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Howard Berkson

Howard Berkson

Boston Avenue Law, PLLC
  • Business Law, Collections, Employment Law ...
  • Oklahoma
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Biography

Howard Berkson is the managing member of Boston Avenue Law, PLLC, which focuses on providing efficient, effective legal services to businesses in the areas of employment law, corporate law, contract law, and commercial law. Berkson also collects debts (recovery of delinquent accounts receivable) and enforces existing judgments. In addition to its legal expertise, the Firm contains executive level experience in human resources management, operations, and sales. As a result, the Firm understands the managerial, operational, and bottom line goals that must be balanced in finding solutions to clients' concerns.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Collections
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oklahoma
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Member
Boston Avenue Law, PLLC
- Current
Education
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
M.A. | Labor and Industrial Relations
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University of Washington, Seattle
B.A. | Philosophy
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University of Tulsa
J.D. | Law
Honors: Graduated with honors.
Activities: Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Energy Law Journal.
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Awards
Top Contributor
Avvo
Rising Star listed
Super Lawyers
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Top Contributor
Avvo
Trial Practice Excellence for the Future
CALI
Legal Research Excellence for the Fututure
CALI
Civil Procedure I Excellence for the Future Award
CALI
Professional Associations
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
Current
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Oklahoma Bar Association
Current
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Tulsa County Bar Association
Current
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Tulsa Area Human Resources Association
Current
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Hudson-Hall-Wheaton American Inn of Court
Member
- Current
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Tulsa County Bar Association
Vice Chair, Bench and Bar Local Rules Subcommittee
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Speaking Engagements
Employment Law Update, Spring 2014 Continuing Professional Education Cluster, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma CPA Assoc.
Certifications
Rising Star 2016-2020
Super Lawyers
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
183 Questions Answered
Q. In oklahoma, if you have a contract with another person but only one person signs the paper, is it still legal?
A: A written contract is generally enforceable against the person who signed it. However, the question comes up as to whether there is actually a contract if only one party signed it. This situation is highly dependent on the specific facts of your situation. You should consult with a local attorney who understands contract law.
Q. Can an employer require employees to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19, if employee has natural immunity?
A: Right now, the answer seems to be yes that an employer can require employees to get vaccinated. Hospital employees have been required to get flu vaccinations and people typically have to receive vaccinations in order to attend schools, including universities. The situation is more complicated when it is a government requirement, but private employers historically have been able to do this. However, employers generally have to at least review and consider requests for exemption based on religion or health. Here in Oklahoma, St. John Ascension was ordered by a judge not to suspend or fire any employees who failed to get a vaccine under the company's mandate, but only because the company did not grant any religious exemptions. I haven't looked into the details, so I don't know if that's because the employer did not have an adequate process for granting religious exemptions or if it had adequate process but was suspicious because it did not grant any exemptions.
Q. Can a healthcare worker that worked the entire pandemic thus far, be terminated for refusing the vaccine in Oklahoma
A: Right now, the answer seems to be yes that an employer can require employees to get vaccinated. Hospital employees have been required to get flu vaccinations and people typically have to receive vaccinations in order to attend schools, including universities. The situation is more complicated when it is a government requirement, but private employers historically have been able to do this. However, employers generally have to at least review and consider requests for exemption based on religion or health. Here in Oklahoma, St. John Ascension was ordered by a judge not to suspend or fire any employees who failed to get a vaccine under the company's mandate, but only because the company did not grant any religious exemptions. I haven't looked into the details, so I don't know if that's because the employer did not have an adequate process for granting religious exemptions or if it had adequate process but was suspicious because it did not grant any exemptions.
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Contact & Map
401 S. Boston
Suite 500
Tulsa, OK 74103
Telephone: (539) 777-1287