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Special Education Partner Spotlight – McAndrews Law Offices

As our firm celebrates our new name of McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse, Ryan, and Marone, we are spotlighting our named partners and celebrating their numerous achievements. These individuals are highly accomplished in our profession and are deeply valued in our firm as a result of their long and successful tenure in our legal family. Previously known as “McAndrews Law Offices, P. C.,” the firm is nationally recognised in the fields of special education, special needs planning, estate planning, and elder law. The firm has become one of the largest law firms in suburban Philadelphia, and also maintains offices in Scranton, Wyomissing, Wilmington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Alexandria (Virginia), and Georgetown (Delaware).

Michael Connolly: As stated by Dennis McAndrews, the Founder and Managing Partner of our firm, “Mike Connolly has proven himself to be an exceptional leader in the field of special education and is recognised in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the mid-Atlantic region as an outstanding attorney whose skills are at the highest level of our profession. Michael assists in the strategic handling of our cases and the management of our Special Education Department with collegiality and professionalism, and he is universally trusted and respected by all stakeholders in the field of special education.”

Our firm’s CEO, Katie Ryan, states that: “Michael is an outstanding mentor, colleague, and friend to everyone in our firm. In addition to his oversight duties as the Supervising Partner for Special Education, Michael handles his own caseload and assists with our federal court litigation with skill, insight, and a complete understanding of the specialised field in which we work. We (and our clients) are fortunate indeed to have Michael as the Supervisor of our Special Education Department.”

With twenty years of experience, Michael represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He has assisted parents in disputes involving their public school related to issues such as eligibility and identification, programming and placement, tuition reimbursement, discipline, bullying, and discrimination. Michael frequently lectures across the state and nationally to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law related topics.

Dennis McAndrews states that: “Heather has been an outstanding member of our office since 1999, when she first began working for the firm as a law student while simultaneously pursuing a second Master’s degree in Psychology. After law school (and obtaining her second Master’s Degree in Psychology), Heather immediately stepped into a leading role in our firm representing children with disabilities and their families. From the start, Heather has handled special education cases with a high level of professional skill, insight, and compassion for the children and families we serve. After a few years in our Berwyn office, Heather sought to open an office in her hometown of Scranton, and Heather quickly developed a substantial clientele in North-eastern Pennsylvania, and Heather promptly began representation of these families with her usual degree of alacrity and competence. Heather has operated our Scranton office for over a decade and has developed a reputation among parents, advocacy groups, hearing officers, and judges which is second to none. We are grateful every day that Heather is a member of our team.”

CEO Katie Ryan indicates that: “Upon beginning my role as CEO at our firm, it became immediately apparent to me that Heather is a magnificent resource for children and families, and brings tremendous skill and dedication to her work. Every attribute that is necessary to be a successful special education attorney is part of Heather’s toolbox, as she possesses a strong understanding of education, psychological testing, and litigation strategy. She is a frequent resource to other attorneys in our office, who lean on her for her substantial wisdom and invaluable experience.”

UAE Tederal Tax Authority extends the Excise Tax

On the 1st of October 2017, the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) implemented an Excise Tax on certain products, including 100% on both tobacco-related products and energy drinks and 50% tax on carbonated drinks.

Due to the success of these taxes in reducing the consumption of these products, the FTA, as per Cabinet Decision No (52) of 2019, has chosen to extend this Excise Tax, as follows:

  • 100% on any liquids used in electronic smoking devices and tools, regardless of it containing nicotine, in accordance with the Customs Codes as determined by a decision issued by the Finance Minister;
  • 100% on any electronic smoking devices and tools, regardless of it containing tobacco or nicotine, in accordance with the Customs Codes as determined by a decision issued by the Finance Minister; and

50% on any sweetened drinks, including any products to which sugar or other sweeteners are added and produces:

  • ready-to-drink beverages;
  • concentrates, powders, gels, extracts or any form that can be converted into a sweetened drink;
  • any type of sugar determined under Standard 148 of the GCC Standardisation Organisation under the heading “Sugar”; and
  • any type of sweeteners determined under Standard 995 of the GCC Standardisation Organisation under the heading “Sweeteners Permitted in Food”.

Products which will be exempt from the definition of sweetened drinks and therefore not subject to the new Excise Taxes include:

  • ready-to-drink beverages containing at least 75% milk;
  • ready-to-drink beverages containing at least 75% milk substitutes;
  • baby formula, follow up formula or baby food;
  • beverages consumed for special dietary needs, as determined under Standard 654 of the GCC Standardisation Organisation under the heading “General Requirements for Pre-packaged Foods for Special Dietary Use”; and
  • beverages consumed for medical uses as determined under Standard 1366 of the GCC Standardisation Organisation under the heading “General Requirements for Handling of Foods for Special Medical Purposes”.

The expansion of the Excise Tax on the additional products shall take effect on the 1st of December 2019.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://bsabh.com/

Retail body appoints legal advisory team

Leading Dublin firm Sherwin O’Riordan has announced a new partnership with Retail Excellence Ireland.

Sherwin O’Riordan will provide a legal advisory service to Retail Excellence Ireland’s 2000 members.

The service will take the form of a full employment, commercial and property consultation service to members and offer advice on legal queries by phone or email.

