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70s

Terrence M. Connors ’71 received the 2015 Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award from the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Connors, a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, is a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council and a recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Buffalo.

Carl C. Radom ’73 co-authored the lead article in the January 2015 edition of The Journal of Taxation. He is a member of the Overland Park, Kan., firm Ferree Bunn Rundberg Radom & Ridgway. Radom practices estate planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection, business organization, succession planning and planned charitable giving. He lives in Lenexa, Kan.

Richard M. Tobe ’74 has been appointed upstate economic development coordinator by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Tobe previously served as deputy Erie County executive in Buffalo.

Pamela Davis Heilman ’75 received the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, the highest honor SUNY Buffalo Law School and its Law Alumni Association can bestow. She is of counsel with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Heilman is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Gary J. Muldoon ’76, a partner with Muldoon & Getz in Rochester, N.Y., has written a new ABA book, The Education of a Lawyer. His book was mentioned in the law blog Above the Law. Muldoon practices 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.

Karen O’Connor ’77 has been named one of the top 100 Irish Lawyers in America by the Irish Legal 100. O'Connor is a Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and founder and director emerita of the Women & Politics Institute in the School of Public Affairs, at American University in Washington, D.C., where she resides.

Maurice F. Baggiano ’78 submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell, the Obamacare tax-subsidy case. Baggiano practices in Jamestown, N.Y., where he resides.

Terrence M. Connors ’71

Pamela Davis Heilman ’75

Richard M. Tobe '77

80s

Carol G. Snider ’83 served on a “state of the market” panel at the American Conference Institute’s National Advance Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, in Philadelphia. Snider is a partner with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office.  She handles cases involving asbestos exposure, environmental litigation, general negligence, products liability and toxic torts. Snider is a Buffalo resident.

Hon. Gerald J. Whalen ’83 administered the oath of office to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on New Year’s Day at the Buffalo Historical Society. Whalen is a New York State Supreme Court justice, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Buffalo. He is a resident of Hamburg, N.Y.

Hon. Eugene M. Fahey ’84 was nominated by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fahey is a New York State Supreme Court justice, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for the judiciary.

Jon O. Webster ’84 is listed in World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Webster is a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing intellectual property. He lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Debra R. Franklin ’87 has become vice president of Murray Securus HR Solutions, in Lancaster, Pa. She lives in Reading, Pa.

Mary Elizabeth Mattimore ’88 has been appointed regional attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Buffalo. She previously served as deputy regional attorney. Mattimore lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jon O. Webster ’84

Hon. Eugene M. Fahey ’84

90s

Hon. James L. Monroe ’91 was elected town justice of Canton, N.Y., where he resides. Monroe previously served as an assistant district attorney with the St. Lawrence County district attorney’s office in Canton.

Michael T. Feeley ’92 of Amherst, N.Y., has become a partner with Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet in Buffalo. He is a trial attorney and appellate advocate. Feeley was previously a partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo. He is a member of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association board of directors.

Paul E. Berndt ’94 has become of counsel with Bond Schoeneck & King in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Berndt handles cases involving commercial lending, real estate development and construction. He lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Heath J. Szymczak ’98 presented on trade secret protection and its impact on chemical and plastics manufacturing at the New York State Chemistry Council Annual Policy Meeting, Jan. 27 in Albany, N.Y. Szymczak is a partner with the Buffalo firm Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, handling cases involving business-related torts, complex commercial litigation and civil litigation. He is a resident of Java Center, N.Y.

Christopher A. Wightman ’99 was promoted to a partner with CamberView Partners in San Francisco, Ca., where he resides. Wightman is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Michael T. Feeley ’92

Christopher A. Wightman ’99

'00s

Simon A. Fleischmann ’01 was quoted in an article in National Mortgage News,
"Legal Battles Only Beginning After Key Rescission Ruling." Fleischmann, a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm Locke Lord, maintains a national litigation practice and focuses on class-action defense in the retail and consumer finance industries. He resides in Chicago.

Amy C. O’Hara ’02 has been promoted to partner with Littman Krooks in the White Plains, N.Y., office. O’Hara concentrates her practice on special needs planning, trusts and estates, personal injury settlement consulting and elder law. She lives in Larchmont, N.Y.

Paul J. Avery ’05 has been elected a member of Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing in the business and transactions group. Avery lives in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

John M. Cordon Jr. ’05 of Kenmore, N.Y., has been promoted to partner with Hamberger & Weiss in Buffalo. He practices workers’ compensation.

Michael J. Flanagan ’05 has become a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He practices employee benefits law. Flanagan lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Melissa Carbonaro Gravius ’05 is listed in the Central New York Business Journal News Network 2014 “40 Under 40.” She is a program manager with Catholic Charities of Onondaga County in Syracuse, N.Y. Gravius is a resident of Auburn, N.Y.

Ryan J. Lucinski ’05, a Clarence Center, N.Y., resident, has become a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He is a member of the firm’s torts, insurance and products liability practice group.

Scott M. Pechaitis ’05 was promoted to shareholder with Jackson Lewis in the Denver office. He practices employment law. Pechaitis resides in Louisville, Colo.

Hon. Leticia D. Astacio ’06 was elected a Rochester City Court judge in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She was previously a solo practitioner and an assistant district attorney with the Monroe County district attorney’s office in Rochester.

Christofer Fattey ’06 has become a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Fattey practices in the firm’s real estate and finance group. He is a Buffalo resident.

