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Meagher included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1965

Meagher included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Walter L. Meagher, Jr. has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  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.  


Bertine - Obituary

1966

Bertine - Obituary

Peter Kellogg Bertine, 83, devoted husband, father, grandfather, lawyer, athlete and advocate, passed away from heart complications on May 18, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. Peter attended Kent School (’54), Williams College (’58), served three years of active duty in the U.S. Navy as an LTJG Officer and then matriculated at Syracuse University College of Law (’66) where he met and married Diane Bassett Bertine in 1965. 

Throughout his 35-year law career at Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond and Dohn in Bronxville & Scarsdale, NY, he specialized in estate planning, taxation, family, business and real estate law. His deep love of the Adirondack Mountains and conversation led to a 1998 Supreme Court victory that protected specific non-navigable rivers for preservation in Upstate New York. The landowners and wildlife clapped enthusiastically.

In 2001, Peter retired from law and earned a financial planning degree from Pace University, establishing Kellogg Consulting, LLC to “problem solve and provide advice to people seeking help and guidance” on financial matters, family trusts and compassionate caregiving to elderly clients during their final phase of life. Empathy, generosity and kindness were cornerstones of his character." 


Gary H. Abelson

1975

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Gary Abelson: PI - General: Defense, Rochester, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. 


Cook included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1975

Cook included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Richard W. Cook has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  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 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1976

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Kevin McAuliffe: Project Finance Law, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


George became Of Counsel to Cooper, Erving & Savage, LLP

1978

George became Of Counsel to Cooper, Erving & Savage, LLP

Carolyn George recently became of counsel to Cooper, Erving & Savage, LLP here in Albany, NY when the senior partner in her former firm retired. This firm is believed to be the 2nd oldest in the country, started in 1785 here in Albany. She practices personal injury, municipal defense. and insurance coverage. 


Stack listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1979

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Gerry Stack: Tax Law, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 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.


D'Ambrosio included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1980

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr., ’80 Graduate: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Fernandez included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1981

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Hermes Fernandez, ’81 Graduate: Administrative/Regulatory Law; and Health Care Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Barrer named in Super Lawyers

1982

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Robert Barrer: Prof. Liability: Defense, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Berman included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1982

Berman included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  Mr. Berman is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice, and formerly served as Chair of the Litigation Department.  He has more than 35 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York State.  


Shaw included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020

1982

Shaw included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2020

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Steven R. Shaw has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  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.  


Lerner named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1983

Plunkett Cooney is pleased to announce that David Lerner, Partner: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law attorneys was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021.


Carpenter receives elder law award

1984

Carpenter receives elder law award

Syracuse University College of Law class of 1984 alum Henry A. Carpenter II recently received the Pennsylvania Bar Association Excellence in Elder Law Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made superior efforts in the field of elder law, significant contributions to the elder law bar and noteworthy service to the elderly. 


Dove named in Super Lawyers

1984

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jeff Dove: Bankruptcy: Business, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Pierce included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1984

Pierce included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  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.


Alcott listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1984

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Lee Alcott: Commercial Litigation, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Brown named Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year"

1984

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Dennis C. Brown has been named the 2021 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law in Naples. Dennis 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 included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1984

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Dennis C. Brown, ’84 Graduate: Litigation and Controversy – Tax; and Tax Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Robinson Dembs named in Super Lawyers

1985

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Marcy Robinson Dembs: Estate & Probate, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and she was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Van Dyke elected to NALEA

1987

Joanne Van Dyke has been elected to the position of Region 2 representative to NALEA, the National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators. 


Daley included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1987

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Stephen C. Daley, ’87 Graduate: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


William C. Foster

1988

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Bill Foster: PI - Products: Defense, Albany, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. 


Murphy included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1989

Murphy included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee. 


James P. Domagalski

1990

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Jim Domagalski: Business Lit, Buffalo, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Leja listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1990

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Andrew Leja: Environmental Law, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Reichel included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1990

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that • Paul W. Reichel, ’90 Graduate: Tax Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Schwab included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1990

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Martin A. Schwab, ’90 Graduate: Trusts and Estates was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Sciotti named in Super Lawyers

1991

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Michael Sciotti: Employment Lit: Defense, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Champion included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1991

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Champion, ’91 Graduate: Corporate Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Currier joins Pierce Atwood LLP

1993

Currier joins Pierce Atwood LLP

Christopher Currier, recently joined Pierce Atwood LLP as a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.


Corcoran included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1993

Corcoran included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John F. Corcoran has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  Mr. Corcoran is the leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices, and formerly served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Department.  


Ryan named to Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council

1994

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that US Chair-elect Frank Ryan has been named to the Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s largest funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people. . Frank is excited to continue his support of “expanding access to civil legal aid.” Frank Ryan is a member of DLA Piper's Executive Committee and Global Board and has been elected the next US Chair of DLA Piper. 


Barclay listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1995

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Will Barclay: Corporate Law, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


French listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1995

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Dan French: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, of their Syracuse, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Melvin named in Super Lawyers

1996

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Buster Melvin: Employment & Labor, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Powers included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1996

Powers included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

• Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021 and as a 2021 The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area for Products Liability Litigation – Defendants.  Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.     


Dixon named Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year"

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Cressida A. Dixon has been named the 2021 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates in Rochester. Cressida 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. 


