Legal briefs.

Legal briefs.

2023 Buffalo’s Best Places to Work

We are thrilled to announce that Rupp Pfalzgraf has been nominated for one of Buffalo’s Best Places to Work in 2023! This is a great achievement and we are incredibly proud of our leadership team and our amazing colleagues who make this possible. At Rupp Pfalzgraf, we strive to create a culture where we work… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenahan

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenahan Who is Matt as an attorney? Matt is a partner in our Rochester office. He practices in commercial litigation, corporate law, insurance defense, and municipal law. As an attorney, Matt is an advocate for his clients. Matt believes that sometimes lawyers will give their clients a lot of advice and counsel… Read More

Director of HR, Tim Tutko, wins HR Impact Award

Congratulations to our incredible Director of Human Resources, Tim Tutko, for being honored with Buffalo Business First’s HR Impact Award! Tim is an invaluable part of our team not only is he a talented HR professional but he brings employee engagement to the next level; he goes out of his way to make sure his… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenhard

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenhard Who is Matt as an attorney? Matt is the managing partner in our Rochester office and practices primarily in insurance defense. As an attorney, Matt is an aggressive but fair litigator whom his opponents are not too happy to come across because he puts them through their paces. He is always… Read More

Ride for Roswell 2023

Rupp Pfalzgraf will be participating in the Ride for Roswell 2023, taking place on Saturday, June 24th! This is the firm’s 13th year participating. Registration is now open and we invite you to join our team in the fight against cancer. For the past 12 years, your generous contributions and loyalty have enabled us to… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: David Pfalzgraf Jr.

Attorney Spotlight David Pfalzgraf Jr. Who is Dave as an attorney? Dave is our managing partner and practices in the business law practice group at Rupp Pfalzgraf. As an attorney, Dave is a problem solver and a partner for his clients. He has a tremendous amount of pride in being an attorney and an advocate… Read More

Matt Miller on FTC proposal to ban noncompetes

Buffalo Business First interviewed labor and employment attorney, Matt Miller for an article on noncompetes published on January 18, 2023. The article titled “Does your company use noncompetes? An FTC proposal could change that.” was written by Katie Anderson. This article discusses a proposed rule from the Federal Trade Commission banning noncompete clauses. The FTC… Read More

Sarzynski to Present on Construction Wage Theft Law

Dan Sarzynski will present on “Navigating the 2022 Construction Wage Theft Law: Understanding How to Protect Yourself” on February 16th. Join Dan for an informational session over cocktails and dinner at Giancarlo’s Restaurant. This presentation is sponsored by the Council of Utility Contractors. The presentation will explore the rights and remedies available under the new… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: RJ McDonald

Attorney Spotlight: RJ McDonald Who is RJ as an attorney? RJ is an associate in our insurance defense and property insurance litigation groups. RJ has been an attorney for about a year and a half, he graduated law school during COVID and spent his first year as an attorney working remotely. He is thrilled to… Read More

Two Attorneys Promoted to Partner

The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of 2 attorneys to partner, Adam Brasky and Ricky Luthra. These two regularly go above and beyond for their clients, make themselves available to help newer associates, and contribute to our great corporate culture. They are leaders both in the firm and in our community. Please join… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Withiam-Leitch

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Withiam-Leitch Who is Matt as an attorney? Matt is an associate in our property insurance litigation group. As an attorney, Matt enjoys strategizing. He looks into every case and takes a unique approach to each one. He is always working to do what he needs to in order to get the best… Read More

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham changes name to Rupp Pfalzgraf

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham will become Rupp Pfalzgraf on January 1, 2023. A recent interview with Buffalo Business First describes the bittersweet opportunity as two of our founding partners retire from the firm and we look at the strategic plan for the future. Two of four founding partners at one of Buffalo’s largest law firms will retire… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Pia Perfetto

