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Maryland Construction Network Presents:

Wisdom & Wine:  Looming Concern of a Downturn “The Looming Concern of a Downturn: Protecting Yourself & Your Business & Maryland’s New “Ban the Box” Law” 


PK Law Cafe

901 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 300

Towson, MD 21204


Join PK Law Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation Attorney, Emily Devan, to discuss proactive measures to take to protect yourself and your business; what you should do (and not do) in the event your customers get behind on payments or file for bankruptcy and highlights of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 that just went into effect in February.

PK Law Labor and Employment Attorney, David Burkhouse, will wrap things up with an overview of Maryland’s new “Ban the Box” law which restricts many employer inquiries into an applicants criminal record prior to an in-person interview. The original bill, passed in the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly, was vetoed by Governor Hogan. However, the General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto in the 2020 session. The law took effect on February 29, 2020.



 Emily Devan is an Associate in the firm’s General Litigation Group. Ms. Devan’s practice includes commercial litigation, insurance, and insurance defense in state and federal courts throughout the country. She also has significant experience with litigation arising from or related to insolvency proceedings including bankruptcy cases, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. In addition, Emily is Member At-Large/Member of the Public Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission and is a Board Member on the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library. Significant Matters Include: Representation of multinational company in all commercial bankruptcy cases around the country, including many multi-million dollar claims | Representation of subcontractors in bankruptcy case of international construction firm | Representation of former officers and directors of bankrupt entities in claims for wages and severance.


 David A. Burkhouse is a Member with PK Law and is part of the firm’s Education, Labor and Employment Group. Mr. Burkhouse has litigated cases for a number of the firm’s school board clients in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, as well as the State of Maryland’s Circuit and District Courts. In addition, he routinely participates in administrative proceedings before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings involving claims under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. As part of David Burkhouse’s private employment law practice, he counsels and represents employers regarding employment discrimination claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. He also advises employers with regard to Maryland’s paid sick and safe leave law, non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements, and employee hiring and termination procedures.

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