Our COVID-19 Experience At Pasha Law

On April 2, 2020, Gov. Abbot issued his first executive order detailing the requirements for non-essential workers to stay-at-home and directing most businesses to indefinitely shut their doors. Like many offices around the country, once the full gravity of our international crisis began to dawn on most of us, the first question Pasha Law asked, with most of the staff being in Houston, Texas, was, are we essential? Before we could answer that question, we had already begun fielding calls from clients who suddenly had to deal with more pressing concerns related to telecommuting, testing, sick workers, and government aid. What if an employee refuses to come back to work due to safety concerns? How do you get out of this contract due to the pandemic? We quickly learned that not only were we essential under the law, but clients were in critical need. 

Only weeks prior, COVID-19 was merely a news topic at Pasha Law. It did not take long until every single interaction, meeting, or phone call was occupied with jokes about social distancing or the elbow bump. After shut-downs started to occur nationwide, our first prediction was a dramatic slowdown at the office—we were incredibly wrong.

Practicing business law in the age of COVID-19 requires diligence. Lawyers are unable to rely on their experience. We are now having to apply a completely novel factual circumstance to old and rapidly evolving laws. Federal, state, and local agencies continue to develop new regulations and executive orders while legislatures pass new and sometimes overriding law. 

The legal issues that businesses have dealt with in the last few months are novel like the virus that caused them. In looking back, our firm wanted to break down some of these issues as we reflect on Pasha Law’s perspective of a new normal.

1. How had Covid-19 Affected Employment Policies and Procedures?

Employment issues are always one of the biggest liabilities both financially and legally to any business. COVID-19 made a complex area of law that much more nuanced. 

Fighting COVID-19 at the workplace takes a significant amount of self-control and a reigning-in of basic impulses. Though best practice is to ensure the health and safety of the employee when in the midst of a pandemic, businesses have struggled in dealing with employees having to miss time at work, whether it’s in recovery or working from home during a quarantine period, which can severely impact the client’s revenue and productivity.

For example, as stay-at-home orders were issued, some clients reported measurable 30-40% drops in work productivity by non-sick employees who were working from home. These lowered levels of productivity happened across the spectrum for our clients, and when the stay-at-home orders were lifted, they worked towards bringing employees back. This came with the new obstacle, however, of working out policies to deal with potential outbreaks or individuals feeling ill at the office.

2. How are our Clients Dealing with Testing Employees?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our clients required their employees to work from home out of a sense of preventing the spread of the virus. However, as states and localities began to reopen, or if the employee was an essential worker, some employers required COVID-19 testing as part of their protocol to maintain a safe work environment. For many employers, beginning employee-wide testing was essential to not only keeping employees safe, but to continuing business in a prudent manner, especially in safeguarding client confidence in the company’s ability to maintain the status quo. 

Questions on how to implement these policies were left unanswered by regulatory bodies early in the pandemic. For example, the legal hurdles of whether testing could be mandated by an employer, while also ensuring that the results of the test remain confidential, were challenging to many employers.

Only in April 2020 did the EEOC release guidance making it clear that mandatory testing was appropriate. The challenges of requiring employees to be tested included ensuring all employees actually were tested or had been tested recently, creating waivers for employees if they had an objection, ensuring that test results were confidential, and establishing a protocol if an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

3. When Can Employees Return to Work?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) shifted the goalposts on employers multiple times during this pandemic, thus putting pressure on companies to develop a workable policy and stick to it despite the CDC’s changing recommendations. Employers initially required employees to have two negative tests after an employee tested positive, which was later softened, to only require employees to quarantine for 10 days for persons who never develop symptoms after their first positive test or 20 days for persons with severe illness after symptom on-set.

Our clients largely tracked the CDC’s guidelines, first requiring testing prior to returning to work and then forgoing the testing as the CDC removed its suggestion. We worked with various clients to tailor the approach to their individual levels of risk tolerance. Most settled with policies straddling the two guidelines: they adopted the shorter 10-day period of quarantine if an employee was exposed, along with the initial testing criteria requiring a negative test to return to work.

