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Andy Martone, President and CEO of HesseMartone, named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for 2020

The publication honors high-stakes business litigators. Fewer than half a percent of active attorneys in the US receive this honor.

Candidates for this recognition must have litigated a matter with the fate of a business worth a minimum of $2,000,000 at stake. The lawyers are further screened based on professional experience, litigation experience, significant business litigation case results, peer reputation, and community impact.

Andy and the HesseMartone team are proud and grateful to be recognized for their efforts.

HesseMartone Sponsors 2020 Shooting Event by SIBA and AGCI

HesseMartone is proud to support the annual Shooting Event held by The Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) and Associated General Contractors of Illinois (AGCI). Four-man teams will compete in a sporting clay competition at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Illinois on September 24th.

Proceeds from these events are distributed to education funds and charities. Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, limited events are being held this year. HesseMartone invites you to support SIBA and ACGI in these important fundraising events.

Click here to see the event flyer and registration information.

Andy Martone included in 2021 Best Lawyers Publication

For the 12th consecutive year, Best Lawyers recognizes Andy Martone as an outstanding labor and employment attorney. Best Lawyers is a peer reviewed publication that recognizes leading lawyers based on confidential evaluations by professional peers. HesseMartone congratulates Andy for his repeated recognition in the field.

Visit Best Lawyers to see Andy’s profile and clients comments.

HesseMartone ranked in The Top 50 Construction Law Firms

Construction Executive (CE) ranked the top construction law firms from across the U.S., naming HesseMartone in its top 50 ranking. HesseMartone is proud to be recognized as “an experienced legal ally” by CE, which is the official publication of Associated Builders and Contractors.

View the full listing of Construction Executive’s 2020 The Top 50 Construction Law Firms.

Pension Fund Video Series on Central States’ withdrawal liability features Andy Martone

Indiana Contractors, Inc. hosted a series of interviews with Andy Martone addressing the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund and withdrawal liability.

In this YouTube video series, Andy and George Sheraw, Director of Labor Relations at ICI, discussed the situation surrounding the Central States Pension Fund and contractor withdrawal liability.

Part 1 of the Series
Andy and George touch on 5 options for employers to consider with the impending insolvency of Central States pension fund.

Part 2 of the Series
Andy dives into the risks and rewards of employer options for the impending pension fund insolvency.

Part 3 of the Series
The topics of mass withdrawal and construction industry exemption are covered by Andy and George.

Part 4 of the Series
Myths are dispelled and triggers are explained regarding partial withdrawal liabilities, fund insolvency, and excise taxes

Part 5 of the Series
Teamsters local withdrawal liability and bankruptcy are discussed by Andy and George, and they open the floor for contractors to ask questions for a bonus episode.

HesseMartone sponsors SIBA Golf Outing to fund Scholarships

The firm is proud to be a sponsor of the Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) Golf Outing on August 20th.

The event kicks off with a shot-gun start at 10am and concludes with dinner and awards at 3pm. Proceeds from these SIBA events are distributed as scholarships to students pursuing degrees in construction related management, engineering, and architecture.

As a result of the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, SIBA is able to hold limited social events this year. HesseMartone invites you to support SIBA in these important fundraising events.

Click here to see the event flyer. Visit here to see a list of SIBA events for 2020.

HesseMartone Sponsors Mitrata’s Trivia Night

Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children is hosting a virtual trivia night on August 15th. Event sponsorships help the foundation support 120 underprivileged children in Nepal for education, healthcare, housing and support services. The pandemic this year has heightened the need for support and funding.

HesseMartone is proud to be registered as a table sponsor. The HesseMartone team will participate online in the virtual event which includes multi-media trivia, a Fund-a-Need auction, and more. The Mitrata foundation hopes to raise $35,000 for the children that they serve.

Learn more about the event and the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children at mitrata.org.

Andy Martone featured in ICI’s Pension Fund Week

Indiana Contractors, Inc. is hosting a week of interviews with pension fund experts. In the first video of the series, Andy Martone, president and CEO of HesseMartone, and George Sheraw, Director of Labor Relations at ICI, discuss the situation surrounding the Central States Pension Fund and contractor withdrawal liabilities.

Click here to view the feature.

HesseMartone congratulates SIBA on its 75th Anniversary!

The Illinois Preferential Hiring Law is in Effect

by Andy Martone

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has confirmed that the Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act is now in effect as a result of the excessive unemployment rate in Illinois caused by the pandemic, the related Stay at Home Orders and the resulting business closures.

The Act requires the workforce on all public works projects to be comprised of a minimum of 90 percent of Illinois workers.

The law covers public works projects that are funded in whole or in part with state funds or funds administered by the state of Illinois. Any public works project financed in whole or in part by federal funds administered by the state of Illinois is also covered to the extent permitted by applicable federal law or regulation.

The consequences of violating the Act can be severe, and include substantial penalties per worker, per day – starting at $1,000 and going up to $15,000 for multiple repeat violations – and also allow for the filing of private lawsuits.