020)

Charleston Health Care Member Don Meyer has been invited to speak at the 2020 The Academic Medical Group Leadership Roundtable (AMGLR) Retreat in Scottsdale, AZ on March 20. Meyer will speak on the topics:  Joint Operating Agreements, Clinical Services/Coverage Agreements & JVs: current landscape on regulatory environment and compensation methodologies; Stark Law for the Better.


Anne Kelley Russell presenter for Charleston Estate Planning Council CLE
(February 2020)

Charleston Estate & Wealth Planning Team member Anne Kelley Russell presented to the Charleston Estate Planning Council on February 20th. The CLE entitled, “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act:  Planning for the End of the Stretch IRA,” centered around the recently passed SECURE Act and how it will affect clients’ retirement accounts during the account owner’s life and at death.


Anne Kelley Russell panelist for ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate e-CLE
(February 2020)

Charleston Estate & Wealth Planning Team member Anne Kelley Russell will serve as a panelist for the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section e-CLE entitled:  The SECURE Act:  Planning for the End of the Stretch IRA, which is being held on February 25.


MVA hosted Page One eDiscovery Roundtable
(February 2020)

MVA was proud to host the Page One eDiscovery Roundtable event that was held on February 18. Charlotte Discovery Counsel Courtney Duncil helped facilitate the roundtable that was presented by Brian Kuklick, Senior eDiscovery Consultant with Page One. The discussion focused on the following topics: GDPR, Data Privacy, CCPA, privilege logs, comparison of eDiscovery platforms, technology assisted review, project management software and mitigating costs associated with third party subpoenas.


Data Points Update: The Washington Privacy Act
(February 2020)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Counsel Leslie Pedernales’ Data Points blog article titled, “Update: The Washington Privacy Act” was published on February 18.


Leslie Pedernales serves as judge at the Diversity Moot Court Competition
(February 2020)

Public Affairs Counsel Leslie Pedernales served as a semi-final round judge for the Twelfth Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition on February 6th during the American Bar Association’s Twenty Fifth Annual Forum on Communications Law Conference in Austin, TX. The Competition is sponsored by the Forum and is designed to expose diverse law students to the practice of media law, a rapidly evolving field with great opportunity for inventive young thinkers.


Karin McGinnis will serve as panelist for WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium
(February 2020)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis will serve as a panelist for the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium which will take place March 9 in Charlotte, NC. The WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Symposium will highlight presentations and panels moderated by Wall Street Journal editors and journalists in which experts in cybersecurity and business will share their insights and experiences on how to start understanding your cyber risk, what to do if you’re hacked, where to find cost-effective cybersecurity, how to give large-company partners confidence in your cybersecurity, and more.


MVA hosted Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Program
(February 2020)

MVA hosted the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) program on February 13 titled, "Mischief Managed: Best Practices in Developing a Crisis Response Program". Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Members Karin McGinnis and Todd Taylor joined other legal and industry experts to present the best practices in both (a) the development of a cyber/data security crisis response program, and (b) implementing that program when faced with a cyber/data security incident.


MVA hosted State of Charlotte with Michael Smith
(February 2020)

MVA’s Young Professionals group hosted Charlotte Center City Partners President and CEO, Michael Smith for a seminar luncheon on February 12. The seminar discussed the current state of Charlotte and the outlook for 2020. Charlotte Center City Partners is an organization that envisions and carries out strategies to improve the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s center city.


MVA hosted State of Charlotte with Michael Smith
(February 2020)

MVA’s Young Professionals group hosted Charlotte Center City Partners President and CEO, Michael Smith for a seminar luncheon on February 12. The seminar discussed the current state of Charlotte and the outlook for 2020. Charlotte Center City Partners is an organization that envisions and carries out strategies to improve the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s center city.


MVA hosted State of Charlotte with Michael Smith
(February 2020)

MVA’s Young Professionals group hosted Charlotte Center City Partners President and CEO, Michael Smith for a seminar luncheon on February 12. The seminar discussed the current state of Charlotte and the outlook for 2020. Charlotte Center City Partners is an organization that envisions and carries out strategies to improve the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s center city.


Sarah Byrne featured in Charlotte Magazine for role in Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project
(February 2020)

MVA’s Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project Leader, Sarah Byrne and her fight for victims of human trafficking was highlighted by Charlotte Magazine. The article titled, “Charlotte Attorney Sarah Byrne on Fighting for Victims of Human Trafficking” was published on February 13.


Hanks, Ward, Wilson and MVA Receive WTR 1000 Recognition
(February 2020)

MVA Intellectual Property Members Arlene Hanks, Henry Ward and Mark Wilson received World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) recognition. Additionally, MVA’s Intellectual Property practice was recognized as one of six recommended North Carolina trademark practices. Now in its tenth year, the WTR 1000 research directory, which focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise. As with previous editions, to arrive at the 2020 rankings, World Trademark Review undertook an exhaustive qualitative research project to identify the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: New Treasury Department Regulations Expand CFIUS Authority
(February 2020)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Associate Elena Mitchell and Member Frank Schall’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog article titled, “New Treasury Department Regulations Expand CFIUS Authority” was published on February 12.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: A Small Step Toward Clarity? The CFPB Issues Policy Statement on “Abusiveness” Standard
(February 2020)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Counsel Nicole Schiavo’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog article titled, “A Small Step Toward Clarity? The CFPB Issues Policy Statement on “Abusiveness” Standard” was published on February 11.


