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Broadcast Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Overview:

The past years have seen changing tides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation landscape. The number of lawsuits filed in federal courts has continuously increased, while the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for a continuously evolving and sometimes contradictory body of case law. As regulatory developments and court decisions unfold, the ADA litigation landscape remains uncertain. Thus, businesses and their counsel must keep themselves in the know of any emerging update in this field of law. They must also revisit their practices to ensure ADA compliance and dodge potential lawsuits.

Join litigation attorneys Shari S. Laskowitz (Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP) and Rick Ostrove (Leeds Brown Law, P.C.) as they present the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the current and emerging trends and developments in ADA litigation. Speakers will also discuss critical issues and challenges and offer best litigation practices to win this type of lawsuit in an evolving legal climate.

This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:

  • ADA Litigation: A Lookback
  • Emerging Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • Notable Cases and Court Decisions
  • Red Flags
  • Best Litigation Practices
  • Outlook

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

Course Code:

149039

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice

 

Total Credits:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Shari S. Laskowitz, Of Counsel
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP

Shari Laskowitz is counsel for the firm’s Landlord-Tenant group. She has been representing clients in real estate litigation for more than 15 years, with significant experience at trials, appeals, and in private negotiations. Shari has successfully resolved a broad array of real estate-related disputes, including landlord/tenant and co-op/condo conflicts as well as business-related matters such as partnership disputes and Surrogate’s Court litigation.

She represents commercial landlords and tenants in matters, including those related to breach of contract, real estate taxes, adjacent properties, construction delays, community opposition, brokerage agreements, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shari has particular experience in the area of landlord-tenant disputes relating to office, retail, and restaurant properties, as well as multifamily residential properties. Additionally, she has experience resolving real estate partnership disputes through litigation in New York state courts as well as negotiation and arbitration before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. She also represents shareholders in disputes with co-op boards.

Rick Ostrove, Counsel
Leeds Brown Law, P.C.

Rick Ostrove is principal trial counsel for Leeds Brown Law, P.C. Rick has won numerous jury verdicts including a $15M verdict in a sexual harassment case, one of the largest jury awards to an individual plaintiff in an employment discrimination case. During the same year, he obtained a $5.25M award in a workplace retaliation claim. On three occasions, Rick has appeared in Verdict Search’s publication Top New York Verdicts.

In 2013, Rick was recognized by the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association for having “the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in the field of labor and employment law.” For each of the past five years, Rick has been selected to the New York “Super Lawyers” list, as published with the New York Times Magazine. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt commented that “Mr. Ostrove is one of the premiere trial lawyers in the field [of employment law] and has tried many cases before me. Mr. Ostrove is outstanding.” Similarly, United States District Judge Joanna Seybert, described Rick as having a “marvelous way with juries” and achieving “fantastic results.”

Although his primary practice areas are employment and civil rights law, Rick has extensive experience handling complex litigation, including commercial, estate, and matrimonial litigations. As lead trial counsel in a federal Unfair Competition case, he managed more than a dozen lawyers from four separate law firms; the action involved over fifty deposed witnesses and approximately twenty expert reports. After closing statements, United States District Judge Leonard D. Wexler described the trial performance as “fantastic,” “superb,” and “excellent.” Judge Wexler added in his published post-trial decision, “[t]his case was highly contested and well-tried by all counsel. Indeed, the court is hard pressed to recall a trial in which the claims of the parties was so competently and clearly presented by counsel to a jury.”

Agenda:

SEGMENT 1:

Shari S. LaskowitzOf Counsel

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP

  • Brief overview of ADA
  • Applicability of each to:
    • Residential apartments and buildings
    • Commercial buildings
  • Reasonable Accommodations
    • What they are
    • What a landlord must do it a reasonable accommodation is requested
    • Standard to determine if an accommodation request is reasonable
  • Avoiding Lawsuits and Best Practices

 

SEGMENT 2:

Rick OstroveCounsel

Leeds Brown Law, P.C.

  • ELEMENTS OF AN ADA ACCOMODATION CLAIM
  • INTERACTIVE PROCESS
  • UNDUE HARDSHIP
  • SPECIFIC ACCOMODATION REQUESTS

Materials:

Download Course Materials

Who Should Attend:

  • ADA Lawyers
  • Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • HR Personnel
  • Litigators
  • Legal Compliance Officers
  • Owners and Managers of Private Businesses

SPEAKERS

Shari S. LaskowitzOf Counsel
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP
Rick OstroveCounsel
Leeds Brown Law, P.C.

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