• 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 arts and beyond, but all share the keen ability to motivate and teach others – hallmarks of Campolo’s leadership style. Campolo will be honored at an awards ceremony and breakfast on September 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Consistently voted Best ...

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    Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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  • 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 the move or if the company required it? — Leaving New York DEAR LEAVING: It shouldn’t make a difference who made the request if the trailing spouse is otherwise eligible for jobless benefits, a local employment attorney said. “Based on the question presented, whether the transferring spouse was forced or volunteered ...

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    Monday, August 14th, 2017

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  • LIBI Awards Application Form 2017

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    Monday, August 14th, 2017

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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 John Richardson won one seat with 195 votes and incumbent Jeff Koppelson the other with 180 votes. Attorney Scott Middleton of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP represented the village in the case. He said before the election Poquott’s village attorney called the New York State Conference of Mayors ...

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    Tuesday, August 08th, 2017

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  • 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 Board voted to terminate shelter director Susan Hansen, accepting the recommendation of independent hearing officer James P. Clark. Clark reached his conclusions after a four-day disciplinary hearing this spring to address reported filthy conditions and disorganized management at the shelter, which had led to two charges ...

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    Wednesday, August 02nd, 2017

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  • 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 to show that, nor has the child paid any of the money back. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give your kids any money.  In today’s economy, it’s hard for young people to make ends meet.  But if your child asks you for a loan, ...

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    Friday, July 28th, 2017

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  • 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 on the offensiveness of the mark. In Tam, the controversy arose from a rejected trademark application for THE SLANTS by an Asian-American dance rock band.  The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the application based on the federal provision barring the registration of disparaging ...

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    Friday, July 28th, 2017

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  • 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 tend to think of international compliance programs, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international sanctions, or anti-money laundering, as cost centers.  In other words, companies spend money to comply with these laws and regulations because they must. Truly successful companies, however, think positively about ...

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    Friday, July 28th, 2017

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  • 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 your Plan A. In their iconic bestseller Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In, Roger Fisher and William Ury coined the term “BATNA” – or “Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement” – to describe what is essentially a Plan B.  Of all your possible alternatives, ...

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    Friday, July 28th, 2017

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  • 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 this week. But Scott Middleton of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, the attorney who represented the town in a disciplinary hearing this spring for former director Sue Hansen, confirmed Thursday that the board had terminated Hansen. The independent hearing officer who had presided over that four-day hearing, James Clark, had ...

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    Friday, July 28th, 2017

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