MVA ranked Charlotte's largest law firm and firm with the most Women Attorneys
(February 2020)

Moore & Van Allen once again tops the most recent Charlotte Business Journal’s annual “Charlotte's Largest Law Firms" list, with 293 attorneys in its Charlotte office. MVA also tops the list for the most female attorneys in its local office with 104, up from 84 on last year’s list. That number includes 18 partners where 35% of the firm’s local attorneys are women and 15% are partners.


MVA Litigation Blog: An Agreement to Arbitrate Employment Claims
(February 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tony Lathrop‘s MVA Litigation Blog articles titled, “Watch Your Language: An Agreement to Arbitrate Employment Claims Must Allow for NLRA Claims Before the NLRB” and “An Agreement to Arbitrate Employment Claims Must Also Allow for Access to Full Remedies Before the NLRB” were published on February 6.


As Human Trafficking Awareness Month Comes to a Close, MVA Makes its Mark
(January 2020)

The MVA Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project had a busy month raising awareness by training hundreds of professionals and onboarding a dozen new client matters. Project leader Sarah Byrne partnered with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of N.C. to train a multidisciplinary audience of law enforcement, tribal leadership and service providers in Cherokee, NC. Byrne also presented on “Human Trafficking – What Financial Institutions Can Do” at the Carolinas Credit Union League BSA/AML Conference.


Valecia McDowell featured on cover of 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine
(January 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member and Co-head Valecia McDowell was featured as the cover story of the North Carolina 2020 issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, which published in January. The feature article, “Shedding Light (without the spotlight),” discusses McDowell’s legal focus, growth as an attorney and individual, practicing as a female of color, and much more.


MVA attending the ESOP Association’s Professionals’ Forum
(January 2020)

Charlotte Global Services Member Mike Zeller, Employee Benefits Member Danny Johnson, Litigation Member Mark Nebrig, Global Services Associate Michael Tarwater Jr., Employee Benefits Senior Counsel Beth Yount Grimes and Litigation Associate Kristen Kenley will attend the ESOP Association’s Professionals’ Forum in New Orleans next week.


MVA Ranked at the Top in Refinitiv Law Firm League Tables for Syndicated Loans
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen has again been ranked as a top legal adviser on syndicated loans. The firm's Finance team ranked in the top tier of Refinitiv Loan Pricing Corporation’s (LPC) full year 2019 U.S. Law Firm League Tables for representing Lead Arrangers on syndicated loan transactions.


Moore & Van Allen members Joseph Fernandez and Valecia McDowell named to Lawyers of Color Power List
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that members Joseph (Joe) A. Fernandez and Valecia M. McDowell have been named to Lawyers of Color’s fifth Power List, which is presented with the support of the Diverse Partners Network. Honorees will be formally recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. on February 26 and also profiled in Lawyers of Color’s forthcoming Power Issue.


Member Kate Cole named a Women in Business Achievement Award winner
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that Member Kate G. Cole has been selected as one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2020 Women in Business Achievement Award winners. The 2020 class of honorees will be formally recognized during an awards event on February 24, as well as with special print and online features.


Data Points: Washington State Legislature Takes Another Shot At a Consumer Data Privacy Law
(January 2020)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Counsel Leslie Pedernales’ Data Points blog article titled, “Washington State Legislature Takes Another Shot At a Consumer Data Privacy Law” was published on January 22.


Luis Lluberas and Gabe Mathless publish article in Turnaround Management Association’s Journal of Corporate Renewal
(January 2020)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Member Luis Lluberas and Associate Gabe Mathless published an article in the January/February issue of the Turnaround Management Association’s Journal of Corporate Renewal titled Assessing Distressed Acquisition Opportunities. Their article focuses on one sliver of the distressed investment market— acquisitions of distressed operating businesses—and identifies various issues unique to such investments that investors, regardless of their experience, should consider as they assess available opportunities.


MVA Charleston Attorneys served as speakers for the 2020 South Carolina Bar Convention
(January 2020)

Charleston Environmental Team members Elizabeth Applegate Dieck, Associate Lesley Firestone and Charleston Estate & Wealth Planning Team member Anne Kelley Russell served as speakers at the 2020 South Carolina Bar Convention on January 24.


Valecia McDowell serves as panelist for All-Star Trial Advocacy 2020
(January 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia McDowell will serve as a panelist for the Mecklenburg County Bar All-Star Trial Advocacy 2020 program which takes place Tuesday, February 11. This event will feature NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri L. Beasley and Kim Motley. McDowell will join Kearns Davis for the segment titled “Developing Your Case Story.” The event will also include discussions on topics: Ethics, Professionalism, and Modernizing Our State Court System; Advocating for the Oppressed in a Lawless Society; Cross-Examination Tips and Tricks; Advancing Your Theme in Cross Exam; and Tying Your Case Theme Into Opening Statements and Closing Arguments.


Thirty Moore & Van Allen attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys have been named to the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list and seven attorneys were named to the 2020 North Carolina Rising Stars list. Additionally, members Valecia McDowell and Karin McGinnis were named to the “Top 50” list of Women North Carolina Super Lawyers, and McDowell was named to the “Top 25” list of Charlotte Super Lawyers and the “Top 100” list of North Carolina Super Lawyers. The lawyer rating service will publish this year’s survey findings in both North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and Charlotte magazine in February.


Moore & Van Allen holds second annual Diversity Conference
(January 2020)

On Friday, January 17, Moore & Van Allen had the opportunity to welcome 20 outstanding first-year law students from across the country as part of the firm’s second annual Diversity Conference.


MVA ranked Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen has been ranked Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for 2020. The firm received its final rating for the 2020 Corporate Equality Index and achieved a perfect score of 100 which earned the honored designation. Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. MVA is one of 686 major businesses, spanning nearly every industry and geography, to have earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality."


