As law firms and attorneys shift to remote work to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, courts are emphasizing the use of electronic technology to conduct legal proceedings whenever possible.
John Meagher, Managing Partner of the firm’s Miami office and Chair of the Insurance Practice Group, spoke to the Florida Record about how law firms are facing the situation. John described how Shutts has implemented restrictions on traveling between offices, increased capabilities for video conferences, and heighted security requirements and encrypted communications to ensure continued client confidentiality.
John also commented on the several concessions made by the courts, including allowing notaries not to be physically present with witnesses and suspensions of all judicial deadlines and time limits set by orders, rules and statue. In Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, the Court recently has extended all deadlines through April 20, 2020.
“It’s a very fluid situation with an ever-changing landscape with regard to what the courts are allowing in order to cope with the Covid-19 virus,” he told the publication.
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About John E. Meagher
John E. Meagher is the Managing Partner of the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP and Chair of the Insurance Practice Group. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated trial lawyer, John has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America® in insurance law and has been named a “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide. John primarily represents large insurance companies, defending them in trial and appellate actions throughout the state and federal court systems. John also litigates commercial, real estate, and banking cases.