Class Action - February '14

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’60s

William D. Schulz ’62 received the Community Leader Award in the legal category from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, in Buffalo. Schulz is a retired partner with Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens in Buffalo. He lives in Snyder, N.Y. 

70s

Thomas B. Reeve Jr. ’74 has retired as assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, in San Diego. Reeve previously served with the Navy JAG Corps. He lives in San Diego.

Gary J. Muldoon ’76 has been named a contributing editor to Black’s Law Dictionary 10 edition. Muldoon is a partner with Muldoon & Getz in Rochester, N.Y., practicing criminal and civil appeals as well as criminal law, family law and professional liability. He is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Muldoon lives in Fairport, N.Y.

Vikki L. Pryor ’78 was appointed to the New York Independent System Operator board of directors. She is principal and founder of Change Create Transform in Rye Brook, N.Y. Pryor is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award and is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. She lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.

David F. Smith ’78 will retire as executive chairman of National Fuel Gas Co. in Williamsville, N.Y., in April. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors. Smith joined the company in 1978 and served as CEO from 2008 to 2013. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and a member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. He will reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.

David F. Smith ’78

80s

Carol A. Condon ’82 has become of counsel with Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will in Buffalo. She practices matrimonial and family law. Condon is a Buffalo resident.

James W. Everett Jr. ’83 was elected chair of the New York State Bar Association’s business law section. He was also appointed to the task force on International Standby Letters of Credit by the International Bankers Association. Everett is capital markets counsel with the New York State Department of Financial Services in Albany, N.Y., where he resides.

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden ’83 of Buffalo was named a Science and Technology Fellow by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center. Ogden is a Buffalo City Court judge. 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.

Robert W. Patterson ’83 was elected to the board of directors of P2 Collaborative of Western New York, in West Seneca, N.Y. He is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, practicing health care and employee benefits law in Buffalo, where he resides.   

Perry Binder ’84 was named to the scientific committee for the Future of Education Conference in Florence, Italy. Binder, a legal studies professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, resides in Alpharetta, Ga.

George W. Collins Jr. ’84 received the 2013 Defense Trial Lawyer Award from the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York at its annual holiday meeting on Dec. 4. Collins is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Gayle L. Eagan ’85 received the Community Leader Award in the legal category from the National Federation for Just Communities 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.

Frank A. Sedita III ’86 received the Outstanding Prosecutor Award from the New York State Bar Association. He is Erie County district attorney in Buffalo, where he resides.

Donna L. Burden ’87 co-presented “Major Claims From Minor Head Injuries – The New Age of Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries” at the annual meeting of the Themis Advocates Group in Miami. Burden is a founding member of Burden Gulisano & Hickey in Buffalo, focusing on defending catastrophic transportation accidents. She is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Jonathan Schapp ’89 has accepted a position as special counsel with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office. He is a member of the firm’s business and commercial and global insurance services groups. Schapp lives in Williamsville, N.Y. 

Robert W. Patterson ’83

Donna L. Burden ’87

Jonathan Schapp ’89

90s

Richard P. Krieger ’90 has joined Damon Morey as special counsel in the Buffalo office. He practices in the estates and trusts and the business and corporate departments. Krieger lives in Buffalo.

Hon. Jeffrey P. Markello ’90 was re-elected for a second term as town justice in East Aurora, N.Y., where he resides.  He is a partner with Sakowski & Markello in Elma, N.Y.

John A. Chiappinelli ’92 was named chief of legal affairs and compliance with Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in Red Bank, N.J., where he resides. He previously served as legal counsel and director of compliance with Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Hon. Gary R. Alford ’98 has been appointed a part-time judge of Ogdensburg City Court in Ogdensburg, N.Y., where he resides. He is a solo practitioner in Ogdensburg.

Bridget M. O’Connell ’98 received the 2013 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. O’Connell is mediation manager at the Center for Resolution and Justice at Child and Family Services in Buffalo, where she resides.

Marc W. Brown ’99 has been elected a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office. He practices business and commercial litigation. Brown is vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y. 

Richard P. Krieger ’90

'00s

Jonathan S. Hickey ’01 co-presented “Conflicts of Interest – Ethics” at the annual meeting of the Themis Advocates Group in Miami. He was also appointed a town prosecutor in Clarence, N.Y. Hickey is a founding member of Burden Gulisano & Hickey in Buffalo, defending product manufacturers and transportation companies. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Hon. Caroline Morrison ’01 was elected city court judge in Rochester, N.Y. She previously served as deputy bureau chief for the local court bureau with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in Rochester. Morrison is a Rochester resident.

