Coronavirus National Response Team

Overview Attorneys

For more than twenty years, WSHB has anticipated legal trends and worked to protect our clients before claims get made. We were national thought leaders on emerging risks before that term was coined. Today, we stand ready to assist our clients with risk management, employment issues, transactional advice and pre-litigation claims arising from the novel coronavirus and the infectious disease caused by this virus – COVID-19. Drawing from the experience of our more than 300 attorneys, our geographic breadth with offices across the County and unmatched experience with infectious disease litigation, WSHB is the “go to” law firm for unfolding issues related to the pandemic.

Coronavirus has literally changed our world in the course of weeks. It presents public health and economic challenges that impact every aspect of society. Employers, businesses, property owners and their underwriters are being presented with risk management and reputational risk challenges, employment issues and the need to minimize the potential for claims arising from the pandemic. WSHB can assist with a measured, thoughtful, proactive and responsible approach based on the latest data and best practices, plus years of relevant experience. We have obtained defense verdicts in multi-plaintiff infectious disease cases and were lead defense counsel in the Federal Multi-District Litigation filed in response to the 2012 Hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park. Our expertise in mass torts, employment, insurance and business transaction allows WSHB to take a multi-disciplinary approach. With a group of well regarded thought leaders who focus on particular industries, our Coronavirus National Response Team is prepared to respond immediately to the quickly changing legal issues our clients face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

WSHB is at the forefront of advising insurance agents and brokers on a wide range of potential errors and omissions issues that may arise in connection with COVID-19. Since the onset of this pandemic in the United States, WSHB’s strong bench of national professional liability defense lawyers have been advising insurance agents and brokers on navigating the new insurance issues presented by COVID-19. Specifically, WSHB lawyers have been reviewing and maintaining updated resources regarding the latest insurance industry COVID-19 insurance information; communicating with its insurance agent, agency and carrier clients on a regular basis to learn new information as it becomes available to help serve our clients; assisting insurance agents with documenting communications with insureds regarding coverage issues; and advising insurance agents regarding potential errors and omissions claims.

The firm enjoys an international reputation for closely collaborating with its clients, so that long term goals are not sacrificed to resolve immediate problems. Quick communication and analysis are essential in the fast changing landscape resulting from coronavirus. WSHB’s ability to collaborate and share information across geographical regions and practices presents a significant value add in situations where time is of the essence. We have already handled issues in varied practice areas arising from the pandemic, provided virtual training and webinars on emerging coronavirus issues and stand ready to navigate issues of first impressions for our clients.

Experience in Multiple Practice Areas

Coronavirus and COVID-19 can create issues in numerous practice areas. These cross-over issues must be considered when public health issues arise in the workplace, when employers need to address new regulations and handle workforce reductions, corporations draft business continuation plans and consider risk management issues or claims made. We have handled these issues and more during the current pandemic. Whatever the issue, chances are we have already addressed the problem your business is facing and have strong recommendations, protocols, consultants and action plan options to consider.

WSHB has deep experience representing both public entity and private clients, in industries including construction, real estate, hospitality, healthcare, technology, insurance and retail. Our lawyers know these sectors and clients on a deep level, understanding contractual relationships, litigation risks and other issues which clients must now address in the context of coronavirus.

Our talent base is broad and we have established practice groups in many key areas impacted by the pandemic:

  • Senior Living / Nursing Home
  • Medical Malpractice / Medical Negligence
  • Professional Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Contract analysis
    – event cancellation
    – interpretation of force majeure language
    – construction contracts
    – real estate contracts
    – landlord tenant issues
  • Habitability
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Environmental
  • Product Liability
  • Consumer Finance Litigation

Here to Help – 24/7

We understand the immediacy of needing legal counsel to address issues which are unfolding hourly. Many of these decisions do not give the luxury of time. If you have an immediate legal need, contact VirusRapidResponse@wshblaw.com. Monitored 24/7, a member of our team will reach out to you depending on the issues presented.

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