Class Action - December '12

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'50s

Richard F. Griffin '57 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is of counsel with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo, where he resides. Griffin is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

'60s

Gerald S. Lippes '64 , founder and senior partner with the Buffalo firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Lippes is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Jaeckle Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Samuel L. Shapiro '65 , a senior partner with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo, is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award, a past president of the Law Alumni Association, and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Shapiro resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Robert P. Fine '68 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Fine is chairman of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award, a past president of the Law Alumni Association, an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council and an adjunct faculty member at the Law School. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

John LaDuca '68 received the Justinian Medal from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., for his service and leadership in professional, business and charitable endeavors in the community and college. A partner with the LaDuca Law Firm in Rochester, he lives in Webster, N.Y.

Donald A. Alessi '69 was re-elected chairman of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, in Buffalo. Alessi, a solo practitioner in East Amherst, N.Y., is a resident of Clarence, N.Y.

Kenneth A. Cohen '69 received the Immigration Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo. He is a partner with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo, practicing immigration law. Cohen lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Vincent J. Moore '69 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo, where he chairs the firm's real estate department. Moore lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Robert P. Fine '68

Donald A. Alessi '69

'70s

Jerome M. Hesch '70 has been inducted into the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils Hall of Fame. Hesch is of counsel with Carlton Fields in the Miami office. He serves as a tax and estate planning consultant for lawyers, accountants, financial planners and insurance professionals.

Terrence M. Connors '71 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Connors, a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, is a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council. He lives in Buffalo.

William E. Mathias II '71 of Buffalo is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Mathias is a managing partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding business and corporate law and financial transactions.

Philip J. O'Shea Jr. '71 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Smith Miner O'Shea & Smith in Buffalo, where he resides.

Richard J. Evans '72 has been appointed a federal court mediator for the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. Evans is a partner with Evans & Fox in Rochester, N.Y. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Herbert L. Greenman '72 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing criminal law. Greenman lives in Clarence, N.Y.

George E. Riedel Jr. '72 of Buffalo is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, handling cases involving estates and trusts.

Thomas F. Segalla '72 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Segalla, a founding partner of the firm Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

Neil A. Goldberg '73 , a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Goldberg concentrates his practice in product liability. He lives in Eden, N.Y.

Leslie M. Greenbaum '73 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Greenbaum practices intellectual property with Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo, where he resides.

Christopher T. Greene '74 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a managing partner with Damon & Morey in Buffalo, a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Greene lives in Buffalo.

Michele O. Heffernan '74 , a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is a Buffalo resident.

Corey J. Hogan '74 of Clarence, N.Y., is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner in and founder of HoganWillig in Amherst, N.Y.

Helen Osgood '74 was named to Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law" for 2012. She is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in the Buffalo office, practicing banking and finance. Osgood lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Vincent P. Hauber '75 is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Hauber is a partner with Hiscock & Barclay in the Buffalo office, practicing in the areas of financial institutions and lending and real estate. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Linda H. Joseph '75 is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." She is a partner with Schröder Joseph & Associates in Buffalo, practicing intellectual property law. Joseph lives in Springville, N.Y.

Harry F. Mooney '75 has been appointed vice chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Commercial Transportation Litigation General Committee for 2012-13. Mooney is also named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, practicing product liability, professional liability, and large loss and catastrophic injury litigation. Mooney lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

William F. Savino '75 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law" and The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Savino is a senior partner and chairman of the business litigation and insolvency department in the Buffalo office of Damon Morey. He is a bridge course lecturer at SUNY Buffalo Law School and a past president of the Law Alumni Association. Savino lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Diane F. Bosse '76 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Bosse is of counsel with Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. She is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award and a emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Bosse lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Robert J. Feldman '76 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He practices bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law with Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo and is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Feldman lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Lynn D. Gates '76 , a partner with Smith Murphy & Schoepperle in Buffalo, is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." A Buffalo resident, she practices arbitration and mediation.