Valecia McDowell served as panelist for Women’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Forum
(January 2020)

Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia McDowell served as a panelist for the Women’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Forum which took place Monday, January 13. This event was hosted by the Mecklenburg County Bar and the Junior League of Charlotte. The two-hour CLE was designed for the aspiring, new or seasoned nonprofit leader and explored best practices for charitable organizations to unlock the full potential of their boards of directors.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Human Trafficking Awareness – What Financial Institutions Need to Know
(January 2020)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Senior Counsel Sarah Byrne‘s blog titled “Human Trafficking Awareness – What Financial Institutions Need to Know” was published January 13.


Moore & Van Allen Secures $2.5 Million Jury Verdict
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that on December 11, 2019, following a two-week trial, a jury in the North Carolina Business Court awarded its client, W. Avalon Potts, $2.5 million, including $500,000 in punitive damages. This win thereby earned Potts ownership and management of Steel Tube, Inc. (STI), one of the largest carbon steel and galvanized steel tubing manufacturers in the southeastern U.S.


Nader Raja selected for Wells Fargo Legal Department’s 2020 Charlotte Diversity College
(January 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Nader Raja is one of ten diverse attorneys that have been selected for inclusion to the Wells Fargo Legal Department’s 2020 Charlotte Diversity College. The individuals selected are experienced and successful attorneys who have been with their respective firm for five or more years. The program is designed to introduce individuals to Wells Fargo, its business operations, legal support needs and leadership teams.


Moore & Van Allen elevates four attorneys to firm membership
(January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that the following four attorneys have been elected as the firm’s newest members: Amanda Carrano Franklin, Andrew R. Price, Nader S. Raja and Nick C. Russell. Their new designation went into effect on January 1, 2020. All four attorneys are based in Charlotte.


MVA Attorneys recognized by Business North Carolina's 2020 Legal Elite
Business North Carolina, (January 2020)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys were included in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Latest DOJ Spoofing Settlement
(December 23, 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Jim McLoughlin‘s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog article titled, “Latest DOJ Spoofing Settlement” was published on December 23.


Paul Arena presented for Pinnacle Bank
(December 2019)

​On November 21, Charlotte Real Estate Counsel Paul Arena gave a presentation at Pinnacle Bank's corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee about reverse tax-deferred exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Tom Myrick quoted in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
(December 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tom Myrick was quoted in the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly article “Corporation can pursue False Claims Act suit” which was published December 12.


MVA advises George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, (December 2019)

A trademark lawsuit involving MVA’s client George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, the well-known personal injury law firm founded by George Sink, Sr., was recently covered by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. The article discusses how MVA attorneys were successful in securing injunctive relief from the federal court in Charleston, SC against George Sink, Sr.’s son, George Sink, Jr. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is represented by Charleston Corporate Member Trudy Robertson, and Charlotte Intellectual Property Members Mark Wilson and Kate Cole.


Amanda Franklin quoted in TechTarget
TechTarget, (December 2019)

Charlotte Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin was quoted in the TechTarget article titled, “H-1B lottery change may drive increase in visa applicants.”


Luis Lluberas announced as general counsel for Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Charlotte Business Journal, (December 2019)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Member Luis Lluberas’ role as general counsel for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance was highlighted in the Charlotte Business Journal’s article “Charlotte Regional Business Alliance CEO talks agenda for upcoming year” which was published December 4.


Cabell Clay and Sarah Negus’s article published in Westlaw
Westlaw, (December 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Cabell Clay and Associate Sarah Negus’s article titled, “The status of gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace” was published by Westlaw on December 3.


Kimberly Zirkle finalist for Am Law Best Mentor-Law Firm Award
(December 2019)

Charlotte Financial Services Member Kimberly Zirkle was selected as a finalist for the Am Law Best Mentor-Law Firm award for the American Lawyer Industry Awards. These awards honored outstanding achievements in the legal profession focusing at the national level. The American Lawyer celebrated the profession’s finest and the magazine’s 40th anniversary at the second annual American Lawyer Industry Awards in New York City on December 4.


Amy Johnson profiled in Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law 2019
(December 2019)

Financial Services Member Amy Johnson was profiled in Corporate Counsel Women, Influence & Power in Law 2019. The special report honors women who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law.


Tandy Mathis selected as an IAPP Young Privacy Professional
(November 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Counsel Tandy Mathis has been selected as a new IAPP Young Privacy Professional volunteer for 2020. The Young Privacy Professionals (YPPs) work with their local KnowledgeNet Chapter co-chairs to plan networking activities. YPPs are expected to organize at least two networking activities per year and assist local KnowledgeNet Chapter chairs with networking activities. One or two YPPs are accepted per chapter and serve a one-year term.


Bloomfield serves as panelist for 19th Annual Banking and Finance Forum
(November 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice & Response Co-Head Neil Bloomfield served as a panelist for Mecklenburg County Bar’s 19th Annual Banking and Finance Forum which took place on November 22.


Jennifer Braccia appointed to Merit Selection Panel
(November 22, 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Attorney Jennifer Braccia has been appointed to serve on the Merit Selection Panel for the purpose of considering the reappointment of the Honorable David C. Keesler as a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina.


MVA sponsor for The Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute Annual Conference
(November 2019)

MVA is proud to once again been a sponsoring partner for The Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute Annual Conference, which took take place in New York on November 19–21. Now in its ninth year, The Clearing House + Bank Policy Institute Annual Conference is the leading conference for key regulatory, legal, and payments issues facing America's largest commercial banks.


