“At the beginning of the pandemic, the economy was in a tailspin, court proceedings had been curtailed, and trials ground to a halt,” Goldberg Segalla’s George H. Buermann said in an interview with Corporate Board Member. “Many plaintiff attorneys were reaching out to in-house counsel to resolve their clients’ litigation, but the economic uncertainty drove down settlement demands and corresponding offers, as trials were simply not a realistic option in the near future.”
In the article, George, vice chair of the firm’s Environmental Law group, discusses the legal ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic for business owners and shares recommendations on how to handle the flood of post-pandemic litigation following the reopening of businesses and courts. He also urged directors to go beyond working with their in-house counsel to be proactive about anti-corporate sentiment.
“Establishing a good corporate identity and selecting the right corporate spokesperson as the face of the company to present to a jury and public is critical,” he said.
“After Covid, Get Ready to Get Sued,” Corporate Board Member, April 21, 2021
George H. Buermann advises clients on complex environmental regulatory and compliance matters and litigates environmental and toxic tort disputes across the country. George offers clients in-depth knowledge of the state and federal regulations governing such disputes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and others.