4. What are the Recommended Protocols for Employees and Visitors? 

Businesses began scrambling to modify their on-premises practices as COVID-19 made elbow-to-elbow workspaces and conference room settings rife with the potential to spread tiny droplets containing coronavirus. Our clients have implemented safety protocols, such as mandatory temperature checks, frequent handwashing, hand sanitizer stations, social distancing, and mask-wearing. Temperature checks are usually required at the front door before employees and visitors enter the workplace and the results are kept in a confidential log. The go-to recommendations from our office were to follow CDC guidelines, but that advice was not a panacea, given disparate regional and local requirements. 

For example, Harris County in Texas issued a mask order on April 22, 2020, prior to any state-wide mandate that trumped any CDC guidelines at the time. This mask order was later prohibited by Gov. Abbot, only to later be reinstated after Abbot issued an executive order allowing such mask orders. 

California also had its own conflicts between state- and local-level orders. Though generally, all counties enforced the statewide mask order at some level, the severity of the fine and level of enforcement varied greatly.

5. What Does the CARES Act Say About  Waivers and Reimbursement?

Many of our healthcare clients attempted to sort through the extensive and lengthy language contained within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) to determine if the patient’s cost-share would be covered and how they may get reimbursed when providing a COVID test. Our advice is simple: if the patient is arriving to be tested for diagnostic purposes, then the patient’s cost-share, deductible, and copay should not be collected; however, if the patient is there for screening purposes, then those amounts may be collected from the patient. 

What is the difference between diagnostic testing and screening testing? Simply put:

Diagnostic testing involves:

1. Patient showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19,

2. Asymptomatic individuals who have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, or

3. Patients who had COVID-19, and testing is done to determine if the patients can no longer spread the virus.

Screening tests involve:

1. Testing done on asymptomatic individuals who have no known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, or

2. Testing is conducted on an asymptomatic individual for surveillance, such as mandatory workplace screenings for health and safety reasons.

According to the CARES Act regulations and FAQs, if a patient comes in for COVID testing, it’s clear that if the healthcare provider determines that other tests, such as influenza or blood tests should be performed to help determine whether COVID-19 diagnostic testing should be conducted and if a diagnostic COVID test is actually ordered, the plan must cover those services in full, including any facility charge. 

A common situation that our clients have run into is: if an individual is being treated in the emergency room and the attending provider orders a number of services to determine whether a COVID-19 diagnostic test is appropriate, such as diagnostic test panels for influenza A and B and respiratory syncytial virus or a chest x-ray, and ultimately orders a COVID-19 test, the plan or issuer must cover those related items and services without cost-sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements. This includes any physician fee charged to read the x-ray and any facility fee assessed in relation to those items and services. 

Finally, how should the facility be paid? The CARES Act limits payment to either a pre-negotiated rate or lacking that, at the cash price listed by the facility on their website. This cash price is important, as the CARES Act requires all providers to list their cash price for a COVID-19 test on their website. In our experience, this cash price becomes either the basis for the payment to our clients or is the starting point for a negotiated payment down the road.

6. Did Businesses Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)?

As soon as the EIDL and PPP opportunities were announced and eventually implemented, it was a scramble for businesses to determine how they were going to acquire access to these funds and whether they even qualified. A huge hurdle for most was the application process itself. The SBA site often crashed and was having issues accepting the EIDL applications for the $1,000 per employee grant (which was later revised to be restricted to a max of $10,000). Then business owners had difficulty finding banks that would actually take them in to do a PPP loan unless they were a customer. It was first come, first serve which did not bode well for those in dire need that did not have a community bank relationship.

Though access was a huge issue, many businesses that qualified and needed the funds eventually received them, with the program ending with more than 130 billion left to be funded. Though PPP forgiveness is still an open question for many, the U.S. Treasury’s periodic update to regulations related to the PPP has been daunting to keep up with.

One of the major questions early on regarding qualifications concerned small businesses that happen to be backed by private equity—would they qualify for PPP loans given the SBA’s affiliation rules? What about these large companies that were publicly traded? Putting aside the susceptibility of fraud with little-to-no liability of banks stamping these loans, early applicants who were unsure whether they qualified were faced with the decision to push through the PPP process and see what came of it. Before the affiliation rules were eventually clarified to exclude most private equity-backed business and to discourage public companies or other businesses that had access to other capital, some opted not to apply at all and others who did go through the process ended up returning the money promptly. 