Moore & Van Allen named a Lawyers Weekly Diversity & Inclusion Awards winner
(November 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2019 Lawyers Weekly Diversity & Inclusion Awards winner. The firm was selected as an honoree for the inaugural awards by Lawyers Weekly’s internal panel of judges, based on contributions to the legal community in the area of diversity. The complete list of honorees was announced on November 11, and winners will be formally recognized at an awards luncheon on December 11.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: U.S. Authorities’ Campaign Against Spoofing and Related Market Manipulation Enters a Potentially New Phase with Recent Criminal and Civil Enforcement Actions
(November 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Jim McLoughlin‘s blog article titled, “U.S. Authorities’ Campaign Against Spoofing and Related Market Manipulation Enters a Potentially New Phase with Recent Criminal and Civil Enforcement Actions” was published on November 6.


Moore & Van Allen named a WomenInc. Top Law Firm for Women
(November 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that WomenInc. Magazine, a publication dedicated to comprehensive coverage of women’s achievements in business, has named the firm to its Top 100 Law Firms for Women list. The list was published in WomenInc. Magazine’s Fall 2019 issue, which specifically celebrates female representation and leadership within the legal industry.


Data Points: The Wait is Over: Proposed Regulations Implementing the CCPA are Released
(November 6, 2019)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Associate Suzanne Gainey and Counsel Tandy Mathis’ Data Points blog titled, “The Wait is Over: Proposed Regulations Implementing the CCPA are Released” was published November 1.


Moore & Van Allen advises ButcherJoseph Financial Holdings in Laffer Investments acquisition
(November 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that it has advised Charlotte-based ButcherJoseph Financial Holdings, LLC, in its acquisition of Laffer Investments, Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor based in Nashville, Tennessee. MVA Member Michael (Mike) E. Zeller and Associate Michael C. Tarwater, Jr. led the MVA team representing ButcherJoseph in the transaction. The acquisition was announced on November 1.


Zach Smith and Luis Lluberas participants for the Caribbean Insolvency Symposium
(November 2019)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Restructuring Member and Team Leader Zachary Smith has been appointed Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 3-5.


Cabell Clay serves as speaker at AIJA Conferences
(November 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Cabell Clay was invited to serve as a moderator and speaker for the panel titled “How to Keep Your Workforce Happy” at the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)’s Annual Labour Law Conference which was held on October 26 in Lisbon, Portugal. Clay focused on US laws for addressing mental health and stress in the workplace as well as prevention techniques. She was joined on the panel with individuals from the Netherlands, Slovakia and Russia.


Moore & Van Allen recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers with top-tier ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings
Firm honored regionally and nationally in 2020 rankings
U.S. News & World Report, (November 2019)

MVA is pleased to announce that U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have ranked the firm nationally and regionally on the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list.


Matt Kain serves as panelist for Fidelity Charitable discussion
(October 2019)

Charlotte Estate & Wealth Planning Member Matt Kain served as a panelist for the Fidelity Charitable exclusive event titled, “Smart Philanthropy: Planning Strategies for Complex Charitable Solutions,” held on October 30. Kain was joined by others from GreerWalker and Fidelity Charitable to discuss strategic philanthropy with a specific focus on gifts of non-publicly traded assets as charitable contributions.


Cabell Clay serves as panelist for NCBA’s Annual Review CLE program
(October 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Cabell Clay served as a panelist at the NCBA’s Annual Review CLE program that was held on October 17-18. Clay was joined by Kevin Sweat for the panel discussion titled, “Ethical Consideration in Joint Representation.” Attendees engaged from leaders in their practice areas providing important case law updates on North Carolina and Federal Law.


Moore & Van Allen Member Valecia McDowell selected as Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best honoree
(October 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that Charlotte White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia M. McDowell has been named to the inaugural Lawyers of Color “Nation’s Best” list, which is presented by Major, Lindsey & Africa with the support of the Diverse Partners Network. The Lawyers of Color Nation’s Best list salutes minority law firm partners and senior-level corporate counsel.


Data Points Privacy & Data Security Law Blog: California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data
(October 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis published the Data Points Blog titled, “California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data”.


Moore & Van Allen earns 11th consecutive Benchmark Litigation recognitions
(October 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a “recommended” firm for both litigation and employment in North Carolina in the latest editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Litigation Labor and Employment. This is the 11th consecutive year in which MVA has earned Benchmark recognitions.


Neil Bloomfield and Kristina Whittaker’s article published by Law360
Law360, (October 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Neil Bloomfield and Counsel Kristina Whittaker’s article titled, “Fraud As An Operational Risk For Banks” was published by Law360 on October 8.


MVA advises Capital Vision Services during acquisition
(September 2019)

Moore & Van Allen’s client Capital Vision Services, LP (“CVS”), manager of the MyEyeDr. optometry practices, was acquired by the merchant-banking division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. from Altas Partners LP and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on August 29.


Valecia McDowell honored as a Women of Justice 2019
(September 2019)

Charlotte Co-Head White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations Member Valecia McDowell has been named a North Carolina Women of Justice 2019 honoree by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. The official honoree list was published on September 2.


MVA highlighted for role in the Charlotte Pro Bono Triage
(September 2019)

Moore & Van Allen was highlighted in the Charlotte Business Journal and Business North Carolina’s Daily Digest on September 5 for its commitment to the Charlotte Pro Bono Triage.


Barbara Meeks to serve as panelist at SIFMA C&L Charlotte Future Leaders
(September 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Barbara Meeks has been invited to serve as a panelist for the upcoming SIFMA C&L Charlotte Future Leaders Seminar being held the morning of September 24. Barbara will join leaders from Raymond James, Barclays, Bank of America, and Eversheds Sutherland, on a panel moderated by LPL Financial, to discuss the topic titled, “Mentoring, Career Plan Development & the Path to Leadership”.


