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Smith listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1960

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Lynn Smith has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law. 


Kiefer announces publication of short stories

1961

Louis Kiefer announces the publication of “Fuzzy Pink Bathrobe and Other Stories of the Law.”   It has been written under the nom de plume of J.D. Mortmain.  This collection of short stories represents over 50 years of practicing law.  It is both entertaining and informative and represents, in many cases, applying the law as a way to solve problems.  It is available on Amazon.


Hubbard listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1971

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Peter Hubbard has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. 


Rudnick listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1973

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jack Rudnick has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law.


Cross authors book

1975

Cross's book, Antitrust Law: Section 1 of the Sherman Act, was recently published by the Federal Judicial Center. The FJC approached Cross in the Summer of 2016 to write a basic primer on Section 1 for new judges or judges without a great deal of antitrust experience. Although he has been litigating Section 1 cases for over 40 years, and has taught antitrust as an Adjunct Professor for 15, Cross states he "found it both challenging and rewarding to articulate the law as a basic primer for federal judges". Cross is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Antitrust and Complex Litigation Team at Freeborn.


Cook selected for Best Lawyers

1975

Cook selected for Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Richard W. Cook has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023 and voted the 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" for in Banking and Finance Law in Syracuse.  Mr. Cook is a partner at the Firm and leader of the Banking & Finance Practice and a member of the Corporate Practice.  


McAuliffe listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1976

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Kevin McAuliffe has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Project Finance Law.


Vellano listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1977

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Paul Vellano Jr. has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. 


Gilberti listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1978

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Bill Gilberti has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Environmental Law.


Millman releases latest thriller

1979

Jode Millman's latest crime novel thriller, Hooker, was released on April 19, 2022. This latest novel is a follow-up to her first, The Midnight Call. Millman is a winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for Legal Thriller, a finalist for the 2021 Book Excellence Awards, and a winner of the 2020 American Fiction Award for Legal Thriller. 


Ciardullo listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1979

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Fran Ciardullo has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Health Care Law. 


Stack listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1979

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Gerry Stack has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law; Tax Law.


D'Ambrosio Jr. Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

1980

D'Ambrosio Jr. Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Nicholas D'Ambrosio Jr., Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of employment and labor, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor and employment.


Fernandez named "Lawyer of the Year"

1981

Fernandez named

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Hermes Fernandez has been named the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Administrative/Regulatory Law in Albany, New York. Fernandez was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” for Health Care Law in 2013 and 2020. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Fernandez is co-chair of the firm's health care practice. He practices primarily in the areas of health law, administrative and regulatory law, related litigation and governmental representation. Fernandez has handled numerous matters in health care fraud and abuse in the courts and in administrative hearings and represents providers before and against the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and the HHS Office of Inspector General, the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Disclosure.


Barrer listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1982

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Robert Barrer has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation. 


Berman selected for Best Lawyers

1982

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023.  Mr. Berman is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice, with more than 35 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York State.  His practice is focused on the litigation and resolution of business and professional disputes for clients ranging from global banking institutions to individuals operating local small businesses.


Naylon selected for Super Lawyers

1982

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce that Patrick B. Naylon was selected for inclusion in the 2022 Upstate New York edition of Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation: Defense. 


Barrett selected to Super Lawyers

1982

Barrett selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Robert Barrer: Prof. Liability: Defense has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Garland selected to 2022 Super Lawyers

1983

Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP congratulates James B. Garland on being selected for the 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers List. James B. Garland is a Partner and Co-Practice Group Leader in the Firm's Estate, Trust and Taxation Group. He devotes his practice to the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, estate and trust litigation, elder law and guardianships. Admitted to practice in New and before the United States Tax Court, Garland is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Probate Committee of the Morris County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is also President of Sandra S. Kupperman Foundation. Garland received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.S., cum laude, from Boston College.


Lerner selected for Best Lawyers

1983

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce David A. Lerner (Partner) was selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. 


