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Campolo Recognized by Business Community as a “Long Island Icon”

Ronkonkoma, NY – Joe Campolo, Managing Partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, has been recognized by the business community with a Long Island Business News ICON Award. ICON winners hail from diverse backgrounds in the corporate world, the healthcare industry, the creative and performing [...]

An Employee Transfers, and Spouse Seeks Jobless Benefits

By Carrie Mason-Draffen Mason-Draffen, a business reporter, writes a column about workplace issues. DEAR CARRIE: I have gotten conflicting information regarding a corporate transfer out of state and unemployment benefits for a “trailing spouse, ” or an employee who quits a job to relocate with a transferred spouse. Does it matter whether the transferred spouse requested [...]

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Stevens Drops Lawsuit Against the Village of Poquott

by Rita J. Egan Poquott’s village hall is finally back in business a month after the June 20 election for two board trustees. Debbie Stevens, one of the five candidates for the position, dropped a lawsuit against the village before a July 19 hearing. Stevens came in third with 178 votes, while New York City firefighter [...]

CMM Represents Town of Smithtown in Successful Effort to Replace Leadership at Animal Shelter Due to Safety Concerns

Ronkonkoma, NY – Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP has secured another municipal victory with its representation of the Town of Smithtown in a successful effort to replace the leadership at the Town’s animal shelter due to serious safety concerns for shelter employees, the animals in their care, and the public. On July 25, the Town [...]

Should You Loan Your Children Money?

I’m amazed at how many times clients tell me that they loaned money to one of their children and now they want to somehow add that into their estate plan.  I ask them if it was a loan or a gift.  They of course say that it was a loan, but have absolutely no paperwork [...]

Ban on “Disparaging” Trademarks Struck Down

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 70-year-old provision under the Lanham Act that barred the federal registration of disparaging trademarks.  In Matal v. Tam (15-1293), the Court held that that the disparagement clause was an unconstitutional restriction on speech and the U.S. government cannot refuse to register a trademark based [...]

Thinking Positively About International Compliance

Companies tend to think about corporate functions as one of two things: a revenue center or a cost center.  An employee or division of a company either makes money or costs money. Human Resources, for instance, is typically considered a supporting function: a cost center.  A sales team, by contrast, is a revenue center.  Companies [...]

Don’t Be Afraid to Have a Plan B in Negotiation

There are many myths in negotiation.  Among them: effective negotiators are born, not made.  Experience is all you need to be a good negotiator.  The strong negotiator never exhibits empathy.  And perhaps the most stubborn myth?  That having a Plan B makes you weak and gives you an easy out, preventing you from ever achieving [...]

Attorney: Smithtown Animal Shelter Director Fired After Hearing

By Nicholas Spangler  nicholas.spangler@newsday.com Smithtown’s animal shelter director, who was suspended earlier this year over accusations that the facility had become chaotic and filthy, was fired this week, an attorney for the town said. The Town Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to terminate an unnamed employee, and Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio would not comment on the matter [...]