• CMM Welcomes Donald J. Rassiger As Counsel

    CMM is pleased to announce that Donald J. Rassiger, an experienced corporate attorney with significant in-house experience, has joined the firm as Counsel.  Having served as Chief Legal Officer of four companies and created the General Counsel role at three of them, Don brings the management perspective to all matters he handles. Don focuses on corporate matters and transactions.  He has significant experience drafting and negotiating numerous contracts including construction, IT, financing, teaming arrangements, and joint ventures, and has successfully closed dozens of M&A deals.  Don has maintained a particular focus on the construction industry, where he has represented clients on ...

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    Monday, September 26th, 2016

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  • Exclusive Negotiation Periods: Friend or Foe?

      During an exclusive negotiation period (also referred to as a “lockout term” or even a “no-talk period”), parties agree not to enter into negotiations with any third parties with respect to the subject at hand.  For example, companies exploring an acquisition commonly insist upon such agreements so they can do their due diligence and decide whether to move forward with the deal without having to worry about another suitor swooping in and poaching the target.  So are exclusivity periods a good thing?  As with many things in business and law, it depends. The Harvard Program on Negotiation blog recently featured an ...

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    Monday, September 26th, 2016

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  • When is Dementia Not Dementia?

    Over the years I have seen many articles on how to spot signs of dementia in the elderly.  I’ve probably even written a few of those articles.  As an attorney with a focus on elder law and estate planning, the topic of dementia comes up often in my practice. These articles discuss the obvious signs, such as forgetting things.  Not remembering where you put your car keys is one thing.  Not remembering what those keys are used for is something else.  Not remembering what you had for breakfast yesterday is ok.  Not remembering if you had breakfast is probably not ok. Other ...

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    Monday, September 26th, 2016

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  • Legislative Update: A Long-Awaited Solution to a Mortgage Foreclosure Problem?

    This past June, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that imposes pre-foreclosure duties on banks and servicing companies. After it goes into effect this December, it is anticipated that a problem that has plagued local municipalities for years with respect to abandoned residential properties will begin to subside. Now, under the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) section 1308, first lien mortgage holders on one- to four-family vacant and/or abandoned residential real property must complete an exterior inspection of the property within 90 days of delinquency to determine if the property is vacant. While the loan is delinquent, the property must be ...

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    Monday, September 26th, 2016

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  • Malafi to Receive Girls Inc. of Long Island Butterfly Award

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP proudly announces that Girls Inc. of Long Island will honor CMM partner Christine Malafi with a Butterfly Award at the fifth annual awards gala on November 3, 2016.  The event recognizes the exceptional contributions of individuals who exemplify Girls Inc.’s mission to help girls be strong, smart, and bold.  The fundraising event will feature an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, and dancing to honor industry leaders who inspire girls to spread their wings.  The event will take place at Crest Hollow Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Malafi was selected for a Butterfly Award for ...

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    Monday, September 26th, 2016

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  • The GAO Finds That the EPA Violated Propaganda and Lobbying Provisions Through Its Use of Social Media

        Social media’s ubiquitous presence in the lives of many Americans has transformed the way government communicates and interacts with the citizenry.  Nearly every politician, from the President of the United States to mayors of America’s smallest towns, has a Twitter account.  Governments increasingly rely on social media to engage the public, providing information on emergency response and disaster relief to government services and events.  A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), however, considers when the federal government’s use of social media constitutes impermissible public advocacy in support of an agency’s legislative agenda.  The report raises interesting questions ...

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    Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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  • September 2016 CMM Newsletter: Negotiation Tips and More

     

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    Saturday, September 17th, 2016

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  • How to Avoid a “Paper” Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

        In December 2008, Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering and electronics conglomerate, settled Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) charges with the DOJ and SEC for a record-setting $800 million. Aside from the scope of the violations and the size of the penalties, the Siemens case was noteworthy because it so clearly criticized the deficiencies in the company’s compliance program. The DOJ charging papers stated that Siemens merely adopted a “paper program” largely limited to distributing anti-corruption policies without establishing a culture of compliance reinforced by adequate training and controls. The FCPA prohibits U.S. persons, companies, and issuers from, among other things, bribing ...

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    Friday, September 16th, 2016

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  • Schiavoni Named to Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP proudly announces that Andrea Harum Schiavoni has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, Class of 2016, by Long Island Business News.  Launched in 2000, the awards program recognizes Long Island’s top women professionals for their business acumen, mentoring, and community involvement.  This year’s honorees will be celebrated at a gala dinner on October 20 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.  Over 600 corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders will attend the gala, where New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will deliver the keynote address. Of Counsel at CMM, Schiavoni focuses ...

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    Friday, September 16th, 2016

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  • Attorney Spotlight: Joseph C. Vozza

    Don’t overcomplicate things. This approach to legal work has enabled attorney Joseph C. Vozza to create and sustain long-lasting relationships with his clients and build his practice on their referrals. “I’ve seen a lot of attorneys try to impress their clients by speaking in complicated legal terms or unnecessarily making an issue out of something,” Joe says.  “That’s not my style.  Whatever type of matter it is, I want my clients to understand the process.” In the real estate arena, Joe accomplishes this goal by preparing and reviewing all the details of the transaction before the closing to ensure a smooth and successful ...

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    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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