Brown named "Lawyer of the Year"

1984

Brown named

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Dennis C. Brown has been named the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law in Fort Myers, Florida. Brown was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” for Tax Law in 2013 and 2016. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Brown concentrates on trust and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. He utilizes a wide range of sophisticated techniques to protect assets, minimize taxes and provide practical approaches to accomplish his clients’ long term financial security and wealth transfer goals. Brown is experienced in designing compensation plans, handling mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and international transactions. He also works with closely held business clients to develop tax-efficient estate plans including family compensation planning, ownership transition planning, management succession planning and liquidation planning.


Alcot listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1984

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Lee Alcott has been listed in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation. 


Dove listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1984

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jeff Dove has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.


Dove selected to Super Lawyers

1984

Dove selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jeff Dove: Bankruptcy: Business has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Amalfe honored by ECBA

1985

Amalfe honored by ECBA

Christine A. Amalfe, Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Group of Gibbons P.C., was honored by the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) with its 2022 Samuel S. Saiber Professional Achievement Award. Ms. Amalfe was recognized by ECBA at its Annual Installation & Awards Reception, held on May 2 at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. 

At Gibbons, Ms. Amalfe chairs the firm’s very active Employment & Labor Law Group, which includes lawyers across four of eight Gibbons offices. In her legal practice, she handles some of the most high-profile litigations and investigations in New Jersey, while also providing advice and counsel to help clients avoid outcomes like these. Her clients include some of the world’s best-known companies representing industries of notable regional significance. She additionally represents several colleges and universities in the state in some of the most noteworthy investigations and litigations in higher education.


Robinson Dembs listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1985

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Marcy Robinson Dembs has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Trusts and Estates. 


Roe listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1985

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Kevin Roe has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Environmental Law.


Kempner publishes first book

1988

Cheryl Kempner recently published her first book, REMEMBER: An Alzheimer's Journey Through Art and Poetry. This work tracks the decline in her mother's artwork through the progression of her disease with Cheryl's poetry chronicling her condition. 


Foster listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1988

Barclay Damon LLP is pleased to announce that Bill Foster has been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendents. 


Foster selected to Super Lawyers

1988

Foster selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Bill Foster: PI - Products: Defense, has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Levine-Sorkin installed as President of WBA

1988

After a 30 year career as a government attorney focusing on environmental legislation, Heidi retired from the Town of North Hempstead in Dec 2018. Refocusing her passions to advance the profession, she joined the Suffolk County Women's Bar Association and was installed as its President in June 2022. In addition, she remains active in Suffolk County Region Hadassah serving on the Attorneys and Judges Council as well as Vice President of Programing. She is proud to announce the recent graduation of her youngest daughter, Naomi, from the University of Delaware and the engagement of her older daughter, Rebecca (a 2013 Syracuse grad), with a planned Fall '24 wedding.


Murphy selected for Best Lawyers

1989

Murphy selected for Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023.  Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of experience representing clients in product liability, motor vehicle, construction accident, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, toxic tort, and commercial cases in State and Federal Court.


Domagalski listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1990

Barclay Damon LLP is pleased to announce that Jim Domagalski has been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Litigation - Labor and Employment. 


Domagalski selected to Super Lawyers

1990

Domagalski selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jim Domagalski: Business Lit has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Capozza listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1991

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Rick Capozza has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Environmental Law. 


Sciotti listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1991

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Michael Sciotti has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment. 


Capozza selected to Super Lawyers

1991

Capozza selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Rick Capozza: Environmental has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Sciotti selected to Super Lawyers

1991

Sciotti selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Michael Sciotti: Employment & labor has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Migliori recognized by Chambers

1993

Migliori recognized by Chambers

​Motley Rice medical attorney Donald Migliori has been ranked for the second time as USA-Nationwide: Product Liability: Plaintiffs, Band 3 in the 2022 Chambers USA guide. Don Migliori is co-lead counsel for In re Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, and attorney Jonathan Orent is lead counsel for In re Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.


Corcoran included in Best Lawyers

1993

Corcoran included in Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John F. Corcoran has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023.  Mr. Corcoran is the leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices.  He has extensive experience representing management in labor and employment litigation with an emphasis on the public sector, collective bargaining as the employer’s chief negotiator, labor arbitrations, education law and municipal law, including fire service matters.


