Class Action - April '13

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'40s

Hon. John T. Curtin '49 will receive SUNY Buffalo Law School's Dean's Medal at the Law School's Commencement ceremonies on May 18. Curtin is Western New York's longest-serving U.S. District Court judge in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past recipient of the Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, the highest honor the Law School and its Alumni Association can bestow, among others.

Hon. John T. Curtin '49

'50s

Thomas R. Beecher Jr. '59, founder and chair emeritus of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in Buffalo, was listed in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Beecher is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, the highest honor the Law School and its Alumni Association can bestow. He lives in Buffalo.

'60s

Joel L. Daniels '63, a Buffalo solo practitioner and past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Destinguished Alumni Award, was listed in the "Power 200: Influential People in 2013" by Buffalo Business First. Daniels lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Carl Montante Sr. '67 was listed in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." He is founder and chairman of Uniland Development Co. in Amherst, N.Y. Montante lives in Clarence, N.Y.

James P. Harrington '69 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for private practice from the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association at its 51st Annual Dinner on June 5. Harrington is a partner with Harrington & Mahoney in Buffalo, where he resides.

James P. Harrington '69

'70s

Terrence M. Connors '71 was honored by the Buffalo Law Review for his contributions to the legal profession and the Law School at the Law Review's annual dinner. Connors, a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, is a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council. He lives in Buffalo.

Hon. Alexander W. Hunter Jr. '74 of White Plains, N.Y., received the Judge of the Year Award from the Civil Courts Committee of the Bronx Bar Association. Hunter is a New York State Supreme Court justice, 12th Judicial District, in Bronx, N.Y.

Richard M. Tobe '74 was listed in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Tobe is deputy Erie County executive in Buffalo, where he resides.

Carol M. Matorin '76 will be honored at the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's 51st Annual Dinner on June 5 with the Distinguished Alumna Award for business. She is senior vice president and general counsel of Marc Jacobs International in New York City. Matorin lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Robin Skinner Prinz '76 has started the general practice firm Cassell & Prinz in Charles Town, W.Va. The firm specializes in Social Security disability claims. Prinz is a resident of Leesburg, Va.

Mark G. Pearce '78 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award for public service from the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association at its 51st Annual Dinner on June 5. Pearce currently serves as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School's Students of Color.

David F. Smith '78 of Clarence, N.Y., was named in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Smith is chairman and CEO of National Fuel Gas Co. in Williamsville, N.Y., a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award and a member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council.

Hon. Janice A. Taylor '78 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SUNY Buffalo Law School Students of Color at their annual dinner on April 11. Taylor is a Queens County Supreme Court justice, 11th Judicial District, in Jamaica, N.Y., where she resides.

David R. Voisinet '78 has retired as the law library director of the Appellate Division Law Library in Rochester, N.Y. Voisinet led New York State's only public appellate court library for 23 years. He is a Rochester resident.

Marilyn Tebor Shaw '79 , a solo practitioner in Ithaca, N.Y., received the New York State Bar Association 2012 Empire State Counsel Award for her pro bono work. She was also recognized by her alma mater, Cornell University, as one of its "Alumni Who Influence the World." Shaw is a social activist, volunteer and advocate of secondary education for nomadic children in Kenya.

Hon. Alexander W. Hunter Jr. '74

Carol M. Matorin '78

Mark G. Pearce '78

'80s

Dennis R. Black '81 , vice president for university life and services at UB, was listed in the "Power 200: Influential People in 2013" by Buffalo Business First. Black lives in Buffalo.

Robert J. Schreck '81 has been named managing attorney of Cellino & Barnes in Buffalo. Schreck oversees the firm's attorneys in the Buffalo, Rochester, New York City and Long Island offices. He represents clients injured in auto accidents, slip and falls, and plane crashes, and practices labor law. Schreck lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Hon. Paula L. Feroleto '82 was named in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Feroleto is administrative judge of the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo, and a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna Award. She is a Buffalo resident.