Butler included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian J. Butler, ’96 Graduate: Commercial Litigation was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Laudadio included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian Laudadio, ’96 Graduate: Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Labor and Employment; and Litigation – Municipal was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


McGuire included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1996

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that George R. McGuire, ’96 Graduate: Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; and Patent Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Mancuso included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

1997

Mancuso included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Joseph T. Mancuso has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021.  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. 


Scarfone listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1997

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Nick Scarfone: Tax Law, of their Rochester, NY office, was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.  


Harshbarger included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1997

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Laura H. Harshbarger, ’97 Graduate: Education Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Roddy joins Butzel Long

1998

Roddy joins Butzel Long

Butzel Long, a leading Detroit-based law firm announced today that it has expanded its Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group with the addition of Kevin T. Roddy (Of Counsel) in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.   Kevin Roddy has more than 15 years of experience in patent law and has advised a wide range of clients in developing patent portfolios for a variety of technologies and industries. He also has experience in IP due diligence, especially with merger and acquisition transactions. 


Galbato included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America

1998

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Suzanne O. Galbato, ’98 Graduate: Commercial Litigation was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America.


Burns Named in Super Lawyer and 2021 Best Lawyers

1999

Henson Efron is pleased to announce Syracuse University College of Law Alumni, Christopher Burns (grad year 1999), has been selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer Honoree. He has also been named in 2021 Best Lawyers for Elder Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates. 


Harrigan named in Super Lawyers

1999

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Chris Harrigan: Employment & Labor, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and he was listed in 2021 Best Lawyers in America. 


Rusher sworn in as Immigration Judge

2001

Rusher sworn in as Immigration Judge

Attorney General Barr appointed Marna M. Rusher to begin hearing cases in January 2020. Judge Rusher earned a Bachelor of Science in 1972 from the University of Bridgeport and a Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Syracuse, School of Law. From 2007 to 2019, she served as an assistant chief counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Boston. From 2005 to 2007, she was a civil litigation associate for Murphy & Riley P.C. From 2002 to 2005, she served as an assistant district attorney, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Judge Rusher is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar.


Bottar included in Best Lawyers

2003

Michael A. Bottar recognized by Best Lawyers® as a 2021 Syracuse "Lawyer of the Year."


Chang starts own firm

2006

Chang starts own firm

Charles K. Chang started his own tax, trusts and estates law practice, CHARLES CHANG LAW LLC (www.charleschanglaw.com), in July 2020.


Wickstrom "chair-elect"

2007

Wickstrom

Heidi L. Wickstrom (J.D. 2007) has been elected “chair-elect” of the American Association of Justice’s Professional Negligence section.  As chair-elect, Ms. Wickstrom will assist in overseeing the Professional Negligence newsletter and online content, help plan the group’s CLE for the next year’s conventions, schedule webinars, and assist the chair of the group with anything she needs. Next year, she will become the chair of the section. Ms. Wickstrom is currently an associate attorney at the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. 


Bennett named in Rising Stars

2007

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Teresa Bennett: Business Lit, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Rising Stars. 


Senlet named co-chair of Regulatory Practice Area

2008

Senlet named co-chair of Regulatory Practice Area

A member of the Regulatory Practice Area as well as the Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, and Cybersecurity Teams, Senlet will serve as the Regulatory Practice Area co-chair. 


Hubbard named to Rising Stars

2008

Hubbard named to Rising Stars

Downey Brand, a prominent law firm with offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, and Reno, is pleased to share the news that Tyson Hubbard was selected as a 2020 Northern California Rising Star for his legal work in the area of estate and trust litigation.


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.


Cominolli named in Rising Stars

2010

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Liz Cominolli: IP, Syracuse, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Rising Stars. 


Tice included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch

2010

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Sunny I. Tice, ’10 Graduate: Real Estate Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch.


Brittany E. Lawrence

2011

​Barclay Damon is pleased to announce that Brittany Lawrence: Business Lit, Rochester, NY office, was named in 2020 Upstate New York Rising Stars. 


Lundborg named in Rising Stars

2013

Lundborg named in Rising Stars

Pamela Lundborg has been recognized as a 2020 Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Business / Coporate. 


Yaghi named Rising Star

2014

Yaghi named Rising Star

​Lana Yaghi has been named a National Law Journals’ Rising Stars/DC.Ms. Yaghi joined Miller Canfield in June 2019 as a Senior Attorney, Corporate/Transactions group in their Washington DC office. 


Riggi recognized as Ones to Watch

2014

​Bottar Law PLLC is proud to announce attorney Samantha Riggi was recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watch" for plaintiffs medical malpractice and plaintiffs personal injury.


Jacobson included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch

2014

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Nicholas Jacobson, ’14 Graduate: Labor and Employment Law – Management was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch.


Lafferty included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch

2014

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Riane F. Lafferty, 14’ Graduate: Labor and Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch.


Sohl joins Murray Guari

2015

Murray Guari Trial Attorneys is pleased to announce that Rudolph Wm. Sohl has joined their West Palm Beach based personal injury and wrongful death law firm as an Associate Attorney. He will continue to handle personal injury cases at his NY law firm as well. 


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.


Recognized as 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch

2017

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Amber L. Lawyer, ’17 Graduate: Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law was selected for inclusion in 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. 


Szopinski Named to Board

2018

Szopinski Named to Board

Girls Education Collaborative, a Buffalo-based nonprofit working to bring social change through gender-equity education in underserved regions of the developing world, is pleased to welcome a new board member, Brianne Szopinski of Buffalo.