Hon. William K. Taylor ’01 was elected a town justice in Pittsford, N.Y., where he resides. He is counsel for the Monroe County executive in Rochester, N.Y.

Natalie A. Grigg ’02 has been promoted to partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. Grigg practices in the firm’s residential foreclosure department. She is a former secretary of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group.

Nicole C. Lee '02 delivered a eulogy for Nelson Mandela’s official U.S. memorial service, held in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa to the United States. Lee is president of TransAfrica in Washington, D.C., where she resides. She is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Timothy C. Muck ’02 has become a partner with Lacy Katzen in Rochester, N.Y. Muck practices estate planning, business and corporate law, business succession planning, trust and estate administration, and tax structuring and planning. He lives in Rochester.

S. Philip Unwin ’02 has been elected a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He counsels clients regarding workers’ compensation and risk and litigation avoidance strategies. Unwin is a Rochester resident.

Mary C. Chan ’04 of Williamsville, N.Y., was elected treasurer of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo. Chan practices with Perla & Perla in Buffalo, concentrating her practice in matrimonial and family law.

Cynthia Giganti Ludwig ’04 has become a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo. She is a member of the firm’s business litigation practice group. Ludwig lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Steven E. Peiper ’04 received the Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Peiper is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office, concentrating his practice on insurance coverage analysis and coverage litigation of first- and third-party claims. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

John Abeel ’05 has joined William Mattar Law Offices in Williamsville, N.Y., practicing personal injury, insurance coverage, property damage and no-fault. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Jamie J. Batt ’05 has been promoted to partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo. She is a member of the firm’s corporate practice group, focusing on business organization, contract drafting, and mergers and acquisitions. Batt lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Ericka N. Bennett ’05 was elected president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo. She is assistant county attorney with the Erie County Department of Law in Buffalo, where she resides.

Joseph N. Endres ’05 was elected partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Endres practices tax law, handling cases involving New York State, New York City and multistate tax issues. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Sean C. McPhee ’05 has been promoted to partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office.  He practices civil litigation. McPhee is a Buffalo resident.

Fatimat O. Reid ’05 was elected president of the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. She is a municipal attorney with the City of Rochester Law Department in Rochester, where she resides.

Robert C. Whitaker Jr. ’05 was promoted to partner with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y. He practices labor and employment, intellectual property and construction law. Whitaker resides in Camillus, N.Y.

Mindy Menke ’06 has joined Damon Morey as an associate in the Buffalo office. Menke practices in the firm’s estates and trusts department. She is a Buffalo resident.

Joseph F. Verciglio ’06 has been promoted to partner with BakerHostetler in the Cleveland office. Verciglio, a member of the firm’s tax group, handles cases involving estate and trust planning. He lives in Rocky River, Ohio.

Mark C. Smith ’07 was elected parliamentarian of the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. Smith is a solo practitioner in Rochester, where he resides.

Trevor M. Torcello ’07 has been promoted to partner with Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo, where he resides. He practices commercial litigation, corporate law and commercial real estate. He was also named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition.

Marissa A. Coheley ’08 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ. Coheley practices business litigation in the Buffalo office. She resides in Kenmore, N.Y.

Matthew S. Feldman ’08 has been promoted to partner with Feldman Kieffer in the Buffalo office. He counsels clients regarding corporate formations and transactions, foreclosure settlements, professional liability matters, personal and corporate tax matters, renewable energy, contracts, negotiations, debtor/creditor issues, international, and labor and employment law. Feldman lives in Lewiston, N.Y.

Ryan Murphy ’08 of Williamsville, N.Y., was promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo. He practices in the employee benefits practice group.

Elizabeth Pascal ’08 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Pascal practices in the state and local tax practice group. She lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Matthew J. Kibler ’09 has been promoted to partner with Feldman Kieffer in the Buffalo office. Kibler practices insurance defense litigation including medical malpractice, products liability and premises liability. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Jonathan S. Hickey ’01

Nicole C. Lee '02

Cynthia Giganti Ludwig ’04

Steven E. Peiper ’04

Trevor M. Torcello ’07

Elizabeth Pascal ’08

'10s

Rebecca Hoffman ’10 has become associated with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office. She counsels clients regarding telecommunications and real estate matters. Hoffman is a Buffalo resident.

