Class Action - December '15

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Hon. Thomas M. Van Strydonck ’73 has become deputy county executive with the Monroe County Executive’s Office in Rochester, N.Y. He is a retired New York State Supreme Court Administrative Judge for the 7th Judicial District, in Rochester, N.Y., a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and a past member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. Van Strydonck lives in Fairport, N.Y.

Hon. Alexander W. Hunter Jr. ’74 was elected a judge of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal by the UN General Assembly. Hunter will have international assignments at UN headquarters in New York City and at duty stations in Nairobi, Vienna and Geneva. His appointment is for a seven-year term. Hunter is an associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, in Bronx, N.Y. He lives in White Plains, N.Y.

Terence J. Centner ’76 received the National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching for Food and Agricultural Sciences from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Centner is a professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. He lives in Watkinsville, Ga.

David J. Colligan ’77 was named the 2015 Community Catalyst by Upstate Venture Connect and the Upstate Venture Association of New York. He was also named to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation board of trustees, headquartered in Detroit. Colligan is a partner with Colligan Law in Buffalo, practicing corporate and business law, commercial real estate transactions, international law and cooperative apartment law. He lives in Buffalo.

Maria Z. Mossaides ’77 has been named a child advocate with the Office of the Child Advocate in Boston. Mossaides was executive director of Cambridge Family and Children Service in Cambridge, Mass. She lives in Worchester, Mass.

Donnalynn Darling ’78 was honored at Mercy Haven’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the Bellport Country Club in Bellport, N.Y. Darling is chair of the personal injury and education law practice groups with Meyer Suozzi English & Klein in the Garden City, N.Y., office. She lives in Glen Head, N.Y.

Margaret A. Burt ’79 was named to the New York State Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. She was also recognized by Monroe County Family Court in Rochester, N.Y., on National Adoption Day for her dedication and expertise in adoption law. Burt is a solo practitioner in Pittsford, N.Y., representing children, adults and child welfare agencies in trial court and appellate practice. She is a Pittsford resident.

Hon. Alexander W. Hunter Jr. ’74

David J. Colligan '77

Donnalynn Darling ’78


Linda Lalli Stark ’84 has joined HoganWillig as an associate in the litigation department in Amherst, N.Y., where she resides. She is a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

Hon. Lisa Bloch Rodwin ’85 was named to the New York State Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. She is an Erie County Family Court judge in Buffalo. Rodwin is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award for community service from the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Terrence Brown-Steiner ’85 has started his own general practice firm in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, divorce, and family and elder law. Brown-Steiner previously practiced with the Odorisi Law Firm in Rochester.

Victor R. Siclari ’86 and Paul W. Kullman ’87 ran the Baltimore Marathon together in October. They previously ran the Pittsburgh Marathon together in 2014. Siclari is associate general counsel and managing director of the Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh, where he resides.

Paul W. Kullman ’87, a West Seneca, N.Y., solo practitioner, and Victor R. Siclari ’86 ran the Baltimore Marathon together in October. They ran the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2014. Kullman concentrates his practice in civil litigation, criminal defense, real estate, wills and estates, elder law, guardianship proceedings and collections.

Paul Kullman '87, Victor Siclari '86, and Paul's bother William Kullman after running the Baltimore Marathon.

Hon. Lisa Bloch Rodwin ’85


Jennifer M. Dillon ’90 has become an associate with William C. Bernhardi Law Offices in Buffalo. She practices personal injury, civil litigation and Social Security disability. Dillon is a resident of Orchard Park, N.Y.

Bradley M. Gayton ’91 has become general counsel and vice president of Ford Motor Co. in Detroit. Gayton previously served as the company’s corporate secretary and assistant general counsel. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Christopher J. Jadoch ’91 of Getzville, N.Y., has become assistant dean for faculty and student affairs for D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, in Buffalo. Jadoch previously served as an assistant professor of pharmacy.

D. Charles Roberts Jr. ’97 has joined Webster Szanyi as a partner in Buffalo. He was previously assistant general counsel with Delaware North Cos. in Buffalo. Roberts is a past president of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group and a past member of the board of directors of the Law Alumni Association. He resides in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Joanna L. Silver ’97 has become a member with Bond Schoeneck & King in the New York City office, practicing labor and employment law. Silver was previously a partner with Harris Beach in New York City. She lives in Park Ridge, N.J.

Scott A. Bylewski ’98 discussed the SuperBetter game at the Bar Association of Erie County’s ADR Committee meeting in Buffalo. Bylewski practices with the Law Offices of William Mattar in Williamsville, N.Y. He lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Lourdes M. Ventura ’98 received the Hispanic Heritage Award from the Queen’s County district attorney’s office in Kew Gardens, N.Y. Ventura is an associate with Ahmuty Demers & McManus in Albertson, N.Y. She is president of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association in Kew Gardens and a member of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. Ventura lives in Richmond Hill, N.Y.

Christopher A. Wightman ’99 has become a National Association of Corporate Directors governance fellow. He and his wife, Diane Wightman, are co-chairman of the Law School's current Annual Fund and he serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Wightman is a partner with CamberView Partners in San Francisco, where he resides.

Christopher J. Jadoch ’91

Joanna L. Silver ’97

Scott A. Bylewski ’98


Daniel M. Bach ’00 of Bay Shore, N.Y., has become of counsel with Dorsey & Whitney in the New York City office. He practices in the firm’s corporate group. Bach was previously counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York City.

