Legal briefs.

Legal briefs.

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

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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

Main Street Lending Program Provides Relief for WNY Businesses

Jamie Batt and our Business Law team provide a brief overview of the Main Street Lending Program the Federal Reserve has established to provide financing for certain American businesses that were unable to receive funding under the Paycheck Protection Program or need additional financial support after receiving previous funding.  The program will provide four-year loans… Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs Act Reversing Decades-Long ban on Compensated Surrogacy

On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Child Parent Security Act (the “Act”), which reverses New York’s decades-long ban on compensated surrogacy.  The Act, which will take effect on February 15, 2021, is a landmark bill that will provide many New York residents legally protected access… Read More

Dan Sarzynski on Navigating the Construction Projects During COVID-19 Crisis

Dan Sarzynski along with Drew Miller from Webster Szanyi provided an informative webinar on Thursday, April  30th for the Construction Exchange. Before Cornoavirus hit, Buffalo’s renasiance was full speed ahead, now what?  The following topics are important to understand for Construction Owners in the days and months ahead. Essential vs. Non-Essential Construction Penalties for Violating… Read More

Matt Miller hosts BNP Webisode on NYS Shared Workforce Program on May 1st

Labor & Employment attorney Matt Miller partners with BNP to provide direction for business owners who are facing difficult questions: How do I avoid layoffs? How do I retain my trained employees during a slowdown? How do I attract them back during a slow rampup period – especially when unemployment benefits are currently so attractive?… Read More

Cybersecurity While Working From Home

Don’t get too comfortable in your home office.  The switch to remote working can present new cybersecurity challenges.  Hackers know that organizations are particularly vulnerable now as many organizations are preoccupied with COVID-19.  By way of example, on March 15, 2020 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suffered a cyber-attack on… Read More