Announcements


VAC Legal Hosting Return to Work Webinar

posted May 27, 2020, 11:51 AM by Allison Ayer   [ updated May 27, 2020, 1:26 PM ]

Businesses across New England are slowly re-opening after months of being shut down in an effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Between state and federal guidelines and the real-world concerns for the health and safety of the workforce and customers, businesses will be faced with new and evolving challenges over the coming months.   

On June 5 at 10:00 a.m., Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler will be hosting a webinar discussing the new legal landscape and best practices businesses can follow to increase their chances of navigating it successfully focused on three P’s of a business: Places, Policies and People.  

Questions should be directed to Jennifer Emery at jemery@vaclegal.com.  

Chris Vrountas Named Among America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company Litigators” for 2020

posted Apr 17, 2020, 4:07 PM by Allison Ayer

Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. is proud to announce that attorney Chris Vrountas has been selected for inclusion on the list of America’s Top 100 “Bet-the-Company Litigators” ® for 2020.

America’s Top 100 identifies the top 100 qualifying business litigators in each state. Selection is based on a comprehensive process to research, analyze and assess the backgrounds of professionals across the country.  Criteria include an attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant settlements and/or verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, among other factors. Only attorneys who have litigated a matter with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake may be considered. 

 

Chris is a shareholder of the firm. He has a deep and wide-ranging practice.  His employment practice includes trade secret disputes and litigation over covenants not to compete, wage and hour class actions, discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims.  His business litigation practice covers commercial real estate, anti-trust and unfair competition claims, intellectual property claims, partnership disputes and contract matters of all sorts.  He has served as lead trial counsel before either the state or federal courts across the country. He is a member of the bar of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Chris serves as the firm’s president. He is a founder of the firm along with his fellow shareholders, Allison Ayer and Adam Chandler, both of whom have been recognized by Super Lawyers as notable up and coming lawyers in the country.  Chris has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top rated lawyer in New England in the area of Employment law, and by Martindale Hubble as an AV rated attorney, indicating its highest rating in both professionalism and ethics.  With this most recent recognition, Chris becomes one of the less than 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States to receive this honor.

VAC Lawyers Host Webinar for Hospitality Industry on Laws Addressing COVID-19

posted Apr 17, 2020, 4:05 PM by Allison Ayer

Adam Chandler, joined by Chris Vrountas, recently hosted a webinar for the New England Inns and Resorts Association (“NEIRA”).  The webinar sought to help NEIRA members address the challenges the hospitality businesses face as a result of the coronavirus.  It focused in particular on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, two laws recently passed by U.S. Congress in response to the pandemic.  Among other things, the CARES Act provides for $350 Billion in guaranteed small business loans (capped at $10,000,000 per borrower) to help small businesses sustain operations during the coronavirus outbreak by providing for funding of qualifying payroll expenses, rent and utilities payments.  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act  requires covered employers (those with fewer than 500 employees) to provide 1) paid sick leave and/or 2) expanded family and medical leave, for specified reasons related to coronavirus, with 100% reimbursement by the government via a tax credit for leave time paid out.  More information about these and other employment laws implicated by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on VAC’s blog Legal Line

 

Vrountas Passes the Florida Bar

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:24 PM by Allison Ayer   [ updated Apr 13, 2020, 1:59 PM ]

Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. has some great news to share with our friends and colleagues.  Our partner, Chris Vrountas, has passed the Florida bar. Congratulations, Chris.  

Bar News Publishes Vrountas Article on Noncompetes

posted Dec 19, 2019, 4:15 PM by Allison Ayer

In its December issue, the New Hampshire Bar News published an article entitled Restrictive Covenants in a Border State, authored by our friend and colleague, Chris Vrountas.  The article addresses the important issue of why and how a New Hampshire employer should comply with the new Massachusetts law concerning covenants not to compete.  Congratulations, Chris.

Vrountas Selected as SuperLawyer®

posted Nov 13, 2019, 11:18 AM by Allison Ayer

Congratulations to our partner, Christopher T. Vrountas, for being selected for the fourth year in a row as a SuperLawyer® in the area of Labor & Employment, in the 2019 edition of the New England SuperLawyers® Magazine.  A full description of Chris’s law practice and a list of the multiple jurisdictions of admissions, can be accessed at his SuperLawyers® profile.   

VAC Hosting Seminar on Combatting Sexual Harassment

posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:53 AM by Adam Chandler

On May 2, 2018, Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler will be hosting a presentation at its office in Manchester, New Hampshire entitled Combatting Sexual Harassment in a Changing World.  The presentation will be targeted towards managers, supervisors, and HR professionals, as well as small business owners.  We hope to generate a frank discussion about the changing face of sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as evolving techniques to combat it.  The presentation is open to the public starting at 5:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be provided.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to jemery@vaclegal.com by April 25, 2018.

Adam Chandler to Speak to MIT Students

posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:03 PM by Adam Chandler

On January 17, 2018, Adam Chandler, Class of '99, will be giving an alumni presentation to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on how to navigate the field of restrictive employment agreements.  Perennial leaders in hi-tech fields, young MIT alumni may be working for a large company one day and starting up their own company the next.  The goal of Adam's presentation is to encourage students to consider from day one the impacts of employment agreements on their long-term goals and to comply with those agreements while accomplishing their goals.

Chris Vrountas Recognized as Super Lawyer

posted Mar 15, 2017, 1:22 PM by Adam Chandler   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 1:25 PM ]

Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. is happy to note that our partner, Chris Vrountas, has been selected by Super Lawyers for 2016 in the area of Employment and Labor in New England.  Chris has been in practice for over 25 years and is admitted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and North Carolina. His clients range from among the largest companies in Boston to small business enterprises, but all have the common interest in seeking value driven legal representation when it matters.

Happy Birthday Us!

posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:26 PM by Christopher Vrountas

Four years ago to this very day Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. opened its doors. Thank you to our loyal clients and friends who have made these last 4 years possible, and hopefully many more to come.  

Anniversaries are a time to reflect and to reassess who we are and why we exist.  Many of you may have read our announcement the day we opened in which we provided our statement of values and purpose for this firm and its partners.  It bears repeating on this anniversary as we continue to adhere to these values and purpose, which can be summarized in 4 words: Respect, Responsibility, Transparency and Teamwork.  

Here's an excerpt from our announcement which captures who we are and why:  

        "Why a new firm? Because the partners at Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. will reemphasize the values that initially brought them together years ago, transparency and teamwork.        Business works through relationships, and relationships work on the foundation of respect and responsibility. That is true with clients, employees and business partners. Our new firm is founded on a pledge to each other and to you for full transparency and committed teamwork that can only succeed in the context of relationships founded on mutual respect and individual responsibility.

        "You may have notice our firm's tag line, "You lead. We guide." The phrase is meant to capture the essence of the lawyer client relationship, and it emphasizes our respect for and commitment to your goals along with the teamwork between lawyers and clients to reach those goals.

Thank you again for your kindness and support throughout the years. We look forward to continuing our work with our clients and friends who have made this firm possible and to making new friends and clients along the way.  

Sincerely, 

Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. 



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