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
Fertility equality is the belief that the ability to create a family should not be determined by one’s wealth, sexuality, gender, marital status or biology.On February 15, 2021, New York State moves closer to making fertility equality a reality by enacting the Child Parent Security Act, (The Act). New York residents who rely on assisted… Read More
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
Matt Miller joins a panel of professionals including, Liz Warren, from Employer Services Corp. along with Thomas Mazurek, Jr. and Charles Pezzino from Tronconi Segarra & Associates CPAs for this free webinar and discussion with questions and answers on COVID-19, including the latest federal stimulus program and associated tax credits, federal COVID leave program in… Read More
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
If you are an owner of a property which saw a significant decrease in net operating income in 2020 and didn’t see a commensurate decrease in your property’s assessed value, you may want to consider challenging your assessment. More specifically, if your property is a hotel, restaurant, or retail location, it’s even more likely that… Read More
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
Our Partner and conservation ambassador Phillip Oswald weighs in on recent decision from the Third Department. This decision from the Third Department is great for conservation. From my perspective, it is important in two respects. First, it is strong precedent for strictly construing easements in favor of the grantees or holders and enforcing easements based… Read More
On Monday, November 23rd NYS Forward Loan Fund (“NYFLF”) opened an economic recovery program for small businesses, non-profits, and small residential landlords across New York State. Our practice runs deeper than the law, we’re business owners too, so we broke this new offer down for your review. What is the offer? The NYFLF offers five-year… Read More
Members of our Business Law team, Jamie Batt and Micelle Graham are collaborating with members of our Family Law team, Beth DiPirro and Keli Iles-Hernandz to work with people who are navigating the rollercoaster ride of surrogacy as the NYS laws change. Read More
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
Marco Cercone, has been a member of the Daemen College faculty since 2012, teaching Litigation, Contracts, Adv. Litigation, and Intro to Legal Skills. Marco is highlighted in this months Faculty Profile. In what ways have your students inspired you over the years? “Over the last 8 years at Daemen, the thing that impresses me most about… Read More
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
So proud of our client and friend Nagendra Raina and his team at Buffalo Games Click here to watch what goes into making 2 million puzzles a month in Buffalo NY.
David Pfalzgraf, joins the discussion with Patrick Connelly and other local Managing Partners on COVID scanning, office space, and technology upgrades in our functioning COVID world.
With security breaches up 64% since 2014, the FBI has reported a 400% increase in cyberattacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the global average cost of a breach being $3.86 million, it is vital that your business protect against the ever‑increasing threat of a security incident. The New York Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”)… Read More
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.
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
Our friends at the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association are hosting a Labor & Employment seminar where Matt Miller and Jim O’Connor will provide insight into and discussion on the major impacts COVID-19 has had on the world of employment law, and will provide best practices to help guide you through… 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
Tony Rupp and his Civil Rights team secured an order in federal court enjoining enforcement of the 50-person limit on weddings. Our wedding couples seek to host a wedding and reception at Arrowhead Golf Club venues The Sterling and The Timberlodge. When these venues operate as a restaurant, New York State allows and encourages the… Read More
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
Jamie Batt joined Buffalo Business First Virtual Executive Forum on Succession Planning. Click link below to read the key takeaways. Succession Planning In a Time of Recovery