Lauer joins Maddin Hauser

1994

Lauer joins Maddin Hauser

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C., is pleased to announce that Rita M. Lauer has joined the firm as a senior associate. Rita is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Employment and Workforce Management group and brings a wide range of skills and experience to meet the needs of our clients.

“Rita is a highly respected and experienced attorney with a bright future and brings over twenty years of experience practicing law,” said Ronald A. Sollish, executive committee member and chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Employment practice. “She is a wonderful complement to our practice group.”

Rita has industry expertise servicing car dealerships, recreational vehicle dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, boat manufacturers, boat dealerships, recreational vehicle manufacturers, sporting goods manufacturers, municipalities, and non-profit entities.  She has defended both dealership and manufacturing clients in regulatory matters and in litigation, especially regarding warranty and consumer protection claims. Rita has unique expertise in negotiating and drafting regulatory governance agreements for clients and responding to administrative or governmental matters for her clients. She counsels clients on employment and workforce management issues.

A State Bar of Michigan member, Rita is admitted to practice before the State of Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. Before joining private practice, Rita served as an attorney for the City of Saginaw City Attorney’s Office and a litigation clerk for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.


Barclay listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1995

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Will Barclay has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Corporate Law. 


French listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1995

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Dan French has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Criminal Defense: White-Collar.


Dixon named "Lawyer of the Year"

1996

Dixon named

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Cressida A. Dixon has been named the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates in Rochester, New York. Dixon was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” for Trust and Estates in 2021. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Dixon counsels high-net-worth individuals and family groups in sophisticated wealth and estate planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation; income taxation of estates and trusts; and succession planning for closely held and family businesses. Her clients range from successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives to multigenerational families and their entities. She works closely with clients at every stage of wealth planning to implement tax efficient wealth transfer and preservation strategies that are customized in order to achieve their business, personal and philanthropic goals.


Melvin listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1996

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Buster Melvin has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Labor and Employment.


Melvin selected to Super Lawyers

1996

Melvin selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Buster Melvin: Employment & Labor has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Powers selected for Best Lawyers

1996

Powers selected for Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023.  Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.   He routinely appears in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, on complicated civil matters to advocate for the interests and causes of his clients, which include municipalities, business corporations, universities, and individuals.  


Harshbarger named "Lawyer of the Year"

1997

Harshbarger named

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Laura H. Harshbarger has been named the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law – Management in Syracuse, New York. Harshbarger was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” for  Employment Law – Management in 2014 and 2017, and in 2019 for Labor Law – Management. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Harshbarger counsels employers engaged in a wide variety of industries, including higher education, public school education, manufacturing, service and financial sectors, nonprofits and health care. With a practice that includes all aspects of labor and employment law, Laura counsels employers with respect to day-to-day human resources management. Harshbarger also advises colleges and universities with respect to Title IX, accommodating students with disabilities pursuant to Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and represents colleges and universities in Office for Civil Rights investigations.


Scarfone listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1997

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Nick Scarfine has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Tax Law. 


Mancuso selected for Best Lawyers

1997

Mancuso selected for Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Joseph T. Mancuso has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023.  Mr. Mancuso is a partner in the Banking & Finance and Corporate Practices. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Mr. Mancuso represents clients on matters involving business formations, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, commercial transactions, and other general corporate matters.


Burns recognized by Minnesota State Bar Association

1999

Burns recognized by Minnesota State Bar Association

Henson Efron is proud to announce attorney Christopher Burns has been recognized as a 2021 North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association. 


Gerling joins Barclay Damon

1999

Gerling joins Barclay Damon

Barclay Damon announces Brian Gerling, of counsel, has joined Barclay Damon’s Trademarks, Copyrights & IP Transactions and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Areas and Cybersecurity Team. His primary office location is Syracuse.

Gerling has nearly two decades of intellectual property and commercial litigation experience. He represents a variety of technology clients from start-ups to well-established companies in matters involving intellectual property commercialization, protection, preservation, and, if needed, litigation. He also serves in outside general counsel capacity for companies requiring assistance with corporate transactions, data privacy and security compliance, and economic development projects.

In addition to his legal practice, Gerling is the executive director of the Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law. In this role, he oversees the center’s applied learning course—the Innovation Law Practicum. He is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches intellectual property and technology law courses.


