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Front Page - Friday, March 13, 2020

Baker Donelson expands coronavirus task force




Chattanooga attorney Robert Divine is part of Baker Donelson’s task force focused on providing counsel to clients navigating the growing impact of the coronavirus outbreak. - Photograph provided

Baker Donelson has expanded its multidisciplinary task force focused on providing 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, brings together legal professionals across multiple Baker Donelson practice groups with experience in the 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 firm says.

The Baker Donelson Coronavirus Task Force is led by John Scannapieco, chair of the firm’s global business team, Martha Boyd, shareholder in the firm’s labor and employment group, and Alisa 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, a former acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a former senior level member of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

“As the coronavirus has continued to spread around the globe, its impact on businesses has increased as well,” Scannapieco says. “Everything from supply chains, contracts and employment issues to cybersecurity, insurance coverage matters and financial disclosures will be affected.

“ In expanding this task force, we have combined the high-level experience these professionals bring to offer our clients expert counsel on whatever issue they might face related to COVID-19.”

Full list of the coronavirus task force members.

Source: Baker Donelson