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'70s

James A. Ullman '71 has been named in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers. He is a partner with Quarles & Brady in the Phoenix office, practicing franchise law. Ullman is a resident of Paradise Valley, Ariz.

David G. Brock '72 was appointed chairman of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee by the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department. Brock, a partner in the Buffalo office of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, is a former vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Hon. Rose H. Sconiers '73 received the Bridge Builder Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. Sconiers is an associate justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth 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 Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. Sconiers lives in Buffalo.

Dale A. Ehman '75 is named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. He is a senior partner in the litigation group of Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo. Ehman resides in Amherst, N.Y.

William F. Savino '75 presented "Managing Critical Legal Issues & Decisions" at ALFA International's Eastern Great Lakes Regional Conference in Pittsburgh. 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.

Cheryl Smith Fisher '76 was elected vice president for the Eighth Judicial District on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association. Fisher is a partner with Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo, practicing employment law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and professional responsibility. She lives in Buffalo.

Thomas Maligno '77 of Huntington Station, N.Y., was honored by Long Island Pride (a sponsor of Long Island's annual LGBT Parade and Pridefest) for his 20 years of service on the board. He is director of pro bono and public interest and executive director of the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law School in Central Islip, N.Y.

Hillary J. Exter '79 received the Eugene J. Keefe Award from the Student Bar Association of Fordham Law School in New York City. The award is given to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community. Exter is director of student organizations and publicity for the Public Interest Resource Center at Fordham Law School. She lives in New York City.

James A. Ullman '71

William F. Savino '75

'80s

Michael A. Piette '80 received the E. Marie Davis Volunteer Award from Family & Children's Service of Niagara in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo and a member of the firm's economic and land development, financial services, housing resources and real estate practice groups. Piette, treasurer of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, lives in Lockport, N.Y.

James D. Charles '81 recently retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Buffalo, after serving for 30 years. He also received the Environmental Law Award from the Bar Association of Erie County's Environmental Law Committee. Charles is a Buffalo resident.

Vincent O. Hanley '82 received the 2013 Hilbert College Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed by the college. Hanley is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office. He practices in the real estate, economic and land development, business and corporate and financial services practice groups. Hanley lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Andrea Schillaci '82 was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a partner and head of the business litigation department with Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, where she resides.

Maura C. Desmond '83 received the Environmental Law Award from the Bar Association of Erie County's Environmental Law Committee in Buffalo. Desmond recently retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Buffalo, after serving for 25 years. She lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Benjamin M. Zuffranieri '83 was inducted into the group Litigation Counsel of America. Zuffranieri is a partner and head of the business litigation practice area with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Perry Binder '84 co-authored the article "Social Networks and Workplace Risk: Classroom Scenarios From a U.S. and EU Perspective" for the Journal of Legal Studies Education. Binder, a legal studies professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, resides in Alpharetta, Ga.

George W. Collins Jr. '84 is named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. Collins is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Robert D. Lonski '84 of Kenmore, N.Y., received a "heart of gold" award at the annual reception of the Assigned Counsel Program of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo. Lonski is administrator of the bar association's Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society.

Mitchell J. Banas Jr. '85 received the Silver Beaver Award from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Banas is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo, practicing complex commercial and tort litigation. He is a resident of North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Mary Pat Enright Fleming '85 was elected vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Fleming is chief of the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York, in Buffalo. She is a resident of Hamburg, N.Y.

Gina M. Peca '86 of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., wrote the book I Wouldn't Change a Thing: How My Daughter Embraced Life With Cancer as an Unexpected Adventure. The book chronicles her daughter, Catie Hoch's, journey through neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. Her daughter lost her battle with cancer at age 9 and Peca founded the Catie Hoch Foundation, www.catiehochfoundation.org.

