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October 23, 2020

Philips to Lead Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Civil Legal Aid Educational Sessions

Taylor Porter Partner Skip Philips, who serves as president of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, will lead a series of educational sessions on civil legal aid, increased need for services, and how it impacts your region, for the LBF "Virtual Pop... Read More
October 22, 2020

McDermott Panelist on “Private Clients and Estate Planning” for MSI International Conference

Taylor Porter tax and estate planning practice leader John McDermott served as a panelist on "Private Clients and Estate Planning" for the 2020 MSI Virtual International Conference. The digital conference ran from Oct. 20-22 with the central theme of "Preparing... Read More
October 08, 2020

Vicki Crochet Elected Fellow into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Taylor Porter Partner Vicki Crochet has been elected as a Fellow into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by ones' colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication... Read More
September 30, 2020

Taylor Porter Partner Mike Walsh Inducted as Fellow in American College of Trial Lawyers

Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Mike Walsh was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America, composed of preeminent members of the Trial Bar, and... Read More
September 22, 2020

Barton, McMahen Deliver “Sports Law” Presentation to Law Studies Class

Taylor Porter Managing Partner Bob Barton and Associate Coulter McMahen delivered a virtual presentation on "Sports Law" to a law studies class at Loyola College Prep high school in Shreveport, Louisiana. McMahen is an alumnus of Loyola. Barton and McMahen... Read More
September 21, 2020

Taylor Porter Lake Charles Office Reopens Following Hurricane Laura

Taylor Porter's Lake Charles office location - 145 East Street - has reopened, and our Lake Charles attorneys and staff have returned to the office. Our Lake Charles office main phone line is again functional at 337.436.7787. Our Taylor Porter Lake... Read More
September 16, 2020

Crawford Ranked “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” in Baton Rouge by 2021 Best Lawyers

Taylor Porter Partner Mike Crawford has been ranked the 2021 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. "Lawyer of the Year" honors are... Read More
September 16, 2020

Vicki Crochet Ranked “Employment Lawyer of the Year” in Baton Rouge by 2021 Best Lawyers

Taylor Porter Partner Vicki Crochet has been ranked the 2021 Best Lawyers in America "Employment Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge, which is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer attorney feedback for a specific practice area and... Read More
September 15, 2020

Taylor Porter Ranked for Seventh Consecutive Year Among “Best Places to Work”

For the seventh consecutive year, Taylor Porter was ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge” by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report in the publication’s 2020 rankings of companies. The awards program... Read More
September 14, 2020

Taylor Porter Organizes Hurricane Relief Supply Drive for Lake Charles Residents

Taylor Porter organized a hurricane relief supply drive to donate hundreds of needed items to residents of Lake Charles affected by Hurricane Laura. A special thanks to Taylor Porter attorney and Lake Charles native Savannah Smith who organized the drive... Read More
September 12, 2020

Louisiana Moves Into Phase 3; Governor Outlines Updated Guidelines

Phase 3 Proclamation Read the official press release Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has released details of his proclamation moving Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 to Phase 3. The new order will be in place for 28 days, expiring on October 9.... Read More
September 08, 2020

In Memory of Taylor Porter Former Partner Robert Hodges (1931-2020)

Click here to read Mr. Hodges' obituary It is with regret and sympathy that we announce former Taylor Porter Partner Robert Harold Hodges (1931-2020) passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Hodges began his career with Taylor Porter in 1966, practicing as a preeminent... Read More
August 31, 2020

Here to Help You Rebuild in Lake Charles: Hurricane Recovery Resources

The thoughts of the Taylor Porter family are with all of those affected by the widespread flooding and damage across the Lake Charles and surrounding areas as a result of Hurricane Laura.  According to NPR, Hurricane Laura could cause... Read More
August 24, 2020

Furr Enters Second Year as Board Member of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Foundation

Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Brett Furr will enter his second year as a board member for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Foundation as the organization announced its board members for the 2020-21 year in The Advocate ... Read More
August 21, 2020

Halphen, Thames Present at LAMMICO Defense Counsel Seminar

Taylor Porter Partners and Health Care Practice Team members Ann Halphen and Adam Thames served as speakers at the LAMMICO Defense Counsel Seminar, held Aug. 20 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. LAMMICO is a policyholder-owned malpractice insurance company that provides... Read More
August 20, 2020

Forty-Three Taylor Porter Attorneys Recognized in 2021 “Best Lawyers in America”

Taylor Porter is pleased to announce that 43 of the firm's attorneys are included in the Best Lawyers in America® 2021 edition, including the inaugural edition this year of "Best Lawyers Ones to Watch." The 27th annual publication is... Read More
August 14, 2020

Taylor Porter Thanks Teachers at White Hills Elementary through VIPS “First Day Helpers”

Taylor Porter was proud to participate in the "First Day Helpers" program by Volunteers In Public Schools to treat teachers and staff to breakfast at White Hills Elementary School in Baker. VIPS organizes the First Day Helpers program every year... Read More
August 11, 2020

“Pouring Into Wine Law” - Kenny Presents CLE Seminar on Alcohol Industry Developments

