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COVID-19 Business Continuity Update (05.13.2020)

To our valued clients and friends:

At Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice we recognize the disruption COVID-19 has caused to the working and personal lives of our clients, colleagues, and personnel. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been dedicated to ensuring uninterrupted service to our clients and to protecting the health of our colleagues and personnel.

Over the last several weeks, we have successfully navigated meetings with clients, experts, and others integral to moving a case forward via Zoom or by conference call and will continue to do so as necessary. Many of the Courts before which we appear continue to have limited operations.

At this time, most of our employees continue to work remotely with essential services being maintained in each office location. As local authorities lift work restrictions, our return-to-work plan includes bringing employees back safely in phases consistent with local and state plans as well as federal and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

We continue to regularly monitor information released by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and local health authorities.  Based upon the recommendation of health experts we continue to observe international and domestic travel restrictions, restrictions regarding in-person meetings, social distancing guidelines, and self-quarantine rules.

Additionally, we have communicated information for reducing risk to our personnel. Personnel with any of the symptoms of the virus must stay home until it has been confirmed they do not have any contagious virus. Our employees, as well as cleaning and maintenance staff for our various offices, have implemented extensive cleaning and disinfecting procedures across all of our offices.  Masks and gloves are available to any employee or guest of the firm who wishes to use them.

We believe the measures we have put in place allow us to continue to provide our clients with the highest level of service and minimizes potential exposure to our colleagues and personnel. If you have any questions about our business continuity plan or any of the other measures we have put in place in response to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

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