Bruce Haffey to Present MICPA Nite Owl Session

Bruce Haffey of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. to Present at MICPA Automotive Dealers, Construction Industry & Controllers Conference

TROY, Mich. – August 8: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that senior business and tax lawyer Bruce Haffey will present at the MICPA Automotive Dealers, Construction Industry & Controllers Conference at 5:10 PM on Tuesday, September 24 at Laurel Manor in Livonia.

Mr. Haffey’s program is titled: “Buyers, Sellers, Bonuses and Benefits- Compensation Issues in M&A Transactions” and is scheduled to run until 6 PM. The program will discuss and explore issues related to retention bonuses, phantom stock plans, 409A issues, golden parachute payments and similar compensation payments in the context of a business acquisition. This is the third in a series of MICPA programs presented by Haffey on tax, accounting and transactional structure issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Interested parties may register online for the event here. For more information on the Automotive Dealers, Construction Industry & Controllers Conference, please visit their website.

Bruce W. Haffey is a senior business and tax lawyer and has handled complex business transactions for small and middle market business clients for over 35 years. He represents clients in a wide assortment of industries, including manufacturing, automotive supply, automotive dealerships, health care and information technology. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including dbusiness Top Lawyers, The New York Times’ Top Attorneys in Michigan, Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers.

Adam Levitsky Recognized by American Institute of Legal Counsel

TROY, Mich. – August 7th: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that workers’ compensation, subrogation, general civil liability and criminal defense attorney Adam Levitsky has been recognized as one of the “10 Best of 2019” in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law Division by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

The American Institute of Legal Counsel was founded in 2014 and compiles a “10 Best” list of attorneys in thirteen divisions for each state. An attorney’s recognition is based on a high degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law, an impeccable client satisfaction rating, along with a formal nomination by the Institute, client and/or a fellow attorney.

Adam Levitsky has successfully defended employers, their insurance companies, self-insureds and third-party administrators at all levels of the workers’ compensation process. He has extensive trial and appellate court experience in Michigan state and federal courts. Adam has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by dbusiness and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

ALEXANDER LEBEDINSKI ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF STRAITH HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY

TROY, Mich. – Alexander Lebedinski has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Straith Hospital for Special Surgery.

Straith Hospital for Special Surgery, a hospital in Southfield, is ranked as one of the leading Special Surgery independent hospitals in Michigan. Founded by a plastic surgery pioneer in 1954, it was originally based in Detroit and known as a hospital specializing in plastic, reconstructive and orthopedic surgery. Straith Hospital added eye surgery in 1984 and rehabilitation services in 1993, and relocated to a newly built hospital in Southfield in 1973.

Alexander Lebedinski is an Equity Partner and a Co-Chair of the Healthcare Practice Group at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Alex concentrates his practice in the areas of Healthcare Law and Business Transactions. Since joining the firm in 2003, Alex represents health care providers including physicians, large and small primary and specialty physician group practices, physician organizations, outpatient ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic centers in the areas of Federal and State regulatory compliance and a wide variety of business, corporate and employment law matters. Over the years Alex has presented on numerous health care law issues to practicing physicians, medical residents, and practice administrators.

Alex earned his B.B.A from the University of Michigan Dearborn, School of Management and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, graduating cum laude. Alex is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Health Lawyers Association, and is currently the Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Medical-Legal Committee.

Alex is recognized as a Michigan “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a dBusiness “Top Lawyer” and a Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. has over 40 years of experience, 66 attorneys, and expertise in more than 36 practice areas. Giarmarco, Mullins, & Horton P.C. has been recognized as a Tier 1 Detroit “Best Law Firm” in five practice areas by U.S. News, and was also ranked one of Fortune Magazine’s top law firms.

Alexander Lebedinski has been elected Chair of the Medical-Legal Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Alexander Lebedinski, partner with the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., Troy, Michigan, has been elected to Chair the Medical-Legal Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association for a one-year term starting July 1, 2019.

This Committee is a partnership of OCBA members who practice in health-related fields and physician members of the Oakland County Medical Society. The mission statement of the OCBA Medical-Legal Committee:

Our mission is to foster and advance the relationship between the legal and medical professions in Oakland County, to improve the public and the courts’ understanding of the laws that affect the practice of medicine, and to foster awareness of relevant news and legislation through open discussion and the presentment of speakers and semi-annual seminars.

Alexander Lebedinski is an Equity Partner and a Co-Chair of the Healthcare Practice Group at GMH. Mr. Lebedinski concentrates his practice in the areas of Healthcare Law and Business Transactions. He represents healthcare providers, including physicians, large and small primary and specialty physician group practices, physician organizations, outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic centers, laboratories and a specialty hospital in the areas of Federal and State regulatory compliance, as well as in a wide variety of business, corporate and employment law matters. Mr. Lebedinski has been recognized for legal excellence by DBusiness Magazine and Super Lawyers.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. has over 40 years of experience, 60 attorneys, and expertise in more than 36 practice areas. Giarmarco, Mullins, & Horton P.C. has been recognized as a Tier 1 Detroit “Best Law Firm” in five practice areas by U.S. News, and was also ranked one of Fortune Magazine’s top law firms.

John A. Anderson of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Appointed to Ascension Michigan Market Board of Trustees

TROY, Mich. – July 30: John A. Anderson, partner with the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., Troy, Michigan, (“GMH”), has been elected by the Ascension Health Board of Trustees to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Ascension-Michigan Market for a three-year term starting July 1, 2019.