Click here for more information Taylor Porter Partner Erin Sayes Kenny will team up with LSU Law Center Professor John Church to present a Baton Rouge Bar Association CLE Seminar on "Pouring Into Wine Law: Developments & Trends in the... Read More
August 07, 2020

Shelby Completes Baton Rouge Business Report Executive Leadership Academy Program

Click here for list of graduates Taylor Porter Executive Committee Member and Partner David Shelby completed the 2020 spring session of the Baton Rouge Business Report Executive Leadership Academy. The Business Report started the academy three years ago with the... Read More
July 13, 2020

Gov. Edwards Signs Modified Phase Two Order; Louisiana ATC and State Fire Marshal Release Guidance

By Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Related Enforcement Issues Practice Team Richard Easterling, Special Counsel | richard.easterling@taylorporter.com Katie Goodson, Special Counsel | katie.goodson@taylorporter.com Erin Sayes Kenny, Partner | erin.kenny@taylorporter.com Mike Walsh, Partner | michael.walsh@taylorporter... Read More
July 09, 2020

Taylor Porter Sponsors BRAC COVID-19 Business Recovery Webinars

As the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) continues providing COVID-19 business recovery webinars, Taylor Porter will sponsor several upcoming webinars that are free to visitors "live", and also available via recording at brac.org/recovery. The Taylor Porter sponsored webinars... Read More
July 01, 2020

“Protecting Your Business from COVID-19: New Exposure Liability Laws”

Philips, McMahen Present BRAC Webinar on Legislative Bills Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter attorneys Skip Philips and Coulter McMahen presented a BRAC Business Webinar – “Protecting Your Business from COVID-19: New Exposure Liability Laws,” which... Read More
June 23, 2020

Taylor Porter Attorneys Present BRAC Webinar: “Phase Two and the Hospitality Industry”

Governor Edwards Announces Louisiana to Remain in Phase Two Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter attorneys Katie Goodson and Erin Sayes Kenny served as panelists for a BRAC Business Webinar, “Phase Two and the Hospitality Industry,”... Read More
June 19, 2020

Taylor Porter, IberiaBank Team Up to Present BRAC Webinar Update on PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

Click here to download the PPT presentation Click here to watch the webinar Taylor Porter Managing Partner Bob Barton and Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Brett Furr joined IberiaBank Executive Vice President and Baton Rouge Market President John... Read More
June 18, 2020

Thames’ Article on “Health Care Provider Liability” Published in Louisiana State Bar Magazine

Click here to read the article in the Louisiana Bar Journal Taylor Porter Partner and health care law attorney Adam Thames had his article, "Louisiana Health Care Provider Liability During a Pandemic," published in the Louisiana Bar Journal, the... Read More
June 10, 2020

Thames Presents CLE on Health Care Provider Liability During Pandemic

Click here to read Thames' Article on COVID-19 Treatment and Provider Statutory Protections Taylor Porter Partner and health care law attorney Adam Thames will present a CLE for the Baton Rouge Bar Association on "Louisiana Health Care Provider Liability During... Read More
June 05, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Signed Into Law

Among Changes: Act Extends Covered Period During Which Borrowers May Use Loan Proceeds for Eligible Expenses to 24 Weeks By Bob Barton – Managing Partner | bob.barton@taylorporter.com Ashley Carver Meredith – Associate | ashley.meredith@taylorporter.com Ryan Gonzales ... Read More
June 04, 2020

Louisiana Enters Phase Two on June 5: Here are the Governor’s Guidelines

Phase 2 for Restaurants and Bars On June 1, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2... Read More
May 27, 2020

SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements; Outlines Loan Review Procedures

By Bob Barton – Managing Partner | bob.barton@taylorporter.com Ashley Carver Meredith – Associate | ashley.meredith@taylorporter.com Ryan Gonzales – Associate | ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com On Friday May 22, the Small Business Administration released two interim final rules... Read More
May 15, 2020

La. Moves Into Phase One; New Openings and Additional Guidelines for Hospitality Industry

By Taylor Porter Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Related Enforcement Issues Practice Team Richard Easterling, Special Counsel | richard.easterling@taylorporter.com Katie Goodson, Special Counsel | katie.goodson@taylorporter.com Erin Sayes Kenny, Partner | erin.kenny@taylorporter.com Mike Walsh, Partner | michael... Read More
May 14, 2020

Miyagi’s Article on Settling PI Claims, Section 111 and Civil Penalties Published by LADC

Click here to read article in the May 2020 LADC (Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel) Newsletter Taylor Porter Partner Barrye Miyagi had her article "Settling Personal Injury Claims: Section 111 and Civil Monetary Penalties - Is Your Client Compliant?" published in the... Read More
May 12, 2020

Navigating Louisiana’s Public Bid Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By John Andrishok, Special Counsel Construction and Employment, Labor and Benefits john.andrishok@taylorporter.com   Since early March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a dozen or more proclamations addressing a broad spectrum... Read More
May 11, 2020

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance: COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