Margaret W. Wong '76 will receive the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, the highest honor SUNY Buffalo Law School and its Law Alumni Association can bestow. Wong is managing partner of Margaret W. Wong and Associates in Cleveland. She is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna Award, a lifetime member of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a member of SUNY Buffalo Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. Wong lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Dennis R. McCoy '77 is named in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. McCoy is a partner with the Buffalo office of Hiscock & Barclay. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. McCoy lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Garry M. Graber '78 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Graber, a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. He is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, a past recipient of the association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and a SUNY Buffalo Law adjunct faculty member. Graber lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jeffrey A. Human '78 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Human is a member of Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo, practicing business, corporate, tax and securities law. He is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Jane E. Mago '78 is being honored with the Public Service Counsel Award from the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel on Jan. 11 at AMEC's eighth annual Counsel of the Year Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif. Mago is executive vice president and general counsel for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, D.C. She lives in Mc Lean, Va.

Robert M. Shaddock '78 , a partner with Hiscock & Barclay in the Rochester, N.Y., office, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. Shaddock practices torts and products liability defense and professional liability.

Dennis C. Vacco '78 is listed in the 2012 "Who's Who in Law" by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding commercial litigation. Vacco, a former New York attorney general and U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Boston, N.Y.

Ann E. Evanko '79 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Evanko is president of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, concentrating her practice in business and employment law. 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.

Gary M. Kanaley '79 , a partner with Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens in Buffalo, is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He practices business and corporate law, taxation and tax litigation and estates. Kanaley lives in Lake View, N.Y.

Laraine M. Kelley '79 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Kelley is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, where she resides.

Dan D. Kohane '79 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Kohane is a senior partner with Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office and an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He lives in Buffalo.

Paul M. Moskal '79 received the Founders Award from the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Moskal is a retired supervisory special agent and chief division counsel for the FBI in Buffalo. He currently works with a private-public consortium that deals with issues of intelligence and national security. Moskal lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Lawrence M. Ross '79 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Ross is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, concentrating his practice in health law. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Roger L. Ross '79, a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Paul J. Suozzi '79 is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, concentrating his practice in personal injury. Suozzi lives in Wales, N.Y.

Charles C. Swanekamp '79 , a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, is included in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Swanekamp lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Jerome M. Hesch '70

'80s

Timothy C. Cashmore '80 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo, practicing in the business and corporate department. Cashmore lives in Buffalo.

Joseph M. Guerra III '80 received the Government Attorney Award from the Bar Association of Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo. Guerra is chief of the criminal division with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York, in Buffalo.

Hon. Barbara Howe '80 received the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women Lawyers of Western New York. Howe is Erie County surrogate judge in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumna Award, a past president of the Law Alumni Association, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Law School.

Patrick C. O'Reilly '80 , of counsel with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. O'Reilly is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School and is a past president of the Law Alumni Association. He lives in Buffalo.

John A. Collins '82 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation. Collins lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Daniel C. Oliverio '82 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Oliverio serves as chair of Hodgson Russ and leader of the false claims act and business crimes practice groups in the Buffalo, New York City and Toronto offices. He is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Oliverio lives in Buffalo.

Cheryl A. Possenti '82 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." She is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation. Possenti lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Stephen R. Sloan '82 received The Daily Record 2012 Top Counsel Award. Sloan is senior vice president and general counsel with Lifetime Healthcare Cos. in Rochester, N.Y.

Richard P. Weisbeck Jr. '82 is included in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing personal injury law. Weisbeck resides in Buffalo.

Robert J. Lane '83 of Lake View, N.Y., is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Lane is a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, practicing commercial litigation.

Edward C. Robinson '83 is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a member of the estate planning department of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. Robinson lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Michael B. Sexton '83 is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Sexton is chief institute operations officer and general counsel for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. He lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

John P. Freedenberg '84 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, practicing personal injury law. Freedenberg lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Richard D. Furlong '84 is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Furlong practices with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing labor and employment law. He lives in Warsaw, N.Y.

William J. Hochul Jr. '84 , U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, in Buffalo, is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hochul lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Daniel P. Joyce '84 , a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Joyce, who practices immigration law, lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Paul T. Nesper '84 is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Nesper Ferber & DiGiacomo in Amherst, N.Y., practicing corporate and securities law. Nesper lives in Amherst.

Cherie L. Peterson '84 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Peterson is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing personal injury. She lives in Elma, N.Y.

David J. Starkey '84 of North Tonawanda, N.Y., received the Board Volunteer of the Year Award from Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo. He is an attorney with the Law Office of Patricia A. George in Lockport, N.Y., practicing elder law.

