Class Action - April '15

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70s

Herbert L. Greenman ’72 received the 2015 Hon. Thurgood S. Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Practitioner from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Greenman is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing criminal defense. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Hon. Alexander W. Hunter Jr. ’74 will be honored at the Bronx County Bar Association 112th Annual Dinner on May 6. Hunter is a New York State Supreme Court justice, 12th Judicial District, in Bronx, N.Y. He lives in White Plains, N.Y.

Hon. Hugh B. Scott ’74 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Students of Color at their dinner being held April 23. He is magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, in Buffalo, where he resides. Scott was the first African-American to become assistant attorney general in charge in Western New York and the first African-American to sit on the federal bench in the Western District. He is a past recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and an adjunct faculty member.

Dennis R. McCoy ’77 will be honored at the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s 53rd annual dinner on May 13 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for private practice. McCoy is a senior partner with Hiscock & Barclay in Buffalo. A member of the Dean's Advisory Council and past president of the Law Alumni Association, McCoy lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Donnalynn Darling ’78 was elected to the executive committee of Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset, N.Y. Darling is chair of the personal injury and education law practice with Meyer Suozzi English & Klein in the Garden City, N.Y., office. She lives in Glen Head, N.Y.

Linda J. Marsh ’78 was elected president of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, in Buffalo. She is a partner with Marsh Ziller in Buffalo, practicing personal injury. Marsh is a Buffalo resident.

Ann E. Evanko ’79, president of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, will receive the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award for community service on May 13 at their 53rd annual dinner. She is founder and a past president of the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and is currently a co-chair of the SUNY Buffalo Law School Annual Fund. Evanko lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Dennis R. McCoy ’77

Donnalynn Darling ’78

Ann E. Evanko ’79

80s

Hon. Judith J. Gische ’80 will receive the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award for the judiciary at their 53rd annual dinner on May 13. Gische is an associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, First Department, in New York City, where she resides.

Keith N. Bond ’83 was elected vice president of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, in Buffalo. He is a partner with Walsh Roberts & Grace in Buffalo, practicing litigation. Bond lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Joseph F. Ruh Jr. ’83 has been promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary with Carestream Health in Rochester, N.Y. Ruh was previously deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. He lives in East Bethany, N.Y.

Hon. Eugene M. Fahey ’84 was confirmed to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. Fahey previously served as a New York State Supreme Court justice, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for the judiciary.

Vincent E. Doyle III ’89 will be honored at the Buffalo Law Review annual dinner on April 30.  Doyle is a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award, a past member of the board of directors of the alumni association and a past president of the New York State Bar Association. He lives in Elma, N.Y.

Hon. Judith J. Gische ’80

90s

Kathleen M. Reilly ’91 has become a partner with Anspach Meeks Ellenberger in the Buffalo office. She manages the firm’s New York operations and focuses her practice on the defense of health care providers, with an emphasis on medical malpractice, long-term care and general negligence litigation. Reilly, an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School, lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Kevin E. Raphael ’94 presented “Academic Medical Centers’ Obligations Under Title IX” at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Health Law Institute in Philadelphia. Raphael is a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti in Philadelphia and co-chair of the firm’s health care litigation practice group. He is a Philadelphia resident.

Susan Y. Soong ’94 will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Students of Color at their dinner on April 23rd. She is chief deputy clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. Soong lives in Albany, Calif.

Jonathan S. Beane ’98 of Scarsdale, N.Y., will receive the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award for business at their 53rd annual dinner on May 13. He is executive director, workforce diversity and inclusion, with Time Warner in New York City. He is a past recipient of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Students of Color Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Brigid M. Maloney ’98 has joined Hodgson Russ as a partner in the Buffalo office. She advises health care providers, management services organizations and corporate clients on health care law and regulatory compliance. Maloney lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Michael J. Chmiel ’99 was given a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating by his peers for ethical standards and legal ability. Chmiel is a member of Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte in Buffalo. He deals with cases involving personal injury, litigation, matrimonial, criminal defense, civil defense, bankruptcy and insurance. Chmiel lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Kathleen M. Reilly ’91

Kevin E. Raphael ’94

Jonathan S. Beane ’98

'00s

Nicole C. Lee ’02 will be honored with the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award for public service at their 53rd annual dinner on May 13. She is a human rights lawyer with Lee Bayard Group in Washington, D.C., where she resides. Lee is immediate past president of TransAfrica in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava ’03 of New York City has been appointed deputy secretary of labor in Albany, N.Y., by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. She previously served as first deputy chief of staff of the New York City Council.