Harrigan listed in The Best Lawyers in America

1999

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Chris Harrigan has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor and Employment.


Harrigan selected to Super Lawyers

1999

Harrigan selected to Super Lawyers

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Chris Harrigan: Employment Lit: Defense has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.


Burns selected for Best Lawyers

1999

Henson Efron is pleased to announce that Christopher Burns - Elder Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates is being honored as a Best Lawyer in America 2023 edition. 


VanLanduyt appointed judge

2000

VanLanduyt appointed judge

In February of 2022, Denise was appointed by the City Council to serve as Associate Judge on the City of Decatur Municipal Court.  She sits on the bench in a part time capacity and continues to run a successful family law practice in Decatur, Georgia serving all of metro-Atlanta.  


Silver selected by The Product Liability Lawyers

2000

Silver selected by The Product Liability Lawyers

Schenck Price Smith & King LLP Partner Mark Silver (Class of 2000) has been selected by The Product Liability Lawyers (www.productliability-lawyers.com) as the one recommended attorney in their guide in New Jersey for 2022/23.  The Product Liability Lawyers undertakes a lengthy nomination, research and selection process of leading product liability attorneys across the country and invited Mark to be featured in their guide as the exclusive advisor in New Jersey for the next 12 months. 


Rich joins Commercial Litigation Practice Area

2002

Rich joins Commercial Litigation Practice Area

September 22, 2022—Barclay Damon announces Brian Rich, partner, has joined Barclay Damon’s Commercial Litigation and Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Areas. His primary office location is New Haven.

Rich has over two decades of experience trying bench and jury trials to conclusion in both state and federal courts. He regularly represents some of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions as well as local and regional clients in a variety of business and commercial disputes, including contract claims, real estate litigation, contested commercial and residential foreclosure actions, mortgage resolution, unfair business practices actions, and fraud and lender liability claims.

Rich said, “I’m excited to join a firm with such an accomplished bench of attorneys. I’m most looking forward to helping the Commercial Litigation and Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Areas grow and offer more services to their clients as well as cross-selling my experience with attorneys in other offices and practice areas.”

Brian Whiteley, Commercial Litigation Practice Group leader, said, “Brian adds considerable depth to the firm’s commercial litigation and restructuring, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights work. Our firm is known for having particularly skilled litigators, and Brian’s experience is commensurate not only with the needs and expectations of the firm’s clients but also with the firm’s strategic growth plan.”

Lizz Acee, managing director of the firm’s major market offices in Boston, New Haven, and New York City, said, “With the addition of Brian, Barclay Damon’s major market offices have experienced a combined 25 percent increase in attorneys over the past year. This is part of our continued, strategic effort to expand the services we offer clients both across our platform and on a national scale. We’re thrilled to add Brian to the firm.” 


Simmons named to Excellus Board

2004

Simmons named to Excellus Board

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has named William J. Simmons, Esq., to its Central New York Regional Advisory Board. William J. Simmons, Esq., is the executive director of Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA), responsible for upholding the housing authority’s mission and vision of providing quality, safe and affordable housing, and the overall empowerment and self-sufficiency of its residents.

Simmons received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 2004 and has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 2006. He also earned a New York state real estate broker’s license in 2019.  A native of the Bronx, NY, Simmons has lived in Syracuse since 1975, was the director of airport services at Syracuse Hancock International Airport from 1986-1994, served as board commissioner on the Syracuse City School Board from 1989-1997, and was a 5th District Syracuse Common Council member from 2000-2008. He currently serves as board trustee member for the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), board president of the New York State Public Housing Authority Directors Association (NYSPHADA), board director for Center for Community Alternatives, board director for the University Hill Corporation, board president for Dunbar Association, and board director for CenterState CEO. Simmons resides in Syracuse.


