Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP is a large law firm that traces its roots to 1846 in Ohio. With offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Naples, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Porter Wright provides strategic legal counsel to a worldwide base of clients.

Porter Wright partners with clients to help them take advantage of opportunities and achieve business goals. We’ve worked with clients that form the backbone of the U.S. economy — advising them as they’ve grown, helping them adjust to a globalized economy, and to evolve to meet new demands and seize opportunities. Not only do we help clients resolve legal challenges, we strive to be a trusted business advisor and steady ally.

Our last article, New Brandeisians keep their promise, discussed the contents of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) proposed overarching antitrust legislation, Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act (CALERA). Now, we’d like to take a step back and focus on the arguments supporting and opposing such reform, and in particular the precise manner in which the proposed legislation goes about such reform. We’d also like to highlight another antitrust statute proposed by Sen. Klobuchar, the…
Not only are public and private companies increasingly targeted for cyber-attacks, but local and state governments across the country are as well. In our latest Privacy and Security Roundup, we cover the Senate-passed bill that includes nearly $2 billion in national cybersecurity funding, recent sanctions by the SEC on investment advisors and broker-dealers, a new initiative that aims to improve defense planning and information sharing between the public and private sectors, and more.…
Most employers are equipped to respond to employee allegations of harassment by co-workers or managers. However, there are added levels of difficulty when employees complain of harassment by a customer, contractor or other visitor to the business. In Sansone v. Jazz Casino Company, LLC (Sept. 1, 2021), a federal court of appeals recently ruled that an employee of Harrah’s Casino can go to trial on her claims that she was sexually harassed by a customer…
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently provided employers a useful reminder of how important it is to promptly investigate allegations of harassment, or other types of discrimination, even when it appears that such investigation may be fruitless. In Jane Doe v City of Detroit, the court upheld summary judgment for Detroit on a transgender employee’s complaint of harassment. Specifically, the employee complained that an unknown person had defaced her…
More states are working on comprehensive consumer privacy laws that could impact how companies share data, there have been more ransomware and supply chain attacks and there’s news of a messaging app used as a Trojan horse by the FBI. My colleagues Kevin Scott and Donna Ruscitti explain in their August Privacy and Security Roundup.…
More states, including Ohio, are working on comprehensive consumer privacy laws that could impact how companies share data. In our August 2021 Privacy and Security Roundup, we cover the nuances in the various legislation, more ransomware and supply chain attacks and news of a messaging app used as a Trojan horse by the FBI.…
The Colorado Supreme Court recently settled a debate among employers and employees: Are employers required to pay accrued but unused vacation pay to employees upon separation, even if the employer’s policy contains a forfeiture clause? In Nieto v. Clark’s Market, the court answered “yes.” Although this decision only applies to employees who are bringing claims under the Colorado Wage Claim Act, it clears up a longstanding issue that has puzzled employers in the…
More than $800 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were approved over the life of the program that was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to support small businesses in payroll and certain non-payroll expenses during the pandemic. Some or all of the funds may be forgiven. My colleagues Brad Hughes and Carrie Garrison explain in this Porter Wright Law Alert the forgiveness process, how to appeal a…
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Audit Techniques Guide (NQDC). It released Publication 5528 (NQDC guide) on June 1, 2021. The IRS last updated the NQDC Guide in 2015. Interestingly, the 2015 NQDC Guide was published shortly after the IRS sent information document requests to publicly traded companies to determine how well companies were complying with Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 409A. This latest update to the NQDC guide contains…