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Varriale Quoted in Article on Premises Liability

HRRV's Carla Varriale has been quoted in a Law 360 Article titled 4 Premises Liability Cases to Know.

In the piece, Varriale comments on last year's shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Also, in the wake of the growing number of sexual harassment claims currently being made, Varriale speculates that business owners and operators could face some liability for sexual assault on there premises.


HRRV Attorneys Address Sports Management Students: Carla Varriale and Shawn Schatzle spoke with sports management students during a National Student Leadership Council program at Fordham University.


Varriale to Participate in Career Panel

Carla Varriale of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale LLP will participate in a Women in Sports Law Career Panel co-hosted by the Women in Sports (WINS) Initiative at the Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Wasserman Center for Career Development, in conjunction with Women in Sports Law (WISLaw).

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. March 23 in Room 321 at 7 E. 12th St., New York. Other panelists include Susie Fiore, Relevent Sports, General Counsel; Despina Mavromati, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Head of Research and Mediation; Jill Pilgrim, Pilgrim & Associates Law Offices, Managing Attorney; Angela Smedley, Winston & Strawn, Attorney; and Alison Wagner, NHL, Senior Counsel.


Varriale Quoted in Law 360 Article

Carla Varriale of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale LLP was quoted in a recent Law 360 article titled Sports Fans Have Little Recourse When Tickets Disappoint.

In the article about how to compensate fans when games are canceled or when seats were not what was expected Varriale said, "The challenge will be establishing what direct and consequential damages flow from the cancellation of the game — not tacking on ‘extras’ or costs you would have incurred anyway."


HRRV Listed Among Top 20 Law Firms Catering to Professional Sports Teams.

Professional Sports and the Law, an electronic publication dedicated to attorneys involved with professional sports, has listed Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, as one of the nation's top twenty firms serving professional sports.

The top-twenty list, which appears in Professional Sports and the Law's March-April issue, identifies HRRV's Carla Varriale and Shawn Schatzle as practice leaders in the professional sports area.

Read the full story: Top Twenty Law Firms Serving the Professional Sports Team Industry Offer Experience and Passion


HRRV to Host Workshop on Persuasion

Have you ever felt that you might not have the right mindset and tools to win over others to your point of view? Are you hesitant to be persistent in your persuasion for fear you’ll be perceived as pushy and overly aggressive? If so, please join us at the upcoming ABA Women Rainmakers Spring 2016 workshop: Don’t Be Afraid to Persuade: Using Persuasion to Win.

During this workshop, we will explore the art of persuasion in depth, using sound principles and group exercises to help you gain the confidence you need to succeed at appropriately influencing others. We’ll discuss the importance of persuasion, what motivates people to be influenced, developing persuasion skills that work best for you, and more. Women attorneys at all levels of experience can benefit from learning how to successfully use persuasion in their interactions with clients, colleagues, and others.

The workshop, which will be facilitated by Tara C. Fappiano and Carol Greenwald, will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. April 8, 2016 at 170 Hamilton Ave., Suite 210, White Plains, NY 10601.

The program is free for ABA members and non-ABA members, but registration is required. Space is limited, so please REGISTER NOW!


Varriale to Lead Study on Legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in New York.

HRRV Partner Carla Varriale, also an adjunct professor with Columbia University School of Continuing Education’s Sports Management Program, will lead her students in a project titled “MMA in New York: A Study in Whether It Should Be Legalized and Regulated.”

The project, believed to be the first of its kind in a law school or sports management program setting, is timely as the the New York State Senate passed a bill in May to legalize professional MMA for the fifth consecutive year. The bill awaits action by the state Assembly.

“The students are poised to study this issue," Varriale said. "New York enjoys a plethora of professional sports, including boxing. Why is this sport such a lightning rod and, most importantly, can the controversy be overcome so New Yorkers can get the same access to the sport as the rest of North America?"

For additional details, see A Battle for the Ages – Sports Management Class Takes on the Case for Legalizing MMA in New York.


Varriale to Appear at Mentoring Event

HRRV Partner Carla Varriale will be among a panel of mentors at the New York Chapter of RIMS (the Risk and Insurance Management Society) the Young Risk Practitioners Advisory Committee’s “Power in Mentoring” event on May 8, 2014.

The event links senior level industry executives with potential mentees who seek professional development and career guidance.

The Young Risk Practitioners Advisory Committee was started in 2012. The YRP group comprises RIMS members between the ages of 22 and 35 who are dedicated to advancing the risk management discipline and their careers. YRP members will receive direct access to valuable resources, including a dedicated portal to young risk practitioner services and information and an array of career tools.


HRRV Participates in Summer Intern Program

Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, hosted its fourth student intern this summer as part of the Westchester County Bar Association's Summer Intern Program.

The program, sponsored by the association's diversity committee, is designed to give students from statistically underrepresented social, cultural, racial, or ethnic groups an opportunity to learn about the legal profession.

Sherese Morgan, a recent graduate of Palisade Preparatory School, was HRRV's intern this summer. As part of her internship, Morgan was given several opportunities to observe practice of the law including a meeting and courtroom visit with the Hon. Nelson S. Roman, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Morgan is beginning her freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall.


HRRV's Carla Varriale Quoted on Settlement of Suit Between NFL and Former Players

Carla Varriale, quoted in an article on Progressive Law Practice, said timing was a factor in the settlement between the NFL and former players in a lawsuit over head injuries.

Varriale, an attorney with Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, and a teacher of sports law and ethics in the Columbia University Sports Management graduate program, said that with the outcome of the case uncertain and the football season about to start, both parties were motivated to put the issue behind them rather than possibly spend years in litigation.

"I think this is a win-win, but perhaps more so for the NFL," Varriale said in the article.

See Who Won in NFL-Retired Players Settlement? to read the full article.


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