7. How has Raising Capital and M&A Changed in the Age of COVID-19?

Any business, regardless of whether they are a startup or a well-established company, needs capital in order to function. In normal times, any startup business would have difficulties in raising capital. During the pandemic’s social-distancing restrictions, raising capital has been challenging for even well-established companies. Convincing potential investors to invest means building a trusting relationship and having face-to-face interactions to cultivate that relationship. Face-to-face meetings with a potential investor allowed both companies to garner whether a potential investor was a good fit with the company, and allowed investors to get a “feel” for the company’s potential. However, COVID-19 made these interactions nearly impossible. As Zoom meetings, and other means of teleconferencing, became more commonplace, companies had to become creative in attracting investors. For some of our clients, that meant raising capital in ways that they had not historically engaged in. 

Companies have been actively engaging social media, email campaigns, and other electronic means to attract potential investors in lieu of face-to-face interactions, but this meant casting a wider net to attract investors, and depending on what type of fundraising campaign the company was engaging in, the company could be restricted in who they were soliciting. As a law firm, we made certain that our clients were compliant with federal and state securities laws for raising capital in private placement offerings for general solicitations. Compliance with the securities laws included ensuring that our clients included in all electronic communications to potential investors the appropriate disclaimers, the offering memorandum contained sufficient information for the potential investor to make an informed decision, and informing the potential investors which type of investors could purchase the offering.

The second quarter of 2020 did have quite a significant comeback in both M&A deals and some IPO activity, but the sentiment of our firm’s clients is that deal activity has not necessarily slowed, just changed. Valuations, for example, have to be looked at in the context of both pre- and post-COVID activity.

8. Does COVID-19 Qualify as a Force Majeure Event?

When the pandemic first hit, Pasha Law fielded many calls from clients concerned about other parties in their agreements trying to wiggle out of their contractual obligations. This resulted in the firm turning to the back pages of such agreements to review what is called a force majeure clause. In a nutshell, this clause governs situations when a party is excused from performance, either partially or entirely, where circumstances occur that renders the performance impossible or impracticable.

When discussing this clause with clients in the pandemic context, the analysis usually boiled down to two considerations: whether COVID-19 qualified as a force majeure event, and if triggered, what did it excuse in terms of performance? What most clients found out was that a pandemic was not listed as a force majeure event, which makes sense in the pre-COVID world. Where the triggering event was in play, the analysis then turned to whether the clause allowed merely a delay in the party’s performance or excusing performance altogether. 

What our office observed to be the common theme was that the force majeure clause would excuse performance in general, but payment would be carved out, meaning the other parties were still obligated to make timely payments to our clients. Not only did our firm handle these concerns in a reactive context, but we also incorporated these lessons in a proactive capacity in contracts moving forward. 

9. Can I File a Claim with my Business Interruption Insurance?

Similar to force majeure, business interruption policies were challenged with the fact that many excluded plagues and pandemics for coverage. For government orders that mandated closure and a dramatic restriction to conduct business, Pasha Law reviewed insurance policies for possible coverage as a “business interruption.” Even though most policies had exclusions, different factual and legal theories became prevalent in the market, leading to hundred of lawsuits being filed related to COVID-19, many of which related to business interruption coverage.

The two leading angles were to either argue that coverage should be granted because the loss was due to a civil order, similar to a “taking,” by stay-at-home orders, or that somehow the virus itself caused “direct physical loss,” for which the latter was the weaker option. Prominent companies like In-N-Out and even the Houston Rockets have sued their insurance carrier for coverage.


These are unprecedented times, with many unknowns and ever-changing laws, policies, executive orders, and regulations that not only affect individuals but also businesses. As more information is learned about how COVID-19 is spread, and illnesses continue to increase, compliance with the seemingly daily changes in the laws and regulations is a moving target. Even more so, the health and safety of employees, clients, and customers, and preventing the spread of COVID-19, is the utmost priority for businesses. 

From healthcare to oil and gas to retail industries, COVID-19 affected every business, and issues that seemed before to be inconsequential are now determinants as to whether the business can survive to see a post-COVID world. We have not been untouched by the effects of this virus, and we know that conducting business may never be the same again. Our commitment to our clients is to maintain as much of a status quo as possible, and our resolve to helping them navigate these difficult times is paramount.


Founded in 2008, Pasha Law PC provides general counsel services to businesses in California, New York, Texas, and Illinois. We offer a new approach to legal outsourcing, focusing on value and relationships over billable hours and providing our clients with the support they need to protect their interests.

Get Business Legal Updates

Please provide your full name.
Please provide a valid email address.
We respect your privacy, and we will never share your information. Unsubscribe at any time.