MVA contributes to Charlotte’s public-private campaign for affordable housing
(September 2019)

Moore & Van Allen is among the list of area donors highlighted in the Charlotte Business Journal and Charlotte Observer on September 5. MVA joins a coalition of nonprofits, local government and businesses that have donated to A Way Home, an endowment to provide rent subsidies, created by the Foundation For The Carolinas. The program met its $20 million target with a significant contribution from MVA and then climbed to $26 million. MVA is also contributing ongoing pro bono real estate legal services to the A Way Home program.


Gabe Mathless selected for inclusion as JPCA, Frank Family Fellow
(September 2019)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Associate Gabe Mathless is one of ten individuals selected from across the United States to serve as a Frank Family Fellow by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JPCA). The Fellowship is a 10-month program for emerging leaders in Jewish community relations that focuses on public policy, advocacy, civic engagement and intergroup/interfaith relations.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: FHFA Removes Preferred Language Question from URLA
(September 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Counsel Nicole Schiavo‘s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog titled, “FHFA Removes Preferred Language Question from URLA” was published on August 30.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Revised Interagency Examination Procedures for the Flood Disaster Protection Act
(September 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Neil Bloomfield‘s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog titled “Revised Interagency Examination Procedures for the Flood Disaster Protection Act” was published on August 30.


Corporate Counsel honors Moore & Van Allen Member Amy Johnson with national Women, Influence & Power in Law Award
(August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that Financial Services Member Amy K. Johnson has been selected as a Corporate Counsel 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Award winner. Johnson was recognized in the Law Firm Thought Leadership category. Honorees will be formally announced at an awards dinner on October 16 as part of the Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C., and will be profiled in the December issue of Corporate Counsel magazine.


MVA Litigation Blog: U.S. Supreme Court Limited Authority to Remove Class Actions to Original Defendants, Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants May Not Remove Even Under CAFA
(August 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tony Lathrop’s MVA Litigation Blog post titled, “U.S. Supreme Court Limited Authority to Remove Class Actions to Original Defendants, Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants May Not Remove Even Under CAFA” was published August 23.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: CFPB’s ANPR Calls for the End of the GSE Patch
(August 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Counsel Nicole Schiavo’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog post titled, “CFPB’s ANPR Calls for the End of the GSE Patch” was published on August 14.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Federal Reserve Discloses Plan for “FedNow” a Real Time Payment System
(August 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Neil Bloomfield’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog post titled, “Federal Reserve Discloses Plan for “FedNow” a Real Time Payment System” was published on August 14.


Best Lawyers® recognizes 83 Moore & Van Allen attorneys
10 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” across various practices in Charlotte, (August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that 83 attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Additionally, 10 attorneys from the firm’s Charlotte office were selected for Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions.


Neil Bloomfield to serve as panelist at SIFMA C&L Society seminar
(August 2019)

Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Co-Chair Neil Bloomfield will again serve as a panelist for the upcoming SIFMA C&L Society Charlotte Regional Seminar being held September 23. Neil will join leaders from the SEC, Bank of America, LPL and Deloitte to discuss current trends in privacy and cybersecurity.


Barbara Meeks and Ed O’Keefe slated to speak at ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting
(August 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Members Barbara Meeks and Ed O'Keefe have been invited to speak at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, which will take place September 12-14, in Washington, DC. O’Keefe will join the discussion for the panel titled: Managing Risk or Micromanaging It: Current Developments in Enforcement Actions on the first day of the meeting. Meeks will join Friday’s panel titled: Cross-border Financings: Structuring for FX and Derivatives Exposure; Perfecting Foreign Collateral.


Lesley Firestone named to Leadership Charleston Class of 2020
(August 2019)

Charleston Litigation Associate Lesley Firestone has been selected for inclusion to the Charleston Metro Chambers of Commerce’s incoming Leadership Charleston Class of 2020. The mission of Leadership Charleston is to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their leadership potential by introducing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of our civic and business communities. Graduates experience the power of working with other community leaders and organizations for positive growth and advancement of the region.


Joe Fernandez quoted in Law360 article
Law360, (August 2019)

Charlotte Corporate Member Joe Fernandez was quoted in the Law360 article titled, “States' Green Goals May Fuel Clean Energy Land-Use Fights,” which was published on August 5.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: Enhancing Transparency in the Agencies’ Approach to BSA/AML Examinations
(August 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Barbara Meeks and Counsel Kristina Whittaker’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog post titled, “Enhancing Transparency in the Agencies’ Approach to BSA/AML Examinations” was published on August 5.


Cooper, Kain and Loftis speakers at North Carolina Bar Association 40th Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program
(August 5, 2019)

Charlotte Estate and Wealth Planning Member Matt Kain, Associate Thomas Cooper and Counsel Wilson Loftis were invited to speak at the North Carolina Bar Association’s 40th Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program which was held July 25-27.


Two Moore & Van Allen members named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List
(August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that Charlotte Litigation members Frank Schall and Christopher Tomlinson have again been recognized as leading U.S. litigation attorneys on Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.”


Moore & Van Allen advises Pamlico Capital in MetaMetrics sale
(August 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that it has served as lead counsel to Pamlico Capital and MetaMetrics, Inc. in the pending sale of MetaMetrics® to Apax Digital Fund. MVA Corporate members Richard (Rick) M. Bange III and Michael (Mike) Ryan Miller, and Corporate associates Emerich F. Gutter, Stacy G. Grant, Kathryn J. Hesman and Ethan B. Clark, led the MVA team representing Pamlico Capital and MetaMetrics in the transaction.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: OCC Releases Bulletin on Fraud Risk Management Principles
(August 2019)

Charlotte Counsel Kristina Whittaker’s MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice blog post titled, “OCC Releases Bulletin on Fraud Risk Management Principles” was published on August 1.


