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Katherine Felice


Barclay Damon is pleased to  announce Katherine Felice has joined the law firm’s Syracuse office as an associate in the Branding, Trademarks & Copyrights and Commercial Litigation Practice Areas.

Kate assists clients in protecting their intellectual property rights through trademark and copyright litigation, counseling, and prosecution. Her extensive research and writing background includes drafting appellate briefs and proposed court decisions and orders as well as editing content for the LexisNexis publication Technology Innovation Law and Practice. Kate authored "Fashioning a Solution to Design
Piracy: Considering Intellectual Property Law in the Global Context of Fast Fashion," published in the Syracuse University Journal of International Law and Commerce.

Olesya Vernyi-Kellogg


Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, is pleased to announcedhis appointment of Olesya Vernyi-Kellogg as an Assistant County Attorney.

Prior to joining the County Attorney’s office, Vernyi-Kellogg was a staff attorney with the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Before that, Vernyi-Kellogg worked at the Maryland Attorney General's Office. In 2012, she worked with Baltimore City's Legislative Reference Department and Board of Ethics in reforming the city's financial disclosure process.

Kevin Belbey


Kevin is pleased to announce that he was just named to the Front Office Sports' Rising 25—the award honors 25 outstanding young professionals in the sports business industry. Kevin is currently working as an agent for sports broadcasters at IF Management/The Montag Group in New York City.

Stacy Marris


Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Stacy A. Marris has joined the law firm’s Rochester office as an associate in the Insurance Coverage & Regulation Practice Area. 

During law school, Stacy was the lead articles editor for the Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law, for which she is also a published author. Stacy also worked as a policy intern for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in Washington, D.C. and participated in the Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic. She is admitted to practice in New York State.



Thomas P. Aicher, Esq. L'90, a partner in the Rutland, Vermont law firm of Cleary, Shahi & Aicher, has recently been named Special Counsel for the National Ski Areas Association.  Mr. Aicher was assigned to this national ski industry role by Michael Berry, President of NSAA, at a recent
meeting in Squaw Valley California.  NSAA is the national trade association of U.S. ski area operators and industry support businesses headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Mr. Aicher's litigation and trial practice is based in Vermont and includes among other areas, defense and risk management for ski and summer resort operators as well as other recreational business landowners, operators and equipment suppliers. He regularly presents to ski industry audiences on risk management and sporting injury litigation. He has been a member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys since 1993, served two terms on the Board of Directors, and served as President in 2004-2005. 

Mr. Aicher lives in North Clarendon, Vermont with his wife Kelly and their son Jack.

Lee Holtzman


Lee Holtzman is pleased to announce that he has been promoted to partner at McCarter & English.

A member of the Tax, Employee Benefits & Private Clients group, Holtzman focuses on local property taxation issues across the country and has extensive experience in all aspects of property tax litigation, from initial counseling through post-trial appeals. He has litigated a variety of commercial property disputes, representing owners of industrial facilities, assisted living facilities, hotels, commercial properties, self-storage facilities, apartment complexes, office buildings, golf courses and residential/co-op developments. He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Taxation and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Noelle Valentine


Noelle Valentine, has been promoted to Vice President, Compliance, with responsibility for the leadership of a growing Compliance Audit, Investigation and Data Analytics team. Noelle joined the company in 2014, after serving as an outside litigation counsel to the company. During her time with FMCNA, she has expanded the scope and sophistication of our compliance-monitoring capabilities and added to the overall effectiveness of our compliance program.

Timothy Green


Timothy J. Green, an author, former NFL defensive end, former Fox Sports broadcaster, and attorney with Barclay Damon, LLP, has co-authored the young-adult novel Baseball Genius with baseball legend Derek Jeter. The first in a trilogy of baseball novels to be co-authored by the pair, Baseball Genius will be released March 7.

At Barclay Damon, Tim is  a lead point of contact for the firm’s largest energy and utility clients with responsibility for all aspects of these relationships, he has represented electric power generators (renewable, fossil fuel and nuclear), Marcellus Shale oil and gas producers and pipelines, electric utilities and developers. In the transactional area, Tim has supervised the firm’s integration into deal matrices with national firms on acquisitions of power plants, including nuclear, hydro, coal, gas, and wind projects.

Jared Lusk


Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce Jared C. Lusk has been named Managing Partner of the firm’s Rochester, NY, office. The primary focus of his practice is real estate development and municipal law, including planning and zoning.

Linda Walsh


Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Linda Walsh was named to the Washington, D.C Super Lawyers list in the practice areas  of Energy & Natural Resources and Utilities.

Linda focuses on regulatory issues affecting the electric utility industry. Her practice includes Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 1000 transmission planning and development, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability matters, administrative litigation, transmission rate proceedings, and interconnection and regulatory issues underlying corporate and financial transactions in the energy sector.

Amy Vigneron


Amy Vigneron is pleased to anounce that she has been named an equity member at Cohen & Lombardo P.C. in Buffalo. A partner at Cohen and Lombardo, P.C., since 2011, Ms. Vigneron focuses her practice in real estate, corporate and commercial lending law and litigation.

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