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  • Stephanie O’Rourke Named 2020 Litigator of the Year

    The American Institute of Trial Lawyers has named Stephanie O'Rourke Litigator of the Year for 2020 in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of Civil Litigation.  Lawyers are selected based upon their exemplary work in the legal field, their positive standing with their local licensing authority, and positive reviews from their clients and…

    OSHA Releases Additional COVID-19 Guidance for Construction Industry

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) last week provided a list of safety tips for employers to help protect construction workers from exposure to COVID-19. OSHA’s latest guidance encourages employers in the construction industry to allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth, as well as training workers on how to properly…

    COVID-19 White Paper for Commercial Loans

    In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), lenders around the country are taking steps to respond to the needs of borrowers directly affected by COVID-19. To aid our borrower clients, this article focuses on the potential for an event of default, as well as various talking points with lenders and potential ways to mitigate the…

    Potential Financial Assistance for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

    By Shelly Masters & Wes Hunnell Two avenues for financial assistance under the March 27, 2020 CARES Act include: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Loan Facilities Program. Locally, the State of Texas is partnering with Goldman Sachs and LiftFund to provide $50…

    COVID-19 White Paper for Commercial Leases

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the virus itself as well as the actions being taken in response to it, have directly impacted the ability of both landlords and tenants to perform their respective obligations under commercial lease agreements.  STRUCTURE Cokinos, the transactional team of Cokinos | Young (principal office in Houston, Texas), under the leadership…

    Force Majeure in the Era of COVID-19

    A Cokinos|Young Informational Update Following up on our recent bulletin focusing on force majeure and project delay, which may be found at https://www.cokinoslaw.com/covid-19-and-force-majuere/, this update provides more specific information regarding the treatment of force majeure clauses in Texas. Handling of these issues may vary in other jurisdictions, but most concepts are relatively common and should…

    The Best Defense is a Good Offense – Protect Yourself from COVID-Related Lawsuits

    The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (“IHME”) predicts that COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations will peak in Texas on April 29, 2020.  Cities[1] and counties such as Harris County, Bexar County, Travis County, and Dallas County are monitoring construction sites and increasing job site safety mandates and plaintiff lawyers are advertising for injury or illness…

    Cokinos | Young STRUCTURE Team Advises Central Texas Refuse through Sale to Integrated Waste Solutions Group

    Cokinos | Young STRUCTURE, our transactional team, advised Central Texas Refuse and its affiliates in the sale of their business to Integrated Waste Solutions Group.  Central Texas Refuse, a family-owned business since 1981, was headquartered in Austin, Texas, and provided full-service waste and recycling services throughout central Texas. The Cokinos team was led by Tiffany…

    City of Dallas Building Inspection Announcement

    The City of Dallas recently enacted its Rules for the Construction Industry as to COVID-19 in Dallas Ordinance No. 200438. Yesterday, the City further announced the strict enforcement of the ordinance and accompanying policies during all building inspections. It will be the responsibility of the contractor to ensure that personnel on the project site are strictly adhering…

    All Construction Work Now Permitted in Austin

    The City of Austin has confirmed that all construction work is now permitted in Austin.  The City issued Supplemental Guidance late yesterday based on Governor Abbott's March 31 Executive Order, confirming that it will no longer prohibit residential or commercial construction.  The City stressed in a memo to the public that safety precautions must still…