As we all monitor the headlines regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions of our government, educational institutions and the advice of our World Health Organization (“WHO”) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), please be assured that HKH takes this rapidly evolving situation very seriously. We place a high priority on the safety and wellbeing of not only our clients and employees, but also our local community.
As reports of COVID-19 continue to spread across the state and country, our leadership has made the following immediate decisions:
Client Interactions and Mediations
- HKH will continue to provide our professional services as expected. Even if the local authorities require us to close our actual office, we will continue performing work on our client’s cases remotely. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our client’s legal needs are not put at a disadvantage by this pandemic. We will also continue take on new clients and will make ourselves available via telephone (or public policies and regulations permitting, in the office) with as little inconvenience to our clients as possible. Mediations will be conducted electronically for the next 15 days. We will work with all attorneys and parties to make this as seamless and user-friendly as possible. If you are scheduled to mediate with Hannah Stroud, the mediation will proceed as scheduled. If this changes, our office will notify you immediately.
- As for scheduled court appearances or hearings, per the rapidly-evolving rules of the local judiciary at this time, only mandatory matters will be heard by the Courts for the next few weeks.
- We ask that all of our new and existing clients as well as our employees please consider the CDC’s criteria for people considered to be at higher risk, including older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html.
- Our office has increased the frequency and depth of cleaning and disinfection in our conference rooms, common spaces and common contact points, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches and bathrooms. Finally, please excuse our employees for not greeting you with our typical friendly handshake upon your arrival or departure.
This is a challenging time, but the health and safety of our new and existing clients, employees and our community remains our central focus at HKH. We continue to pray for all those across the globe and locally whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19 and for the public health officials, doctors and scientists who are working around the clock to end the outbreak.