Lisa M. Diaz-Ordaz ’11 of Clarence, N.Y., was elected recording secretary of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo. She practices as an associate with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office.

Nicole Harris ’11 was elected secretary of the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. Harris is a foreclosure defense attorney with the Empire Justice Center in Rochester, where she resides.

Duwaine T. Bascoe ’12 of Penfield, N.Y., was elected National Bar Association delegate and 20 anniversary dinner committee co-chair of the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. He is an associate with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester.

Emily C. Ayers ’13 has become associated with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo office. Ayers handles commercial litigation matters. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Kenneth L. Bostick Jr. ’13 has joined Damon Morey as an associate in the Buffalo office.  He counsels clients regarding general negligence litigation, medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation, personal injury litigation, and sports and entertainment law. Bostick lives in Buffalo.

Allison M. Bozinski ’13 of Tonawanda, N.Y., has joined HoganWillig as an associate in Amherst, N.Y. She concentrates her practice in appellate and civil litigation.

Bryan J. Daniels ’13 has joined HoganWillig as an associate in Amherst, N.Y. He practices civil litigation, personal injury and criminal defense. Daniels is a Buffalo resident.

Corey Forster ’13 has been appointed an assistant district attorney by the Bronx district attorney’s office in Bronx, N.Y.

Eric T. Glynn ’13 is practicing as an associate with Hiscock & Barclay in Buffalo. He practices commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Glynn lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Nicholas J. Ingrassia ’13 has joined Gross Shuman Brizdle Gilfillan as an associate in Buffalo. He practices business counseling and corporate law, intellectual property and estate planning. Ingrassia lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Brittany A. Nasradinaj ’13 has become associated with Schnitter Ciccarelli Millis in East Amherst, N.Y. Nasradinaj concentrates her practice in general liability, toxic torts defense and appellate practice. She lives in Amherst.

Adam J. Penna ’13 is practicing litigation as an associate with DamonMorey in the Buffalo office. He lives in Eden, N.Y.

Rafael F. Pignatoro ’13 has become an associate with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, practicing real estate and finance. He lives in West Seneca, N.Y.

Tyson R. Prince ’13 of Williamsville, N.Y., has joined Hiscock & Barclay as an associate in the Buffalo office. He handles cases involving torts and products liability defense, professional liability, and insurance coverage and regulation.

Karalyn M. Rossi ’13 is practicing as an associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Rossi practices in the business litigation and torts and insurance and products liability practice groups. She lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Christopher S. Safulko ’13 has become associated with Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte in the Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Buffalo offices. He counsels clients regarding litigation and general practice matters. Safulko lives in Buffalo.

Aaron M. Saykin ’13 of Buffalo has joined Hodgson Russ as an associate in the Buffalo office.  He previously worked for 13 years a television reporter in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Wilmington, N.C., and Springfield, Mass.

Joel J. Terragnoli ’13 has joined Goldberg Segalla as an associate in the Buffalo office. He practices business and commercial litigation as well as insurance coverage matters. Terragnoli lives in Buffalo.

Daisy A. Tomaselli ’13 has accepted a position as an associate with Bond Schoeneck & King, practicing in the New York City office. She was previously a law clerk with Williams & Jensen in Washington, D.C.

Mengyi Xu ’13 was elected a director of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo. She is an associate with Hiscock & Barclay in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing torts and products liability defense and real property tax and condemnation. Xu lives in Rochester.

Emily C. Ayers ’13

Eric T. Glynn ’13

Tyson R. Prince ’13

Christopher S. Safulko ’13

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Lynn S. Edelman ’79 and Barbra A. Kavanaugh ’83, Jan. 19, 2014

In Memoriam

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

  • Eleanor W. Wertimer ’46, Clinton, N.Y.
  • John Markarian ’54, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Sally G. Fox ’75, Burlington, Vt.
  • Ronald G. Bronstein ’78, Boston, N.Y.
  • Edward M. Flint ’82, Huntington, N.Y.
  • Kevin M. Reedy ’98, Issaquah, Wash.

Hon. Marilyn Loucks O’Connor ’78 with her late son, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Law School extends its deepest condolences to Hon. Marilyn Loucks O’Connor ’78, whose son, the celebrated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, passed away Feb. 2 in New York City. After winning the Oscar as Best Actor for his work in the 2005 film Capote, Hoffman concluded his acceptance speech with a tribute to his mother, saying, “Her passions became my passions.” [View a clip of this moving moment.]