Class Action - August '18

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’60s

Ross P. Lanzafame ’63 was appointed to the board of directors of St. Ann’s Community in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. St. Ann’s Community offers independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, short-term transitional care, palliative care and adult day programs. Lanzafame is a partner in the health care and human services practice group of Harter Secrest & Emery in Rochester.

Alan S. Carrel ’67, retired law school vice dean, was honored by the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo for his service as chair of the foundation’s 2017 campaign. Carrel lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Alan S. Carrel '67.

Alan S. Carrel '67

'70s

David G. Brock ’72 of East Amherst, N.Y., was elected president of the Park School of Buffalo's board of trustees for a two-year term. Brock is senior counsel with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo.

Garry M. Graber ’78 was honored by the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo for his service on the foundation’s board. He is a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Graber is a member of the law school’s Dean’s Advisory Council, a past president of the Law Alumni Association, and a long-time adjunct instructor at the law school. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

David G. Brock ’72.

David G. Brock ’72

'80s

Michael L. Corp ’81 has been named to the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. Corp is a partner with Hancock Estabrook, in Syracuse, N.Y. He lives in Cicero, N.Y.

Maureen O. Helmer ’82 delivered the closing keynote address at the 2018 Renewable Energy Conference, “A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy,” at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Helmer is a partner and co-chair of the regulatory practice area with Barclay Damon in the Albany, N.Y., office. She lives in Delmar, N.Y.

Laurie M. Rose ’83 was elected president of the League of Women Voters of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area, in Lake Forest, Ill. She is the founder of Visionairie in Lake Forest, where she resides.

Hon. Tracey Bannister ’84 was elected to the board of directors of the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo. Bannister is supervising judge for civil matters, New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo. She is a past vice president of the UB Law Alumni Association. Bannister lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Cora A. Alsante ’88 has been named to the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. Alsante is leader of the elder law & special needs practice and a partner in the tax and trusts & estates practices with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y. She lives in Jamesville, N.Y.

Michael L. Corp ’81.

Michael L. Corp ’81

Maureen O. Helmer ’82.

Maureen O. Helmer ’82

Cora A. Alsante ’88.

Cora A. Alsante ’88

'90s

Charles S. Boehringer ’93 has become executive director of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Norristown, Pa. He previously served as chief counsel for Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore, Md.

Michelle M. Parker ’93 was elected treasurer of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo. She previously served as deputy treasurer. Parker is first assistant county attorney for Erie County. She lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Monica P. Wallace ’94, New York State Assembly member, 143rd District, received the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, in Buffalo. Wallace lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Stephen L. Yonaty ’94 was honored by the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo for his service on the foundation’s board. Yonaty is immediate past president. He is a partner with Cannon Heyman & Weiss in Buffalo. Yonaty resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Laurie A. Giordano-Vahey ’96 of Pittsford, N.Y., has become managing partner with the majority woman-owned firm Vahey Muldoon Reston Getz, with offices in Rochester and Canandaigua, N.Y. She represents clients in complex litigation matters.

Carolyn R. Kellogg Jonas ’97 received the 2018 Hon. Michael F. Dillon Attorneys for Children Award from the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Rochester, N.Y. She is a solo practitioner in Wellsville, N.Y., where she resides.

Stephanie A. Adams ’99, of the Law Office of Stephanie Adams in Buffalo, was one of 27 finalists in the Ignite Buffalo competition. Her firm was awarded $25,000 to hire entry-level support staff from underrepresented communities, including new Americans and those affected by poverty. The Ignite Buffalo program is organized by 43North and funded by Facebook. Adams is a Buffalo resident.

Monica P. Wallace ’94.

Monica P. Wallace ’94

Stephen L. Yonaty ’94.

Stephen L. Yonaty ’94

Laurie A. Giordano-Vahey ’96.