MVA White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: From “Where Were the Lawyers?” to “Where Have the Lawyers Gone?”
(July 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Ed O’Keefe’s blog titled, “Where Were the Lawyers?” to “Where Have the Lawyers Gone?” was published on July 26.


Barbara Meeks and Ed O'Keefe’s article published by Corporate Counsel
Corporate Counsel, (July 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Members Barbara Meeks and Ed O’Keefe’s article titled, “Pursuit of a Regulatory Practice Dream: The Story of 2 Powerhouse Bank GCs Uniting” was published by Corporate Counsel on July 26. In this article, Meeks and O’Keefe share their personal vision for a world-class bank regulatory practice that would provide practical, innovative results while retaining Southeastern rates and culture.


MVA’s Estate Planning Practice ranked by Chambers and Partners HNW
(July 2019)

Charlotte Estate and Wealth Planning Member Chris Jones has been ranked Band 2 by Chambers High Net Worth for Private Wealth Law. Chambers High Net Worth ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.


Moore & Van Allen Attorney Sarah Byrne Helps Lead Charge with North Carolina’s New Human Trafficking Law
(July 2019)

A victory for the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project and its advocacy work! On July 22, Governor Cooper signed into law a bill increasing access to justice for human trafficking survivors. Charlotte Ethics and Compliance Counsel Sarah Byrne chaired the NC Human Trafficking Commission subcommittee responsible for drafting legislative recommendations providing post-conviction relief and a civil remedy for human trafficking.


White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Regulatory Advice Blog: WCIRA News Clips: SEC Staff Issues Statement on Preparing for Impending LIBOR Transition
(July 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Neil Bloomfield’s blog post titled, “WCIRA News Clips: SEC Staff Issues Statement on Preparing for Impending LIBOR Transition” was published on July 22.


Bridget Grant quoted in CBJ article
CBJ, (July 2019)

Charlotte Land Use and Development Consultant Bridget Grant was quoted in the CBJ article titled, “RENDERINGS: How this Charlotte developer gained neighborhood support for project at prime site in Elizabeth” which was published on July 16.


Caitlin Horne named to ABA’s class of Trust and Estate Fellows
(July 2019)

The American Bar Association has named Charlotte Estate & Wealth Planning Associate Caitlin Horne to its 2019-2021 class of Trust and Estate Fellows. Caitlin is one of just five attorneys nationally selected as a member of the new Trust and Estate Fellows class.


Data Points Blog: US Data Breach and Privacy 2019 Legislative Recap
(July 2019)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Counsel Tandy Mathis published a blog post on July 1 titled, “US Data Breach and Privacy 2019 Legislative Recap.”


Mitchell, Meeks, Bloomfield article published by ABA Banking Journal
ABA Banking Journal, (July 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Members Neil Bloomfield and Barbara Meeks, and Associate Elena Mitchell’s article titled, “Parting the Waters of Uncertainty for Private Flood Insurance,” was published by the ABA Banking Journal on July 1.


Moore & Van Allen Member Cabell Clay selected as 2019 ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Charlotte Litigation and Employment & Labor Member M. Cabell Clay has been selected as a 2019 American Bar Association (ABA) On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer. The award program provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. Winners will be formally honored at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Awards Breakfast in August, and will also receive recognition in ABA print publications, online and via social media.


U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down state taxation of foreign trust income
(June 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Members Tom Myrick and Neil Bloomfield argued and won at every level of the North Carolina judicial system over the last eight years establishing that North Carolina’s taxation of the Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust, a New York based trust, violated the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.


MVA advises Off Campus Partners during acquisition
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen’s client Off Campus Partners, LLC was acquired by CoStar Realty Finance, Inc. on June 12. The primary corporate attorneys representing Off Campus Partners on this matter were Member Carolyn Meade and Associates Charise Patterson and Ethan Clark. The specialists representing Off Campus Partners on this matter were Taxation Member Rachel Coyne and Counsel Randy Clark; Intellectual Property Associate Tucker McKinley; Employee Benefits and Compensation Counsel Janet Higley; Employment and Labor Member Paul Peralta and Associate Jared Nobles. CoStar was represented by Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP.


MVA advises Marquee Brands during recent acquisition of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen’s client Marquee Brands LLC completed the acquisition of the Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse brands from Sequential Brands Group, Inc. on June 10, 2019. The Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse brands and will be added to the portfolio of consumer brands under the stewardship of Marquee Brands, including BCBG, Dakine and Bruno Magli, among others.


MVA counsel to Senior Management of Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. during acquisition
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen served as counsel to senior management of Rotating Machinery Services, Inc. ("RMS"), a portfolio company of Incline Equity Partners ("Incline"), during the recent acquisition by Cortec Group, Inc. ("Cortec") which was finalized on June 10.


Lathrop’s MVA Litigation Blog Post
(June 2019)

Charlotte Litigation and Transportation Member Tony Lathrop’s blog post titled, “U.S. Supreme Court Said “No” to Class Arbitration in Employment-Related Data Breach Dispute Because Arbitration Agreement Ambiguous on Class Procedures” was published on June 12.


Cabell Clay and Jared Nobles published by Law360
Law360, (June 2019)

Charlotte Employment and Labor Member Cabell Clay and Litigation Associate Jared Nobles co-authored the article, “Considerations In Protecting Trade Secrets During Litigation” which was published by Law360 on June 14.


