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Campus Disciplinary Defense Team Vindicates Student in Assault Case

Our Campus Disciplinary Defense team successfully vindicated a community college student who was accused of sexual assault. The student enlisted attorneys Jill Yonkers and Adam Brasky before the initial interview with the college occurred, which proved to be a key to success in the case.   “College misconduct processes are stacked against students from the… Read More

Partner Cory Weber Litigator and Brewmaster

When Buffalo Law Journal editor, Patrick Connelly decided to find out what local attorneys do when they are out of the office he uncovered the story of how partner Cory Weber and his wife Caitlin brew their own beer, eight different kinds of beer. Read More

NYS Mandates Paid Time Off for Election Day

Effective April 12, 2019, all New York employers must provide employees who are registered to vote up to 3 hours of paid leave to vote as long as he or she requests the time off at least 2 working days before an election. As an employer, you may designate that any requested time be taken… Read More

Jill Yonkers & Matt Miller speak to BLJ about new practice group

Campus misconduct proceedings can have devastating repercussions on a student’s life, academically and professionally.   Jill Yonkers and Matt Miller have formed our Campus Disciplinary Defense team to ensure due process for students.  Firm aims to be a voice for accused students

Adam Brasky Named 30 Under 30

Congratulations to Adam Brasky for being named one of Buffalo Business First’s 2019 30 Under 30.  Adam was chosen from nearly 200 nominations.  Stay tuned for his engaging profile.

Why hiring a lawyer for a campus misconduct proceeding is a good idea.

There’s no question about it: Campus misconduct proceedings can impact a student’s life long after their college days are over. While hiring a lawyer is far from mandatory, it can give students—and just as importantly, their parents—confidence going into an unknown situation. Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea to enlist representation 1.… Read More

Understanding the impact of proposed Title IX rule changes on student rights.

When it comes to campus disciplinary action, students have long faced an uphill battle laden with unclear procedural rules. A late 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Education seeks to right those wrongs by clarifying the duties of colleges and universities, while also expanding the rights of students under Title IX… Read More

Dan Sarzynski Presenting on Lien Law: Protect Your Right to Get Paid

Dan Sarzynski, head of our Construction & Development practice group, will be presenting on Construction Lien Law: Protect Your Right to Get Paid at the Construction Exchange on March 20th 2019. Join Dan for a mechanic’s lien presentation that will cover: Overview of Mechanic’s Liens | Filing and Timing Requirements |Private vs. Public Projects |… Read More

Innovation in Professional Growth

Congratulations to Anne Bowling, Geff Gismondi and Cory Weber for starting the year off right by being promoted to Partner. We would also like to congratulate our new attorneys who were recently sworn in Shawn Byrns, Chad Davenport and Stephen Stachowski. The road to partner does not happen overnight.  When we asked our new partners to… Read More

Four Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer on the First Visit

Preparing for an initial consultation with a divorce attorney can seem a little intimidating. After months (or even years) of contemplation, it’s only natural, though there’s no need to stress. Really, when it comes right down to it, finding an attorney is less a knowledge-based quest, and more of an interpersonal one, where you discover… Read More

Jamie Batt & Anne Bowling Speak to BLJ on narrowing the gender gap

Jamie Bryant and Anne Bowling  spent time with Buffalo Law Journal’s Patrick Connelly discussing some of our firm’s women’s initiatives. “We just try and make everyone feel welcome in their own way,” said Bowling, an associate at the Buffalo firm.  She and Batt helped start an initiative in which women from various business sectors meet… Read More

Dan Sarzynski to Speak on Residential Mortgage Foreclosures & Workouts

Dan Sarzynski will be the speaker for a  NYSBA CLE on Residential Mortgage Foreclosures & Workouts.  The event is on Tuesday, November 13th at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. This program will present a practical “nuts and bolts” approach to New York’s judicial residential mortgage foreclosure process. Click here for more information

Elizabeth DiPirro Speaks to BLJ on Exclusive Possession of Marital Residence

Elizabeth DiPirro shares recent outcomes regarding Domestic Relations Law Sections 234. Actions don’t always speak louder than words. Justice Richard A. Dollinger of the Monroe County Supreme Court granted a mother the right to live in the family home with the children, forcing the father to find different living arrangements, in order to protect the children… Read More

16 Lawyers named to the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congratulations to the following partners, who have been recognized by the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.  Tony Rupp, (Commercial Litigation), Jeff Baase, (Products Liability), Tom Cunningham, (Insurance Defense), Marco Cercone, (Property Law), Beth DiPirro, (Matrimony & Family), Bill Kennedy, (Insurance Defense) and Josh Rubin (Insurance Defense). Super Lawyers, is a Thomson Reuters business… Read More

Chautauqua Lake Partnership and Rupp Baase proved the naysayers wrong

Rupp Baase Assists Municipalities in Completing Approval Process to Apply Herbicides to Chautauqua Lake On June 11, municipalities surrounding Chautauqua Lake applied herbicides to the lake for the first time in twenty-five years after months of dedicated efforts by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership (CLP) and the assistance of John Kolaga and Anne Bowling of Rupp… Read More

Jill Yonkers Serves as BAEC Panelist

Jill Yonkers will serve as one of the panel moderators for the Bar Association of Erie County Municipal and School Law Committee’s CLE: School Safety in WNY Legal Roles and Critical Responsibilities.  The CLE will be held from 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. on Friday, June 1st at 438 Main Street, Sun Room Auditorium, Buffalo, NY For more information visit ECBA Continuing… Read More

Dan Sarzynski Panelist for SAWNY on May 10th

Join Dan Sarzynski, Bob Stark of CJS Architects, Steve Perrigo of Turner Construction and Sal Sciandra of Frey Electric for a panel discussion about the increasing use of design delegation in today’s construction industry. When: Thursday, May 10th | 7:30am – Breakfast & Registration | 8:00-9:00am Panel Discussion Where: Buffalo Yacht Club | 1 Porter Ave… Read More

Attention Employers: NYS Clarifies the Employee Weekly Contribution Rate for PFL

New York’s Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) program is one of the most comprehensive employee-benefit programs in the country, but its roll-out has prompted many questions from employers and required occasional clarification from regulators. One issue employers have struggled to fully grasp is the amount of the employee contribution rates to cover the costs of the… Read More