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’50s

Richard F. Griffin ’57 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Griffin practices mediation and alternative dispute resolution with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Richard F. Griffin '57

’60s

Joel L. Daniels '63, a Buffalo solo practitioner and past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, was listed in the Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Daniels lives in Getzville, N.Y.

Gerald S. Lippes ’64, founder and senior partner with the Buffalo firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Lippes is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law School and Law Alumni Association's Jaeckle Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus award. He was the founding chair of the Dean's Advisory Council. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Robert P. Fine ’68 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Fine is chairman of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award, a past president of the Law Alumni Association, an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council and an adjunct faculty member at the Law School. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

James P. Harrington ’69, a partner with Harrington & Mahoney in Buffalo, is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Harrington is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a Buffalo resident.

Robert P. Fine ’68

James P. Harrington ’69

70s

Terrence M. Connors ’71 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” 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 currently chairs the National Advisory Board of the Law School's Advocacy Institute. He lives in Buffalo.

Stephen F. Pusatier ’71 of East Amherst, N.Y., is included in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Pusatier is a partner with Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman in Kenmore, N.Y.

Herbert L. Greenman ’72 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing criminal defense. Greenman lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Thomas F. Segalla ’72 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Segalla is a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo. He lives in Eggertsville, N.Y.

E. Michael Semple ’72, a Buffalo solo practitioner, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.”  Semple concentrates his practice in mediation. He lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Joseph E. Zdarsky ’72, a partner with Zdarsky, Sawicki & Agostinelli in Buffalo, is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Neil A. Goldberg ’73 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office, practicing litigation. Goldberg lives in Eden, N.Y.

Christopher T. Greene ’74 of Buffalo is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 "Legal Elite of Western New York." He has also been named chair of the Erie County Bar Foundation’s Campaign 2015. Greene is a partner with Barclay Damon in Buffalo, a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council.

Dale A. Ehman ’75 is included in the 2015 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. He is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo. Ehman lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Michael M. Blinkoff ’75 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Blinkoff & Blinkoff in Buffalo, practicing real estate law. Blinkoff lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Robert A. Doren ’75 has been named in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He is also listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” and The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Doren is a member of Bond Schoeneck & King, practicing labor and employment law in Buffalo. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

R. Charles Miner ’75 of Williamsville, N.Y., is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Smith Miner O’Shea & Smith in Buffalo.

Harry F. Mooney ’75 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a member of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, practicing product liability, professional liability, and large loss and catastrophic injury litigation. Mooney lives in Amherst, N.Y.

William F. Savino ’75, a partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman in the Buffalo office, is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Savino concentrates his practice in business litigation and insolvency. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Savino is a bridge course lecturer at the Law School, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and a past president of the Law Alumni Association. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76 is listed in the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America 2016. DiLorenzo is managing partner in the labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration practice group of Bond Schoeneck & King in the New York City office and also practices in the Syracuse, N.Y., office. DiLorenzo is an emeritus member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Edward J. Kelly ’76 has completed his second Fulbright Scholar Fellowship assignment teaching negotiation, mediation and arbitration in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. He is university counsel at East Tennessee State University and the Quillen College of Medicine. Kelly lives in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Joseph A. Matteliano ’76 of Buffalo is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Augello & Matteliano in Buffalo.

Rodney O. Personius ’76 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Personius Melber in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding white-collar criminal defense, business and commercial litigation, false claims act, health care fraud and complex litigation. Personius lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Ronald C. Berger ’77 is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a member of Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing in the business and transactions department. Berger lives in Cazenovia, N.Y.

Kenneth A. Manning ’77 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Manning is a partner in the Buffalo-based firm Phillips Lytle. He is an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council, a past president of the Law Alumni Association and a past recipient of the association's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Manning lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Donnalynn Darling ’78 has been named to the New York Metro 2015 Super Lawyers list. 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.

Garry M. Graber ’78, a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, has been named in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Graber is a member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. He is a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, a past recipient of the association's Distinguished Alumnus Award and an adjunct faculty member at the Law School. At the Law School's 2015 Commencement he was awared the Ken Joyce Excellence in Teaching Award. Graber lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Dennis C. Vacco ’78 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding commercial litigation. Vacco, a former New York attorney general and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Boston, N.Y.