Sharon L. Wick '84 is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Wick is a partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, practicing family wealth planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and estate and gift taxation. She is a resident of Snyder, N.Y.

Kenneth W. Africano '85 has been named to the advisory board of the Buffalo Niagara division of the American Heart Association. He is also listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Africano is a litigation partner with Harter Secrest & Emery in Buffalo and is a former member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Hon. Gail A. Donofrio '85 was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, 7th Judicial District. Donofrio has recently served as acting Supreme Court justice and supervising judge of the Family Courts for the 7th Judicial District. A past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, she lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Gayle L. Eagan '85 received the Vision Award from Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo. 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.

John T. Kolaga '85 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo, practicing environmental law. Kolaga lives in Buffalo.

Susan Schultz Laluk '85 was named co-chair of the Monroe County Bar Association's Disability, Labor and Employment Law Committee in Rochester, N.Y. She is a partner in Hiscock & Barclay in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing corporate, employment and intellectual property law, and a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester. Laluk lives in Fairport, N.Y.

James J. Navagh '85 is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Senior trial counsel with Sliwa & Lane in Buffalo, he lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Robert J. Sant '85 received The Daily Record 2012 Top Counsel Award. He is chief counsel with Saunders Management in Rochester, N.Y. Sant previously served as general counsel for Sugar Creek Corp., and its subsidiaries Griffith Energy and Sugar Creek Stores, in Rochester. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Catherine T. Wettlaufer '85 is named in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. She is a partner with Hiscock & Barclay in the Buffalo office, representing clients in estate, trust, and business succession planning and administration. Wettlaufer is a Buffalo resident.

Alberto Benitez '86 received an award of $25,000 from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust for inspiring his former students to make a significant contribution to society. Benitez is professor of clinical law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va.

John F. Leone '86 of North Tonawanda, N.Y., is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He practices in the areas of trusts and estates with Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo.

Lisa McDougall '86 , who practices health care law as a partner with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

David J. Murray '86 of East Aurora, N.Y., is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Murray is a partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo and Canada offices, practicing corporate and securities law.

Charles E. Telford III '86 is listed in the 2012 "Who's Who in Law" by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office and chair of the firm's probate, trust and estate department. Telford lives in Buffalo.

Joan Casilio Adams '87 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Adams has her own practice, J. Adams & Associates, in Williamsville, N.Y., where she resides.

Julie M. Bargnesi '87 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." She is a partner with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office, practicing medical malpractice law. Bargnesi lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Hugh C. Carlin '87 , an attorney with Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo, is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He handles cases involving labor and employment law. Carlin is a Buffalo resident.

David P. Flynn '87 , a partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a past member of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association board of directors. Flynn lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Brian C. Mahoney '87 of Tonawanda, N.Y., is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo, practicing litigation.

Hugh M. Russ III '87 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, where he chairs the firm's torts, insurance and products liability practice group. Russ lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Robert P. Simpson '87 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a founding member of Simpson & Simpson in Williamsville, N.Y., where he resides.

John P. Thielman '87 is associate director of the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk and clinical professor of legal studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He lives in Alpharetta, Ga.

Richard P. Amico '88 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Amico is a senior trial attorney with Cellino & Barnes in Buffalo, where he resides.

John J. Christopher '88 , a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Christopher practices labor and employment law. He lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Terrance P. Flynn '88 , a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo, is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a member of the board of trustees of the New York Power Authority. He previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York and is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Flynn lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Terrence M. Gilbride '88 , a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Gilbride practices commercial real estate and is president-elect of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

Mary Jo Herrscher '88 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is an associate with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, practicing chemical exposure and toxic tort defense, products liability and premises liability. Herrscher lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Barbara A. Kilbridge '88 , a Buffalo solo practitioner, is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Her firm handles cases involving family and matrimonial law. Kilbridge is a Buffalo resident.

Daniel T. Lukasik '8 8 of Lancaster, N.Y., is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Bernhardi & Lukasik in Buffalo, practicing personal injury.

Robert L. Boreanaz '89 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo and chairs the firm's labor and employment law department. Boreanaz, a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Carlton K. Brownell III '89 has become a partner with the Sugarman Law Firm in the Buffalo office. He handles cases involving products liability, premises liability, general liability, toxic torts and personal injury claims. Brownell lives in Buffalo.

