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Walter L. Meagher named in Best Lawyers

1965

Walter L. Meagher named in Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Walter L. Meagher, Jr. has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020. Mr. Meagher is a partner in the Litigation Practice and has over 40 years of experience in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, construction accidents, and products liability litigation. He is a former Managing Partner of the Firm. 


Moses honored as 2019 Distinguished Lawyer Recipient

1968

Moses honored as 2019 Distinguished Lawyer Recipient

Edward J. Moses, a partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, has been named the 2019 Distinguished Lawyer award recipient by the Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA). Moses currently serves on the legal committee and as an honorary trustee on the board of trustees at the Christian Brothers Academy, a member of the board of directors of the Georgetown Club of Central New York and its University Regional Alumni Interview Committee, and as a member of the Catholic Charities – House of Providence Annual Dinner Committee. Previously, Moses has been recognized both by the Christian Brothers Academy and Catholic Charities for his distinguished service and commitment to the community.


New Counsel to NYS Office of Court Administration

1974

Eileen Millett has left her post as a partner at Phillips Nizer and will begin her new role at the end of October as Counsel to the New York State Office of Court Administration.


Richard D. Hole selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1975

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Richard D. Hole, Employee Benefits, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 


Richard W. Cook named in The Best Lawyers in America

1975

Richard W. Cook named in The Best Lawyers in America

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Richard W. Cook has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020. Mr. Cook is a partner at the Firm and leader of the Banking & Finance Practice and a member of the Corporate Practice. 


Joseph Zagraniczny was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1978

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Joseph Zagraniczny, Real Estate, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 


Joseph Zagraniczny Named in Best Lawyers

1978

Joseph Zagraniczny, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


R. Daniel Bordoni named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

1979

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that R. Daniel Bordoni has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law. Dan is a labor and employment law attorney who for nearly 40 years has represented management in a wide variety of private and public sector labor and employment law matters. 


R. Daniel Bordoni Named in Best Lawyers

1979

R. Daniel Bordoni, Education Law; Employment Law - Management,Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


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.


Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr. selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1980

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr., Employment & Labor, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 


Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio Named in Best Lawyers

1980

Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


Hermes Fernandez named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

1981

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Hermes Fernandez has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Care Law. Hermes has advised and represented health care providers on board governance, statutory and regulatory compliance, surveys and audits and fraud and abuse matters. 


Edwin J. Kelley, Jr. was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1981

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Edwin J. Kelley, Jr., Government Finance, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 


Hermes A. Fernandez Named in Best Lawyers

1981

Hermes A. Fernandez, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Health Care Law, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


Steven R. Shaw named in Best Lawyers

1982

Steven R. Shaw named in Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Steven R. Shaw has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020. Mr. Shaw is a partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice and has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate sales and purchases. 


David A. Lerner among 2020 Best Lawyers in America

1983

​David A. Lerner, Partner at Plunkett Cooney, named Best Lawyer in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 


Dennis C. Brown Named in Best Lawyers

1984

Dennis C. Brown, Litigation and Controversy - Tax; Tax Law, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


Alan J. Pierce named in Best Lawyers

1984

Alan J. Pierce named in Best Lawyers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020. Mr. Pierce is a partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice. Mr. Pierce concentrates his practice in the areas of appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation.


Karen Frink Wolf Named in Top 250 Women in Litigation

1985

Karen Frink Wolf Named in Top 250 Women in Litigation

Verrill is proud to announce trial attorney Karen Frink Wolf, a Syracuse University College of Law alumna, was once again named one of the nation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation. 


Stephen C. Daley Named in Best Lawyers

1987

Stephen C. Daley, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


David E. Worthen joins Plave Koch

1988

David E. Worthen joins Plave Koch

David Worthen joins the firm with a litigation record matched by few in the franchise bar. His broad experience representing franchisors includes intentional underreporting of sales, tax fraud, standards enforcement, covenants not to compete, encroachment, defending claims of franchise disclosure (FDD) violations, nonpayment, trademark violations, unapproved products, and vicarious liability. Worthen’s experience also includes non-franchise cases involving patent infringement, insurance coverage, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude.


Coppola now a certified court mediator

1989

Coppola now a certified court mediator

Lisa A. Coppola, founder of The Coppola Firm, has been certified as a federal court mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.

Lisa A. Coppola, founder of The Coppola Firm, has been certified as a federal court mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.As an ADR mediator, Ms. Coppola will assist in disputes in the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Her areas of practice include Commercial Litigation, General Litigation, Employment & Employee Issues, Personal Injury, and School Law.