Shearer joins Dentons

2004

Commercial litigator Richard Shearer joined the world’s largest law firm this week. Dentons has added to its partner tally with the appointment on 5 September of commercial litigator Richard Shearer as a partner in the firm’s Kansas City office. Shearer made his move after more than 10 years with Shook Hardy & Bacon, also in Kansas City, where he represented claimants and defendants in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as in arbitral proceedings. As a trial lawyer, Shearer has acted in numerous cases and has substantial experience litigating breach of contract claims, fraud matters, joint venture and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and insurance coverage disputes. He handles all aspects of litigation, including developing and establishing pre-trial and trial strategy, engaging in dispositive motions, taking and defending critical depositions, coordinating responses to subpoenas, preparing and executing discovery, and engaging in discovery motions. His past clients come from a broad range of sectors, including technology, media, design and construction, finance, insurance, manufacturing and professional services.


Smith returns to Bond

2005

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Kristen E. Smith, who most recently served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse, has returned as a member in the labor and employment practice at Bond in its Syracuse office. Smith joined Bond in 2005 and in 2018 she was appointed by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse. She will once again work with private and public sector employers on labor and employment matters. “Kristen is a valued member of Bond and we are thrilled that she is returning after her term as Corporation Counsel for Syracuse,” Kevin Bernstein, Bond’s managing member, said. “I am sure that her contributions to the City, experience in this position and insight into municipal matters will help her clients here at Bond.”


Passing of Samantha L. Kurkjy

2008

Samantha Leigh Kurkjy, 43, pizza aficionado, U2 devotee, and World’s Coolest Aunt passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Salem Hospital following a valiant battle with cancer. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations, Funerals, Celebrations 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com


Senlet listed as notable practitioner

2008

Senlet listed as notable practitioner

Chambers USA 2022 directory listed Ekin Senlet, partner at Barclay Damon, as a notable practitioner in the field of Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric Market.


Bennett appointed Visiting Presidential Professor

2008

For academic year 2022-23, Yan Bennett has been appointed as Visiting Presidential Professor at Illinois State University where she is teaching 21st Century U.S. Diplomacy and the History of American Diplomacy. At the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, she continues to teach the United Nations and Global Security as well as Law and Diplomacy. In both these classes, she has the opportunity to educate students on American constitutional law, international law, and the law of international organizations. She is also pleased to announce two new publications, "China’s inward and outward facing identities: post-COVID challenges for China and the international rules-based order," in COVID-19 and Foreign Aid and "Xi Jinping Thought: Political Philosophy or Totalizing Paradigm," in China Under Xi Jinping: An Interdisciplinary Assessment. This year, she has published a few short articles, including "China's Real Ambitions for the South Pacific" for ASPI's The Strategist, "Implications of China's Pacific Dream for the United States, Australia, and Allies" in the Journal of Political Risk and "China's Governance and Leadership" in the Journal of Asian Studies. Bennett continues to work at Princeton University as Assistant Director to the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China.


Martin elected to serve on Board of Managers

2009

Martin elected to serve on Board of Managers

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Julia J. Martin has been elected by its members to serve on the firm's Board of Managers. Julia joined the firm in 2009 and is a member of the firm's Brownfield Practice Group. She was elected as a Member of the firm in 2019. Julia advises clients on a broad range of tax and business matters, from planning and compliance, through the audit process, to controversy and litigation. Julia’s practice focuses on corporate income, franchise, gross receipts, sales and use, and personal income taxes.  In particular, Julia focuses her practice on economic development tax incentive programs such as New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), Opportunity Zones, and others. Julia works with clients to understand the impact of various tax incentive programs and how various programs can work together to support development.  Julia analyzes project financial information and remedial alternatives to help clients seek the full allowable amount of available credits under applicable law, guides clients and their accountants through the process to claim the credits, and successfully navigates audits on those claims. She is Member at Large of the New York State Bar Association Environmental & Energy Law Section Executive Committee and Brownfields Task Force. Julia is also a member of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association and previously served as President and Treasurer of that group.  Julia also serves on the Board of Trustees of Syracuse Stage.  Prior to joining the firm, Julia participated in the firm's Summer Associate Program in 2008. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from Syracuse University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2006.


Wright Elected Partner

2010

Wright Elected Partner

Andrew Wright was elected partner at Hodgson Russ, where he focuses his practice on state and local tax matters.


Chau publishes book of poetry

2010

Doris Chau has published a book of poetry, under the pen name of Michele Youk. The book is titled "of son and light: poems of healing, loss, mothering others and yourself". 


