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Attorney Spotlight: Thomas Grenke

Attorney Spotlight: Thomas Grenke Who is Thomas as an attorney? Thomas is an associate attorney in our labor and employment practice group. He did his undergrad at Penn State where he earned his degree in history. Then he graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law with his J.D. Tom began practicing law in… Read More

Dave Pfalzgraf named to Buffalo’s 2022 Power 250

Congratulations to our founding and managing partner David Pfalzgraf on being named to Buffalo Business First’s 2022 Power 250 List. The list is comprised of the 250 most powerful and influential people in the Buffalo and Western New York area. This is the tenth year that Buffalo Business First has created the Power 250 list.… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Dan Sarzynski

Attorney Spotlight: Dan Sarzynski Who is Dan as a lawyer? Dan is a partner attorney at Rupp Baase. He is the leader of our banking and creditors’ rights and construction practice groups. Dan graduated from The University at Buffalo Law School in 1999. Right out of law school Dan took a job at a small… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Marco Cercone

Attorney Spotlight: Marco Cercone Who is Marco Cercone? Marco is a partner and the leader of the property litigation and antitrust practice groups and is also a commercial litigator. As an attorney, Marco is aggressive, confident, trustworthy, and a problem-solver. To him, his job is to help fix the problems you are facing. Why did… Read More

Cybersecurity Insurance Webinar with Marco Cercone and Greg Gaglione

Join us for a cybersecurity insurance webinar on March 16, 2022. Marco Cercone and Greg Gaglione will be presenting in conjunction with Rob Coppola and Reggie Dejean from Lawley Insurance and Steve Szubinski from PCA Technology Group. The global average total cost of a data breach is $4.24 million. In the U.S. the average is… Read More

Client Alert: Landlord-Tenant Law

Evictions Resume in New YorkFebruary 17, 2022 In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardships imposed on tenants in New York State, on September 2, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that imposed a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions of tenants who have endured COVID-19 related hardships. This moratorium expired… Read More


Sweeping Changes to Consumer Debt Collection in New York StateFebruary 17, 2022 On November 8, 2021, New York State enacted the Consumer Credit Fairness Act (“CCFA”), which implements comprehensive changes to New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules. The CCFA will have a substantial impact on consumer debt collection policies and procedures, including lawsuits filed… Read More

Matt Miller on the new employee monitoring law

Labor and Employment practice group leader Matt Miller spoke to Buffalo Business First’s Katie Anderson about the new state employee monitoring law and what it means for employers monitoring their employees electronically. It’s important for employers to know the specifics of this new law, as it goes into effect May 7th and can result in… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jeff Baase

Attorney Spotlight: Jeff Baase Get to know founding partner Jeff Baase. Jeff is a leader of our insurance defense practice group. He has spent his entire career defending people who have been sued in personal injury lawsuits. Jeff is mostly retained by the insurance companies. He has handled cases involving construction site accidents, automobile accidents,… Read More

Independent Health denies local women coverage for a midwife

Imagine being 8 months pregnant. You are excited and nervous to meet your baby. You think you have all the details of your birth planned. Then your insurance company tells you they won’t cover your home birth with your midwife. This “rug swept out from under you” feeling is exactly what two local women experienced… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Michael Colletta

Attorney Spotlight: Michael Colletta Who is Michael as a lawyer? Michael is a partner attorney in our family law practice group. Michael takes a practical approach to the law choosing to avoid litigation whenever possible. When litigation is necessary he prefers to have a “roadmap” or an overall strategy to his litigation instead of just… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Ben Burge

Attorney Spotlight: Ben Burge Get to know business law partner attorney Ben Burge. Who is Ben as a lawyer? Ben is a partner in our business law practice. He helps businesses with start-up, formation, operations, selling, and business succession. Ben’s approach to law is to act as a business partner for his clients instead of… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jamie Batt

Get to know business law attorney spotlight: Jamie Batt Attorney Spotlight: Jamie Batt Who is Jamie Batt as a lawyer? Jamie is a partner in our business law practice group. She specializes in business succession planning. Jamie when to Duquesne University for her bachelors in history then received her MBA and JD from The University… Read More

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham 5th Largest Law Firm in Buffalo

On January 14, 2022 Buffalo Business First released it’s “Largest Buffalo Law Firms 2022” list. This list is released every January. With 62 attorneys, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham is now ranked as the fifth largest law firm in Buffalo. Moving up the list from sixth in 2021, this is the highest rank the firm has… Read More

Servotronics sexual harassment case will move forward.

“And my client is determined to have his day in court and show this type of just ‘outrageous — uncivilized conduct’ — to use the judges words, has no place in society — especially in the workplace and at a public company,” Miller remarked. Labor and employment attorney Matt Miller spoke to WKBW’s Eileen Buckley… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Matt Miller

Attorney Spotlight: Matt Miller Who is Matt as a lawyer? Matt Miller is a partner attorney in our labor & employment practice group. Matt has been practicing law for 16 years and also practices in our corporate litigation and campus disciplinary defense groups. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, Legal Elite… Read More

COVID-19 Era Business Succession Planning

COVID-19 Business Succession Planning Webinar Tuesday, February 1, 2022. 8:15-9:30 am “Business Succession Planning Advice in the Era of Covid-19”   The Covid-19 pandemic changed so much about the world, including how businesses operate. Many business owners and potential purchasers are considering whether now is a good time to sell or buy, and how COVID… Read More

New Partners in 2022

We’d like to congratulate our newest partners on their promotions! Miranda Jakubec of Banking and Creditor’s rights team. Miranda has been with Rupp Baase for 3 years in our Rochester office. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College and the University at Buffalo School of Law. As a lawyer she focuses in real estate,… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Elizabeth DiPirro

Attorney Spotlight: Elizabeth DiPirro Who is Beth as an attorney? Elizabeth is the leader of our family law practice group. She has been practicing law for 30+ years. Beth has been recognized as a super lawyer for the last 8 years. She is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Erie Country Bar… Read More

Servotronics Case on WKBW

Partner attorney Matt Miller spoke last night with Eileen Buckley from WKBW regarding the Servotronics case. If you missed the story live you can view it here. The former CEO and President of Servotronics, Kenneth Trbovich, has resigned after an internal investigation regarding allegations of sexual harassment. The six month long investigation was authorized by… Read More

COVID Vaccine or Testing Mandate revived for Large Employers

Attention Large Employers Important Update on the COVID Vaccine or Testing Mandate! On Friday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals revived OSHA’s vaccine or weekly testing mandate for employers with 100 or more employees that previously was stayed.  As a result of the 6th Circuit’s decision, the Department of Labor issued a Statement on Saturday… Read More

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To Report or Not to Report a Petroleum Spill:

Environmental attorney John Kolaga wants you to know: In New York, the Rules, They are A-Changing Every person who works with petroleum products in their business should know that, if you have a petroleum spill, you need to report it, and fast.  The failure to report a petroleum spill in a timely way can result in… Read More

Vaccines Now Mandatory for Health Care Workers

New York healthcare workers are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Effective August 26, 2021, all employers of health care workers must mandate that their personnel receive a full COVID-19 vaccination. Employers should pay close attention to the new regulations as they have significantly changed the landscape of the healthcare industry in New York State.… Read More

2021 Ride For Roswell

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham is ready to Ride for Roswell! 2021 is going to be a great year to raise funds for cancer research! The Ride for Roswell will look a bit different this year due to COVID but we can still raise money for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Although we cannot ride together… Read More