Ascension Health-Michigan operates 15 hospitals and 250 Sites of Care in Michigan and is part of St. Louis based Ascension Health. Ascension Health operates the nation’s largest non-profit hospital chain with 151 hospitals in 21 states and the District of Columbia and with operating revenue in excess of $20 billion per year.

John A. Anderson, who specializes in healthcare law, is co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group at GMH where he represents a wide variety of healthcare providers in both regulatory and business matters. Mr. Anderson has been recognized for excellence in health care law by dBusiness Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

Michael P. Wisniewski Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to welcome Michael Wisniewski to the firm. Mr. Wisniewski joins as an associate attorney in our Business Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex litigation the areas of catastrophic personal injury and product liability matters as well as commercial litigation and insurance coverage. Mr. Wisniewski graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He received his Juris Doctor from The University of Detroit – Mercy School of Law where he received several academic Book Award honors.

Mr. Wisniewski is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and American Bar Association legal groups.

William H. Horton Published in the Spring 2019 issue of The Michigan Business Law Journal

TROY, Mich. – June 18: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Chair of the Business & Commercial Litigation Sections and Board of Directors member William H. Horton has an article featured in the Spring 2019 Michigan Business Law Journal.

The article is titled: Some More Observations on Restrictive Employment Agreement. It discusses restrictive employment agreements, specifically non-competes in Michigan and the impact on employers and employees. The article can be viewed inside the Michigan Business Law Journal here.

William H. Horton is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Business & Commercial Litigation Sections at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. He practices primarily in the areas of business and commercial disputes, employment law, and real estate. Mr. Horton is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

John A. Anderson of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Speaking on Live Webinar Regarding MSSP Changes

TROY, Mich. – June 17: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that partner in the Business Practice and Health Care groups John A. Anderson is a speaker for a CLE Live Webinar assembled by The Knowledge Group titled: Navigating the CMS Quality Payment Program and Pathways to Success Sweeping MSSP Changes.

Covered in the webinar are key topics such as MSSP program changes; MSSP and the new QPP rule; managing opportunities and risk issues; recent compliance trends, developments and updates; and best compliance practices.

The webinar was presented live on Thursday, March 28 and can be accessed here for the Knowledge Group members. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here for non-members. For more information on The Knowledge Group as a whole, please visit The Knowledge Group’s website.

John A. Anderson represents physicians, group practices, ancillary providers, Accountable Care Organizations, clinical labs and hospitals, among others. Mr. Anderson has been recognized for excellence in health care law by dBusiness Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

United States Begins Broad Tariff Action on Thousands of Chinese Imported Goods

United States Begins Broad Tariff Action on Thousands of Chinese Imported Goods
By James Rayis

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) April 2019 notice of a third round of additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods (List 3 goods) imported from China went into effect today increasing rates from 10 percent to 25 percent. This follows a July 2018 imposition of Section 301 tariffs (List 1) and an August 2018 second round of Section 301 tariffs imposed on different import sectors (List 2). The Federal Register Notice for List 3 item tariff increases was published September 21, 2018 by USTR. The April announcement followed a formal Section 301 investigation into acts, policies, and practices of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

China retaliated after the announcement with its own announcement to impose tariffs on 128 U.S.-origin goods ranging from dried fruit to stainless steel pipes to be hit with an additional 15% duty while items including pork and aluminum scrap will have an additional 25% hike.

The USTR notice amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. to provide that the tariff increase for List 3 goods will be effective with respect to goods (a) entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 10, 2019, and (b) exported to the U.S. on or after May 10, 2019.

According to the notice, the President elected to increase the additional tariff on List 3 goods due to a lack of progress since March in negotiations toward a bilateral trade agreement and because “China has chosen to retreat from specific commitments agreed to in earlier rounds.” The reference is to China’s decision not to implement the commitments into law but to instead implement them through regulatory and administrative actions, which seems to have raised questions of enforceability for the USTR.

The USTR made no mention of the May 5, 2019 announcement by the President that the administration would impose 25 percent duties on all remaining U.S. imports from China (“List 4”). These additional duties would effectively cover the entirety of U.S. imports from China, possibly including a large amount of raw materials, including steel and aluminum products currently excluded from List 1 duties but subject to additional duties under Section 232. Section 232 allows tariffs for national security issues as opposed to Section 301 response rates.

List 3 covers 5,745 tariff items including raw materials, construction machinery, agricultural equipment, electronics, medical devices, and consumer goods. Already, however, about 300 items were removed from the list by the USTR. The exclusions are for smart watches, Bluetooth devices, certain chemicals used manufactured goods, textiles, agricultural products, and safety items such as bicycle helmets, car seats, and playpens.

USTR also states that it will publish a separate notice describing a process by which interested persons may request the exclusion of specific products from the additional tariff on List 3 goods, including procedures for submitting requests and opposition to requests. While it is unclear when this process may get underway, importers of List 3 goods can start preparing now to file exclusion requests for their products.

Please contact James Rayis from the International Trade practice of Giamarco, Mullins & Horton to consider exclusions requests on your imported goods to mitigate the tariff burden or to discuss how to plan for goods imported from China to protect your interests.

Nina M. Abboud Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to welcome Nina M. Abboud to the firm.

Nina is an associate attorney in our Business Litigation Group. Her practice focuses in the areas of insurance defense and coverage; product liability; employment litigation; shareholder, member, and partnership disputes; and commercial litigation matters.

Nina received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Nina received numerous academic awards while in law school, including the Dean’s List and Book Awards for earning the highest grade in Trial Practice and Small Firm Law Firm Program. Nina graduated with honors from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Nina M. Abboud