Legal briefs.

Legal briefs.

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

Fertility Law Team Prepared for New Surrogacy Laws in New York State

Family Law and Business Law practice areas join forces for surrogacy clients. Beth DiPirro, Keli Iles-Hernandez, Jamie Batt and Micelle Graham are prepared to help NYS couples and surrogates navigate the layered and often emotional process of surrogacy. The team provides Patrick Connelly of Buffalo Business First insight about the Child-Parent Security Act that was… Read More

Legal Elite 2020 of WNY

Business First announces Buffalo, NY top attorneys as chosen by their peers.Congratulations to our five Legal Elite, David Pfalzgraf Jr. Tony Rupp, Jeff Baase, Marco Cercone and Jamie Batt.

What Makes a Lawyer Super?

Thank you Super Lawyers we appreciate the recognition, we understand that being an excellent attorney is table stakes, and we would like to share our spotlight with local organizations we believe in. We are more than “Super” Attorneys.  We’re enthusiastic supporters of the communities that work to make Buffalo better each day. Our Super Lawyers… Read More


On August 28, 2020, the Constitutional Law team at Rupp Baase, consisting of Tony Rupp, Phillip Oswald, Mike Brandi, and Chad Davenport, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all New York State restaurants and venues that seek to hold weddings up to the 50% venue capacity limit in place for ordinary dining.  The class… Read More

Celebrating Love And a Federal Court Win!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Rupp Baase is proud and honored to have secured an order in federal court enjoining enforcement of the 50-person limit on weddings.  Our constitutional law attorneys, Tony Rupp, Phillip Oswald, Mike Brandi and Chad Davenport successfully argued a likelihood of success in establishing that the 50-person limit violates the Constitution given… Read More

Elizabeth Holmes Joins Rupp Baase as Partner

The firm is proud to welcome Elizabeth Holmes as a Partner in our Project Development and Environmental, Business Litigation and Construction practice groups. With years of civil and criminal litigation experience Elizabeth is well known in the Buffalo legal community representing clients in land-use matters before municipal boards and through supreme and appellate litigation.  … Read More

Open Letter to Buffalo Businesses

Whether you’re looking for a business ally, a trusted team to help you navigate this new world of workplace policies, an advocate to get your development project back on track, or a confidant to guide you through family matters, we’re here for you. Get in touch right here or give us a call at (716)… Read More

Board of Regents Extends Deadline to Comply with Commissioner’s Regulations on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts have more time to create and implement measures increasingly important in today’s tech-savvy and tech-reliant world:  cybersecurity and data privacy.   The Board of Regents extended the compliance deadline for educational agencies and their vendors to meet the terms of Commissioner’s regulation Part 121—which implements Education Law § 2-d’s… Read More

Succession Planning in a time of recovery

Join panelists Jamie Batt, Eric Colca, Shaun Stimpson as Buffalo Business First hosts a Virtual Executive Forum: Response & Recovery on Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm Register Now

Complimentary Webinar Pivot to Telehealth Visits

Join Jamie Batt and Fred Cohen as Rupp Baase hosts a complimentary webinar Wednesday, June 24th 12:30pm-1:30pm with a panel of healthcare professionals to discuss what is really happening: To the physicians and professionals who provide telehealth care? To the patients that are treated using telehealth? To the health plans that finance telehealth care? Panelists:… Read More

COVID-19 Business Reopening Guidelines Complimentary Webinar

Does your business need a written safety plan? What do you do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? Join Matt Miller and Jim O’Connor from our Labor & Employment team on Thursday, June 11th at 9:00am for a complimentary webinar as they discuss businesses reopening and operating in New York State during theCOVID-19 Pandemic.… Read More

Post Lockdown Lawsuit Pandemic. Four Considerations for Business Owners

As life slowly begins to return to normal and restrictions on business activities are lifted, many businesses may be concerned about lawsuits related to Covid-19.  What if a customer gets sick with Covid-19 after shopping in a store or eating at a restaurant?  Can the store or restaurant be held liable?  To date, there have… Read More

New York Forward: The 4 Phases of Business Re-Openings

The four-phase New York plan to reopen businesses, “New York Forward” (the “Plan”), is underway, with Phase Two of the Plan commencing in Western New York (“WNY”) on June 2nd and in several other NYS regions on May 29th.  This alert sets forth: (i) the regions approved for Phase Two reopenings; (ii) the industries covered… Read More