Zach Smith invited to speak on Eye on Bankruptcy program
(June 2019)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Member and Team Leader Zach Smith has been invited to speak Friday, June 27 in D.C. on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “Eye on Bankruptcy” program. Smith will be joined by The Honorable Paul Black, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia and Professor Charles Tabb from University of Illinois College of Law.


Moore & Van Allen Banking and M&A teams earn top IFLR1000 United States recognition
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that its Banking and M&A practices have been ranked as Tier 1 North Carolina practices in the IFLR1000 United States. Additionally, Chairman Thomas (Tom) L. Mitchell and Member Charles (Charlie) J. Harris were rated as “highly regarded” banking lawyers in North Carolina, and members Stephen (Steve) D. Hope and James R. Wyche were rated as “highly regarded” M&A lawyers in North Carolina. Members Richard (Rick) M. Bange III, Joseph (Joe) A. Fernandez, C. Wayne McKinzie, Daniel (Tripp) H. Monroe III, and Ryan M. Smith were also listed on the firm’s IFLR profile.


MVA Celebrates Service Commitment at 18th Annual Sally & Bill Van Allen Luncheon
(June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen hosted the 18th annual Sally & Bill Van Allen Public Service Award Luncheon on June 6. This event serves as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our employees and community partners who are making significant service contributions.


Moore & Van Allen IP team and attorneys recognized in IAM Patent 1000
IAM 1000, (June 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that its Intellectual Property and Commercial & Technology Transactions practices have been recognized in the eighth edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, which published on June 6. Additionally, Charlotte members Christopher (Chris) J. Knors, Dickson M. Lupo, W. Kevin Ransom, Todd C. Taylor, Henry B. Ward III and J. Mark Wilson were listed as recommended attorneys in their respective practice areas.


McGrath quoted in Westlaw’s Energy and Environment Daily Briefing
Westlaw, (June 2019)

Charlotte Environmental Member Peter McGrath was quoted in the Westlaw's Energy and Environment Daily Briefing article titled, "Hearing reveals little about 9th Circuit’s upcoming climate decision", which was published June 7.


Transportation Luncheon on Disruptors, NC Go & Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
(June 4, 2019)

Karin McGinnis profiled in North Carolina Lawyer
(May 2019)

As the North Carolina Bar Association prepared to celebrate and explore wellness at its Annual Meeting in June, the editors of North Carolina Lawyer magazine offered a few examples of NCBA members who are excelling at living healthy lives. Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was one of the few NCBA members to be featured.


Moore & Van Allen provides counsel to Frontier Capital in Phone2Action growth investment
(May 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that its client, Frontier Capital, a Charlotte-based growth equity firm focused exclusively on B2B software, has finalized a strategic growth investment in Phone2Action, a digital advocacy platform that connects citizens to lawmakers. Moore & Van Allen Corporate members Rick Bange and Bill Zimmern and Corporate associates Emerich Gutter, Colin Peterson, Ethan Clark and Rachel Rice led Frontier through the successful deal.


Lathrop quoted in UNC Charlotte Urban Institute article
(May 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member and member of the N.C. Board of Transportation Tony Lathrop was quoted in the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's article, "Charlotte is 'on the cusp' of its first true regional transit plan," which was published on May 15. The article discusses how the Charlotte region is taking concrete steps towards building a regional transit system that crosses county lines.


Moore & Van Allen attorneys ranked in Managing IP
(May 2019)

Moore & Van Allen was named one of North Carolina’s leading intellectual property firms in Managing Intellectual Property’s edition of IP Stars, a legal directory that provides state-by-state analysis of the nation’s IP market. The Firm’s Intellectual Property practice received a “Recommended” ranking. Additionally, Charlotte Intellectual Property Members Arlene Hanks, Dickson Lupo and Henry Ward were recognized as “IP Stars.”


MVA advises Watsco on successful acquisition of DASCO Supply
(May 2019)

On April 2, Moore & Van Allen client Watsco, Inc. (“Watsco”; NYSE: WSO) acquired the operating business of Dunphey & Associates Supply Co., Inc. (“DASCO Supply”). The primary MVA attorneys representing Watsco on this matter were Corporate Member Mike Miller and Corporate Associates Stacy Grant and Charise Patterson.


Clay serves as moderator for American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference
(May 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Cabell Clay served as a moderator as part of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 2. Clay moderated the panel titled: “Effecting Change Behind the Scenes: Insight into the role of a Hill Staffer.”


MVA Ranked by Law360
Law360, (May 2019)

Moore & Van Allen was listed at number 146 on the “Law360 400,” Law360’s annual ranking of the 400 largest law firms in the nation. The list features the largest U.S.-based law firms as measured by U.S. attorney head count. Kirkland holds the number one spot with 2,116 U.S. attorneys.


O’Keefe quoted in Agenda article
Agenda, (May 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Ed O’Keefe was quoted in the Agenda article entitled, “Cyber Lawsuits Increasingly Target Boards” that was published on May 6. The article discusses how directors and officers are increasingly being targeted in derivative cases over cyber-related missteps.


MVA featured in Mecklenburg Bar News article
Mecklenburg Bar News, (May 2019)

MVA is featured in the Mecklenburg Bar News article, “Lessons from our roots” which was published in the May issue. The article discusses the growth of the firm under the leadership of founding partner William K. Van Allen.


McGinnis Panelist for 2019 Charlotte-Metro ISSA Summit
(May 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis served as a panelist for the 2019 ISSA Conference: How the Changing Privacy Law Landscape Impacts Information Security Professionals that was held May 2 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The panelists discussed specifically the impacts of the expanding definition of personal information, the expanding obligations to maintain reasonable security measures and the expanding rights of data subjects.