Jim joins Brooklyn Law School

2010

Louis ​Jim, a 2010 graduated of Syracuse University College of Law joined Brooklyn Law School as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing July 1, 2022. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where he earned the Friend of the Class Award in 2021 and the Justina Cintron Perino Award in 2020 for service and dedication to the Moot Court Program.


Werbeck elected to serve on Board of Managers

2010

Werbeck elected to serve on Board of Managers

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Joshua S. Werbeck has been elected by its members to serve on the firm's Board of Managers. Joshua S. Werbeck joined Bousquet Holstein in 2010.  He was elected as a Member of the firm in 2016.   He is a member of the firm's Real Estate, Business, and Liquor Licensing and Compliance Practice Groups.  In his real estate practice, Josh represents individuals, businesses, and non-profits, including developers, lenders, homeowners associations, and condominium boards.  In business matters, Josh works with business owners and leaders in general business, transactional, and employment matters.  In liquor licensing, Josh has experience representing restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries, universities, hotels, grocery stores, and other venues on all aspects of liquor licensing, including initial applications to the State Liquor Authority, corporate changes, alterations, compliance matters, and disciplinary proceedings.  Prior to joining the firm, Josh participated in the firm's Summer Associate Program in 2009.  Josh was recognized with the Central New York Business Journal’s 2016 “Forty Under 40” award.  He has been a Super Lawyers Rising Star for several years.  He was a member of the Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 2017.  Josh served on the Board of Directors for Sarah's Guest House, Inc. in Syracuse for several years, including service as President of the Board.  Josh is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Siena College graduating magna cum laude in 2007.


Caterina elevated to Counsel

2011

Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP is pleased to announce that Jessica R. Caterina has been named Counsel.

Managing Partner Jeffrey Eilender said ““We are pleased to elevate Jessica to counsel in recognition of her substantial contributions to the firm.  With her stellar qualities as a forceful advocate and thoughtful advisor Jessica bolsters our already formidable counsel ranks.”

Jessica has over a decade of experience litigating complex civil and commercial disputes in both state and federal court. She is highly skilled in all phases of litigation, from pre-claim investigation through appeal, including managing discovery, taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions, and putting up and crossing witnesses at trial. Prior to joining Schlam Stone & Dolan, Jessica was an associate with Arnold & Porter LLP for more than eight years, and clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, then-Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Since joining Schlam Stone & Dolan, Jessica has served as lead counsel in a number of high-profile and high-stakes matters, including an arbitration hearing which spanned the course of six months, and which resulted in a favorable result for the Firm’s client.


Schiffrik selected for Super Lawyers

2011

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce that Aaron Schiffrik was selected for inclusion in the 2022 Upstate New York edition of Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation: Defense. 


Lawrence selected to Rising Stars

2011

Lawrence selected to Rising Stars

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Brittany Lawrence: Business Lit has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.


Locke listed in The Best Lawyers in America

2013

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Alexandra Locke has been listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America - Banking and Finance Law.


Beekman listed in Best Lawyers

2013

Emily P. Beekman, of Lincoln, Massachusetts, was included in the 2023 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for her work in Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates.  She was first listed in 2021. Beekman is an associate in Mirick O’Connell’s the Trusts and Estates Group.  The focus of her practice is estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax planning.  


Aseka Oluchina hosted by Haki FM

2014

Haki FM hosts Africa Advocacy Manager to speak about sentencing under the president’s pleasure in Kenya. 

William Aseka, Validity Foundation's Africa Advocacy Manager was invited by Haki FM to speak about the challenges that people with mental disabilities face when they interact with the criminal justice system in Kenya. William took the opportunity to highlight a recent High Court decision that declared sentencing under the president’s pleasure to be unconstitutional, resulting in arbitrary and prolonged periods of detention for many. He pointed out that this is discriminatory on the basis of disability, violating the country's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Arias selected to Rising Stars

2015

Arias selected to Rising Stars

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Kayla A. Arias: Business Lit has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.


Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

2016

Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

Evan H. Krinick, Managing Partner of Rivkin Radler LLP, is pleased to announce that Edwin Maldonado has joined the firm as Associate. Edwin Maldonado, of Seaford, NY, has joined the firm as an Associate in the firm’s Insurance Fraud Practice Group, resident in the Uniondale office. Before joining the firm, Edwin served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office where he handled all the phases of prosecution including criminal investigations, grand jury presentment, pre-trial evidentiary hearings, and trials. Edwin received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. 


Osborne selected for Super Lawyers

2016

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce that Dustin W. Osborne was selected for inclusion in the 2022 Upstate New York edition of Super Lawyers for Worker's Compensation.


Nugent Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King

2017

Nugent Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King

Daniel Nugent joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as an associate attorney in the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice.


Katz selected to Rising Stars

2018

Katz selected to Rising Stars

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Danielle Katz: Business/Corp has been selected to the 2022 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.


Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

2019

Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

Barclay Damon announces Nick Constantino, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Insurance Coverage & Regulation and Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse.

Constantino concentrates his practice on all aspects of insurance coverage and insurance defense matters. He has experience defending claims arising out of New York State Labor Law, medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage disputes, and premises liability claims. Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Constantino was an associate at a firm in Syracuse and gained additional experience through a legal externship and a student attorney position.


Kawecki joins Bousquet Holstein

2019

Kawecki joins Bousquet Holstein

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to welcome Associate Attorney Robert J. Kawecki to the firm's Ithaca office.

Robert has joined the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group focusing his practice on residential real estate sales and purchases. Robert works with clients through the complexities and common pitfalls of residential real estate transactions and helps guide them through the process to close their transaction in a timely and satisfactory manner.

Robert graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2019, where he also earned the College's Estate Planning Certificate. During his time at Syracuse Law, Robert gained valuable practical experience through the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, as well as the Central New York Externship Program with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and American History, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. 

Originally from North Carolina, Robert now lives in Lansing, just outside Ithaca, NY. 


Piedmont named Managing Partner

2019

Mr. Piedmont joined Tully Rinckey in the summer of 2021 as an associate attorney and climbed the ranks to become the Managing Partner of Tully Rinckey’s Syracuse office in the spring of 2022. 


Horning named associate

2021

Horning named associate

Barclay Damon announces Payne Horning has been admitted to the New York State Bar. The former law clerk is now an associate at the firm. Horning is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Area. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and his experience includes serving as a Barclay Damon summer associate and a summer intern for the City of Syracuse Corporation Counsel. He is based in the firm’s Syracuse office.


Rogatch joins Bousquet Holstein

2021

Rogatch joins Bousquet Holstein

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to welcome Diana G. Rogatch to the firm.

Diana Rogatch has joined the firm's Brownfield Practice Group. She successfully passed the Uniform Bar Examination in April 2022, and she is currently admitted to practice law in Colorado. She will be admitted to practice law in New York State in January 2023. 

Diana comes to Bousquet Holstein with a passion for connecting with clients. Diana is returning to the firm after taking part in the 2021 class of Summer Associates where she assisted with tax, business, and litigation matters. Her experience includes working as a litigation paralegal for a mid-size firm in Boston, MA for two years and with Judge Frederick Scullin in the Northern District of New York.

Diana graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University in 2016 with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse College of Law in 2021. While attending law school, Diana earned an M.B.A. from the Whitman School of Management along with her law degree in 2021.


Moses joins Hinckley Allen

2022

Hinckley Allen this week welcomes attorney Daniel P. Moses to the firm's Boston office, expanding its construction and public contracts practice group. Dan has worked most recently as Senior Contracts Manager at The Weitz Company where he evaluated and managed risks associated with contract administration for all West Coast projects – including Hawaii and Guam – for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, among other notable experience. 


Carni joins Goldberg Segalla

2022

Goldberg Segalla added Chiara M. Carni to the firm’s Intellectual Property group in Manhattan. Carni was previously with the Innovation Law Center in Syracuse.

Carni counsels and defends clients in a range of intellectual property issues including trademark registration, copyright disputes and other litigation matters. With a background in innovation research, she draws on her experience reporting on and evaluating clients’ patentability potential for inventions such as medical devices, computer software, and copolymers. Carni earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.