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Overview of NYS Lobbying; and Challenges of Business in NYS

Total Credits: 1.5 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

Presented by the NYSBA Business Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."


  • I'm Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State's Lobbying Act
  • You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

Also included - a look at NYSBA's Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations (non-CLE bonus segment)

NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
Business Law Section or Corporate Counsel Section Member Price: $35

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Additional Information:

How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State

Learn about policy development, advocacy, and compliance with New York State's Lobbying Act

Part I: I'm Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State's Lobbying Act
Speaker: Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; NYSBA's outside legislative counsel

Part II (non-CLE): NYSBA's Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations
Panelists: Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq., NYSBA Director of Governmental Relations
Hermes Fernandez, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King; Chair, NYSBA Committee on State Legislative Policy

You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

Doing business in New York - are the state laws on doing business in New York friendly, frustrating or just confusing? This panel discusses some examples of the unintended consequences of some New York laws and regulations on the ability to do business in New York. And then they will host a quiz on just how much you know (or don't know!) about doing business in New York.

Questions addressed include:

  • A local business puts a sign up at its cash register that states that customers who pay with credit cards will be subject to a surcharge. Is this legal?
  • A director of a NYS bank resigns. The board acts by unanimous written consent to elect a successor to fill the vacant position until the next annual election. At the next bank examination, the bank is criticized for filling the vacancy in this manner. Why?
  • A NY resident goes on vacation to California and while there visits several wineries and orders several bottles of wine to be shipped back. Can the winery send the wine directly to a consumer in NY.
  • A passive investor in a small business headquartered in NY is disappointed when the business closes. The business was a New York corporation with ten shareholders. It turns out that the business was not able to pay the employees for their last month of work. Can the investor be personally liable for the unpaid wages?
  • A marketing consultant in NY provides a marketing plan to a client to enable that client to launch a business. Does this raise any issues under the New York Franchise Sales Act (NYFSA)?
  • A NY based company wants to grant licenses to two Canadian companies to open stores in Canada using the licensor's trademark. Does this raise any issues under the NYFSA?

Thomas M. Pitegoff, Esq., LeClairRyan, New York City
Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York City

Bonus segment (Free)
Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
> View Keynote Address

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J. Oppenheimer, T. Pitegoff, K.
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October 14, 2016
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