Helen A. Drew '88 received the Ken Joyce Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Longstanding Service to the Law School at SUNY Buffalo Law School's 124th Commencement, on May 18. Drew is an adjunct faculty member at the Law School with special expertise in sports law. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Terrence M. Gilbride '88 was elected president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He is a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, practicing in real estate, public finance, higher education, commercial leasing and public/private partnerships. Gilbride lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

Paul F. Hammond '88 is listed in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. Hammond is a partner in the litigation group of Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, where he resides.

Thomas F. Knab '88 was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Knab is a partner in the Buffalo office of Underberg & Kessler, practicing in the litigation and labor and employment practice groups. A past member of the board of directors of the Law School's GOLD Group, he lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Michael A. Piette '80

Vincent O. Hanley '82

'90s

Paula Eade Newcomb '90 is named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. A partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, she lives in West Seneca, N.Y.

William D. Broderick '91 of Elma, N.Y., was honored by the Assigned Counsel Program of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo, with the Distinguished Service Award for his work in family courts. Broderick is a solo practitioner in Elma.

Nicholas W. Hicks '91 received the Distinguished Service Award for his work in criminal courts from the Assigned Counsel Program of the Bar Association of Erie County, in Buffalo. Hicks is a Buffalo solo practitioner.

Joseph N. Del Vecchio '96 was elected vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Del Vecchio is vice president of National Fuel Resources in Williamsville, N.Y. He resides in East Aurora, N.Y.

Eric Diaz '96 , a partner with Jacoby Donner in Philadelphia, was elected chair of the firm's transactional group. Diaz practices finance and business and real estate law. He lives in Philadephia.

Jeffrey B. Scheer '96 has become a partner with Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing business law and transactions. He lives in Manlius, N.Y.

Pauline C. Will '96 of Lancaster, N.Y., was inducted into the Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society. Members of the society have worked to advance the college and provided exemplary service on behalf of students and alumni. Will is a partner with Watson Bennett Colligan & Schechter in Buffalo. She counsels clients regarding complex tort litigation including trucking and transportation law, toxic torts, products liability and premises liability.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote-Beavers '97 was elected president-elect of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is Erie County Family Court support magistrate in Buffalo, where she resides.

Paulette E. Ross '97 of Buffalo was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Ross is of counsel with Gibson McAskill & Crosby in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation and focusing her practice in product liability and industrial construction accidents.

Jodyann Galvin '98 was elected president of the newly created Western District of New York chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Galvin, a partner in the business litigation practice group of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

John J. Koeppel '98 is included in the 2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in the categories of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, in the investment funds category. He is chair of Nixon Peabody's investment funds practice and a partner in the firm's Buffalo and New York City offices. Koeppel lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Stephen A. Sharkey '98 was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He is a partner in the litigation department with Bond Schoeneck & King in Buffalo. Sharkey lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Elaine M. Spaull '98 received the Outstanding Community Leader Award from the Urban League of Rochester, N.Y., and the Champion for Youth Leadership Award from Teen Empowerment in Rochester, where she resides. Spaull is executive director of the Center for Youth in Rochester and a city councilwoman.

Heath J. Szymczak '98 wrote the article "Standardizing Efficiencies in Business Litigation" in the American Bar Association's Business and Torts Litigation Journal. 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.

Marc W. Brown '99 has joined Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo as special counsel. Brown is a member of the firm's business and commercial, global insurance services, general liability and appellate practice groups. He previously practiced with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo. Brown, vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

'00s

Emilio Colaiacovo '01 of Amherst, N.Y., is named in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. Colaiacovo is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, practicing matrimonial and family law.

Pietra G. Lettieri '01 was elected assistant treasurer of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Lettieri 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. A past president of the Law School's GOLD Group, she lives in Buffalo.

Sheldon K. Smith '01 was named to the 2013 Rising Stars list by the New York Law Journal. 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 Trailblazer Award from SUNY Buffalo Law School's Students of Color. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Melissa A. Foti '03 was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a partner with Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak in the Buffalo office, practicing insurance defense litigation, labor law, motor vehicle negligence and premises liability law. Foti is a Buffalo resident.