Scott D. Miller '83 has accepted a position as special counsel with Wilder & Linneball in Buffalo. Miller practices human resources law, commercial litigation and transactions, risk management and legal audits. He previously served as deputy general counsel with HSBC North American Holdings in Buffalo. Miller lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Deborah E. Nicosia '83 has become associated with the Law Offices of Nancy W. Saia in Buffalo. She specializes her practice in real estate law. Nicosia resides in East Aurora, N.Y.

Hon. John M. Curran '84 will be honored at the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's 51st Annual Dinner on June 5 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the judiciary. Curran is a New York State Supreme Court justice, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

William J. Hochul Jr. '84 was listed in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Hochul is U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, in Buffalo, and a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Jennifer J. Parker '84 , president of Black Capital Network, was named in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." Parker provides strategic planning and seminars to area firms to support business development. She is a Buffalo resident.

Paul J. Korniczky '86 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SUNY Buffalo Law School Students of Color at their annual dinner on April 11. He is a partner with Leydig Voit & Mayer in the Chicago office, practicing intellectual property law, and a member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. Korniczky is a resident of Northbrook, Ill.

Frank A. Sedita III '86 was listed in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." He is Erie County district attorney in Buffalo, where he resides.

Roy E. Fitzgerald III '87 has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner with Page Mrachek Fitzgerald & Rose in West Palm Beach, Fla., counseling clients regarding business and corporate litigation, commercial litigation, civil appeals, business torts and breaches of contract. A past member of SUNY Buffalo Law School's Dean's Advisory Council, he lives in West Palm Beach.

Hon. John G. Farrell '88 of Savannah, Ga., was appointed administrative law judge for the U.S. Social Security Administration in Savannah. He previously served as administrative law judge for the New York State Workers' Compensation Board in Newburgh, N.Y.

Kenya Mann Faulkner '89 has accepted a position as vice president for legal affairs and general counsel for the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio. She previously served as inspector general for the State of Pennsylvania.

Susan I. Pleskow '89 is practicing with Schop Powell & Allen in Williamsville, N.Y. She concentrates her practice in residential law, mortgage loan transactions and real estate title examination. Pleskow lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Kevin B. Quinn '89 was named in the Buffalo Business First "Power 200: Influential People in 2013." He is senior vice president and head of corporate banking for upstate New York for HSBC Bank USA in Buffalo, where he resides.

Dennis R. Black '81

Hon. John M. Curran '84

Paul J. Korniczky '86

on. John G. Farrell '88

Kenya Mann Faulkner '89

'90s

Niki Bechakas '90 has joined Sargent & Collins in Williamsville, N.Y. She practices as an associate in the firm's residential real estate group. Bechakas lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Grace M. Gannon '90 is practicing as an associate with Lipsitz & Ponterio in Buffalo. Gannon concentrates her practice in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation. She lives in Buffalo.

Jennifer M. Demert '93 was named in the Buffalo Business First 2013 "Who's Who in Education." Demert is head of school for the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. She lives in Buffalo.

Kristin Graham Koehler '94 was honored by the Buffalo Law Review for her contributions to the legal profession and the Law School at the Law Review's annual dinner. Koehler is a partner with Sidley Austin in the Washington, D.C., office, practicing in health care, SEC enforcement, white collar, government litigation and investigations. A member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council, she lives in Washington, D.C.

Remla Parthasarathy '94 received the Trailblazer Award from the SUNY Buffalo Law School Students of Color. Parthasarathy is a clinical instructor in the Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic at the Law School. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Gina M. Guzmán '95 has become vice president and portfolio manager of Broadstone Real Estate in Rochester, N.Y. She handles triple net, single tenant REIT properties and quarterly valuations and heads the Rochester commercial division and the insurance and risk analysis division. Guzmán lives in Rochester.

Cindy Lapoff '95 of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., received the Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record. She is a partner with ChamberlainD'Amanda in the Rochester, N.Y., office, concentrating her practice in labor and employment litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Nicole M. Marro '95 , senior counsel with Bond Schoeneck & King in the Rochester, N.Y. office, received the Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record. Marro practices estate and gift tax planning and estate and trust administration. She lives in Victor, N.Y.

Laurie A. Giordano '96 received the Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record. Giordano is a partner with Leclair Korona Giordano Cole in Rochester, N.Y., practicing litigation. She lives in Webster, N.Y.

