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Employment
2021 & Its Effects on Employment Law
by Tony Stergio, Elaine Howard & Chuck Jeremiah Andrews Myers has put out over a dozen Employment Updates this year, not to mention the articles in our monthly newsletters. We have provided frequent updates to cover the ever-changing pandemic and a new administration in 2021. We have compiled and revised a few of our updates from the year, in the hopes of explaining where everything stands as of today. We will keep you posted during 2022, as things continue to change.
 
Vaccine Mandates
Federal Contractors
In September, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring a federal agency to issue guidance that most federal contractors require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they provide a religious or medical exemption.

On December 7, a Georgia federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors from going into effect, ruling the Biden administration had likely exceeded its procurement authority. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought a "tragic toll," the government cannot act outside its lawful authority even "in pursuit of desirable ends," U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker ruled in the State of Georgia et al. v. Biden et al., case number 1:21-cv-00163, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

"In this case, plaintiffs will likely succeed in their claim that the president exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress through the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act when issuing Executive Order 14042," which implemented the mandate, Judge Baker said.  Read more...
Welcome Bryan V. Acklin
Please join us in welcoming Bryan Acklin to our Houston office. Bryan's practice is devoted to business litigation and construction-related litigation matters. He has participated in over 75 trials during his career. Bryan earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Prior to joining the firm, Bryan founded his own civil litigation practice. He was also an assistant district attorney in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained vast experience in jury trials, representing both the county and the State of Texas over the course of four years.
Corporate
Counting the Days...
by Susan George  Happy Holidays!  That said, as you prepare for holiday office closures, it is important not to forget upcoming contract deadlines (cue the “Debbie Downer” theme music).  

The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure provide that deadlines in civil litigation are automatically moved forward to the next business day if they fall on a weekend or non-business day. In the realm of commercial contracts, this rule does not apply. If the contract is silent regarding deadlines that fall on non-business days, the safe practice is to calendar the deadline on the preceding business day. 

Most commercial contracts do include a boilerplate provision stating that any deadline falling on a day that is not a business day is extended to the next business day. The provision should also define what days are “business days.” Definitions of business days generally include all Saturdays and all Sundays, but contracts vary in how they cover holidays. Read More...
 
Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyers
26 Andrews Myers Attorneys made the list of Houstonia Magazine's Top Lawyers.

Arbitration & Mediation: Bill Andrews
Civil Law Transactional: Patrick Hayes
Commercial Litigation: Jim Aycock, Hunter Barrow, Emily Miller
Labor & Employment: Chuck Jeremiah, Tony Stergio, Wesley Walker
 
Bankruptcy & Workout: Josh Judd, Patrick Kelly, Lisa Norman, Ed Ripley
Real Estate: Mahek Bhojani, Matthew Cire, Susan George, Katie Gourley, Bret Rycroft
Construction: Katy Baird, Brittany Cooperrider, Colby Hodges, Adam Robertson, Tim Ross, Chris Scheurich, Mike Schiff, Lauren Scroggs, Ben Westcott
Commercial Real Estate
Digital Disruption of the Commercial Real Estate Industry
by Josh Cunningham  Andrews Myers closed out our third year as a sponsor for the Houston Business Journal’s (HBJ) Commercial Real Estate webinar series with a discussion on Digital Disruption of the Commercial Real Estate Industry. One of the lessons we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that emerging technologies have made it possible to continue to get business done, regardless of where employees or clients are located.

Panelists discussed the lessons taught by COVID-19 with regard to so-called “digitization of the industry” and what businesses need to consider going forward. They also discussed the opportunities posed by digitization and the hurdles the industry might face in implementing it. Panelists included Lee Bratcher, president of the Texas Blockchain Council; Rena Burns, partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP; Stuart Showers, senior vice president in Transwestern’s business analytics division; and Edward Wagoner, chief information officer at JLL, Digital.

Digitization and its role in commercial real estate.
Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format, enabling the ability for consumption analysis to benefit business downstream. Stuart Showers explained that until recently, market reports were on reams of paper. Now, all that information is digitized. Read More... 
 
Celebrating Andrews Myers Family
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10 YEARS
At our Firm Holiday Party on December 3, we celebrated those who have been with us for milestone years in both 2020 and 2021.

First were our decade awards, from left with co-managing shareholders Ben Westcott and Patrick Hayes: Cynthia Birdwell, Tony Stergio, Seth Russell and Mike SchiffNot Pictured: Starla Gurka and Lisa Norman
15 YEARS
In 2006 Patrick Hayes, Billy Nelson and Susan George joined the firm. Not Pictured: Brenda Ratliff
20 YEARS
Celebrating two decades with Andrews Myers, Jason Walker and Wanda Henderson.
30 YEARS
Andrews Myers was founded in 1990 and in 2020 we celebrated 30 years as a firm. This year we honored firm founders Bill Andrews and Tom Myers with 30 year awards. Not pictured is Belinda Swanzy, who started as a paralegal with the firm in 1991.


About Andrews Myers
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Where To Find Andrews Myers
Andrews Myers offices will be closed on Friday, December 24.
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Andrews Myers, PC
Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law. The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
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Covid-19 Updates
Andrews Myers attorneys have been tracking and updating the many changes that could effect you and your business throughout the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. To see all of the articles and information you may have missed, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page on AndrewsMyers.com.

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