Outside General Counsel

Outside General Counsel

by Onyinyechi Muilenburg

We’re prepared to assist and guide you through COVID-19 related challenges.

Hirsch & Westheimer is actively monitoring the developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the World Health Organization has declared the virus a worldwide pandemic. As the outbreak escalates, ensuring wellbeing of employees is paramount, but it is not the only challenge. There is a vast sway of operational and legal issues that businesses must address, too. For a message on how our firm is responding to the pandemic, please click here.

As new details emerge daily, it is important that pertinent and timely information is made available. For that reason, we have created this Advisory Center and mobilized our COVID-19 Response Team, a coalition of cross-disciplinary lawyers to give our clients and community support and updated information regarding COVID-19’s impact on business and their legal risks and obligations.

These implications and issues include business continuity and interruption, cancellation policies, contracts, federal and state rules and regulations, employment, insurance coverage, vendor and supply chain management, regulatory compliance and even transportation restrictions.

There’s lots our team can do to help. Our Response Team is currently developing new resources to support you, so please check back here regularly for new developments. In addition to directly advising our clients on matters related to the coronavirus, we aim to keep our community up-to-date through timely alerts, articles, memos and webinars. Given the rapidly changing environment, we will continue to update this page with our latest news and analysis. To receive the latest information quickly, join our mailing list from our alert email sign-up. Please read each tab for information on how the global response to COVID-19 may impact your business.

H&W appreciates your trust and confidence in assisting with these challenging issues. Our thoughts are with you, your loved ones and organizations as we all navigate this public health crisis together.

Federal Executive Action

Federal Legislative Action

Texas Resources

Texas Supreme Court Emergency Orders

*All emergency orders expire on May 8, 2020 unless extended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

  • Emergency Order 1 – Issued 3/13/2020
    Permits all judges in the state at their discretion, and requires all judges “to avoid risk to court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and the public”, without a participant’s consent.
  • Emergency Order 2 – Issued 3/17/2020
    Clarifies that child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic and that the original published school schedule controls.
  • Emergency Order 3 – Issued 3/18/2020
    Modifies Emergency Order 1, prohibits judges from conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.
  • Emergency Order 4 – Issued 3/18/2020
    Prohibits a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 19, 2020.
  • Emergency Order 5 – Issued 3/20/2020
    All deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, related to attorney professional disciplinary and disability proceedings are tolled.
  • Emergency Order 6 – Issued 3/24/2020
    The 2020 elections for presidents-elect and directors of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association must be conducted online only, by electronic vote, and not by paper ballot. The voting period is extended to May 29, 2020, at 5:00pm.​
  • Emergency Order 7 – Issued 3/24/2020
    Clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in-place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity​.

County Orders

COVID-19 Response Team

Derek G. Flynn
Eric S. Lipper
Gavin W. Parker
Lee E. Herman
Bradley E. Rauch