Patricia A. Mancabelli '96 has started her own firm in Orchard Park, N.Y. The firm focuses on business disputes and appeals. Mancabelli lives in Orchard Park.

David J. Luzon '97 has been elected a partner with Phillips Lytle. Luzon practices in the Buffalo and Canada offices, counseling clients regarding estate and trust planning and administration. He is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Kristin M. Machelor '98 has been promoted to partner with Hamberger & Weiss in Buffalo. Machelor, who practices workers' compensation law, lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Peter Trimarchi '98 has accepted a position as counsel with Nixon Peabody in the Albany, N.Y., office. He advises clients on environmental law, with a focus on the impacts of environmental laws on business transactions, including financing of renewable energy projects. Trimarchi lives in Schenectady, N.Y.

Nicole Graci '99 has been named special counsel with Hamberger & Weiss in Buffalo, practicing workers' compensation. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Christopher L. Jacobs '99 will be honored at the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's 51st Annual Dinner on June 5 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for community service. He is Erie County clerk in Buffalo, where he resides.

Molly A. Sleiman '99 is practicing with LoTempio & Brown in Buffalo. She counsels clients regarding residential and commercial real estate, wills, trusts and estate planning, and family and divorce law. Sleiman lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Grace M. Gannon '90

Kristin Graham Koehler '94

'00s

Scott T. Hanson '02 has been promoted to general counsel and elected secretary of the board of directors with Sematech in Albany, N.Y., an international consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers. Hanson lives in Halfmoon, N.Y.

Lorisa D. LaRocca '02 received the Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record. LaRocca is a partner in the labor and employment department of Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., and a past co-chair of the Rochester chapter of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a Rochester resident.

Jon C. Lazenby '02 has become a partner with Fix Spindelman Brovitz & Goldman in Fairport, N.Y. He focuses his practice in corporate and business, taxation and intellectual property. Lanzenby resides in Brighton, N.Y.

Thomas E. Popek '02 was elected a partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo and Canada offices. He focuses on domestic and international development, acquisition, protection and commercialization of intellectual property. Popek lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

S. Philip Unwin '02 earned credentials from the International Commission on Health Care Certification as a Medicare set-aside certified consultant. Unwin is special counsel with Goldberg Segalla and a member of its workers' compensation practice group in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides.

Jorien L. Brock '03 was honored at the SUNY Buffalo Law School OUTLaw Dinner on April 5. Brock is senior director of the Pride Center of Western New York, in Buffalo.

Megan K. Dorritie '03 was named a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. She is an associate with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Dorritie focuses her practice in commercial, employee benefits and tax certiorari litigation. She lives in Rochester.

Seth A. Weinstein '03 , a senior associate with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., was listed by The Daily Record as a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney." He practices real estate development and finance law. Weinstein lives in Rochester.

Kate L. Hill '04 of Penfield, N.Y., was listed as a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. Hill is an associate in the labor and employment law practice group with Harris Beach in the Rochester, N.Y., office.

Anthony J.M. Jones '04 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the SUNY Buffalo Law School Students of Color at their annual dinner on April 11. He is a partner with The Jones Firm in New York City, specializing in entertainment, sports, real estate and general corporate advising.

Laura A. Myers '05 is practicing with The Wolford Law Firm in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She previously practiced with Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy in Rochester.

Christopher R. Poole '05 has joined Cohen & Lombardo in Buffalo. He practices insurance defense law. Poole is a Buffalo resident.

Sara L. Valencia '06 has been elected president of the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She was also named a "2013 Up & Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. Valencia is a municipal attorney for the City of Rochester and previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Monroe County district attorney's office, in Rochester.

Jennifer A. Beckage '07 has become chair of the Bar Association of Erie County's Admission to the Bar Committee, in Buffalo. Beckage is an associate with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, concentrating her practice in complex business disputes and commercial litigation. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Leah A. Bouquard '07 received the Hanna Cohn Pro Bono Award from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Bouquard practices adoption and matrimonial and family law with Watson Bennett in Buffalo and is a director of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo, where she resides.