By Vicki M. Crochet - Partner, Employment, Labor and Benefits Practice Group Leader, Executive Committee Vice-Chair | vicki.crochet@taylorporter.com and M. Lenore Feeney - Of Counsel | lenore.feeney@taylorporter.com   On May 5, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated... Read More
May 08, 2020

Retirement Account Tax Rules Change Amidst COVID-19 Legislation

By Rebecca Hinton, Special Counsel | rebecca.hinton@taylorporter.com and Leah Canaday Cook, Associate | leah.cook@taylorporter.com Although the value of investment accounts have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, retirement investors may have a tax-related silver lining with respect... Read More
May 07, 2020

COVID-19 Alcohol/Licensing News - Updated Guidance for Hospitality and Retail Industry

***Please note this article and these rules are current as of May 7, 2020, and may be subject to change. Louisiana Stay At Home Order Extended to May 15   The Louisiana Stay At Home Order has been extended until May 15, with the... Read More
May 06, 2020

Groves Lowe Teaches “Legal Issues in Education Administration” for Southeastern Graduate Students

Taylor Porter Partner Amy Groves Lowe was asked to teach two graduate level classes this week at Southeastern, via google meet, to PhD candidates in education. Groves Lowe taught the classes on legal issues in education administration.  Practicing law... Read More
May 05, 2020

Thames’ Article on COVID-19 Treatment Published in LHA Newsletter

Click here to read article in newsletter Taylor Porter Partner and health care attorney Adam Thames' article, "Louisiana AG Addresses COVID-19 Drug Treatment and Provider Statutory Protections," was published in the Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Lawbrief April 2020 newsletter. Established in 1926,... Read More
May 01, 2020

Former Chair Mike Walsh Recognized in La. Attorney Disciplinary Board’s 30th Anniversary

Click here to view the LADB Board Members recognized in 30th Anniversary On April 1, 2020, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board celebrated its 30th anniversary by remembering and honoring its board members, including Taylor Porter Partner Mike Walsh, who previously served as... Read More
April 30, 2020

Cyber Attacks Increase During Pandemic; Proactive Measures Employers Can Take

By John Murrill, Partner, Executive Committee, Technology Committee Chair Litigation, Labor and Employment, Data Security john.murrill@taylorporter.com As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, people carefully scrutinize the daily news reports for evidence that social distancing... Read More
April 28, 2020

E-Signature, Electronic Endorsement of Notary Temporarily Acceptable in COVID-19

By Savannah Walker Smith, Associate savannah.smith@taylorporter.com and Ryan French, Partner ryan.french@taylorporter.com Louisiana law ordinarily requires that notarial acts be signed in the physical presence of the relevant notary. Pursuant to the Uniform Electronic... Read More
April 28, 2020

Five Taylor Porter Attorneys Ranked by Clients, Peers in 2020 Chambers USA Guide

Taylor Porter had five attorneys ranked as “Leaders in Their Field” in the Chambers USA 2020 Directory, which has surveyed clients and other law firms to rank attorneys globally since 1990. The annual guide of the best law firms... Read More
April 27, 2020

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance: COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

On April 17 and 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued additional guidance related to the impact of COVID-19 on the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other Equal Employment Opportunity laws. The following is meant to serve as a summary of the... Read More
April 23, 2020

President Trump Signs Into Law $484 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill; Adding More Than $300B to PPP

By Bob Barton – Managing Partner, Business and Commercial Litigation bob.barton@taylorporter.com and Ryan Gonzales – Associate, Tax Attorney ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com Click here to view the Bill President Trump signed into law today the “Paycheck... Read More
April 20, 2020

Newly-Elected LBF President Skip Philips Featured in Louisiana Bar Journal

Click here to read the article Taylor Porter Partner Skip Philips, the newly elected 2020-2021 President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, is featured in a Q&A interview in the April/May edition of the Louisiana Bar Journal,... Read More
April 16, 2020

SBA Reaches $349 Billion PPP Loan Limit; Businesses Should Plan for Loan Forgiveness Rules

By Bob Barton and Ryan Gonzales bob.barton@taylorporter.com ryan.gonzales@taylorporter.com On Thursday, the SBA reached its $349 billion limit in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. On... Read More
April 15, 2020

Where’s My Stimulus Check? - “Get My Payment” Web App Launched on Tax Day

On Tax Day, April 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS launched the “Get My Payment” web application. The free app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking... Read More
April 13, 2020

COVID-19: Which Tax Return Filings Are Extended; What Are The Requirements?

Click here for the COVID19 Tax Filings and Payments Extension Schedule Following the President’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, and the Governor’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency in Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020, the... Read More
April 07, 2020

SBA Issues Additional Guidance, Answers Questions on Paycheck Protection Program

Click here to read the additional guidance As of April 6, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, provided additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program ... Read More
April 03, 2020

Louisiana Proposed Legislation to Ensure Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Business Interruption

Louisiana is considering legislation that would require insurance companies to cover business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 despite policy language that an insurance company might try to rely on to argue COVID-19 losses are not covered. The Louisiana House and... Read More
April 01, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): DOL Update - March 30, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance in the form of questions and answers (Q&A). On March 28th, DOL revised and supplemented this guidance.  (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic... Read More

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