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Baker Donelson Expands Coronavirus Task Force

Firm Will Host Upcoming Webinar on Safeguarding from Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak
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Baker Donelson has expanded its multi-disciplinary task force focused on providing essential counsel to clients navigating the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This team, which in January began monitoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains and employees overseas, now brings together leading professionals across multiple Baker Donelson practice groups with a range of experience in the many operational, legal, regulatory and governmental issues that will be vital to ensuring businesses implement a comprehensive approach to preparing for and responding to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Baker Donelson Coronavirus Task Force is led by John M. Scannapieco, chair of Baker Donelson's Global Business Team; Martha L. Boyd, shareholder in the Firm's Labor & Employment Group; and Alisa L. Chestler, chair of the Firm's Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. In addition to other Firm leaders across multiple practices, including health care, construction, government contracts, and hospitality, members of the task force include the former first General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; a former Chief of Staff to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader; a former staff director of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee; former Chief Counsel and former Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; and a former senior level member of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

"As the novel coronavirus has continued to spread around the globe, its impact on businesses has increased as well," said Mr. Scannapieco. "Everything from supply chains, contracts and employment issues to cybersecurity, novel insurance coverage matters, and financial disclosures will ultimately be affected. In expanding this task force, we have combined the unique, high-level experience that all of these professionals bring in order to offer our clients expert counsel on whatever issue they might face related to COVID-19."

A full list of the Coronavirus Task Force members is available on the Firm's website at Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know. This resource page, which is being continuously updated to reflect the most current and relevant information, serves as a centralized source for foundational information related to coronavirus, including matters related to employment; remote workforce cybersecurity and data protection; contracts and supply chains; mergers and acquisitions and financial disclosures; and business insurance.

Baker Donelson will also be hosting a complimentary webinar, "Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Your Business Should Do Right Now," on March 11 that will address how businesses can safeguard from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The topics covered will include:

  • COVID-19 medical facts, including risks, prevention, treatment and exposure
  • Employer perspective about the rights of employers and employees and business travel issues
  • Planning for a remote workforce: cybersecurity control considerations
  • Supply chain and other business transactions
  • Impact on mergers and acquisitions and financial disclosures for public companies
  • Potential insurance claims, including business interruption

Members of the media are invited to attend this webinar. Registration and additional information are available online at https://communications.bakerdonelson.com/36/3482/landing-pages/website-registration-form.asp.

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