Elizabeth A. Kraengel '07 has been promoted to partner with Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens in Buffalo, where she resides. Kraengel focuses her practice in commercial litigation, insurance litigation and personal injury.

Lynn M. Kwon-Dzikiy '07 is practicing as an associate with Schop Powell & Allen in Williamsville, N.Y., where she resides. She practices Social Security disability law, estate and Medicaid planning.

Donald A. Young '07 was named by The Daily Record as a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney." Young is an associate with Boylan Code in Rochester, N.Y., practicing litigation, tax, public and municipal law, and real estate. He is a Rochester resident.

Brian J. Bogner '09 of Hamburg, N.Y., has joined LoTempio & Brown in Buffalo, handling cases involving personal injury claims resulting from medical malpractice, motor vehicle liability, municipal liability, premises liability, products liability and construction accidents.

Victoria Schmidt Gleason '09 was listed as a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. She practices with The Wolford Law Firm in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides.

Lorisa D. LaRocca '02

S. Philip Unwin '02

'10s

Stuart P. Frame '10 has become an associate with Schop Powell & Allen in Williamsville, N.Y., practicing litigation and real property. He lives in Buffalo.

Jennifer K. Meldrum '10 , an associate with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., was named a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. She practices litigation, concentrating her practice on business-related civil litigation matters. Meldrum is a Rochester resident.

Daniel J. Hebert '11 is a partner with Morrisroe Hebert in Buffalo. Hebert counsels clients regarding family and matrimonial matters, estate planning, Veterans Affairs claims and other general practice matters. He lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

A. Peter Snodgrass '11 is practicing as an associate with Collins & Collins Attorneys in Buffalo. Snodgrass was a combat medic in the U.S. Army, serving two tours of duty in Iraq. He is a Buffalo resident.

Amanda C. Townsend '11 has accepted a position as an associate with William Mattar Law Offices in the Williamsville, N.Y., office, handling auto accident claims. She lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Duwaine T. Bascoe '12 is practicing as an associate with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., practicing litigation. He lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Lydia H. Beebe '12 has become an associate with Damon Morey in Buffalo, where she resides. Beebe practices medical malpractice defense, nursing home defense and general negligence litigation.

Daniel F. Brennan '12 has joined Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola as an associate in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Brennan, a Rochester resident, practices insurance defense litigation.

Anthony W. Carroll '12 is an associate with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office. Carroll specializes his practice in general business counseling, including merger and acquisition transactions. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Kelly Carr '12 of Depew, N.Y., is practicing with Serotte Law in Buffalo. She focuses her practice on individual and employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions.

Andrew P. Devine '12 has joined Phillips Lytle as an associate in the Buffalo office, practicing in the litigation department. He lives in Buffalo.

Caitlin A. English '12 is practicing as an associate with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo. English is a member of the firm's insurance and Native American practice groups. She lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Lauren A. Fish '12 has become associated with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office. She will handle cases involving business and corporate, governance, health care, tax and not-for-profit matters. Fish is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Lawrence W. Gallick '12 of Buffalo has joined Phillips Lytle as an associate in the Buffalo office. Gallick practices corporate law.

John I. LaMancuso '12 has accepted a position as an associate with Lipsitz & Ponterio in Buffalo, where he resides. He represents clients suffering from respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by their exposure to asbestos, coal tar, coke oven emissions and other toxic substances.

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

Steven C. Balet '94 and Mindy Jacqueline Borisoff, March 23, 2013

Births

To Joseph A. Kresse '95 and Andrea Weinstein, a daughter, Ella Jane, on Feb. 6, 2013, in Arlington, Va.

To Katherine E. Courtney '06 and Daniel Courtney, a daughter, Mary Katherine, on Dec. 25, 2012, in Rochester, N.Y.

In Memoriam

The Law School extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the following alumnus:

  • Sherwood Snyder '40 , Aventura, Fla.
  • Hon. Eugene W. Salisbury '60 , Blasdell, N.Y.
  • Robert S. Pacholski '67, Buffalo
  • Mary E. Bisantz '69 , Rodanthe, N.C.