Charles H. Cobb ’01 has been named to the board of directors of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, in Buffalo. Cobb practices with the Law Offices of William Mattar in Williamsville, N.Y., counseling clients regarding personal injury. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jennifer S. Farrell ’01 is listed in Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40.” She is a partner with Farrell & Farrell in Hamburg, N.Y., concentrating her practice in international intellectual property, antitrust, education and federal appellate practice. Farrell lives in Derby, N.Y.

Paul J. Callahan ’02 has been named a partner with Brown & Kelly in Buffalo. He handles cases involving insurance coverage and contractual risk transfer issues. Callahan is a resident of Lewiston, N.Y.

Eric S. Reich ’02, an Amherst, N.Y., resident, is named in Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40.” Reich is president and co-founder of Campus Labs in Buffalo.

Timothy A. Ball ’04 is listed in Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40.” Ball is corporation counsel with the City of Buffalo, where he resides.

Kate L. Hill ’04 of Avon, N.Y., has become assistant superintendent for human resources and labor relations with the Fairport Central School District in Fairport, N.Y. She previously practiced with Harris Beach in the Rochester, N.Y., office.

Britta L. McKenna ’04 is listed in Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40.” McKenna is a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. She practices estate and trust planning and administration. McKenna also focuses on U.S./Canada cross-border tax and estate planning. She is a Buffalo resident.

Matthew R. Coseo ’05 has been elected vice president of the 4th Judicial District of the New York State Bar Association and was named to the association’s executive committee. Coseo is an assistant district attorney with the Saratoga County district attorney’s office in Ballston Spa, N.Y. He is president-elect of the Saratoga County Bar Association in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Coseo lives in Wilton, N.Y.

Sachin Kohli ’06 has been promoted to partner with Weil Gotshal & Manges in the New York City office. He practices in the firm’s corporate department. Kohli is a resident of New York City.           

Darice L. Hickey ’09, an Amherst, N.Y., resident, has joined Woods Oviatt Gilman as an associate in Buffalo. She practices in the business and finance department.

Charles H. Cobb ’01

Kate L. Hill '04

Matthew R. Coseo ’05

Darice L. Hickey ’09


Rebecca C. Hoffman ’10 has joined the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo as a staff attorney in the civil legal services unit. She will handle re-entry, veterans’ issues and financial well-being matters. Hoffman is a Buffalo resident.

Adam G. Giangreco ’11 has become an associate with Goldberg Segalla in the Albany, N.Y., office. He practices in the general liability and workers’ compensation practice groups. Giangreco previously served as assistant county attorney with the Albany County attorney’s office in Albany. He lives in Cohoes, N.Y.

Helen K. Root Scalia ’11 has accepted a position as a contract specialist with United Technologies Corp. in the global security products division in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She previously practiced as an associate with Nixon Peabody in Rochester.

Tamara S. Frazier ’12 has become associate counsel with the New York State Senate Democratic Conference in Albany, N.Y. She was also selected for inclusion in the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute class. Frazier was previously manager for policy and government relations with the Empire Justice Center in Albany. She is a resident of Schenectady, N.Y.

Rebecca M. Guerra ’12 has become associated with Harris Beach in the Buffalo office, practicing health care law. She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Anne R. Haaland ’12 has joined Henson & Efron as an associate in the Minneapolis office, practicing family law. She lives in St. Paul, Minn.

Amber R. Poulos ’12 has become a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, working on the Coordinated Refugee/Asylee Legal Services Project. She will manage matrimonial, family, housing and human trafficking matters. Poulous lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Michael A. Klima ’13 is practicing as an associate with Andrew Hilton Attorneys in Orchard Park, N.Y., focusing his practice on criminal defense, estate planning, real estate, Medicaid planning and litigation. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Adam M. Lynch ’13 has joined Harris Beach as an associate in the Buffalo office, practicing health care law. Lynch resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Yuliya Pollack ’13 of Williamsville, N.Y., has joined Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo. She counsels clients regarding family law and criminal matters.

Jeffrey J. Tyrpak ’13 has accepted a position as an associate with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, where he resides. He practices in the estates, wills and trusts department.

Vanessa C. Gabriele ’14 has become associated with J. Adams & Associates in Williamsville, N.Y. She handles cases involving family and matrimonial law. Gabriele lives in Buffalo.

Valerie L. Stanek ’14 of Amherst, N.Y., received the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award from the Bar Association of Erie County’s Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo. She practices with Campbell Bolas & Associates in Clarence, N.Y.

Rebecca M. Guerra ’12

Anne R. Haaland ’12

Adam M. Lynch ’13

Jeffrey J. Tyrpak ’13


Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Amy K. Boyd ’12 and Jeffrey C. Ertel ’12, July 11, 2015
  • Emily M. Berry ’15 and David J. Rudruff ’15, Oct. 10, 2015


  • To Jeffrey P. Gleason ’08 and Nancy Gleason, a son, George Michael, on Sept. 29, 2015, in Buffalo.
  • To Marnie E. Smith ’09 and Scott R. Uebelhoer, a daughter, Kendall Marie Uebelhoer, on Oct. 10, 2015.

In Memoriam

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

  • Eugene D. Swenson ’53, Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Milton J. Strebel ’54, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Frank R. Nicosia ’57, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Hon. Michael A. Amico ’58, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Hon. Glenn R. Morton ’58, Batavia, N.Y.
  • Don I. Dally ’77, Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Rosanne M. Gugino ’88, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Gerald N. Murphy ’89, Rochester, N.Y.