Hello from the Other Side
We might not be on the other side yet, but over the past six months we have certainly figured out how to work in a dramatically new environment. It is amazing how our practices have continued, largely uninterrupted. Now that we have settled in, we wanted to take a break from our Zoom meetings, backyard gardens, and back to school activities to reach out again.   

Another area that has taken up a lot of time is keeping up with all of the new legislation. We have been partnering with our colleagues on the finance and corporate teams to stay informed and have launched the COVID-19 Resource Center for up-to-date legal analysis on issues posed by the pandemic. If we can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to reach out.  
Awards, Accolades and Publications

MVA is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has ranked eight firm practice groups and 25 firm attorneys in the 2020 edition of its legal directory, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released on April 23.

MVA’s Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate practice groups in North Carolina earned Tier 1 recognition in this year’s directory. Additionally, the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups, along with the finance arm of the Real Estate group, in North Carolina were ranked. The firm's Healthcare group in South Carolina was also recognized.

Nader Raja, a Member of the firm’s Litigation group, was among Law360's 2020 Rising Stars for Compliance. Raja regularly works with clients facing complex and high-stakes government enforcement, regulatory compliance and civil and criminal litigation. He focuses his practice on government investigations, corporate compliance, white collar defense and complex commercial litigation.

Golden Spoke Award
We are also proud to recognize Kim Cochran who was awarded the prestigious Golden Spoke award from Wells Fargo. It is the bank’s highest recognition offered annually to approximately 1% of the bank’s employees, and she is one of only nine lawyers to win the award this year. In her short time since joining the bank, Kim has become an invaluable member of the Recovery and Resolution planning team. Kim joined MVA as an attorney on the litigation team in 2013 and left to join Wells Fargo in 2018.  
Civic Engagement

MVA is one of over 125 law firms that have joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). LFAA is a coalition of firms that will work with other organizations that are uniting to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the law and in government institutions. MVA is the only North Carolina based law firm to initially sign-on to the effort.

Publications and Media

Charlotte Litigation Member Jim McLoughlin and Associate Bill Butler‘s article titled, “INSIGHT: Proffers and Government Reporting—Cause for Comfort and Caution”, was published by Bloomberg Law on May 5.

For more information on Firm news, accolades and recognitions please click here.
Practicing Law Institute (PLI) is offering free COVID-19 programming: 

These programs are specifically being offered to the public at no cost. Attorneys that do not have PLI memberships will need to create an account before these virus-related programs will be available to them.

The NC bar has lifted the online maximum of CLE to 6 hours. Attorneys can now get in all 12 of their required CLE hours via on-demand programming.
Our CLE offerings are updated weekly. Please contact us for the latest information.
MVA Video on Civic Engagement
Finally, we wanted to share with you a video created by our White Collar, Regulatory Defense, and Investigations and Financial Regulatory Advice & Response teams and shared with their clients. It addresses important issues on our civic engagement over the past several months and discusses our transition to a work-from-home environment. We hope you enjoy seeing some familiar faces.