Attorney Spotlight: Pia Perfetto Who is Pia as an attorney? Pia is an associate in our business law practice group. As a lawyer, Pia tries to approach each client and matter with curiosity and professionalism. She understands that at the end of the day the client has a goal they’d like to accomplish and that… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Bitar

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Bitar Who is Chris as an attorney? Chris is an associate in our insurance defense practice group. He handles a lot of motor vehicle accident and labor law cases. Chris graduated from University at Buffalo School of Law where he received the moot evidence award. Why did Chris become a lawyer? Chris… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jennifer Collesano

Attorney Spotlight: Jennifer Collesano Who is Jennifer Collesano as an attorney? Jennifer Collesano is a partner, of counsel attorney. She practices business litigation and business law. Jen approaches legal problems by getting to know what is important to her clients. Jen often represents businesses, business owners, or key executives of a company. These people know… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Yonkers

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Yonkers Who is Jill as an attorney? Jill is a partner who practices insurance defense, commercial litigation, and matters affecting school districts and students including student discipline matters and general education matters. Jill has been practicing in Buffalo for many years. She attended law school in Syracuse. Jill likes helping people avoid… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Fredrick Cohen

Attorney Spotlight: Fredrick Cohen Who is Fred as an attorney? Fred is a partner of-counsel attorney who practices in healthcare law and health insurance. As an attorney, Fred is a combination of an entrepreneur and a lifelong student. He likes new ideas and change but he also enjoys diving into a subject to try to… Read More

Marco Cercone named to Shea’s Board of Trustees

Partner, Marco Cercone was named to Shea’s performing art center’s board of Trustees on Saturday. Marco is one of eight new trustees. The latest trustees are: Marco Cercone, partner at Rupp Basse Pfalzgraf Cunningham law firm Jessica Croce, Buffalo developer Andrew Davis, chief operating officer of Erie County Medical Center David Fabian, a certified public… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Samuel Yellen

Attorney Spotlight: Samuel Yellen Who is Sam as an attorney? Sam Yellen is an associate in our commercial litigation and civil rights groups. Sam started his career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s office. He was assistant district attorney for almost 6 years. He practiced in the appeals bureau and the civil… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Nick Vona

Attorney Spotlight: Nick Vona Who is Nick Vona as an attorney? Nick is an of counsel, associate attorney. He practices primarily in high-level commercial litigation doing antitrust law. He represents local businesses and businesses throughout the country for violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. He also practices in family court and criminal court. As an… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jesse Hoelscher

Attorney Spotlight: Jesse Hoelscher Who is Jesse as an attorney? Jesse is an associate in our insurance defense practice group. He primarily handles premises liability cases. As an attorney, Jesse is someone who likes to help people meet their goals. He enjoys the combination of the intellectual stimulation of the job, and problem-solving. But what… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jack Bargnesi

Attorney Spotlight: Jack Bargnesi Who is Jack Bargnesi as an attorney? Jack is an associate in our banking & creditors rights and real estate groups. As an attorney, Jack is practical and efficient. When a client comes to him with a problem he identifies the issues early. He figures out what the client needs him… Read More

Navigating the 2022 Construction Wage Theft Law

Partner, Dan Sarzynski, will be presenting “Navigating the 2022 Construction Wage Theft Law: Understanding How to Protect Yourself” on October 27th from 7:30-9:00 AM at the Buffalo Club. On January 4, 2022, the Construction Wage Theft Law went into effect, which makes contractors liable for subcontractors’ unpaid wages and benefits claims. In addition, contractors can be… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Sasiadek

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Sasiadek Who is Chris as a lawyer? Chris is an associate in our property insurance litigation and antitrust groups. As an attorney, Chris is a communicator and a listener. Why did Chris become an attorney? Chris previously worked in a congressional staff, primarily advocating for veterans and their families. Although Chris was… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Roloff

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Roloff Who is Jill as an Attorney? Jill is an associate attorney in our insurance defense group. She also does some personal injury plaintiff work. As a lawyer, Jill tries to get straight to the point. She hates dragging things out and is always trying to make things easier on everyone involved… Read More