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The Carrington Coleman COVID-19 Legal Resource Center is the collection of coronavirus related alerts to keep our clients apprised of potential legal issues that arise from the pandemic. If you would like to receive our alerts via email, please email us.

During this challenging and unsettling time, Carrington Coleman is here to help you and ready to respond to any legal needs you might have. Our attorneys are monitoring legislation, executive orders, and court orders that impact our clients and their legal matters. If there is a topic of interest or you have questions regarding our coronavirus related alerts, please contact one of COVID-19 response team:

David Heidenreich   Bonnie Barksdale   Lance Currie
214.855.3031   214.855.3119   214.855.3122

Additional Relief and Flexibility Provided to PPP Borrowers by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. (Last updated June 5, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

Reopening Your Business in the Age of COVID-19: A Customer-Facing Approach. (Last updated June 1, 2020)
Contact Attorneys: Monica Gaudioso, Debrán O’Neil, and Andrea Perez

SBA Releases Two Critical Interim Final Rules On: (1) Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness; And (2) Review of Forgiveness Applications by Lenders and SBA. (Last updated May 27, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

The SBA Releases Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application (SBA Form 3508). (Last updated May 18, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

SBA Issues New Rule Allowing Increased PPP Loan Amounts for Certain Partnerships and Seasonal Employers Previously Caught in Gaps of Changing Rules. (Last updated May 14, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

SBA Provides Much Needed Guidance on “Necessity” Certification for PPP Loans and Impact on the Forgiveness Process. (Last updated May 13, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

Federal Reserve Reworks Main Street Loan Program; SBA Promises to Audit PPP Loans in Excess of $2M Before Forgiveness is Approved. (Last updated April 30, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

CARES Act 2.0 – Additional PPP and EIDL Funding and More. (Last updated April 23, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

So You’ve Successfully Applied for a PPP Loan, Now What? What You Need to Know About the PPP Forgiveness Process. (Last updated April 17, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

CARES Act Provides Subsidies for Loan Payment Relief on Certain SBA Loans. (Last updated April 10, 2020)
Contact Attorneys: Bonnie BarksdaleMichael Lin

“I Need a Hero” – The Fed Comes to the Rescue with an Array of Weapons Aimed at Combating Economic Impacts of COVID-19; PPP Support, Main Street Business Loans and More. (Last updated April 9, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Issues Supplemental Interim Final Rule for Affiliation Rules Applicable to Paycheck Protection Program. (Last updated April 5, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Finally Issues Much Anticipated Interim Final Rule for Paycheck Protection Program Loans. (Last updated April 3, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

Department of Treasury Posts Application Form for Paycheck Protection Program Loan with More Specific Guidance on Program. (Last updated April 1, 2020)
Contact Attorney: David Heidenreich

Federal Government Rushes Through Legislation Designed to Help an Expanded Universe of Small Businesses. (Last updated March 27, 2020)
Contact Attorneys: David Heidenreich, Bonnie Barksdale, Ted Harrington

SBA Disaster Relief Loans Offer Lifeline to Small Businesses Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty. (Last updated March 25, 2020)
Contact Attorneys: Bonnie Barksdale, Hayden Baker, Michael Lin

COVID-19: Cash Preservation Solutions. (Last updated March 19, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Bruce Hendrick

Your Contracts and COVID-19: Force Majeure and Impossibility. (Last updated March 20, 2020)
Contact Attorneys: Lance Currie, Bonnie Barksdale, Cathy Altman, Michael Lin, Joshua Kipp, David Drumm, Charles Jordan

COVID-19 Family Law Update No. 5 (Last updated April 1, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Carmen Eiker

COVID-19 Family Law Update No. 4 (Last updated March 25, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Carmen Eiker

COVID-19 Family Law Update No. 3 (Last updated March 23, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Carmen Eiker

COVID-19 Family Law Update No. 2 (Last updated March 19, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Carmen Eiker

COVID-19 Family Law Update (Last updated March 13, 2020)
Contact Attorney: Carmen Eiker


On January 5, the Consolidated Appropriations Act created the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ERA allocates $25 billion to local governments (both counties and cities) with a population of 200,000 or more.

Recipients can only use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households with rent and rental arrears, and utilities and home energy costs and arrears. Using ERA funds to pay for mortgage relief is outside the scope of the program and is not permitted.

The deadline to apply for the ERA is January 12.

Eligible grantees for the ERA funds are counties or cities with populations of more than 200,000 residents. At least 90% of the funds must be used to provide financial assistance to eligible households. The deadline for grantees to obligate the funds is September 30, 2021. Treasury has the power to recoup any unused funds. Grantees may also transfer any unused funds to their respective state to utilize in their assistance program before the September 2021 deadline.

Eligible household is defined as a renter household that has a household income at or below 80% of the area median and at least one individual living in the household: (1) qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and (2) can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available. Either eligible households or landlords may submit an application for rental assistance through programs established by grantees.

Eligible grantees are directed to make payments to a lessor or utility provider on behalf of the eligible household, unless the lessor or utility provider does not agree to accept such funds from the grantee, in which case the grantee may make such payments directly to the eligible household for the purpose of making payments to the lessor or utility provider.

Individuals in need of mortgage assistance are notably left out of the ERA.


The deadline to submit the application for ERA funding is January 12. This application consists of a short list of terms and conditions, a form designating bank information for the receipt of funds, and a signature page.

Carrington Coleman’s Suggestion

Eligible counties and cities should submit the ERA terms and conditions as soon as possible. For counties and municipalities who received Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), the amount disbursed under the ERA will likely be significantly less, but will still be a substantial amount that is important for assisting local communities. Final disbursement amounts are not yet available.

While there are still many outstanding details surrounding the ERA program, we recommend that counties and municipalities who meet the population requirement optimize these funds to assist those struggling to afford housing in their communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions? Please contact:

Bruce Hendrick Ted Harrington Kylie Jennings
214.855.3033 214.855.3115 214.855.3080

Carrington Coleman is pleased to announce Joshua Kipp, Michael Lin and Debrán O’Neil have been elected partners in the firm effective January 1, 2021. “Their hard work and dedication to the firm and our clients are second to none, and we are thrilled to have them join the partnership,” said Monica Latin, Carrington Coleman’s Managing Partner.

2021 Carrington Coleman Partners, Joshua Kipp, Michael Lin and Debrán O'Neil

Joshua Kipp and Debrán O’Neil are both in the Litigation Practice Group. Joshua’s practice includes real estate litigation and securities and director and officer litigation. Debrán’s practice focuses on healthcare and commercial litigation.

Michael Lin’s practice centers around transactional matters, including real estate and oil and gas transactions, corporate transactions, and financing and loans.


Alex More and Andrea Perez were recognized as D Magazine’s 2021 Best Lawyers Under 40. D Magazine asks for nominations that keep the following question in mind: “Which lawyers under 40, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best?” A panel consisting of esteemed lawyers of varying ages and varying levels of experience make evaluations and a final selection of the best lawyers under 40 in the DFW area.

Alex specializes in high-stakes litigation involving securities and fiduciary duty issues.  When not in court, he also serves as off-site General Counsel to businesses and entrepreneurs.

Andrea concentrates her practice in the fields of art law, business law, and intellectual property.

To learn more about Alex and Andrea‘s practices, please visit their bios by clicking their names.


Carrington Coleman has again been recognized for its legal expertise and quality of law practice by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. For 2021, the Firm is ranked nationally in 5 areas and in 17 areas for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Seventeen Carrington Coleman attorneys were previously recognized as The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Four Carrington Coleman associates were selected by Best Lawyers for the inaugural year of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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