Steven E. Peiper '04 was promoted to partner with Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. Peiper concentrates his practice in insurance coverage analysis and coverage litigation of first- and third-party claims. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Thomas Michael Gordon '05 has been elected to the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group. He is a member of Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan in Buffalo, practicing business and corporate law. Gordon lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Joseph M. Hanna '05 spoke about "Bracing for the Hit: Liability Concerns for Sports Equipment Manufacturers" at the Defense Research Institute Seminar on Intellectual Property Litigation in Chicago. His lecture examined the class-action lawsuit brought by NFL players over concussions. Hanna is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, and is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York. He resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Anne E. Joynt '05 was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Joynt practices with Lipsitz & Ponterio in Buffalo, concentrating in childhood lead paint litigation and personal injury. Immediate past president of the Law School's GOLD Group, she lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Joseph D. Morath '05 of North Tonawanda, N.Y., was elected to the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He practices with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, handling cases involving business litigation, personal injury, civil litigation, white-collar investigation, appeals and representing professionals.

Leticia D. Astacio '06 was named a "2013 Up and Coming Attorney" by The Daily Record. Astacio is a solo practitioner in Rochester, N.Y., practicing criminal and family law. She is a Rochester resident.

Melissa M. Morton '07 was elected to the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group. She practices civil litigation with Gibson McAskill & Crosby in Buffalo. Morton lives in Clarence Center, N.Y.

Kevin M. Habberfield '08 has been named to the 2013 Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars Edition. Habberfield is a partner with Dwyer Black & Lyle in Olean, N.Y., handling cases involving personal injury, civil litigation and insurance matters. He lives in Allegany, N.Y.

Nicholas J. Tardif '08 of Brooklyn, N.Y., has become corporate counsel with Elsevier Inc. in New York City. He deals with the corporation's legal issues including litigation and intellectual property enforcement. Tardif previously served as litigation associate with Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City.

Michael E. Reyen '09 has become associated with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office. He represents clients regarding commercial real estate transactions, commercial leasing and finance. Reyen was also elected secretary of the newly created Western District of New York chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

'10s

Mary M. Miner '10 received the Onondaga County Bar Association's Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award. She was recognized for managing cases on behalf of indigent tenants. Miner is an associate in the health care and environmental practice groups with Hancock Estabrook in Syracuse, N.Y.

Stanley L. Evans '11 has accepted a position as an associate with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office. He is a member of the firm's workers' compensation practice group. Evans lives in Buffalo.

Rebecca R. Josefiak '12 has joined Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte as an associate in the Buffalo and Cheektowaga, N.Y., offices. She counsels clients regarding insurance defense and general litigation matters. Josefiak is a resident of Buffalo.

Shatorah N. Roberson '12 was elected to the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group. She is a Buffalo solo practitioner, counseling clients regarding business solutions, immigration and corporate start-ups. Roberson lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Amanda C. Rosenfield '12 is practicing as an associate with Simpson & Simpson in Williamsville, N.Y., specializing in intellectual property law. She evaluates trademarks, files and prosecutes applications for federal registration, and drafts licensing agreements.

Michael P. Scott-Kristansen '12 has become associated with Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. He specializes in insurance coverage and litigation defense matters. Scott-Kristansen lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Bradley S. Loliger '13 was elected to the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School's GOLD Group. He is employed with Legal Services for the Elderly in Buffalo, where he resides.

In Memoriam

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

  • David A. Schmidt '50 , Longboat Key, Fla.
  • Richard R. Jenczka '51 , Buffalo
  • Morton H. Abramowitz '52 , Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Hon. Frank A. Sedita Jr. '60 , Clarence, N.Y.
  • Michael J. Brown '69 , Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Arthur F. Dobson Jr. '72 , Clarence, N.Y.
  • George W. Howard '74 , Arvada, Colo.