William Mattar named a Western New York top C-Level Executive

1989

William Mattar Law Offices, is pleased to announce that William K. Mattar, Esq., has been named one of Western New York’s top C-Level Executives by Buffalo Business First. 


Timothy P. Murphy named in Best Lawyers

1989

Timothy P. Murphy named in 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 2020. Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee. 


John Imhof Admitted to Practice Law in Marshall Islands

1990

Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Global Transportation Finance Shareholder John F. Imhof Jr. has been admitted to practice law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (“RMI”). Mr. Imhof joined Vedder Price in November 2018. He has nearly 30 years of experience advising lenders, lessors, investors, borrowers and lessees in the domestic and cross-border financing of transportation and logistics assets. The Maritime practice group is integral to the Global Transportation Finance team and represents nearly all segments of the maritime industry throughout the world, delivering advice under U.S., English, Marshall Islands and Liberian law.


Paul W. Reichel named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

1990

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Paul W. Reichel has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law. Paul is a tax attorney who concentrates his practice in public finance transactions and taxation of business and non-profit organizations. He has extensive public finance experience, regularly serving as bond counsel to municipalities, school districts and public agencies. 


Paul W. Reichel Named in Best Lawyers

1990

Paul W. Reichel, Tax Law, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America


Martin A. Schwab Named in Best Lawyers

1990

Martin A. Schwab, Trusts and Estates, Named as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America.


Gregory J. Champion

1991

Gregory J. Champion, Corporate Law, Named in 2020 Best Lawyers in America.


John F. Corcoran named in Best Lawyers

1993

John F. Corcoran named 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 2020. Mr. Corcoran is the leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices, and formerly served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. 


Christine Fletcher Named Co-Chair of Private Client Group

1994

Christine Fletcher Named  Co-Chair of Private Client Group

Burns & Levinson announced today that partner Christine Fletcher has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally acclaimed Private Client Group. Fletcher has over 20 years of experience advising clients on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate litigation, and family business matters. 


Marc DeCandia joins Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

1994

Marc DeCandia joins Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

Lerch Early is pleased to welcome real estate attorney Marc DeCandia as a principal in the Real Estate practice. Marc represents developers and lenders primarily in Maryland and Washington, DC. His practice focuses on the development of complex mixed-use, vertically subdivided projects governed by condominium, covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), or reciprocal easement structures.


Michael P. Williams Receives Award at MedTech Conference

1995

Michael P. Williams Receives Award at MedTech Conference

Michael P. Williams Receives Outstanding Contribution to the Bio/Med Industry Award at MedTech Conference. The accolade is given to an individual who has had a lasting impact on fostering the growth of the life sciences in New York State.


Butler named to 2019 Super Lawyers

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian J. Butler, Business Litigation, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 


Cressida A. Dixon named to 2019 Super Lawyers

1996

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Cressida A. Dixon - Estate & Probate was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. Dixon has also been named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America.  


Brian Laudadio named 2019 Super Lawyer

1996

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Brian Laudadio - Business Litigation, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers. Laudadio has also been named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America.


George R. McGuire selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1996

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce George R. McGuire - Intellectual Property, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers. McGuire has also been named in 2020 Best Lawyers in America.


Brian Butler named managing member

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian J. Butler has been named managing member of its Syracuse office. In addition, Butler has been selected for inclusion in 2020 Best Lawyers in America.  


John G. Powers named in Best Lawyers

1996

John G. Powers named in 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 2020. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 


Laura H. Harshbarger selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1997

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Laura H. Harshbarger - Employment & Labor has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers and in 2020 Best Lawyers in America.


Joseph T. Mancuso named in Best Lawyers

1997

Joseph T. Mancuso named in 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 2020. 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. 


Suzanne O. Galbato named in Best Lawyers

1998

Suzanne O. Galbato - Commercial Litigation has been named for inclusion in 2020 New York Best Lawyers in America


Burns 2020 Best Lawyers Honoree

1999

Burns 2020 Best Lawyers Honoree

Henson Efron has named Christopher Burns - Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Litigation to 2020 Best Lawyers.


Stuart F. Klein selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

1999

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Stuart F. Klein - Business Litigation, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.


Christopher DiSano named Partner

2001

Christopher DiSano named Partner

Christopher DiSano has been elected a partner at RDW Group, Inc., an integrated communications firm, today announced James J. Malachowski, RDW chairman & managing partner. 

DiSano has been with RDW since 2014 and serves as vice president, client services innovation.


