Tripp Scott’s Paul Lopez Feature Contributions in Daily Business Review
Below are excerpts from Dan Roe's regular COVID-19 feature column in LAW.COM - Daily Business Review
Slowly But Surely, South Florida's Law Firms Are Making Their Way Back to the Office
Reopening: July 6
The 47-lawyer Fort Lauderdale firm is also opening after the July 4 weekend, using staggered starting and ending times (8-9:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) to prevent employees from congregating in elevators and lobbies.
“We decided about a month ago that we felt comfortable starting after July 4,” COO Paul Lopez said in an interview. “Obviously, we’re going to expect you to come back. We have been making sure that people give us a heads-up about whether they’ve been vaccinated.”
With roughly 80% of attorneys vaccinated, Lopez said those who have their shots don’t have to wear masks in the office, while those without the vaccination will be required to follow CDC guidelines that include mask-wearing.
Making It Work: How South Florida's Summer Associate Programs Are Shaping Up in 2021
Tripp Scott, the 47-lawyer Fort Lauderdale firm had four summer associates start last week, COO Paul Lopez said in an interview. Despite the office not opening for all attorneys and staff until July, the summer associates are already working in-office every day of their 12-week program.
“We think there’s a significant benefit to in-office working with lawyers versus remote work,” he said. “They’re very happy to be here; there was no resistance from any of them. If one or a few had concerns, we’d accommodate them.”
How South Florida Firms Are Pushing Toward Full-Vax
Tripp Scott, the 47-lawyer Fort Lauderdale firm won’t be requiring vaccinations when employees return full-time following the July 4 weekend. In an interview, COO Paul Lopez said the firm has been asking employees to notify it when they become vaccinated.
“We’re at about 80% fully vaccinated,” Lopez said. “While we haven’t made it mandatory, it’s strongly encouraged. We’re trying to give everyone enough lead time to get comfortable with the idea of coming back to work.”