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INSURANCE LITIGATOR MARISA O’SULLIVAN JOINS CARRINGTON COLEMAN AS PARTNER

Insurance litigator Marisa O’Sullivan has joined Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office.

“Marisa has distinguished herself at the forefront of the exceedingly important practice of insurance coverage law. We are excited to add an attorney with her industry and professional leadership experience to the firm,” said Carrington Coleman Managing Partner Monica Latin.

Over the course of her career, Ms. O’Sullivan has served as coverage counsel to commercial clients in a variety of industries including technology, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, aviation, security, and retail. In addition to coverage litigation, Ms. O’Sullivan advocates for her clients facing claim handling disputes, claim resolution problems, and policy procurement or renewal issues. She has published several articles and led seminars for both in-house counsel and bar organizations on a range of insurance and litigation topics, including business risk insurance, cyber insurance, and e-discovery.

“Marisa has earned a reputation for creative problem solving in her advocacy for clients,” said Lyndon Bittle, head of the firm’s Insurance Group. “She will be a tremendous asset in meeting the complex needs of our clients and continuing to grow our insurance group.”

Named the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019, her work has earned recognition from Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars. She has also been listed by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in the field of insurance law and the Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas.

A Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation and Dallas Bar Association Foundation Fellow, she currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is slated to serve as President of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association in 2022.

Ms. O’Sullivan earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri.

CHAMBERS USA RECOGNITION PLACES CARRINGTON COLEMAN AMONG TOP LITIGATION PRACTICES

Carrington Coleman has been selected by the prestigious Chambers USA legal guide among Texas’ top firms for its commercial litigation practice.

According to Chambers, the firm was selected based upon its handling of a wide variety of matters, including breach of contract, oil & gas, securities, employment, and construction disputes, in trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

One source interviewed by Chambers described the firm’s litigation team as “cohesive and dedicated to the client’s success.”

The firm, one said, is dedicated to finding “client-oriented solutions and problem solving.”

Managing Partner Monica Latin and Partner Alex More also earned individual recognition for their litigation work.

Mr. More earned praise from clients as a “pragmatic thinker” who “combines legal knowledge with strategic acumen” for his work related to fiduciary duty, securities and fraud-related disputes.

Calling Ms. Latin a “brilliant strategist with very strong analytical powers and superb litigation skills” for her work on complex commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels, another client concluded: “She is a great litigator.”

The Chambers USA guide is produced by London-based Chambers and Partners, known worldwide for its thorough guides to the legal profession. Selection is based on thousands of attorney and client interviews to identify lawyers who demonstrate top technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commitment, and other key qualities.

D MAGAZINE “BEST LAWYERS IN DALLAS” 2021, CARRINGTON COLEMAN PARTNERS RECOGNIZED

We are honored to announce our attorneys that have been selected to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2021.” Carrington Coleman attorneys named to the exclusive list are: Cathy Altman, Construction Litigation; David Drumm, Real Estate; Whitney Keltch Green, Family Law; Kelli Hinson, Professional Nonmedical Liability Litigation; Monica Latin, Business/Commercial Litigation; Christie Newkirk, Labor & Employment; and Mike Sutherland, Bankruptcy & Workout.

Attorneys are first nominated for “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by their peers. Once nominated, a panel of attorneys reviews the nominations and selects the top attorneys in their practice area to compile The D Magazine “Best Lawyers” list. The complete list of Best Lawyers in Dallas is featured in the May edition of D Magazine and is available at www.dmagazine.com.

Whitney Keltch Green was also named to D Magazine’s 2021 “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas” list, along with Carrington Coleman attorneys Alex More and Andrea Perez.

SIX CARRINGTON COLEMAN ATTORNEYS NAMED “RISING STARS” BY SUPER LAWYERS

Carrington Coleman is pleased to announce that six Carrington Coleman attorneys have been named “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers. “Rising Stars” selection is a reflection of individual professional excellence, recognized by their peers. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for ten years or less.

Carrington Coleman “Rising Stars” and the area of law they were recognized in:
Parker GrahamEmployment & Labor
Whitney Keltch GreenFamily Law
Alex MoreSecurities Litigation
Debrán O’NeilBusiness Litigation
Andrea PerezBusiness & Corporate
Brent RubinBusiness Litigation

Debrán O’Neil had the additional distinction of being named to the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women and the Top 100 Up-and-Coming lists.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT: IMPACT ON TEXAS COUNTIES AND CITIES

(Last updated March 15, 2021)

Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to provide further economic relief to state and local governments, with $130 billion going directly to cities and counties.

In Texas, counties and cities together should receive $16 billion of ARP funds. These local governments should receive substantially more ARP dollars as compared to other federal dollars (e.g., CRF or ERA funds).

Below are the most important takeaways of the brand-new ARP rules.

Takeaways

1. Counties and larger cities will receive ARP funds directly from Treasury. Larger cities and counties will receive their ARP funds directly from the US Treasury. These local governments will receive their ARP funds automatically, i.e., there is no application or qualification requirement.

2. State involvement for smaller cities. Smaller cities will receive ARP funds through disbursements from the State rather than Treasury directly. It is unclear whether smaller cities will be required to apply through the State in order to receive their allocation (but this will likely involve filing an application with TDEM).

3. More cities can participate. Unlike previous rounds of relief to local governments, this round does not have a population threshold, with nearly everyone receiving some funding.

4. Extended period. The deadline for spending ARP funds is December 31, 2024.

5. Recoupment risk. The failure to comply with the ARP rules may result in clawback or recoupment from the US Treasury.

6. Timing of the distribution of funds occurs in two tranches over 14 months or more. Texas cities and counties will receive ARP funds in two tranches: the first tranche, consisting of 50% of a recipient’s allocation, and the second tranche made no earlier than 12 months after the first tranche is received. Treasury must disburse the first tranche of funds to larger cities and counties by May 10.

7. Distribution of funds to States and smaller cities. Treasury will disburse funds to each State within 60 days after receipt of the State’s required certification, and the State must disburse those funds to smaller cities within 30 days of receiving such funds from Treasury.

8. Broad eligible use. The eligible use of funds should fall into one of these categories:

      1. COVID-related expenditures (directly or indirectly related);
      2. Premium pay for essential workers;
      3. Government service programs under certain circumstances; and
      4. Necessary improvements in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure (whether related or not to COVID-19).

Treasury guidance will likely release guidelines and frequently-asked-questions with clarification in the coming weeks.

Resources

Statute: Included on NACO’s webpage:
https://www.naco.org/sites/default/files/documents/BILLS-117hr1319enr.pdf

Treasury: Guidance and FAQs (not currently available)

Allocation: https://www.democrats.senate.gov/final-state-and-local-allocation-output-030821

Other: National Association of Counties (NACO)

Texas Municipal League (TML) resources page

Carrington Coleman COVID-19 Legal Resource Center

Questions? Please contact:

Bruce Hendrick Ted Harrington Kylie Jennings
bhendrick@ccsb.com tharrington@ccsb.com kjennings@ccsb.com
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