Class Action - August '15

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’60s

Ronald J. Axelrod ’69 opened the brokerage firm Transworld Business Advisors of Buffalo in Williamsville, N.Y. The firm is a franchise of Transworld Business Advisors, one of the largest business brokerage firms doing business nationally and internationally. Axelrod lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

70s

Hon. Rosalie S. Bailey ’73 was honored by the 8th Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee on June 24 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo. Bailey is a retired Erie County Family Court judge in Buffalo, where she resides.

Hon. Rose H. Sconiers ’73 was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Sconiers is an associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Buffalo. She is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, a past recipient of the association's Distinguished Alumna Award and an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Sconiers lives in Buffalo.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76 was named in Human Resource Executive as one of the top 20 practitioners in traditional labor and employment law. DiLorenzo is managing partner in the labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration practice group of Bond Schoeneck & King in the New York City office. He is an emeritus member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council.

Ann E. Evanko ’79, president of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, is named in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Evanko is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award. 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. Evanko lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76

80s

Anna Marie Cellino ’81 of West Seneca, N.Y., is included in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Cellino is president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp., in Williamsville, N.Y. She is a past recipient of the Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award.

Karla Damico Wilsey ’81 has joined Underberg & Kessler as senior counsel in the Canandaigua, N.Y., office. Wilsey practices estate planning and administration, residential real estate and business law. She lives in Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Hon. Paula L. Feroleto ’82, administrative judge of the New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo, was named in the Buffalo Business First  “Power 100 Women” list. She is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Feroleto is a Buffalo resident.

Denise E. O’Donnell ’82 was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is director of the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., and a federal judge-designate, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. O’Donnell is a past president of the Law Alumni Association and recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award.  She is also an emerita member of the Dean's Advisory Council.

Diane M. LaVallee ’83 was named deputy chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit of the New York State Attorney General’s office. She previously served as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau in the Buffalo office.  LaVallee lives in Derby, N.Y.

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden ’83, a New York State Supreme Court justice, 8th Judicial District, was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award and a bridge course instructor at the Law School. Ogden is a Buffalo resident.

Tracey A. Kassman ’84 was honored by the 8th Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee on June 24 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo. She is a court attorney referee with Erie County Family Court in Buffalo, where she resides.

Jennifer J. Parker ’84, founder and CEO of Black Capital Network in Buffalo, was listed in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is also president of Jackson Parker Communications, a public relations consulting firm in Buffalo, where she resides.

Hon. Erin M. Peradotto ’84 was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is associate justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Buffalo, where she resides. Peradotto is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Gayle L. Eagan ’85 is included in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, a past vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a past recipient of the association’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Eagan is a Buffalo resident.

Hon. Diane Y. Devlin ’86 of Buffalo, is included in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Devlin is a New York State Supreme Court Justice, 8th Judicial District in Buffalo.

Hon. Beth E. Farwell ’86 of Wellsville, N.Y., was honored by the 8th Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee on June 24 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo. She is Allegany County Family Court support magistrate in Belmont, N.Y.

Hon. Donna M. Siwek ’87 is included in the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Siwek is a New York State Supreme Court justice, 8th Judicial District in Buffalo, where she resides.

Nora B. Sullivan ’87 was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She is founder and president of Sullivan Capital Partners, a financial services company in Buffalo, where she resides.

John J. Christopher ’88 was named vice president and general counsel with Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. He was previously a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office.

Regina A. Del Vecchio ’88 was elected deputy treasurer of the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of New York, in Buffalo. Del Vecchio is a member of Colucci & Gallaher in Buffalo. She lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Karla Damico Wilsey ’81

Regina A. Del Vecchio ’88

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden ’83

Hon. Erin M. Peradotto '84

90s

Thomas M. Gagne ’91 will present “Cross-Examination Strategies in Civil Litigation” for the National Business Institute on Oct. 2. Gagne was also named a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and a Premier 100 Attorney by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is a solo practitioner with offices in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., practicing personal injury law including litigation, insurance, negligence, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability. He lives in Simpsonville, S.C.

Christopher D. Porter ’91 was named chief legal officer with Heritage Centers in Buffalo. Porter previously practiced with Colligan Law in Buffalo, where he resides.

