Legal briefs.

Legal briefs.

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

COVID-19 Stimulus for the Year 2021 – Is Your Business Eligible for Relief?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved a new stimulus package for the fiscal year 2021.  The stimulus package includes further relief for American citizens and businesses that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the stimulus package is an extension and second round of funding to small businesses through the… 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

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