Class Action - December '13

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1950s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s | Marriages | In Memoriam

’50s

Grace Marie Ange ’57, partner with Ange & Ange in Buffalo, was recognized as one of two Women Lawyers of the Century by the Women Lawyers of Western New York, in celebration of the organization’s 100 anniversary. Ange, who practices family law, lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Maryann Saccomando Freedman ’58 was recognized as one of two Women Lawyers of the Century by the Women Lawyers of Western New York, in celebration of the organization’s 100 anniversary. Freedman is of counsel with Cohen & Lombardo in Buffalo, where she resides.

Maryann Saccomando Freedman '58

70s

Ernest J. Norman ’70 was elected to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. Norman is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a solo practitioner in Kenmore, N.Y., where he resides.

Terrence M. Connors ’71 was named chair of the 2013 Erie County Bar Foundation’s Campaign in Buffalo. Connors, a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, is a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council and a recipient of Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Buffalo.

Hon. Eugene F. Pigott Jr. ’73 will receive the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, the highest honor SUNY Buffalo Law School and the Law Alumni Association can bestow, at the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Luncheon in New York City on Jan. 31. Pigott is an associate justice of the New York State Court of Appeals in Buffalo. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award and an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Hon. Rose H. Sconiers ’73 received the Trailblazer Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo. Sconiers is an associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4 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.

Peter T. Rodgers ’76 has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Rodgers is a partner with Lacy Katzen in Rochester, N.Y., counseling clients regarding personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death and business disputes. He lives in Rochester.

Donald W. O’Brien Jr. ’77 was honored by The Daily Record with the Leader in Law Award and the 2013 Nathaniel Award. He is a partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., and chair of the firm’s litigation department. O’Brien lives in Canandaigua, N.Y. 

Mark J. Moretti ’78 received the Leader in Law Award from The Daily Record. He is a partner in the Rochester office of Phillips Lytle, practicing in business and tort litigation. Moretti lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Joel B. Schechter ’78 was elected president of the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He is a partner with Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will in Buffalo, where he resides. He practices transportation and trucking law, insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage law, and mediation and arbitration.

Eugene F. Pigott Jr. ’73 

Rose H. Sconiers ’73

80s

Karen L. Mathews ’80 was elected to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. Mathews is general counsel for MakMax HD & Birdair in Amherst, N.Y. She lives in Buffalo.

Faith G. Miller ’80 has become a partner with the newly formed firm Miller Zeiderman & Wiederkehr in White Plains, N.Y. Miller practices matrimonial and family law. She lives in Rye, N.Y.

Lewis M. Rose ’81 of North Potomac, Md., was named 2014 Washington, D.C., Lawyer of the Year for advertising and marketing law by Best Lawyers. Rose is a managing partner with Kelley Drye & Warren in the Washington, D.C., office, concentrating his practice in consumer protection, advertising and consumer product safety law.

Hon. Mark A. Montour ’83 was elected a New York State Supreme Court justice, 8 Judicial District, in Buffalo. He is a solo practitioner, a town justice in Lancaster, N.Y., and an acting Buffalo City Court judge. Montour is the first Native American state judge in Western New York. He lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Mark W. Warren ’83 was elected to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. Warren is deputy general counsel for M&T Bank in Buffalo and a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Peter S. Russ ’84, a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Pittsburgh, was re-elected vice president of the township council of Hampton, Pa. He was also named chair of the Pittsburgh litigation section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Russ, who practices commercial litigation, lives in Allison Park, Pa.

Cheryl Dinolfo '86 was elected president of the New York State Association of County Clerks. Dinolfo is Monroe County clerk in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides.

Tanya A. Hughes ’87 was named executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in Hartford, Conn. Hughes previously served as regional manager of the commission’s Bridgeport, Conn., office and recently served as interim executive director. She is a resident of Bridgeport. 

Peter S. Russ ’84

90s

Christopher D. Thomas ’91 of Rochester, N.Y., received the Leader in Law Award from The Daily Record. Thomas is a partner with Nixon Peabody in the Rochester office, practicing civil litigation.

Catherine Cerulli ’92 was honored by the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys in Rochester, N.Y., to celebrate the 20 anniversary of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic. She is co-founder and past director of research for the clinic. Cerulli currently directs the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization and is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She lives in Rochester.

Dr. LaMarr J. Jackson ’92 received the Leader in Law Award from The Daily Record. She is a partner with Harris Chesworth O’Brien Johnstone & Welch in Rochester, N.Y. Jackson is the first African-American female partner in the firm. She practices matrimonial and family law, labor relations, business law, trusts and estates, and criminal law. She lives in West Henrietta, N.Y.

Carmen L. Snell ’92 was elected vice president of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. She is assistant general counsel with HealthNow 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.

Kenneth J. Sodaro ’92 was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary with HealthNow New York in Buffalo. Sodaro previously served as vice president. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Suzanne E. Tomkins ’92 was honored by the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys in Rochester, N.Y., to celebrate the 20 anniversary of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic. Tomkins is a clinical professor; clinic director and co-director of the Program for Excellence in Family Law at SUNY Buffalo Law School. She lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Brette M. Sember ’94 authored The Divorce Organizer and Planner (second edition) from McGraw-Hill. The book gives information for clients on how to find and arrange documents and information to provide to their attorneys. Sember is a retired attorney and freelance writer residing in Clarence, N.Y.