Barry N. Covert '89 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing criminal law. Covert lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Sara J. Horowitz '89 has been appointed to a three-year term as a Class C director of the New York Federal Reserve Bank by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. Horowitz is founder and executive director of Freelancers Union and chief executive officer of Freelancers Insurance Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she resides.

Kevin B. Quinn '89 has been named senior vice president, corporate banking, for upstate New York by HSBC Bank USA. He previously served as senior vice president and regional commercial executive manager for upstate New York. Quinn is a Buffalo resident.

'90s

Diane M. Perri Roberts '90 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is special counsel with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing labor and employment law. Roberts lives in Lewiston, N.Y.

Ginger D. Schröder '90 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Schröder is a partner with Schröder Joseph & Associates in Buffalo, where she resides.

Scott W. Tompsett '90 is a partner with Stinson Morrison Hecker in Kansas City, Mo. He has represented coaches in many high-profile NCAA infractions investigations, including USC, Michigan and the University of Connecticut. The National Law Journal has referred to him as the "go-to counsel for coaches involved in NCAA investigations." Tompsett is a resident of Kansas City.

Sean P. Beiter '91 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office, practicing labor and employment law and public-sector law, and handling discipline and discharge proceedings and grievance arbitration. Beiter lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Robert P. Heary '91 is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. He is a partner with Hiscock & Barclay in the Buffalo office, handling cases involving labor and employment law. Heary is vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a resident of Lancaster, N.Y.

Todd C. Bushway '92 of Buffalo is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation.

Thomas P. Cunningham '92 of East Amherst, N.Y., is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Cunningham is managing partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo.

Michael J. Roach '92 has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Roach is a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, focusing on representing physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits. He lives in Buffalo.

Carmen L. Snell '92 is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She is assistant general counsel with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a past member of the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group and the Law Alumni Association.

Christopher J. Belter '93 of Grand Island, N.Y., is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, practicing commercial litigation.

Patricia S. Ciccarelli '93 is co-chair of the Lead Litigation Conference in New Orleans. She is a partner with Brown & Kelly in Buffalo, practicing insurance litigation. Ciccarelli lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

John J. Jablonski '93 is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, specializing in litigation. Jablonski is a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Mary Q. Wydysh '93 was named Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year and received the Robert M. Kiebala Memorial Award from the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York. Wydysh is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a past president of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, a past president of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York and a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

Kevin E. Raphael '94 was a presenter at the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Mid-Atlantic Region CLE event and networking reception in Philadephia, where he resides. He served on the panel "Investigating Allegations of Sexual Misconduct: The Criminal, Civil, and Administrative Considerations for Educational Institutions and Employers." Raphael is a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti in Philadelphia and co-chair of the firm's health care litigation practice group.

Sharon A. Swift '94 has been elected president of Vive in Buffalo, the largest refugee center in North America; it has served more than 86,000 asylum seekers from more than 110 countries. Swift is an associate with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, practicing labor and employment law. She lives in Clarence, N.Y.

James A. Verrico '94 accepted a position as deputy general counsel with Counsel Financial in Williamsville, N.Y., where he resides. He was previously a partner with Cantor Dolce & Panepinto in Buffalo.

David R. Adams '95 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation. Adams lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Sara Stout Ashcraft '95 received The Daily Record 2012 Leaders in Law Award. She is a partner with Ashcraft Franklin Young & Peters in Rochester, N.Y., practicing matrimonial and family law. Ashcraft lives in Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Alisa A. Lukasiewicz '95 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Special counsel with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, she lives in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Amy Habib Rittling '95 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo and a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Rittling lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Catherine M. Brennan '95 of Baltimore is a partner with Hudson Cook in the Hanover, Md., office. She helps lenders to develop and maintain nationwide consumer mortgage and motor vehicle finance programs. Brennan has also devoted 1,000 hours on behalf of women's political organizing and radical feminist legal work.

Hilary C. Banker '96 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Banker is a partner with Burgio Kita & Curvin, practicing civil litigation and insurance defense law in Buffalo, where she resides.

Andrew J. Freedman '96 , a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He practices education law and lives in Buffalo.

Daniel W. Gerber '96 is included in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo and is co-chair of the firm's Global Insurance Services practice group. Gerber lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

James W. Grable Jr. '96 , a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Grable, a vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Thomas M. Mercure '96 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation including construction accidents, automobile accidents, products liability and medical malpractice. Mercure lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Jeffrey J. Weiss '96 of East Amherst, N.Y., is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo, practicing in the educational institutions industry team and the labor and employment law practice group.

