Andrew Wilson to Discuss Telemedicine Compliance at Healthcare Compliance Symposium

Attorney and legislative specialist, Andrew B. Wilson, a member of the Morris James LLP Healthcare Law and Government Relations Groups, will serve as the Distinguished Speaker at the 2nd Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium. More ›

Andrew B. Wilson Elected to The Delaware Center of Health Innovation Board of Directors

Andrew B. Wilson of Morris James LLP has been elected to The Delaware Center of Health Innovation Board of Directors. DCHI is a public-private partnership comprised of Delaware’s foremost healthcare leaders, dedicated to achieving Delaware’s vision for becoming one of the healthiest states in the nation.  More ›

Healthcare & The Governor’s Budget

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As Joe Biden once quipped, “[d]on’t tell me what you value; show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” January 24th is budget day in Delaware. The day to see Governor Carney’s values.

The Governor gave his address at 11 am at the State Archives to a packed room of journalists, legislators, and stakeholders. That afternoon, the two “money bills” representing the state budget were filed. So, let’s talk healthcare and the Governor’s Recommended Budget (GRB) of $4.433 billion. More ›

Temporary Stopgaps Extend Federal Court Operations Through January 31st

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts estimates that federal court operations will remain funded through Jan. 31, 2019. The extension has been achieved by deferring non-critical operating costs and the usage of court filing fees and other available funds.

Court System Notices

Litigation and filings will continue in Delaware during the federal government shutdown. If you have questions, please contact our Director of Client Relations Dawn Sheiker (302.888.6804; dsheiker@morrisjames.com).

Healthcare in Delaware’s 150th – What to Look for after the State of the State

Delaware Governor John Carney delivered his third State of the State address yesterday, January 17th, in the Senate Chamber. For the healthcare world, what was in it was just as interesting as what was not in it. Highlights included re-emphasis of his existing benchmark proposal as well as Lt. Gov. Hall-Long’s work on mental health and addiction. Looking forward, he signaled a shift in focus to promoting healthy lifestyles, stating support to “raise the age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21.” We’ll unpack these a little more below, but interestingly what didn’t make it in there was any talk about the outcomes of the Medicaid Buy-In Task Force (to not buy the lede – Delaware may become an individual mandate state) or the Primary Care Collaborative, both of which released major reports just a few weeks ago. More ›

Governor John Carney Delivers State of the State Address

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Here’s a first look at Governor Carney’s State of the State today, January 17.  Plenty of air time on a wide range of healthcare issues, including spending benchmarks, addiction, mental health, raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21, and even prison healthcare system reform.  All in all an ambitious agenda for the 2019 legislative session. 

Replay video and view the online story.

Brittany Yodis Admitted to the Delaware Bar

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YodisCongratulations to Brittany Yodis who was admitted to the Delaware Bar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Brittany will enhance the firm's Tax, Estates and Business Practice by providing personal and business-related tax planning, commercial transactions, and estate planning services.  

In law school, Brittany served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Sue L. Robinson in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, as well as a Research Assistant focusing on tax administration, tax compliance, and issues affecting the low-income taxpayer community.  She also worked at the Villanova University School of Law Federal Tax Clinic, where she represented individual taxpayers and small-business owners in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and before the United States Tax Court.  After graduating from law school, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Sherry R. Fallon in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Brittany is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania and has a Master of Laws in Taxation. 

Bruce Tigani to Present on the New Tax Act at the Delaware Tax Institute on December 7

tiganiA frequent lecturer on The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 since its passage in late December, Bruce W. Tigani will be presenting on the New Tax Act at the upcoming Delaware Tax Institute on December 7, 2018.  His presentation will focus on the Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction and Choice of Entity Planning & Developments, including the recently announced guidance from the IRS impacting S corporation shareholders, LLC members, and proprietors.  Bruce will conclude with case-study comparisons illustrating the impact of the QBI deduction and other aspects of the New Tax Act on entity selection for doing business.  More ›

