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Coronavirus Law

Navigating Coronavirus Laws

Coronavirus Law

Margolin & Lawrence is dedicated to helping all types of businesses navigate through the coronavirus crisis. Many business owners are struggling in these turbulent and unusual times, and looking for new ways to keep their operations and employees intact.

The federal, state, and local governments have all been issuing new laws and policies to provide economic relief, and our law firm can help you find and apply the right programs to assist you and your business. In addition, many contracts and agreements contain “act of god” or “force majeure” clauses that allow parties to be relieved from certain obligations in unexpected circumstances out of their control, such as a global pandemic.

Implied contract terms derived from the common law provide additional solutions when contract performance is impossible or impractical, even when no specific terms would excuse performance. Our firm can help you identify contract terms and legal principles that could provide you with relief in these unexpected times. During the coronavirus outbreak, the different levels of government have classified some businesses as “essential,” allowing them to continue operation, which requires others to close. If you need to continue your business operations to serve public needs, and you have plans to do so safely, we can help you secure legal classification as an essential business and ensure your business is not affected by government shutdowns.


Raza graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. From November 2004 to July 2009, Raza worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he practiced general litigation, with extensive experience representing individuals, corporations and law firms in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice, employment discrimination, wage-and-hour infractions, products liability, securities fraud, stock options backdating, and First Amendment violations.

Mr. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree with majors in philosophy and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Steven Schwarzschild Prize in Philosophy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Lawrence completed a clerkship with the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Lawrence has a longstanding interest in protecting civil liberties and individual rights, and has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cato Institute, and the Center for Individual Rights. Mr. Lawrence grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.

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