MVA assists Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in recent merger
(May 2019)

As of April 30, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are legally one organization. Led by Charlotte Corporate Member James Wyche and Associate Wade Sample along with Charlotte Tax Member Rob Fisher, Corporate Member Steve Hope, Benefits Member Danny Johnson and Employment Member Paul Peralta.


MVA advises LendingTree in relocating HQ
(May 2019)

Charlotte-based LendingTree Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) in the coming years will relocate its headquarters to a mixed-use development in South End. Led by Charlotte Real Estate Member Evan Bass, Associate Richard Simons and Litigation Member Scott Tyler advised LendingTree during this relocation process.


MVA advises Mosaic in ESOP acquisition
(April 2019)

On April 25, Moore & Van Allen’s client, Mosaic Capital Partners, LLC announced the ESOP acquisition of Custom Profile Holdings, Inc. The transaction was led by Global Services Member Michael E. Zeller. Additional members of the team included Employee Benefits Member Danny Johnson, Counsel Ann West and Beth Yount Grimes, Global Services Associate Michael Tarwater, Jr., Intellectual Property Member Henry Ward, Intellectual Property Associate Sam Skains-Menchaca, Corporate Member Rob Fisher and Counsel Randy Clark, Financial Services Member Kimberly Zirkle, Environmental Member Peter McGrath and Paralegal Sally Hentz.


Moore & Van Allen Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2019 Chambers & Partners Guide
(April 2019)

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked seven firm practice groups and 26 firm attorneys in the 2019 edition of its legal directory Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


MVA advises Jensen Hughes in Hillard Heintze acquisition
(April 2019)

On April 18, Moore & Van Allen’s client, Jensen Hughes, Inc. (“Jensen Hughes”) acquired 100% of Hillard Heintze, LLC (“Hillard Heintze”). The primary attorneys representing Jensen Hughes on this matter were Corporate Members Bill Zimmern and Will Smoak and Associates Caroline Grier Kraich and Colin Petersen. The specialists advising Jensen Hughes on this transaction were Tax Counsel Randy Clark, Intellectual Property Member Emmett Weindruch and Associate Tucker McKinley, Benefits Counsel Beth Yount Grimes, Real Estate Staff Attorney Charlie Harmon and Employment & Labor Member Ben Fryer.


“NCDOT Update” and “The Future of Transportation Funding & Necessity for Coordinated Regional Planning,” 2019 North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Transportation Conference
(April 24, 2019)

“The Future of Transportation Funding & Necessity for Coordinated Regional Planning,” Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) Meeting
(April 24, 2019)

27 Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named to the 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society
(April 2019)

Congratulations to the following 27 Moore & Van Allen attorneys who have completed 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services in 2018 and are members of the 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society.


MVA ranked Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality
(April 2019)

Moore & Van Allen has been ranked Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for 2019. The firm received its final rating for the 2019 Corporate Equality Index and achieved a perfect score of 100 which earned the honored designation. Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.


Quoted in “5 Tips For Better Communication With Clients,”
law360, (April 22, 2019)

MVA advises CCUR in LuxeMark acquisition
(April 2019)

On February 13, a newly created majority-owned subsidiary of Moore & Van Allen’s client, CCUR Holdings, Inc. (“CCUR”; OTCBB: CCUR), acquired substantially all of the assets of LuxeMark Capital, LLC (“LuxeMark”) and, in a related transaction, made a loan to the newly created subsidiary, LM Capital Solutions, LLC (“LMCS”), for its use in the operation of the LuxeMark business. The transaction was led by Corporate Member Mike Miller and Associates Stacy Grant and Kathryn Hesman. The specialists advising CCUR on this transaction were Finance Member Stacey Vandiford and Associate Will Leister, Tax Counsel Randy Clark , Litigation Associate Katherine Lamberth and Securities Associate Wade Sample.


North Carolina Amendments to Data Breach Law Finally Introduced
(April 2019)

On April 16, 2019, Representatives Saine, Jones and Reives introduced House Bill 904, the long anticipated amendments to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-61 et seq.. We first wrote about the proposed legislation in February 2018 [Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities]. The bill also amends the definition of identifying information in North Carolina’s criminal identity theft statute, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-113.20(b), adopted by reference in the Identity Theft Protection Act’s definition of “personal information.”


MVA Bankruptcy team awarded 2019 Turnaround Atlas Award
Global M&A Network, (April 2019)

Charlotte Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Members David Eades, Luis Lluberas, Trey Rayburn and Zach Smith, Associate Gabe Mathless and Financial Services Member Lauren Biek are among this year's Turnaround Atlas Awards winners chosen by Global M&A Network.


The National Law Review features Barbara Meeks’ move to MVA
The National Law Review, (April 2019)

Charlotte Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Member Barbara Meeks’ move to MVA has gained even more traction this week. On April 15, The National Law Review published the article, “Industry Expertise & Emphasizing Women's Financial and Career Empowerment: Barbara S. Meeks Joins Moore & Van Allen.”


Lathrop quoted in Business North Carolina
Business North Carolina, (April 2019)

Charlotte Litigation Member Tony Lathrop, member and Finance Committee Chair of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, participated in Business North Carolina’s 2019 Transportation Round Table, a discussion titled, “Experts Examine Future of Transportation In NC”, which was published in Business North Carolina on April 1.


McGinnis quoted in TechTarget
TechTarget, (April 2019)

Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was quoted in the TechTarget article, “Data breach legislation proposes jail time for CIO, HR execs” which was published April 8. The article discusses how data breaches caused by negligence may lead to jail time for corporate executives under legislation introduced last week by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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