Philip Kirkpatrick receives International Innovation Award

2002

Philip Kirkpatrick receives International Innovation Award

Philip Kirkpatrick, regional general counsel for Rabobank, the world’s largest food and agricultural lender, has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2019 ACC Value Champion. The ACC Value Champions recognize corporate legal departments that have achieved “best-in-class” innovations that drive value and dramatically improve efficiencies. Philip has served in executive leadership roles at St. Louis-based Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank since 2013. 


Fred Price selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

2003

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Fred Price - Intellectual Property has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.


Santos Vargas serving as Director for SABA

2004

Santos Vargas is now serving in his second year for the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) as an elected Director after serving as President from 2018-2019. 


Adam P. Mastroleo selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

2006

Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Adam P. Mastroleo - Employment Litigation: Defense, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers. 


Heidi Wickstrom elected Membership Liaison of Professional Negligence Section

2007

Heidi Wickstrom elected Membership Liaison of Professional Negligence Section

Heidi L. Wickstrom (J.D. 2008) has been elected the Membership Liaison of the executive board of the Professional Negligence Section for the American Association for Justice. Ms. Wickstrom’s new role involves making sure attorneys are familiar with the benefits of membership, encouraging attorneys to get involved with and join the section, and welcoming new members. She was elected to the role at last week’s AAJ Convention. Ms. Wickstrom is an attorney at the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. 


Janet Moon joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC

2008

Janet Moon joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Janet E. Moon has joined the firm as Senior Counsel in the Immigration Practice Group. Janet concentrates her practice in the areas of family-based green card and visa applications, removing conditions, citizenship and naturalization; transitioning from a student exchange visitor status to employment; and employment-based petitions and visas, as well as complex admissibility or denial issues. She offers her clients thorough legal analysis and responsive service, as she helps them navigate various immigration issues. 


Katherine R. Schafer Name in Rising Star

2008

Katherine R. Schafer, Employment & Labor, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


James P. Wright Named in Rising Star

2008

James P. Wright, General Litigation, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


Blaine T. Bettinger Named in Rising Star

2009

Blaine T. Bettinger, Intellectual Property, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


Stephanie M. Campbell Named in Rising Star

2009

Stephanie M. Campbell, General Litigation, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


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.


Scott R. Leuenberger Named in Rising Star

2011

Scott R. Leuenberger, Business/Corporate, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


Kate I. Reid Named in Rising Star

2011

Kate I. Reid, Schools & Education, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


Woodward joins Empire Justice Center

2013

​Stephanie Woodward has left her position as director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights. She will continue to serve marginalized communities in her new role as a victims of crime attorney at Empire Justice Center


Lawrence Allen Raab joined Bryan Miller Olive P.A.'s Tampa Office

2014

Bryant Miller Olive P.A. is pleased to announce that Lawrence Allen Raab, Esq. joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate. Raab holds a J.D., cum laude from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York; an MPA from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Florida. His practice focuses on matters relating to public finance and economic development throughout the State of Florida. He has represented municipalities, state agencies, interlocal public bodies, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, real estate developers, and financial institutions in taxable and tax-exempt bond issues. 


Nicholas P. Jacobson Named in Rising Star

2014

Nicholas P. Jacobson, Employment Litigation: Defense, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


Riane F. Lafferty Named in Rising Star

2014

Riane F. Lafferty, Employment Litigation: Defense, Named as a 2019 Central New York Rising Star


Bland joins Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano Disability

2015

Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano Disability is pleased to announce that it has added Alexandria Baland as a Social Security disability associate with the nationwide advocacy group. Ms. Baland has dedicated most of her career to providing legal assistance to disabled individuals. Her knowledge and experience should be a tremendous asset in helping the group serve those with disabilities.


Amy G. Rhinehardt Named in Rising Star

2016

Amy G. Rhinehardt, Real Estate, Named as a 2019 Upstate New York Rising Star


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.


Megan Thomas joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP

2017

Megan Thomas joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP

Megan Thomas has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as an associate attorney and will concentrate her legal practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice, construction and architectural defense, and appeals.


Danielle Katz Joins Barclay Damon

2018

Barclay Damon announces Danielle Katz, associate, has joined the firm. She works out of the Syracuse office. Katz is a member of the Corporate and Trusts & Estates Practice Areas, primarily concentrating on corporate transactions and general trusts and estates matters. She also uses her financial-services and tax background to best advise clients. Prior to Barclay Damon, Katz was a legal intern at Vontobel Securities Ltd. and Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG.