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COVID-19 Crisis Management Action Plan: Steps to Take Today

Program Number: 30101

Program Date: 04/08/2020


Join our panel of legal experts for a report on what businesses and individuals should be doing to protect themselves in a rapidly changing domestic and international environment. Employers and employees face a multitude of challenges calling for prompt action. Small businesses are fighting for survival. Landlords, tenants and construction contracts are in flux. Attorneys are also facing unprecedented issues in insurance, immigration, trusts and estates, and litigation. International business is facing daily disruption. Get a practical view of how to prioritize the legal issues COVID-19 has presented we are facing and get a view of what needs to be done. Questions may be submitted and answered live.

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50 minute credit hour - 2.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50 minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 2.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60 minute credit hour

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Samuel A. Blaustein

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Samuel A. Blaustein is a member of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP’s litigation, arbitration and mediation and intellectual property and art law practice areas. Prior to joining Dunnington, Mr. Blaustein served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain.

Mr. Blaustein specializes in commercial disputes in New York state and federal courts from inception through appeal. Mr. Blaustein has won multiple temporary restraining orders on behalf of shareholders; permanent injunctions in favor of international broadcasters; compelled arbitration against large corporations and helped to recover artworks looted during World War II.
Mr. Blaustein attended Brandeis University and Brooklyn Law School. He currently served as the Co-Chair of the Brandeis Lawyers Network Committee.

Admissions: New York State, the U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits.

Member: Federal Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.


William F. Dahill, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

William F. Dahill is a member of Dunnington’s employment and litigation, arbitration and mediation practice area. Since 1991 Mr. Dahill has concentrated his practice on complex commercial litigation and employment litigation and counseling. Areas of focus include securities industry litigation, employment litigation, secured lending disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes and construction litigation.

Mr. Dahill counsels and represents business entities at all levels and stages from start-ups to public companies. He also counsels and represents individuals in claims and defenses in litigation and employment matters. He appears regularly in federal and state Courts in New York and Connecticut.


Raymond Dowd, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Raymond Dowd is a partner in the law firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City. He authored Copyright Litigation Handbook (now in its 10th edition). His practice consists of federal and state trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation, having served as lead trial counsel in broadcasting, fashion, publishing, art law, copyright, trademark, cybersquatting, privacy, trusts and decedents estates, licensing, corporate and real estate cases, often working closely with experts in valuation. He has litigated questions of Austrian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swiss law in U.S. courts and led cross-border investigations and discovery. He litigated landmark decisions from Surrogate’s Court to the New York Court of Appeals, including the Estate of Doris Duke and recovering an ancient Assyrian tablet for Berlin’s Pergamon Museum. Mr. Dowd lectures internationally on copyright litigation and on Nazi art looting.

He serves on the Board of Governors of the National Arts Club, co-founded the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyers’ Association and served as the Federal Bar Association’s General Counsel . He is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he serves on the Board of the alumni association and co-chairs its International Affinity Group. Mr. Dowd is a graduate of Manhattan College and earned his law degree at Fordham Law School. He speaks French and Italian. In 2018, he received the Harold J. Baer, Jr. Public Service Award from Network of Bar Leaders at a ceremony held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Luke McGrath, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP


Luke McGrath is a member of Dunnington’s litigation, arbitration and mediation, international, intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, construction and Latin America desk practice areas. Mr. McGrath, a former prosecutor, served as an Assistant District Attorney in the offices of Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney of New York County. After serving with Mr. Morgenthau, Mr. McGrath taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School and then clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis (USDJ). Before joining Dunnington, Mr. McGrath worked as an associate with the law firms of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and White & Case LLP, and as a partner at Bickel & Brewer LLP.


Mr. McGrath’s practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, alternative dispute resolution and investigations. Examples of Mr. McGrath’s experience include the following:

Case management of numerous complex matters before state and federal trial courts; state and federal appellate courts; and arbitration panels involving, among other complex matters, securities issues, corporate governance, contract disputes, intellectual property claims, and contested matters unique to the hospitality industry. Mr. McGrath’s practice covers defending employers (and advertising agencies in particular) against employment actions and EPLI claims. Elected by defendant advertiser and advertising agencies to argue representative motion to dismiss in complex multi-defendant putative class action naming top agencies in the modeling and advertising industries; successfully argued motion resulting in dismissal of putative class action with prejudice.

Investigation of numerous confidential matters, including the investigation of transactions conducted over fifteen-year period in response to regulatory and criminal inquiries. Conducted informal discovery, including more than one hundred interviews in locations across the globe. Investigations have required mastery of legal and factual issues across multiple disciplines and in numerous jurisdictions. Legal issues implicated in investigations include tax and estate planning, Internal Revenue Code, securities laws and regulations and federal and state criminal law.

Represented and advised subjects, targets and witnesses before Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate; U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Internal Revenue Service; and New York County District Attorney’s Office. Liaison and advisor regarding interactions between clients and local city and state agencies. Met with U.S. Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and Congressional Staff on numerous matters.

Lead advocate before state and federal trial courts as well as the New York State Appellate Division, First Department; New York State Court of Appeals; and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Negotiated favorable settlements, including a number of favorable multi-million dollar settlements in, among other areas, the hospitality industry.

Mr. McGrath is a member of the Screen Actors Guild; author of the SDNY Local Counsel Blog; and a member of the New York County Lawyer’s Association. He is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. McGrath’s publications include Two Dark Horses Have Emerged In the Coming Competition: Multi-family Apartments and Extended-Stay Lodging, Hotel Business Review, 2009; Mexico Report, 24 Fordham Int’l L.J. 801, 2001; City of New York, One Country Two Systems? – The Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Post-Handover Hong Kong, 23 Fordham Int’l L.J. 401, 1999; and Vietnam’s Struggle to Balance Sovereignty, Centralization, and Foreign Investment under Doi Moi, 18 Fordham Int’l L.J. 2095, 1995.

Mr. McGrath has served on panels including Current Hospitality Industry Issues, NYU’s 2009 Hospitality Industry Conference, June 2009; Hospitality Industry Update, NYU’s 2008 Hospitality Industry Conference, June 2008; and Hospitality Industry Legal Eagles, NYU’s 2007 Hospitality Industry Conference, June 2007. He is Luncheon Chair for the New York County Lawyers’ Association Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice. Mr. McGrath also chaired the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s publication committees for “The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York: A Retrospective (2000-2010)” and for “The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York: A Retrospective (1990-2012)”.

Mr. McGrath received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity College. Mr. McGrath received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham Law School, where the International Law Journal awarded him the MCI-Fordham International Law Fellowship. He later returned to Fordham as an Adjunct Professor and Fellow of Fordham’s International Human Rights Program.



Susan Rothwell, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & MIller LLP

Susan Rothwell is a member of Dunnington’s estates, trusts and private clients practice group. She advises clients on estate and tax planning for wealth preservation and prepares wills, trusts and other vehicles to achieve client goals. She assists clients with strategies to protect assets, minimize taxes, and transfer wealth to future generations. For clients who wish to make charitable donations, she advises on strategies that benefit the charity while maximizing tax benefits to the donor.

Ms. Rothwell advises foreign nationals owning property in New York as well as New York residents owning property in other countries. She assists in planning to minimize transfer taxes and ensure that property will be transferred to beneficiaries with a minimum of cost and delay.


Robert N. Swetnick, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Robert N. Swetnick is a member of Dunnington’s Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, Employment and Trusts & Estates practice areas. Mr. Swetnick has broad experience serving as outside counsel to high net worth individuals and businesses, in federal and state litigation, transactional work, real estate matters, and the drafting and review of agreements.

Mr. Swetnick’s practice includes the formation and capitalization of businesses, business and real estate purchase and sale transactions, negotiation and drafting of employment, partnership, LLC, license and similar agreements, real estate leases and financing, estate planning, and representation before administrative agencies.


Nicola Tegoni, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Nicola Tegoni is a member of Dunnington’s immigration, international, and employment practice groups.

His practice is exclusive to U.S. Immigration Law. Mr. Tegoni represents and counsels companies and individual clients in business immigration, family immigration, citizenship, removal defense, federal court litigation, and asylum

He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the preeminent national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law.


Louis E. Teitel, Esq.

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Louis E. Teitel heads Dunnington’s transactional real estate practice. Early in his career, he began representing developers involved with the purchase and conversion of New York City loft buildings into cooperative apartments.

Throughout his career, he has guided landlord, commercial tenants, real estate developers, portfolio investors, joint venture partners, office property managers and cooperative boards in sophisticated real estate transactions.