Kevin E. Raphael ’94 of Philadelphia presented “Responding to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct: A Legal Update for Employers, Educators, and Health Care Providers” at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE event. Raphael is a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti in Philadelphia and co-chair of the firm’s health care litigation practice group.

Susan Y. Soong ’94 was named clerk of court with the United States District Court, Northern District of California in San Francisco. She previously served as chief deputy clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. Soong is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Students of Color. She lives in Albany, Calif.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote-Beavers ’97 was honored by the 8th Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee on June 24 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo. Foote-Beavers is Erie County Family Court support magistrate in Buffalo. She is immediate past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. She lives in Buffalo.

Gregory T. Miller ’97 was elected vice president of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo. He is a partner with Roach Brown McCarthy & Gruber in Buffalo, practicing medical malpractice defense. Miller lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Melissa H. Nickson ’97 received the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award from the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, in Buffalo. Nickson is a confidential law clerk in New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo. She lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Tasha E. Moore ’98, regional director for the New York State Division of Human Rights in Buffalo, was honored by the 8th Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee on June 24 at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo. Moore is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council, a past vice president of the Law Alumni Association and a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo, where she resides.

Bridget E. Niland ’98 was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the UB Alumnu Association. She is athletic director of Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., where she resides.

Thomas M. Gagne ’91

Hon. Lenora B. Foote-Beavers ’97

Gregory T. Miller ’97

Tasha E. Moore ’98

'00s

Clare A. Haar ’00 of Buffalo, was named to the Buffalo Business First “Power 100 Women” list. Haar is CEO, Eastern Niagara Health System in Lockport, N.Y.

Charles H. Cobb ’01 is practicing with the Law Offices of William Mattar in Williamsville, N.Y. He counsels clients regarding personal injury. Cobb lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jennifer R. Scharf ’05 was elected president of the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, in Buffalo. Scharf is associate general counsel with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Law School’s GOLD Group. Scharf lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Jillian E. Deck ’07 has been promoted to partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo. Deck practices in the banking and financial transactions practice group. She resides in Akron, N.Y.

Elizabeth A. Kraengel ’07 was elected president-elect of the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, in Buffalo. She is a partner with Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens in Buffalo. Kraengel is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a Buffalo resident.

Jennifer R. Scharf ’05

Elizabeth A. Kraengel ’07

'10s

Rachel A. Clark ’10, a reservist with the Air National Guard JAG Corps, was promoted to captain. She is an assistant district attorney with the Monroe County district attorney’s office in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides.

Stephanie L. Leary ’10 was promoted to manager in the tax practice of Baker Newman Noyes in the Portland, Maine, office. She counsels clients regarding income tax planning and compliance for individuals, trusts and estates. Leary is a resident of Portland.

Claire H. Donaghue ’12 was appointed a board member of Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo, where she resides. She is an associate with Barclay Damon counseling clients regarding trusts and estates in the Buffalo office.

Adam M. Brasky ’14 of Batavia, N.Y., is practicing as an associate with Mura & Storm in Buffalo.

Ryan M. Mura ’14 has become associated with Mura & Storm in Buffalo, where he resides. He handles cases involving insurance coverage analysis and litigation, first-party property issues and fraud investigation litigation.

Stephanie L. Leary ’10

Claire H. Donaghue ’12

Births

  • To Lucy A. Dadd ’04 and Andrew Emerson, a son, Leo Van Mater, on July 23, 2015, in Buffalo.
  • To Candace R. Alnaji ’13 and Dr. Raed Alnaji, a son, Idrees, on March 13, 2015, in Lancaster, N.Y.

In Memoriam

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

  • Henry S. Wick ’51, Lancaster, N.Y.
  • Edward M. Zimmerman ’63, East Aurora, N.Y.
  • Girard M. Ursitti ’64, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Edwin H. Wolf ’70, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Mary M. Russo ’77, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Gerald P. Fallon ’88, Appleton, N.Y.
  • Ronald R. Olson ’94, East Aurora, N.Y.
  • Jason A. Urbaniak ’11, Amherst, N.Y.