Thomas C. Burnham ’03 has been promoted to senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo. Burnham practices disability law, including Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Income, workers’ compensation and veterans’ disability. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Jesse Baldwin ’04 has become special counsel with Colucci & Gallaher in Buffalo.  Baldwin practices medical and professional liability defense, general negligence, municipal liability, and civil rights, education and charter school law. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Eric D. Haselbauer ’04 has joined Bond Schoeneck & King as special counsel in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. He handles real estate development and construction matters.

Max B. Humann ’04 of Buffalo has been promoted to junior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo. He practices personal injury law, including automobile accidents, workplace accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and slip and fall accidents.

Elizabeth L. Perry ’04 has become a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, practicing in trusts and estates. Perry previously practiced with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office. She is a Buffalo resident.

Elizabeth M. Midgley ’06 has been promoted to partner with Anspach Meeks Ellenberger in the Buffalo office.  She was also elected as an Eighth Judicial District representative for the New York State Bar Association’s torts, insurance and compensation law section. Midgley practices defense litigation, including medical, dental and legal malpractice and professional responsibility and ethics. She lives in West Falls, N.Y.

Jason J. Almonte ’07 will receive the Trailblazer Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Students of Color at their dinner on April 23rd. He is a manager in the advisory services practice of the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG in the New York City office. Almonte is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ryan G. Smith ’07 has been promoted to partner with Webster Szanyi in Buffalo. Smith practices education, labor and employment law and litigation. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Kara M. Addelman ’08 has joined Colucci & Gallaher as an associate in Buffalo. She counsels clients regarding civil litigation including civil rights, municipal liability, medical malpractice defense, sports and recreation liability, and personal injury. Addelman lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Karen Andolina Scott ’09 has been appointed executive director of Journey’s End Refugee Services in Buffalo. She previously served as managing attorney of the immigration legal services program. Scott lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Nicole C. Lee ’02

Thomas C. Burnham ’03

Jason J. Almonte ’07

'10s

Brendan M. Sheehan ’11 has joined Bond Schoeneck & King as an associate. He practices litigation in the Syracuse, N.Y., office.

Jason J. Wawro ’11 has become associated with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office. He handles cases involving banking and financial services. Wawro resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Eliza P. Friedman ’14 was elected to the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group. She was also elected secretary of the board of directors of Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion & Stroke Charitable Fund, in Buffalo. Friedman is an associate with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Megan Furrer ’14 has joined Hagelin Kent as an associate in Buffalo, where she resides. She practices litigation.

Ryan C. Johnsen ’14 has joined Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel as an associate in the Buffalo office. Johnsen counsels clients regarding litigation and labor and employment matters. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Dana Y. Lee ’14 has joined Forchelli Curto Deegan Schwartz Mineo & Terrana in Uniondale, N.Y. She is an associate practicing in the firm’s real estate department. Lee lives in Bayside, N.Y.

Joseph L. Nicastro ’14 of Williamsville, N.Y., has joined Bernhardi & Lukasik in Buffalo. He practices personal injury law. Nicastro was previously a professional musician playing lead guitar for More Than Me. In 2010 the group won an international battle of the bands competition; the grand prize was performing with Paul McCartney in Hyde Park, England.

Christine M. O’Connell ’14 has joined Gelber & O’Connell as an associate in Buffalo. She deals with matters concerning plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. O’Connell lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jay A. Organek ’14 has become associated with Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens in Buffalo, practicing business litigation. He lives in Buffalo.

Brendan M. Sheehan ’11

Jason J. Wawro ’11

Eliza P. Friedman '14

Births

  • To Stephen Trynosky ’05 and Jill Trynosky, a son, Robert Derek, on Nov. 15, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan.
  • To Joshua Dubs ’08 and Lauren Dubs, a son, Matthew Robert, on March 12, 2015, in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

In Memoriam

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

  • Isadore Snitzer ’47, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Louis J. Russo ’48, Buffalo
  • Douglas W. Kuhn ’49, Orchard Park, N.Y.
  • Victor A. Rossetti ’50, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Herald Price Fahringer Jr. ’56, New York City
  • Peter J. Murrett III ’73, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • Hon. Paul Volcy ’77, Buffalo
  • Alan Cruikshank ’83, Rochester, N.Y.