Business law

Established in 2002, Sherwin O’Riordan is a firm of highly-experienced solicitors specialising in advising growing SMEs in Ireland on commercial and business law, employment, commercial litigation, dispute resolution and commercial property.

Co-founding partner David O’Riordan said “We are delighted to have joined forces with Retail Excellence Ireland.

“This is what we specialise in and the service we’re providing will help the members of REI deal with their legal queries quickly and efficiently.”

Retail Excellence is a not for profit company which supports Irish retailers to be the best they can be.

Retail Excellence involves 2,000 leading retail companies who operate in the Irish market. Our members are the most progressive and innovative in the market. We make every effort to deliver activity which is wholeheartedly based on member needs. Retail Excellence is by far the largest retail industry body in Ireland.

Established in 1995, Retail Excellence is owned by the Members, for the Members and is the largest retail industry trade body in Ireland. Our aim is to enhance the consumer’s retail experience by developing top class retail standards and skills and promote a vibrant and competitive world class retail industry in Ireland.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.retailexcellence.ie/

Steve Ryan Comments on Minneapolis Legal Market Growth

Steve Ryan was interviewed in a September 2019 Law.com article on trends in the Minneapolis legal market, in which he discussed the aspects that make Minneapolis an appealing location for firms to open new offices in.

Ryan cites access to a strong pool of talent and thriving business community as major draws for out-of-town firms.

“It’s a really underappreciated market when it comes to the economic dynamism of the geography,” said Steve Ryan. “It’s an incredible place for businesses to thrive. There’s incredible access to talent.”

Read the full article here.

Newsletter September 2019 Nina Boteva Law Office

The Electronic Communications Networks and Physical Infrastructure Act (ECNPI) was promulgated at the beginning of March 2018. This Law regulates public relations connected to the deployment, use, maintenance and development of electronic communications networks; providing access to and use of existing physical infrastructure; the rights and obligations of network operators, contractors, property owners, persons who manage or use real estate and tenants.

The ECNPI introduced the notion “Single Information Point (SIP)”, which is an electronic platform, integrating and systematizing information on the procedures and regulations governing the deployment and maintenance of infrastructure, including the authorities competent to issue acts in this field and their respective fees. There is guaranteed access to all available sample documents for obtaining permits and other infrastructure-related acts. This Act outlines the conditions for the completion and submission by electronic means of applications and documents necessary for the deployment and maintenance of electronic communications networks and physical infrastructure, as well as for receiving information on the progress of their review by the competent authorities.

The conditions for granting access to information contained in the SIP are governed by the Ordinance on data formats and the terms and conditions for submitting access to information in the Single Information Point (hereinafter Ordinance), which was published in the middle of September in the Bulgarian State Gazette. The purpose of the Ordinance is to regulate the order and manner of providing information from and to the SIP. The latter was created as a geographical information system, however it is necessary to establish specific technical rules that will make possible the effective implementation of Art. 4 of the ECNPI and will lead to the achievement of the objectives set out therein for efficient and easy access to information regarding physical infrastructure. This will create conditions for accelerated deployment of high-speed electronic communications networks, reduction of investment costs, provision of effective control, respectively, increasingly satisfying the needs of users of modern and diverse electronic communications services.

Women in Healthcare Leadership Collaborative gains momentum

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP recently announced the formation of the Women in Healthcare Leadership Collaborative (WHLC), an exclusive leadership initiative for women in-house attorneys, compliance officers, business leaders and other professionals in the healthcare industry who have the talent and drive to advance their careers in a dynamic and heavily regulated industry. WHLC provides its members with legal and industry insights on critical issues in healthcare today, as well as professional skills training and development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

The WHLC kicked off its programming series with a well-attended roundtable discussion on September 17 on “Social Determinants of Health: Developing & Leveraging Partnerships with Community-based Organisations,” featuring presenter Dr. Amanda Parsons, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at MetroPlus Health Plan and Dawn Johnson, Principal at COPE Health Solutions.

“There wasn’t an empty seat in the room; proof that members are hungry for this type of engaging, substantive and highly relevant content and for the opportunity to connect with other women leaders in the healthcare industry,” said Amanda Zablocki, senior associate and co-leader of Sheppard Mullin’s WHLC program.

Danielle Vrabie, senior associate and co-leader of Sheppard Mullin’s WHLC program, added: “We saw members already forming new connections and discussing future collaborations. We are excited to build on this momentum and create additional programming on topics our members are eager to digest.”

“This collaborative is unlike any other within the healthcare industry,” said Eric Klein, leader of the firm’s Healthcare team. “As a leading healthcare law firm, Sheppard Mullin is well positioned to connect like-minded women leaders in healthcare and offer targeted programming on critical issues that matter to them. We are very proud of bringing this vision to life and how quickly it has attracted national interest.”

The WHLC will host its next program in New York on January 23, 2020 and it will be streamed live in the firm’s San Francisco office. It will feature a lively roundtable discussion with Sheppard Mullin healthcare attorneys Christine Clements, Bevin Newman, Allison Fulton and Kathleen Stratton on “A View from the Capitol: 2020 Healthcare Policy, Legal and Regulatory Predictions.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.sheppardmullin.com/