Kevin J. Mulvehill ’06 has been promoted to partner with Phillips Lytle in the Rochester, N.Y., and Buffalo offices. Mulvehill practices commercial litigation and labor and employment litigation. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Paul C. Parisi ’06 is practicing with Blair & Roach in Tonawanda, N.Y., handling cases involving business litigation. He was previously an assistant district attorney with the Erie County district attorney’s office in Buffalo.

Melissa N. Subjeck ’06 has been promoted to partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Subjeck is a member of the firm’s business litigation practice group. She lives in Lancaster, N.Y.

Beverley S. Braun ’07 has been promoted to partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, practicing business and commercial litigation. She is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Braun lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Sarah E. Hansen ’07 has been promoted to partner with Burden Gulisano & Hansen in Buffalo. She concentrates her practice in transportation, municipal liability, product liability, premises liability and labor law. Hansen lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

David P. Shaffer ’07 has been promoted to partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Shaffer practices in the family wealth and estate planning department. He lives in Lima, N.Y.

Daniel F. Dovi ’09 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Dovi handles cases involving intellectual property and technology practice. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Amy L. Goerss ’09 of Williamsville, N.Y., has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. She counsels clients regarding health care and life sciences.

Michael J. Hecker ’09 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He practices environmental law. Hecker is president-elect of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Charles W. Malcomb ’09, a Williamsville, N.Y., resident, has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He practices environmental law.

Brian D. Manning ’09 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Manning counsels clients regarding corporate and antitrust law. He is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Emina Poricanin ’09 of Amherst, N.Y., has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Poricanin practices labor and employment law.

Seth D. Pullen ’09 has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Pullen concentrates his practice in oil and gas law. He is secretary of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group. Pullen is a Buffalo resident.

Michael E. Reyen ’09, Amherst, N.Y., resident, has been promoted to senior associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He practices commercial real estate. Reyen is a member of the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group.

Mark E. Welchons ’09 has become legal counsel with HSBC Bank in its Office of General Counsel in Buffalo, where he resides. Welchons previously practiced with Hiscock & Barclay in Utica, N.Y.

Simon A. Fleischmann ’01

Christofer Fattey ’06

Beverley S. Braun ’07

Sarah E. Hansen ’07

Michael J. Hecker ’09

'10s

Elizabeth A. Holmes ’10 has become an associate with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office. She practices in the real estate and the matrimonial and family law departments. Holmes is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Laura A. Groschadl ’12 is practicing as an associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. Groschadl counsels clients regarding business litigation matters. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Nate T. Yohannes ’12 has been appointed senior adviser, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration, in Washington, D.C., where he resides. Yohannes previously served as vice president and associate general counsel with the Money Management Institute in Washington, D.C. 

Norene R. Palmer ’13 has become a partner with Lee, Emerson & Palmer in Norwich, N.Y., where she resides. Palmer handles cases involving real estate, estate planning and administration, business entities and landlord/tenant law.

Justin J. Andreozzi ’14 of East Amherst, N.Y., has become associated with Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown in the Clarence, N.Y., office. He counsels clients regarding individual and corporate tax litigation and controversy matters.

Emily A. Dinsmore ’14 is practicing as an associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. She represents counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts, utility districts and underwriters on general obligation, revenue bond, and lease/purchase and asset-backed financings matters. Dinsmore resides in Buffalo.

Alexandra E. Lugo ’14 has joined Harter Secrest & Emery as an associate in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Lugo concentrates her practice in pension and welfare benefit plan compliance and administration for both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. She is a Rochester resident.

Timothy P. Moriarty ’14 has become a real estate development associate with McGuire Development Co. in Buffalo. Moriarty lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Colleen M. Raimond ’14 has become associated with Nixon Peabody in the Rochester, N.Y., office. She practices in the trademark and copyrights group. Raimond is a Rochester resident.

Michael J. Rooney ’14 is practicing as an associate with Harter Secrest & Emery in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. He practices litigation.

Jacob S. Sonner ’14 has become associated with Damon Morey in the Buffalo, N.Y., office. He practices in the firm’s commercial and general litigation departments. Sonner lives in South Wales, N.Y.

David J. Wolff ’14 has joined the William Mattar Law Offices in Williamsville, N.Y., counseling clients regarding auto accidents. Wolff lives in Elma, N.Y.

Alexandra E. Lugo ’14

Michael J. Rooney ’14

Front left to right: Michelle Schwach Miecznikowski '08, Sunny Noh '08, Seth Molisani '08 (groom), Erin Cole '08 (bride), Kimberlee DeFazio '08, and Susan Becker '08. Back left to right: John Gerken '05, Ryan Haggerty '09, Jeffrey Gleason '08, Paul Perrier '08, Jacqueline Bain '08, Amy Gavlik '08, and Burton Phillips '08.

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Erin E. Cole ’08 and Seth T. Molisani ’08, Nov. 8, 2014
  • Shatorah N. Roberson ’12 and Derek Donovan, Jan. 17, 2015

Births

  • To Emily Enright ’08 and Timothy Enright, a daughter, Eloise Elizabeth, on Jan. 10, 2015, in Alexandria, Va.
  • To Michael J. Hecker ’09 and Dayna Hecker ’10, a son, Bennett Daniel, on Feb. 4, 2015, in Amherst, N.Y. 

In Memoriam

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

  • John C. Lanigan ’53, West Seneca, N.Y.
  • Richard O. Robinson ’58, Grand Island, N.Y.
  • Peter C. Wiltse ’60, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • Spencer E. Lerch ’61, Lockport, N.Y.