Kevin J. Zanner '96 , a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Zanner counsels clients regarding corporate and securities law. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Rosanna Berardi '97 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is the founder of Berardi Immigration Law, one of the only woman-owned immigration law firms in the Buffalo Niagara region. Berardi is a resident of Lancaster, N.Y.

Daniel M. Killelea '97 , a partner with Mohun & Killelea in Cowlesville, N.Y., is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Killelea, who practices criminal law, lives in Elma, N.Y.

David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. '97 is included in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Pfalzgraf is a partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

Michael P. Stuermer '97 , a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Thomas Trbovich '97 , a senior partner with the Trbovich Law Firm in Williamsville, N.Y., is listed in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He practices criminal law and lives in Williamsville.

Susan E. Van Gelder '97 of Buffalo is included in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, practicing toxic torts and product liability.

Matthew C. Van Vessem '97 is named in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Van Vessem is a partner in the labor and employment practice group of Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, where he resides.

Judy N. Cuzzacrea Wagner '97 , a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo, is named in "Who's Who in Law" 2012 by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She practices elder law and lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Brian J. Bocketti '98 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, concentrating his practice in banking and finance. Bocketti lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Brian D. Gwitt '98 is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo and a vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

J. Claire Razzolini '98 was a panelist at the BritishAmerican Business Immigration Seminar, Immigration and Identity in London in September. She addressed the issue of immigration in the U.S. presidential election, the impact of immigrant demographics on politics and policy, and the prospects for immigration reform after the election. She also spoke at the seminar E-3 and Beyond: Immigration and Tax Issues Affecting Australians, at the Cornell Club in New York City. Razzolini is a partner in the business immigration practice group with Gibney Anthony & Flaherty in New York City, where she resides.

Scott F. Riordan '98 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a solo practitioner in Kenmore, N.Y., practicing criminal law. Riordan lives in Kenmore.

Frank J. Sparacino '98 opened his own firm, Sparacino & Sparacino in Northport, N.Y., where he resides. It is a general practice firm, concentrating in matrimonial and family law mediation and litigation as well as real estate transactions.

Sarah E. Tollner '98 has become a partner with Webster Szanyi in Buffalo. Tollner practices employment, labor, business/corporate, intellectual property and health law. She lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Marc A. Romanowski '99 of Orchard Park, N.Y., is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery in Buffalo, concentrating his practice in energy and environment.

'00s

Robert G. Murray '00 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He practices in the public finance and economic development, environmental law, and commercial real estate practice groups with Harris Beach in Buffalo. Murray lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Pietra G. Lettieri '01 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo in the public finance and economic development and tax law practice groups and serves on the energy and telecommunications and media industry teams. Lettieri is vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a past president of the Law School's GOLD Group. Lettieri is a Buffalo resident.

Gregory J. McCaffrey '01 was elected Livingston County district attorney in Geneseo, N.Y. He previously served as an assistant district attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office in Rochester, N.Y. McCaffrey lives in Lima, N.Y.

Asker A. Saeed '01 was named director of diversity with the firm Day Pitney. He is responsible for leading the firm's diversity initiative in its offices throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Boston and Washington, D.C. Saeed was previously vice president, customer business-commercial, of International Aero Engines AG in Glastonbury, Conn., where he resides.

Audrey A. Seeley '01 was appointed vice chair of the Defense Research Institute's Insurance Law Committee. She is also named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Seeley is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office. She specializes in insurance coverage, no-fault coverage, municipal and environmental counseling, and governmental liability. Seeley lives in West Valley, N.Y.

Sheldon K. Smith '01 received the Pro Bono Award from the Bar Association of Erie County in Buffalo and the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y., at the 2012 Western District Federal Court Dinner in Rochester. He is a partner with Nixon Peabody in the Buffalo office, handling cases involving litigation and dispute resolution, health care litigation, real estate litigation, labor and employment, and electronic discovery and digital evidence. Smith is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo, and a past recipient of the Trail Blazer Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School's Students of Color. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jeffrey L. Kingsley '02 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Kingsley is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, handling cases involving insurance and reinsurance coverage, commercial and regulatory issues, extra-contractual liability arbitration and litigation, and environmental litigation. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Jon A. Nichols '02 has been named in the 2012 edition of Virginia Legal Elite and was named in the 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. He is a partner with Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman in Richmond, Va., and president-elect of the Henrico County Bar Association in Richmond. Nichols is a resident of Midlothian, Va.