Related Publications

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, businesses scrambled to adapt to the new reality it presented. In this blog post, we dive into the case of Goldman Sachs, a financial services giant, to examine their response to the crisis and the lessons other businesses can learn from their return-to-office strategy. From prioritizing employee…

January 9, 2023

Nasir and Matt is back at it again with another CA v. TX battle but this time, COVID edition.

January 5, 2022

Can I Require the COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees?              “Although her claims fail as a matter of law, it is also necessary to clarify that Bridges has not been coerced. Bridges says that she is being forced to be injected with a vaccine or be fired. This is not coercion. Methodist is trying to do…

September 29, 2021

What are the laws surrounding internet businesses? How are you allowed to use customers’ data? What responsibility do you have to protect customer information? These are just a few questions you might have about internet and IT law, and if you’re opening an e-commerce or other internet-based business, it’s important to have a legal team…

September 24, 2021

Do you have an opinion on which state is better for business, CA or TX? Then you’ll want to listen to one of the latest episodes of the Legally Sound | Smart Business by Pasha Law PC podcast. Leave a comment and let us know if you agree with the winner! https://www.pashalaw.com/california-v-texas-which-is-better-for-business-e313/

September 23, 2021

S Corp V. LLC? How you structure your business is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make; but before you take that plunge, there are some questions you should ask yourself, like:  ❓Are you doing this all on your own? ❓What does your business do?❓What are your future plans?  The answer to these questions…

September 22, 2021

Did you know you can do more than listen to the Legally Sound | Smart Business by Pasha Law PC podcast? You can also see clips of it on YouTube! Watch Matt and Nasir battle it out while discussing which is better for business, CA or TX. Leave us a comment to let us know…

September 16, 2021

Keeping up with Legally Sound|Smart Business by Pasha Law? If you haven’t listened in a while, hop over to our website and check out the latest episode. Don’t forget to comment and leave us a review! https://www.pashalaw.com/category/legally-sound-smart-business/

September 14, 2021

Ready for another edition of #MeetTheTeamMonday? Today we’re meeting Attorney Matt Staub. We asked Matt what his favorite thing about working for Pasha Law PC was, and here’s what he said:“It’s a true team effort where everyone contributes towards a common goal.”

September 13, 2021

Are you considering forming an LLC for your business? Wondering if it’s the right move? Do you and your partners have critical questions before signing your LLC Operating Agreement? Click here to learn more about LLCs and operating agreements. https://www.pashalaw.com/llc-operating-agreements-issues-discuss-members/

September 13, 2021

Tailored services are becoming a big #LegalTrend, but we’re proud to say we were doing it first with Pasha Law Select. Since 2009, PLS has been offering our clients high-end general counsel at a fixed monthly rate. Get a legal team that is dedicated to you and your business. That is Pasha Law Select.

September 9, 2021

Wondering who wins in a California V. Texas battle for business? Find out in this clip from our latest episode of Legally Sound | Smart Business by Pasha Law, and be sure to visit our YouTube channel for more podcast clips like this one. https://www.youtube.com/user/PashaLawPC

September 8, 2021
Legally Sound Smart Business cover art

Legally Sound Smart Business

A business podcast with a legal twist

Legally Sound Smart Business is a podcast by Pasha Law PC covering different topics in business advice and news with a legal twist with attorneys Nasir Pasha and Matt Staub.
Apple Podcast badge
Google Podcast badge
Spotify Podcast badge

Latest Episodes

November 21, 2023

In this episode, Nasir Pasha and Matt Staub explore the legal implications of Artificial Intelligence in the business world. They delve into the most talked-about issue of 2023: AI and its impact on the legal landscape. Although AI isn’t necessarily a new topic, it has many unanswered questions in the legal world. Nasir and Matt…

July 12, 2023

In this episode, Attorney Nasir Pasha and Attorney Matt Staub delve deep into the complexities of mass layoffs and offer valuable insights, real-life examples, and practical advice to employers grappling with the aftermath of such challenging situations. Nasir and Matt emphasize the critical importance of effective communication when executing mass layoffs. They stress the need…

January 9, 2023

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, businesses scrambled to adapt to the new reality it presented. In this blog post, we dive into the case of Goldman Sachs, a financial services giant, to examine their response to the crisis and the lessons other businesses can learn from their return-to-office strategy. From prioritizing employee…

October 28, 2022

Full Podcast Transcript NASIR: Finally, my two favorite worlds have collided – both the law and the chess – right here at Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Windy day. We have some background noise – ambient noise. What are the two worlds that collided? Well, Hans Neimann has sued Magnus Carlsen for defamation in one…

September 26, 2022

Through a five-round championship bout, Matt travels to Texas from California to determine which state is better for business. Will it be a knockout with a clear winner or will it go to the scorecards?

