1. International Students Facing Additional Scrutiny and Restrictions

    By: Sharon Barney, Esq. With the new academic year approaching, students are preparing for classes, homework, and extracurriculars. However, international students are facing additional barriers that they will need to navigate based on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) policy changes that will impact their visas, unlawful presence, and Optional Practical Training (“OPT”)…Read More

  2. Third Circuit Overturns District Court’s Grant of Class Certification in ADA Title III Parking Lot Slope Litigation

    By:  Alisa N. Carr, Esq. On April 27, 2017, Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell in the matter of Mielo v. Steak ‘N Shake, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-00180 (W.D. Pa.), granted class certification to: All persons with qualified mobility disabilities who were or will be denied the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations of any Steak …Read More

  3. New USCIS Policy Memos Create Additional Burdens for Foreign Workers and Employers

    By: Sharon Barney, Esq. Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced two major policy changes that affect employers seeking to sponsor foreign workers for nonimmigrant visas. The first policy memo, dated June 28, 2018, relates to the issuance of a Notice to Appear (“NTA”), the official charging document to begin a deportation case against a foreign nat…Read More

  4. Immigration Attorney Featured on Front Page of Pennsylvania Business Central

    Leech Tishman Immigration attorney, Sharon Barney, was featured on the front page of the July issue of Pennsylvania Business Central. The article, titled "How the Access-to-Justice Crisis Affects Small Business Owners," discusses the "access-to-justice crisis," which is arising as more Americans and business owners find themselves lacking affordable access to legal aid. To read more, please cl…Read More

  5. California Threw Down A Privacy Law Gauntlet

    By: Christopher Gonzalez, Esq. On June 28, 2018, California imposed the strictest privacy law in the nation—the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375), which was unanimously approved by the state Senate and Assembly and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was first introduced just over a week before it was signed into law and was fast-tracked through the State Assembly and Senate,…Read More

  6. Pittsburgh Firm Leech Tishman Elects Two New Partners

    Forrest T. Passerin and Steven M. Taber Elected as Partners  PITTSBURGH, PA – July 13, 2018 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the election of Forrest T. Passerin and Steven M. Taber as new partners of the firm. Forrest practices in the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups and is based in Leech Tishman’s Wilmington, DE office. With over 17 years of large law firm experienc…Read More

  7. Exercise Care When Rounding Up/Down Employee’s Time

    By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq. Under California law, an employer is required to pay employees for all time they are at work and subject to the employer’s control. The failure to pay all wages, especially at termination, exposes the employer to substantial penalties which often exceed the actual amount of wages owed. It also exposes the employer to class-action lawsuits and attendant litigation cost…Read More

  8. Leech Tishman Welcomes Lisa A. Mantella

    PITTSBURGH, PA – July 10, 2018 - Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Lisa A. Mantella. Lisa joins Leech Tishman as Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and will be based in the Pittsburgh, PA office. Lisa will focus her practice on internal investigations and white collar criminal defense matters. Lisa has extensive experience with standa…Read More

  9. Federal Court Enjoins Portion of California Workplace Immigration Law

    By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq. On July 5, 2018, a United States District Court in Sacramento, California granted the United States Department of Justice motion for preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of certain provisions of California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act. As we have previously reported, the law, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, imposes specific notice obligations. …Read More