U.S.News - Best Lawyers® Recognizes Morris James LLP Among Best Law Firms

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News Image GenericThe 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® annual guide of the “Best Law Firms" recognizes Morris James as a "Best Law Firm" in the national category of Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions as well as 25 additional categories for their Delaware practices. More ›

Delaware Today Magazine Recognizes 39 Morris James Attorneys in their November Top Lawyer Edition

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Morris James Takes the Lead in Delaware Today Top Lawyers Survey

Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that the lawyers listed below were recognized as Top Lawyers by their peers in a survey of Delaware attorneys conducted by Delaware Today magazine. Morris James had more top lawyers and top vote-getters than any other law firm in Delaware. 39 attorneys were named in 20 practice areas. More ›

Bruce Tigani Presents on the New Tax Act at the Delaware Trust Conference

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TiganiBruce Tigani, chair of Morris James' Tax, Estates and Business practice, presented on the New Tax Act at the Delaware Trust Conference held October 24th. http://bit.ly/2q4t3WF

(L-R) Bruce Tigani, Jordan Rosen, Jerry Grossman

With a law career spanning over 30 years, Bruce maintains a broad-based business, tax, healthcare and real estate practice.  In providing clients an integrated focus to both transactional and planning aspects essential to their needs, Bruce delivers a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the representation of regionally based closely-held businesses, professional practices, and individuals. 

Delaware’s Incremental Grapple with E-Cigs

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Earlier this month the FDA announced that use of electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigs”) reached epidemic proportions among teenagers and it is cracking down. It placed the burden on five manufacturers to prove their devices are not being sold to minors and sent out notices to retailers reminding them of the prohibition against selling to minors under federal law. Delaware has had this same debate in slow motion starting in 2014, attempting to leverage its three main regulatory strategies: sales to minors, Clean Indoor Air Act, and taxes.

Delaware’s three major mechanisms are as follows:

  • 11 Del.Code §§ 1115-27 - Prohibition of Tobacco Sale to Minors
  • 16 Del.Code §2901 et al. - Clear Indoor Air Act
  • 30 Del.Code § 5301 et al. - Tobacco Excise Tax
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First Delaware State Bar Association Health Law Section Meeting

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The first Delaware State Bar Association Health Law Section meeting with Morris James LLP attorney Andrew Wilson leading along with Rob Collins will convene on Monday, October 22nd at 12:00 pm when the Section will reconvene at the Bar Association on King Street. Drew Wilson was recently appointed as a co-chair of the Section.  The group will discuss opportunities and goals for the section over the next year. It’s an exciting time in health law and policy; the section could play an impactful role.  Anyone involved in the Delaware healthcare industry should contact Drew directly about ideas for the section, and the role it can play in education and awareness.  Lunch will be provided, but those unable to attend in person can participate by phone. The call-in information is 1-800-391-2548, with pin code 75484489. There will also be an upcoming health-related CLE titled “The Opioid Epidemic and the Law.” on the morning of September 26th from 9: 00 am to 12:30 pm. The keynote speaker will be our Attorney General, Matt Denn, who has championed the issue during his time in office.  Contact Drew for more details!

Morris James Named a Top Work Place for Mid-sized Employers in Delaware Eleventh Consecutive Year

Morris James was named a top work place for mid-sized employers in Delaware for the eleventh consecutive year.  This year's top workplace honor makes Morris James the only law firm in Delaware to be consistently top-ranked in the mid-sized employers category for the past eleven years. More ›

Best Lawyers® Recognizes Thirty Morris James Attorneys in Thirty-two Practice Areas

Thirty Morris James attorneys in thirty-two practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 edition. Additionally, three of those attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” for their respective practices, including David H. Williams for Education Law, Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment, Richard Galperin for Healthcare Law, Medical Malpractice - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and John M. Bloxom, IV for Real Estate. Congratulations to Kenneth L. Dorsney, Shannon S. Frazier, Kevin G. Healy, Eric J. Monzo, John H. Newcomer, Jr., K. Tyler O’Connell and Jill Spevack Di Sciullo for being recognized for the first time. More ›