July 7, 2022

Whether you are buying or selling a business, the transaction goes through the same steps. However, they are viewed from different perspectives. Sellers may not want to fully disclose all the blind spots while Buyers will want otherwise. Nasir and Matt battle it out in this Buyer vs. Seller to determine who has the advantage!…

May 12, 2022

When it comes to Restrictive Covenants, employers are fighting to keep their company safe while employees may use them to their advantage. Keep listening to find out if the Employer or the Employee wins this battle. Round 1: Trade Secrets A company’s trade secrets encompass a whole range of information and are one of the…

February 14, 2022

The Supreme Court rejected the nation’s vaccine mandate. Businesses with 100 or more employees are NOT required to have their employees vaccinated or go through weekly testings. However, this policy remains in effect for health care facilities. In this episode of Legally Sound | Smart Business, the team sat down to discuss their thoughts on this ruling.

December 1, 2021

In this episode of Legally Sound | Smart Business by Pasha Law PC, Nasir and Matt cover the Business of Healthcare. There is more to the healthcare industry than just doctors and nurses. Many Americans have health insurance to cover their yearly needs, but most Americans are not aware of what really goes on behind…

October 12, 2021

In our latest episode, Nasir and Matt are covering the legal issues on Social Media. The average person spends most of their day on social media, whether they are scrolling for hours or publishing their own content. However, just because you publish your own content on Instagram does not equate to you owning that image….

September 28, 2021

What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and when do I need one? In this episode, Nasir and Matt shares why you need to use Non-Disclosure Agreements, basic facts about NDA’s, and discuss about the infamous Jenner-Woods story. Having the right Non-Disclosure Agreement in place not only protects you and your business, but it also makes the…

June 16, 2021

Covered in this episode of Legally Sound Smart Business are some typical business mistakes blunders small businesses often make and how to avoid them. Blunder #1: Copying and pasting agreements It may sound like a good idea at the time, but this blunder comes with hidden pitfalls. Having an attorney draft terms that are specific…

February 4, 2021

How you terminate an employee can make the difference between a graceful transition to avoidable negative outcomes like a dramatic exit or even a lawsuit. We gathered a panel of experts and asked them – is there a “right way” to fire an employee? We would like to thank our guests for this episode: Amr…

December 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned nearly every aspect of life on its head, and that certainly holds true for the business world. In this episode, Matt and Nasir explain how the early days of the pandemic felt like the Wild West and how the shifting legal playing field left a lot open to interpretation and…

November 16, 2020

After plenty of ups and downs, our buyer has finally closed on the purchase of their business. While we’re marking this down in the ‘wins’ column, it never hurts to review the game tape. In this final episode, our hosts, Matt Staub and Nasir Pasha, return to the deal almost a year later to reflect…

September 15, 2020

The ink is drying on the signature line and things are looking great for our buyer. After so much hard work, the finish line is in sight and the cheering within ear shot.   Though the landlord is still serving friction, things seem safe to move forward and for now, our buyer will be keeping…

July 31, 2020

Though things are coming along well, the journey would not be interesting if it was purely smooth sailing. After our buyer opens escrow, they are forced to push the closing date back when suddenly a letter from an attorney was received claiming the business, we are buying has a trade mark on the name!  Now…

June 12, 2020

With frustration at an all-time high and professionalism at an all-time low, our friend the Buyer has “had it” with the Seller and quite frankly their lack of knowledge. At present our Buyer is rightfully concerned that the latest misstep from our loose-lipped Seller will threaten not only the entire operation of the businesses but…

May 11, 2020

As we go deeper into the buying process, we start to uncover more challenges from our seller and encounter some of the wrenches they are tossing our way. When we last left off in episode three our team was knee deep in due diligence for our buyer, had already penned and signed the Letter of…