Jeremy M. Brown ’95 has become a member with Epstein Becker & Green in the Newark, N.J., office, practicing labor and employment law. Brown previously practiced with Proskauer Rose in the Newark office. He lives in Upper Montclair, N.J.  

Charles D. Grieco ’95 has been named chair of the program committee for the 2014 Congress for the New Urbanism Conference in Buffalo from June 4 to 7. Grieco is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the environmental and economic and land development practice groups in the Buffalo office. He lives in Buffalo.

Rebecca A. Bylewski ’98 has become of counsel with Kloss Stenger & LoTempio in Buffalo. She counsels clients regarding personal injury, bankruptcy and consumer law, and wills and estates. Bylewski lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Darcie A. Falsioni ’98 of West Seneca, N.Y., was elected to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. She is senior deputy counsel for Independent Health in Williamsville.

Mark J. Stuhlmiller ’99 was elected to the board of directors of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. He is assistant general counsel for Computer Task Group in Buffalo and a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Amherst, N.Y. 

Catherine Cerulli ’92

Suzanne E. Tomkins  ’92

'00s

Hon. Mary Giallanza Carney ’00 of Amherst, N.Y., was elected an Erie County Family Court judge in Buffalo. She is a partner with Carney & Giallanza in Buffalo, practicing family and matrimonial law.

Caroline Morrison ’01 received the Pioneer Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. She is deputy bureau chief of the local court bureau in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in Rochester, where she resides.

Phillip L. Dabney Jr. ’02 was honored at the 41 annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet in Buffalo. He also received the 2013 Hon. Arthur O. Eve Sr. Prestige Award at the third annual Men of Integrity Awards Dinner in Buffalo. Dabney is a Buffalo solo practitioner, practicing criminal and civil litigation. He previously served as a felony prosecutor in Niagara County and as an administrative law judge for the New York State Liquor Authority. Dabney is a Buffalo resident.

Jon C. Lazenby ’02 became a partner with Kaman Berlove Marafioti Jacobstein & Goldman in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. He deals with corporate and business, taxation and intellectual property matters.

Amy Herstek ’04 of Amherst, N.Y., was elected secretary of the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association in Williamsville, N.Y. Herstek is corporate counsel for Rich Products Corp. in Buffalo. She is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

Benjamin J. Kallos ’05 was elected to the City Council, District 5, in New York City, where he resides. Kallos is a litigation attorney and in-house counsel with Carlisle Capital in New York City.

Fatimat O. Reid ’05 received the Top Counsel Award from The Daily Record. She is a municipal attorney with the City of Rochester Law Department in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides.

Elizabeth M. Fox-Solomon ’06 received the Community Service Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York in Buffalo. Fox-Solomon is principal law clerk to Hon. Erin M. Peradotto ’84, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4 Department, in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a member of the board of directors of the Law School’s GOLD Group.

Kevin J. Mulvehill ’06 received the Volunteer Lawyers Project 2013 Pro Bono Award from the Erie County Bar Association in Buffalo. He is an associate with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., offices, practicing business litigation, class action, and labor and employment law. Mulvehill lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Robert C. Singer ’06 was named 2013 Junior Officer of the Year by the U.S. Navy JAG Corps Region Legal Service Office Hawaii. Singer serves as a prosecutor for the U.S. Navy JAG Corps in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He lives in Honolulu.

Leah A. Bouquard ’07 received the Legal Service Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York in Buffalo. Bouquard practices with Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will in Buffalo, handling cases involving adoption, matrimonial and family law. She is a director of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York in Buffalo, where she resides.

Sean E. Cooney ’07 was promoted to partner with Dolce & Panepinto in Buffalo. He counsels clients regarding construction accidents, workers’ compensation, falls and motor vehicle accidents. Cooney lives in Buffalo.

Timothy W. Menasco ’09 has become associated with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Menasco practices intellectual property. He lives in Rochester.

Danielle M. Wanglien ’09 raised $3,950 for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation by completing the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. Wanglien is an associate with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in the New York City office, practicing real estate law. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Phillip L. Dabney Jr. ’02 

Timothy W. Menasco ’09

Danielle M. Wanglien ’09 

'10s

Jason J. Wawro ’11 has accepted a position as an associate with HoganWillig in Amherst, N.Y. He practices corporate and business law. Wawro is an Amherst resident.

William A. Lorenz Jr. ’12 is practicing as an associate with HoganWillig in Amherst, N.Y. Lorenz focuses his practice in civil litigation, corporate and business law, and real estate law. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Ryan C. Mahoney ’12 has joined Hiscock & Barclay in the Buffalo office as an associate. He counsels clients regarding torts and products liability defense, professional liability, and insurance coverage and regulation. Mahoney lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Royston A. Mendonza ’04 and Cassie Olsen, Oct. 19, 2013

In Memoriam

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

  • George M. Martin '49, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • Joseph H. Bellonte ’50, Lewiston, N.Y.
  • Robert J. Edgcomb ’52, New Port Richey, Fla.
  • Daniel T. Roach ’53, Buffalo
  • Allan H. Kaminsky ’55, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • William N. Naples ’58, Buffalo
  • John F. Papsidero ’59, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Donald M. Silverberg ’59, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Paul C. Weaver ’61, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • William J. Mullins Jr. ’64, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Salvatore A. Bottaro ’65, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Joseph M. Mordino ’69, Clarence, N.Y.
  • Richard J. Rosche ’71, Clarence, N.Y.
  • Linda L. Cleveland ’73, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Roger C. Scott ’77, Buffalo
  • Cynthia G. Sielski ’85, Orchard Park, N.Y.