V. Christopher Potenza '02 of Buffalo is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is a member of Hurwitz Fine in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation.

Destin C. Santacrose '02 is listed in the 2012 Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal "Who's Who in Law." Santacrose is a solo practitioner in Buffalo, where he resides.

Hon. Laura A. Wagner '02 was elected justice of the Town of Royalton, N.Y., for a four-year term. She is assistant counsel for the Niagara County Department of Social Services in Lockport, N.Y., where she resides.

Jesse Baldwin '04 of Buffalo has been promoted to partner with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office, practicing in the litigation department. He is a past president of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group.

John P. Ford '04 has been named a partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo. Ford practices in the litigation department and is a member of the firm's associates' committee.

Colleen K. Mattrey '04 has become a partner with Damon Morey in Buffalo, practicing medical malpractice defense. Mattrey lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Royston Mendonza '04 has joined Andreozzi Bluestein Fickess Muhlbauer Weber Brown as an associate in the Williamsville, N.Y., office, practicing bankruptcy law. Mendonza lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Andrew O. Miller '04 of Kenmore, N.Y., is included in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He is an associate with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing commercial litigation.

Richard S. Poveromo '04 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." He practices with the Law Office of Destin C. Santacrose in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation. Poveromo lives in Buffalo.

Jamie J. Batt '05 is listed in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Batt is an associate with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, practicing corporate and securities law. She lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Christopher M. Grant '05 was appointed chief of staff for newly elected Congressman Chris Collins, 27th District. Grant previously served as chief of staff for Collins when he was Erie County executive in Buffalo.

Andrea M. Gray '05 has become director of human resources and labor relations for Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y. She previously worked with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Joseph M. Hanna '05 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." Hanna is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo. He is immediate past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Hanna resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Joshua E. Dubs '08 received the VIP Award from the Bar Association of Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo. Dubs is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law School GOLD Group and a Buffalo solo practitioner. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Danielle M. Wanglien '09 is an associate with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in the New York City office. She practices in the cooperative and condominium law group, focusing on real estate law. Wanglien lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

'10s

Christopher R. LaFever '10 received the Attorney of the Morning Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Bar Association of Erie County in Buffalo. LaFever is a Buffalo resident.

Maureen N. Polen '10 is practicing as an associate in Burden Gulisano & Hickey in Buffalo. Polen concentrates her practice in civil litigation, premises liability, product liability, and trucking and transportation negligence. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Jennifer L. Rizzo '10 is named in Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2012 "Who's Who in Law." She is legal services coordinator with Journey's End Refugee Services in Buffalo. Rizzo lives in West Seneca, N.Y.

Katelyn E. Dieffenderfer '11 of Amherst, N.Y., has accepted a position as an associate with Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte in the Buffalo and Cheektowaga, N.Y., offices. She practices insurance defense and general practice matters.

Kenneth A. Grossberg '11 has become associated with Andreozzi Bluestein Fickess Muhlbauer Weber Brown in the Clarence, N.Y., office. Grossberg practices in the area of international tax controversy matters.

Matthew R. Palmieri '11 has joined Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel as an associate in the Buffalo office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of affordable housing, business and corporate, economic land development and real estate. Palmieri resides in Buffalo.

Marc A. Schulz '11 has become an associate with Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. Schulz handles cases involving labor law, complex litigation and insurance defense matters. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Births

To Julie Atti Rogers '03 and Brian Rogers, twins, Jude Maximo and Carmella Lucretia, on Aug. 24, 2012, in Derby, N.Y.

To Rachel K. Marrero '10 and Enrique Marrero, a daughter, Katharine Grace on December 11, 2012, in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

In Memoriam

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

  • Oscar Smukler '49 , Buffalo
  • John A. Krull '52 , Orchard Park, N.Y.
  • Joseph A. Taddeo Sr. '53 , Rochester, N.Y.
  • Michael B. Jones '87 , Amherst, N.Y.
  • Terry-Ann Corniffe '04 , Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Julia E. Roberts '06 , Buffalo