April 4, 2020

One word–interloper! When a new mysterious broker enters the transaction and starts to kick up dust, Nasir and Matt take the reins. The seller signed off on the letter of intent (see episode 2), yet this “business broker” serves only friction and challenges by refusing to send financials, whilst demanding more of a firm commitment…

April 4, 2020

Just as most stories and deals start out, everyone is optimistic, idealistic and full of hope for clear skies. It’s a perfect outlook with a perfect setup for the ups and downs yet to come. Peek further behind the curtain and into the first steps of buying a business: the letter of intent. After the…

April 4, 2020

When a savvy buyer hears opportunity knocking to purchase a prime positioned business, she decides not to go it alone and taps in the professionals to help navigate what could potentially be a fruitful acquisition. “Behind the Buy” is a truly rare and exclusive peak into the actual process, dangers, pitfalls and achievements, that can…

August 7, 2019

GrubHub is subject to two “matters of controversy” that have likely become common knowledge to business owners: “fake” orders and unfriendly microsites.

May 28, 2019

In this podcast episode, Matt and Nasir breakdown the legal issues of the subscription industry’s business on the internet. Resources A good 50-state survey for data breach notifications as of July 2018. California Auto-Renewal Law (July 2018) Privacy Policies Law by State Why Users of Ashley Madison May Not Sue for Data Breach [e210] Ultimate…

March 12, 2019

In recording this episode’s topic on the business buying process, Matt’s metaphor, in comparing the process to getting married probably went too far, but they do resemble one another. Listen to the episode for legal advice on buying a business.

December 3, 2018

Nasir and Matt return to discuss the different options available to companies looking to raise funds through general solicitation and crowdfunding. They discuss the rules associated with the various offerings under SEC regulations and state laws, as well as more informal arrangements. The two also discuss the intriguing story about a couple who raised over…

July 24, 2018

Flight Sim Labs, a software add-on creator for flight simulators, stepped into a PR disaster and possibly some substantial legal issues when it allegedly included a Trojan horse of sorts as malware to combat pirating of its $100 Airbus A320 software. The hidden test.exe file triggered anti-virus software for good reason as it was actually…

April 17, 2018

Attorneys Matt Staub and Nasir Pasha examine Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings about the state of Facebook. The two also discuss Cambridge Analytica and the series of events that led to the congressional hearings, the former and current versions of Facebook’s Terms of Service, and how businesses should be handling data privacy. Full Podcast Transcript NASIR:…

March 10, 2018

The Trump presidency has led to a major increase in ICE immigration enforcement. It’s critical for business owners to both comply with and know their rights when it comes to an ICE audit or raid. Nasir, Matt, and Pasha Law attorney Karen McConville discuss how businesses can prepare for potential ICE action and how to…

February 5, 2018

New years always bring new laws. Effective January 1, 2018, California has made general contractors jointly liable for the unpaid wages, fringe benefits, and other benefit payments of a subcontractor. Nasir and Matt discuss who the new law applies to and how this affects all tiers in the general contractor-subcontractor relationship. Click here to learn…

January 2, 2018

With a seemingly endless amount of new mattress options becoming available, it is unsurprising that the market has become increasingly aggressive. As companies invest in more innovative solutions to get in front of customers, review sites, blogs and YouTube videos have moved to the forefront of how customers are deciding on their mattresses and how…

December 7, 2017

In recent months explosive amounts of high profile allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and varying acts of inappropriate behavior have transcended every sector of our professional world. With a deluge from Hollywood and politics, and the private workforce, accusations have inundated our feeds and mass media. This harassment watershed has not only been felt within…

November 16, 2017

If you are not familiar with the EB-5 program started in 1990 to give green cards to certain qualified investors in the United States, then you may not have been alone a few years ago. Currently, the EB-5 program has since exploded since its inception and now hits its quotas consistently each year. The program…

October 10, 2017

Government requests come in multiple forms. They can come in as requests for client information or even in the form of investigating your company or your employees. Requests for Client Information General Rule to Follow Without understanding the nuances of criminal and constitutional law and having to cite Supreme Court cases, any government requests for…

August 24, 2017

Nasir and Matt suit up to talk about everything pertaining to employee dress codes. They discuss the Federal laws that govern many rules for employers, as well as state specific nuances in California and other states. The two also emphasize the difficulty in identifyingreligious expression in dress and appearance, how gender-related dress codes have evolved…

