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2021 Ride For Roswell

Although we cannot ride together or have a post-ride party under the tent like we’ve done pre-covid for 9 years, Rupp Baase will have a “team” and will support anyone who registers for our team by donating $75 for each registrant! The Rupp Baase team is open to anyone and everyone who wishes to join! Not… Read More

Are you prepared for your company’s cybersecurity attack?

Join us on Wednesday, June 16th for a complimentary webinar from 9:00am-10:00am. Our experienced panel answers your questions on what business owners should know to protect their company from cyber attacks. Panelist & Topics Holly Hubert, Global Security IQ: Cybersecurity best practices for your business Fraser McIntyre, Stahlka Agency: Cybersecurity insurance coverage for your business… Read More

Business Succession Planning – Insightful Tips

On Tuesday, May 4th from 8:15a.m.— 9:30a.m. Jamie Batt partners with Niagara University’s Family Business Center and Jim Segarra, of Tronconi Segarra & Associates for a virtual presentation discussing Business Succession Planning Advice in the Era of COVID. Many business owners and potential purchasers are considering whether now is a good time to sell or… Read More

Can the C-Suite and Directors Be Held Personally Liable for Environmental Violations?

Environmental attorney John Kolaga discusses personal liability for corporate officers. Corporate officers and directors carry an exorbitant amount of responsibilities. Given these challenges, it is sometimes easy to forget that environmental issues involved with running a corporation can loom large, if overlooked. Solving environmental problems – complying with detailed regulations and addressing spills into the… Read More

Environmental Attorney John Kolaga discusses TENORM in WNY

John Kolaga, NYSBA Environmental Committee Member, is presenting The “New Normal” for TENORM (Technically-Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) in New York, on Thursday, February 25th. The environmental practice in Western New York continues to evolve, with its industrialized legacy driving the need for practitioners to stay on top of regional-based considerations. This program highlights a… Read More

What to Consider if You Are Thinking of Incorporating Bitcoin Into Your Business

Jon Pierowicz‘s practice focuses on innovative companies at the forefront of their respective industries. The recent disclosure of Tesla’s $1.5 billion investment in bitcoin (“BTC”)[1] has served as an exclamation point to the growing institutional acceptance of BTC as a credible store of value, akin to cash reserves or gold. This trend has advanced partially… Read More

Gestational Surrogacy is finally legal in New York State! Now What?

Our passionate fertility and surrogacy team Jamie Batt, Elizabeth DiPirro, Micelle Graham, and Keli Iles-Hernandez understand well beyond just the legalities. If this article makes a connection with you or someone you love. Let’s Talk #FamilyLaw #PeopleAtLaw https://nypost.com/2021/02/16/with-surrogacy-now-legal-new-yorkers-look-forward-to-starting-families/ Attorney Advertising

Update: NYSDOL New COVID-19 Leave Guidance

New York State’s Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently issued new Quarantine Leave guidance that affects all employers, regardless of size. Back in March 2020, New York State enacted legislation that forced employers to provide job-protected leave for any employees who become subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19. That mandate subsequently was modified to… Read More

Identifying Void, Unenforceable, or Alarming Contract Provisions

Join Dan Sarzynski and Niagara Frontier Construction Financial Management Association for a virtual conversation on contract negotiations. He’ll be discussing topics such as: Pay-if-paid provisions Indemnity provisions Lien waiver and lien exhaustion provisions No-damage-for delay provisions Dispute resolution provisions Venue provisions This virtual session will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd, 8am – 9am. (Zoom… Read More

OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidance to Help Employers

On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published revised COVID-19 guidance (“Guidance”) to help employers identify COVID-19 risks and determine appropriate control measures.  Our Labor & Employment team breaks down the Guidance for employers. The move came following an order from President Biden directing OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to… Read More

Passing the Bar Exam During a Global Pandemic – Check

Congratulations to our four Law Clerks, your hard work, dedication and courage has helped you achieve this incredible accomplishment. We are proud to introduce you to our wonderful clients. Elizabeth Costello is the newest member of our Business Law team, in our Buffalo office. Kevin Federation, Rochester office and Nolan Hale, Buffalo office will be… Read More

3 Approaches Municipalities in New York State Use to Value Your Property

Property taxes rank right up there with root canals, necessary evils all property owners must face. The COVID-19 crisis has put an unprecedented strain on commercial property owners in New York State. Business owners are seeing reduced income and rent while having to comply with expensive COVID-19 related health compliance measures. This unfortunate combination has… Read More

NYS Reduces Some Restrictions on Personal Care Businesses Orange Micro-Cluster Zone

Matt Miller and our Labor & Employment team once again providing timely information for NYS COVID restrictions. Effective November 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo put parts of Erie County into an “Orange” zone under his micro-cluster initiative.  This meant that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.68 and related Empire State Development guidelines, certain non-essential businesses, including all… Read More