Laurie A. Giordano-Vahey ’96

'00s

Hon. Mary Giallanza Carney ’00 of Amherst, N.Y., was honored by the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo for her service on the foundation’s board.  She is an Erie County Family Court judge in Buffalo.

Robert J. Fluskey Jr. ’03 was elected to the board of directors of the Erie County Bar Foundation in Buffalo. He is a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, handling cases involving complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Fluskey lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Rafferty E. Taylor ’05 was promoted to partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office. She concentrates her practice in tort litigation, including cases involving products liability, pharmaceutical and medical device product defense, trucking and transportation litigation, and general liability matters. Taylor lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Robert C. Whitaker Jr. ’05 is listed in the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list for 2018. He is a partner in the labor & employment, construction and intellectual property practices with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y.  Whitaker lives in Camillus, N.Y.

Elizabeth M. Midgley ’06 was elected to the board of directors of the Dreams to Memories Foundation in Buffalo, a non-profit foundation that fulfills dreams for families with young children who have a parent with a life-threatening medical condition. Midgley is a partner with Anspach Law in Buffalo, practicing defense litigation, including medical, dental and legal malpractice and professional responsibility and ethics. She lives in West Falls, N.Y.

Joshua E. Dubs ’08 and Daniel F. Webster ’08 have formed a new firm, Webster & Dubs, P.C.  They will maintain the general law practice in Buffalo.

Timothy W. Menasco ’09 has been promoted to senior associate with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., offices. Menasco, who practices intellectual property, lives in Amherst, N.Y.

James J. O'Shea ’09 has been named an Upstate New York Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2018. He is a partner in the litigation practice with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y., where he resides.

Brandon C. Rose ’09 has been named a 2018 Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. Rose is a partner with McManis Faulkner, practicing family law and litigation in San Jose, Calif., where he resides.

Hon. Mary Giallanza Carney ’00.

Hon. Mary Giallanza Carney ’00

Rafferty E. Taylor ’05.

Rafferty E. Taylor ’05

Robert C. Whitaker Jr. ’05.

Robert C. Whitaker Jr. ’05

Timothy W. Menasco ’09.

Timothy W. Menasco ’09

James J. O'Shea ’09.

James J. O'Shea ’09

'10s

Andrew J. Kowalewski ’10 has joined Nash Connors as an associate in the Buffalo office. He concentrates his practice in defending personal injury claims involving motor vehicle accidents, trucking companies and commercial carriers. Kowalewski lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Siana J. McLean ’10 has become of counsel with Muscato & Shatkin in Buffalo, practicing immigration law. McLean is a Buffalo resident.

Daniel K. Mannion ’11 has been named an Upstate New York Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2018. Mannion is an associate in the real estate and corporate practices with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y., where he resides.

Anne R. Haaland ’12 was named a 2018 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers. Haaland is an associate with Henson & Efron in Minneapolis, where she resides. She handles family law cases.

Sarah A. Bertozzi ’13 received the Carol A. Condon Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, in Buffalo. She is managing attorney/director with Journey’s End Refugee Services in Buffalo. Bertozzi lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Daisy A. Tomaselli ’13 has joined New York University’s Office of Equal Opportunity as in-house investigator at the Washington Square campus. Daisy handles matters related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation that arise across the university’s global campuses. She previously practiced employment law and litigation with Jackson Lewis in New York City, where she resides. Tomaselli is co-chair of the Law Alumni Association's New York City Chapter.   

Amanda M. Karpovich ’16 was appointed to the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier, in Buffalo. Karpovich is an associate in the securities and capital markets practice group with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo office. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Michael R. Staszkiw ’16 has become associated with Harter Secrest & Emery in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. Staszkiw practices in the employee benefits and executive compensation group.

Sarah N. Rodman ’16 has joined Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte as an associate in Buffalo, practicing litigation. Rodman is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Kelsey Till Thompson ’16 has accepted a position as an associate with Barclay Damon in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She is a member of the torts and products liability defense, professional liability, and insurance coverage and regulation practice areas.