June 28, 2017

Nasir and Matt discuss the life cycle of a negative online review. They talk about how businesses should properly respond, how to determine if the review is defamatory, the options available to seek removal of the review, how to identify anonymous reviewers, whether businesses can require clients to agree not to write negative reviews, and…

June 7, 2017

On this episode of the Ultimate Legal Breakdown, Nasir and Mattbreak down social media marketing withguests Tyler Sickmeyer and Kyle Weberof Fidelitas Development. They first discuss contests and promotionsand talk about where social media promotions can go wrong,when businesses are actually running an illegal lottery, and the importance of a soundterms and conditions. Next, they…

April 3, 2017

On this episode of the Ultimate Legal Breakdown, Nasir and Matt go in depth with the subscription box business. They discuss where subscription box companies have gone wrong(4:30), the importance of a specifically tailored terms and conditions(6:30), how to structure return policies (11:45), product liability concerns (14:45),the offensive and defensive side of intellectual property (19:00),…

February 1, 2017

Nasir and Matt discuss the suit against Apple that resultedfrom a car crashed caused by the use of FaceTime while driving. They also discuss howforeseeable use of apps can increase liability for companies. Full Podcast Transcript NASIR: Hi and welcome to Legally Sound Smart Business! I’m Nasir Pasha. MATT: And I’m Matt Staub. Two attorneys…

January 5, 2017

The guys kick in the new year by first discussing Cinnabon’s portrayal of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia soon after her death, as well as other gaffes involving Prince and David Bowie. They alsotalk about right of publicity claims companies could be held liable for based on using someone’s name or likeness for commercial gain.

December 22, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the recent incidentat a Victoria’s Secret store where the store manager kicked out all black women after one black woman was caught shoplifting. They then each present dueling steps businesses should take when employees are accused of harassment.

December 8, 2016

Nasir and Matt return to talk about the different types of clients that may have outstanding invoices and how businesses can convert unpaid bills to getting paid.

November 10, 2016

After a long break, Nasir and Matt are back to discuss a Milwaukee frozen custard stand that is now revising it’s English only policy for employees. The guys also discuss how similar policies could be grounds for discrimination and what employers can do to revise their policies.

October 6, 2016

The guys discuss the new California law that allows actors to request the removal of their date of birth and birthdays on their IMDB page and why they think the law won’t last. They also discuss how age discrimination claims arise for business owner.

September 29, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the racial discrimination claims surroundingAirbnb and how it’s handled the situation. They also discuss some practical tips for businesses experiencing similar issues.

September 8, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss whyAmazon seller accounts are getting suspended and banned without notice and how business owners can rectify this situation through a Corrective Action Plan.

August 25, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about the accusations surroundingfashion giant Zararipping off the designs of independent artists like Tuesday Bassen and howsmaller companies can battle the industry giants.

August 18, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss Brave Software’s ad replacing technology that has caught the eye of almost every national newspaper and has a potential copyright infringement claim looming. They also welcome digital marketing expert Matt Michaelree to speak on the specifics of what Brave is attempting to do and whether it has the answers moving forward.

July 28, 2016

Nasir and Matt discuss the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson against Fox CEO Roger Ailes. They also talk aboutthe importance of sexual harassment training and properly handling such allegations in the office.

July 15, 2016

Nasir and Matt talk about the changes at Starbucks that have led to many disgruntled employees and customers.

We represent businesses.
That’s all we do.

Oh, and we love it.

We love our work. We love reviewing that lease for your new location. We thrive on closing that acquisition that nearly fell through. We’re fulfilled when we structure a business to grow, raise capital, and be legally protected.

We focus on developing close relationships with our clients by being like business partners. A partner who provides essential, personalized, proactive legal support.

We do all of this without utilizing the traditional billable hour model. You pay for the value we bring, not the time spent on calls, emails, and meetings.

Our team is made up of attorneys and staff that share these values and we are retained by clients who want the same.

Pasha Law PC operates in the states of California, Illinois, New York, and Texas.

Meet Our Team

Fractional General Counsel Services

Pasha Law Select offers the expertise of a high-end general counsel legal team for every aspect of your business at a fixed monthly rate. Pasha Law Select is deliberately designed to allow our legal team to be proactive, to anticipate, and to be comprehensive in serving our clients. To be great lawyers, we need to know our clients. We can’t know our clients unless we represent a select number of clients in the long-term. This is Pasha Law Select.

Learn More