FLB Law
Dec. 11, 2020

Maraleen D. Shields Announces Candidacy for Judge in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba shareholder Maraleen D. Shields, an experienced Lehigh attorney and litigator, has announced her candidacy for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of the Lehigh County. After amassing nearly a decade of medical malpractice defense and risk management litigation experience, Maraleen D. Shields joined the Firm in 2014. She has worked […]

Kenneth Charette
Nov. 23, 2020

Starting a Business? Avoid these Five Common Legal Mistakes

Starting a new business can be both exciting and daunting. Here are five common legal pitfalls that all start-ups should seek to avoid.

FLB Law
Nov. 20, 2020

Northampton County Reopened Its COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Good news for small businesses. On November 20, 2020, the Northampton County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Program re-opened and is currently accepting applications. Northampton County Council has approved this Grant Program, in partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, that will distribute $1.3 million dollars of CARES Act Funds to Northampton County […]

Timothy D. Charlesworth
Nov. 13, 2020

Getting Ready for LIBOR to Disappear

Most of FLB’s business clients borrow money from commercial lenders, such as banks and credit unions.  If any of your loans are priced on the basis of LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), you have probably heard that this is going to change.  The “sun will set” on LIBOR at the end of 2021, and lenders […]

FLB Law
Nov. 9, 2020

New SBA Questionnaires for PPP Borrowers with Loans $2 Million and Above

On October 26, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a notice that it intends to release two new forms relating to borrowers’ good faith certifications that current economic conditions made the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan necessary to ongoing business operations.  The new documents are Form 3509 – Loan Necessity Questionnaire (For-Profit Borrowers) and […]

Timothy D. Charlesworth
Nov. 3, 2020

This way to the Brexit.

Whether there is a Brexit deal or not, changes are coming as of January 1, 2021.  At that point, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union.  Whether you import or export (or both), there is a good chance that you will be affected.  Many of our clients have used the […]

FLB Law
Oct. 23, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Beware of Email Scams

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a warning about email scams related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and its borrowers. Borrowers are reporting receiving emails from “sba-attorneys.com” that inform the recipient PPP funds were issued to them erroneously and action must be taken to avoid “potential criminal liability.” This email is […]

FLB Law
Oct. 20, 2020

Looking to Retain Talent? Consider a Non-Qualified Incentive Plan.

The economic situation in our country is changing dramatically, creating some turmoil, but also providing opportunities for innovation. One area of increasing importance to forward-looking businesses is alternative compensation models for employees. Generally speaking, employees in service businesses are compensated with a set salary, discretionary bonus and an annual 2-5% raise based on performance. Savvy […]

FLB Law
Oct. 15, 2020

Webinar: Protect Your Hospital’s Nonprofit Status — Preparing for Local, State and Federal Challenges

Challenges to the nonprofit status of hospitals and health systems are becoming increasingly common, with attacks coming from multiple fronts. Many nonprofit hospitals and health systems are facing litigation, the results of which could be very costly. FLB will be co-hosting a live webinar featuring Chair of our Corporate, Business & Banking Group, Marie K. […]

FLB Law
Oct. 14, 2020

Maraleen D. Shields Honored with the 2020 Lynette Norton Award

Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields was selected by The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession as the recipient of the 2020 Lynette Norton Award. The Norton Award was created in memory of Lynette Norton, a founding member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession who died in 2002. Norton was […]