Senovia M. Cuevas ’18 has become associated with Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy in the Rochester, N.Y., office. She counsels clients regarding product liability, tax disputes, medical malpractice, general tort defense and insurance matters. Cuevas lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Andrew J. Kowalewski ’10.

Andrew J. Kowalewski ’10

Siana J. McLean ’10.

Siana J. McLean ’10

Daniel K. Mannion ’11.

Daniel K. Mannion ’11

Daisy A. Tomaselli ’13.

Daisy A. Tomaselli ’13

Sarah N. Rodman ’16.

Sarah N. Rodman ’16

Sarah N. Rodman ’16.

Sarah N. Rodman ’16

Recognitions

Minority Bar Foundation of Buffalo Honorees:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Hon. Barbara M. Sims ’55 (posthumously)
  • Trailblazer Award - Hon. Mark A. Montour ’82, NYS Supreme Court, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Legal Service Award - John J. Flynn Jr. ’95, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo
  • John L. Hargrave Scholarship Student Award - Deonna M. Jones ’19

Barclay Damon is pleased to announce 13 School of Law graduates from their Buffalo office were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

  • Frederick A. Wolf ’67
  • Vincent J. Moore ’69 
  • Christopher T. Greene ’74
  • Vincent P. Hauber ’75
  • Dennis R. McCoy ’77  
  • James W. Gormley ’79
  • Timothy C. Cashmore ’80
  • Robert J. Portin ’80
  • Arthur A. Marrapese III ’81
  • Carol G. Snider ’83
  • Catherine T. Wettlaufer ’85 
  • Robert P. Heary ’91
  • Kevin D. Szczepanski ’95

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, 2018-19 Officers and Directors.

  • Kara M. Addelman ’08, President, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Elizabeth M. Fox-Solomon ’06, President-Elect, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Buffalo
  • Elise L. Cassar ’10, Secretary and State Director, Law Offices of Destin C. Santacrose
  • Bethany A. Solek ’04, Treasurer and State Director, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo
  • Darice L. Hickey ’09, Deputy Treasurer and State Director, HSBC, Buffalo
  • Kelly L. Gotham ’00, State Director, New York State Unified Court System, Buffalo
  • Melinda Grabowski ’05, State Director, Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP, Buffalo
  • Meghann N. Roehl ’06, State Director, Harris Beach PLLC, Buffalo
  • Sophie I. Feal ’88, Local Director, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
  • Nicole M. Komin ’15, Local Director, Center for Elder Law & Justice, Buffalo
  • Anastasia M. McCarthy ’15, Local Director, Hurwitz & Fine PC, Buffalo
  • Anna S. McCarthy ’15, Local Director, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Buffalo
  • Kinsey A. O’Brien ’13, Local Director, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Anne E. Joynt ’05, Immediate Past President, Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC

At the state level:

  • Dawn E. Reid-Green ’89, WBASNY Vice President, New York City Transport Authority, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lourdes M. Ventura ’98, WBASNY Corresponding Secretary, Ahmuty, Demers and McManus, Albertson, NY
  • Melissa Hancock Nickson ’97, WBASNY Recording Secretary, NYS Supreme Court, Buffalo

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Patrick J. Reinikainen ’12 and Alexandra K. Kastleman, Aug. 11, 2018

In Memoriam

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

  • Hon. John P. Lane ’53, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Anthony J. Colucci Jr. ’58, Buffalo
  • John J. Fromen Sr. ’66, Orchard Park, N.Y.
  • Michael A. Connors ’67, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 
  • Rita Merino Hager ’79, Youngstown, N.Y.
  • Jason C. Henskee ’08, Hamburg, N.Y.
Mary Lang.

Mary Lang

Mary Lang, former associate director of our Clinical Legal Assistance Program and coordinator of clinical education, died June 28, 2018, after a long illness.  She worked in the clinic from its early days in 1973 until her retirement in 1993. [The Buffalo News / Obituary]