February 2020
The Art of War in Business

Presented by  Joe Campolo, Esq.
What does ancient military strategy have to do with business? Everything.
In today’s world of seemingly endless options, business is more than a competition – it’s war. When you meet resistance in battle, you still need to push through and advance your position. Joe Campolo Marine Corps veteran, Managing Partner of a Forbes Top Trusted Corporate Firm in America , and the leader that the who’s who of Long Island turn to for guidance – knows how to translate time-tested strategies for success in battle to the business world. Join us for an intimate look at how to do it.

Through personal stories shaped by his military experience, business leadership, and boundless energy to persevere, Joe will address:

  • How to shift your mindset so that you’re always advancing by all means – because otherwise, you go backward
  • The difference between tactics and strategy
  • When to be aggressive
  • How many resources to invest
  • How to know what’s worth fighting for – and what isn’t
  • Emboldening your team
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:30 a.m.: Registration, networking and hot breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m.: Presentation
CMM Academy Training Center,  4175 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
CMM Named a Forbes “Top Corporate Law Firm”
CMM is thrilled to announce that we have been recognized with a spot on the first ever Forbes "America's Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms” list. Only 243 of the more than 40,000 law firms in the United States – fewer than 1% of firms – were named to the  Forbes  list, which identifies the most recommended firms in particular practice areas.

“This prestigious recognition reflects CMM’s relentless pursuit of excellence in all we do,” said CMM Managing Partner  Joe Campolo Read more.
Featured News
Now Open in Riverhead

We're celebrating the start of 2020 with a new location in Riverhead. Located across from the Long Island Aquarium at 554 East Main Street, CMM’s Riverhead office opens less than a year after the firm opened its third office, located in Westbury. The Riverhead office, headed by Senior Partner Scott Middleton , will support CMM’s fast-growing client base on the East End and is a testament to CMM’s rapid expansion and relentless pursuit of excellence. Read more.
CMM Guides MFB as it Joins Friedman LLP

CMM congratulates our clients and friends at  Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank, LLP  (MFB), the accounting firm recognized for its personal approach to clients on Long Island’s East End, as the firm joins New York accounting and advisory firm  Friedman LLP  as of January 1, 2020. CMM represented MFB throughout the negotiation process. CMM has carved out a niche providing legal and business guidance to accounting firms exploring and negotiating upstream mergers. Read more.
Campolo Interviews Elected Officials at HIA-LI Legislative Breakfast

On   January 17, 2020, Joe Campolo  moderated the 42nd  HIA-LI Annual Meeting and Legislative Breakfast, attended by over 350 members of the business community. Joe reported on HIA-LI’s incredible year in 2019 and the plans to push for even greater economic growth in 2020. He then led a discussion with elected officials about solutions to the issues most affecting the business community. Read more .
CMM Headlines
NYS Employers Must Update Their Sexual Harassment Policies in 2020
By Christine Malafi , Esq.
Employers in New York State, take note: you must update your sexual harassment policies, notices, and training for 2020 – even if you just did so last year. New York State laws addressing sexual harassment in the workplace have been evolving since 2018, when the worldwide #MeToo movement prompted lawmakers to make changes. In August 2019, Governor Cuomo signed further reformations which will soon come into effect. Read more.
2020 Changes to Minimum Wage and Overtime Exempt Salary Threshold
By  Vincent Costa , Esq.
Attention employers! New York State has once again increased the minimum wage and the overtime exempt salary threshold effective December 31, 2019. Employers should review their wage and hour practices annually to ensure that their employees are properly classified as exempt or non-exempt and that current minimum wage and overtime rates are being paid to qualified workers. Take advantage of the new year to give your practices a fresh look. Read more.
Renegotiating a Bad Deal
By Joe Campolo , Esq.  
Ever negotiate a deal and happily put it to bed, only to have to revisit it months or years later? Every negotiator has ended up with an agreement that no longer suits their needs, or their adversary’s, and must go back to the table to turn the lopsided deal right again. But the dynamics of renegotiation aren’t the same as negotiating for the first time, and renegotiating what you thought was a done deal comes with its own set of pressures. Read on for tips on renegotiating effectively.