Ann E. Evanko ’79 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Evanko, president of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, concentrates her practice in business and employment law. She is founder and a past president of the Western New York chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. She is an immediate past co-chair of the Law School's Annual Fund. Evanko lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Laraine M. Kelley ’79, a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Kelley, who practices personal injury law, is a Buffalo resident.

Dan D. Kohane ’79 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Kohane is a senior partner with Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office and an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He lives in Buffalo.

James E. Morris ’79 is named in the 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Morris, a Buffalo solo practitioner, lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Terrie Benson Murray ’79 was elected to the board of directors of the Family Justice Center of Erie County, in Buffalo. Murray is a partner with Cohen & Lombardo in Buffalo, practicing in estates and trusts, wills and estate planning. She lives in Holland, N.Y.

Raymond P. Reichert ’79 is included in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner in the tax practice group of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo, where he resides.

Charles C. Swanekamp ’79 of Getzville, N.Y., is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He has also been appointed to the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission Advisory Council. Swanekamp is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in the Buffalo office, practicing commercial litigation.

Terrence M. Connors ’71

Stephen F. Pusatier '71

Neil A. Goldberg ’73

Christopher T. Greene ’74

Robert A. Doren ’75

William F. Savino ’75

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76

Donnalynn Darling ’78

Terrie Benson Murray ’79

Garry M. Graber ’78

Dennis C. Vacco ’78

Ann E. Evanko ’79

Dan D. Kohane ’79

80s

Karen L. Mathews ’80, general counsel for MakMax HD,  Birdair Inc. and the Birdair Cos. in Amherst, N.Y., is included in the 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Mathews is a Buffalo resident.

Paul E. Morrison-Taylor ’80 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, practicing litigation. Morrison-Taylor lives in Colden, N.Y.

Michael Anthony Rossi ’80 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Rossi is senior trial counsel with the Rossi Law Firm in Buffalo, handling cases involving personal injury, DWI and criminal defense, divorce, custody and support matters. He lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Michael E. Davis ’81 received the Daily Record’s 2015 Top Counsel Award. Davis is associate counsel for the Rochester City School District in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides.

Robert M. Elardo ’81, managing partner of the Bar Association of Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project, in Buffalo, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Elardo is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a Buffalo resident.

Daniel  P. Forsyth ’81 has been named 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo in the labor law management category by The Best Lawyers in America. He is also listed in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Forsyth is a partner with Bond Schoeneck & King, practicing in the labor and employment department in the Buffalo office. He resides in Lewiston, N.Y.

Larry P. Malfitano ’81, chair of the labor and employment practice group with Bond Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, N.Y., has been named in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Malfitano is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He lives in Manlius, N.Y.

Kenneth R. Artin ’82 was elected president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Artin is a managing partner with Bryant Miller Olive in the Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., offices. He lives in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Andrea Schillaci ’82 has become a member of the board of directors of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a partner and head of the business litigation department with the firm. Schillaci is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a Buffalo resident.

Laurie Styka Bloom ’83 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She is counsel with Nixon Peabody in the Buffalo office and a member of the firm’s products class action, trade and industry representation practice area. Bloom is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association, in Buffalo, and a past president of the Law Alumni Association. She lives in Buffalo.

Keith N. Bond ’83 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Walsh Roberts & Grace in Buffalo, practicing litigation. Bond lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Gary P. Bluestein '84, a partner with Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown in the Williamsville, N.Y., office, is listed in the 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Alan J. Bozer ’84 of Buffalo, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, practicing commercial litigation.

George W. Collins Jr. ’84 is listed in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He has also been approved as a continuing education instructor by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Collins is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Hon. William J. Hochul Jr. ’84 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Hochul is U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, in Buffalo. He is a past recipient of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hochul lives in Buffalo, N.Y.

Barbara L. Schifeling ’84 was elected president of the American Board of Trial Advocates in Buffalo, where she resides. Schifeling is a member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. She is a retired partner with Damon Morey in the Buffalo office.

Kenneth A. Schoetz ’84 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Schoetz is executive vice president, development and general counsel for MASH Care Network in Buffalo.  He is a resident of Hamburg, N.Y.

Mitchell J. Banas Jr. '85, a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo, is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Banas practices complex commercial and tort litigation. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Edward J. Markarian ’85 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Markarian is a partner with Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo, practicing trusts and estates, litigation and appeals. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Steven R. Sugarman ’85 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Sugarman is a partner with Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman in Buffalo and an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Kevin A. Szanyi ’85 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Szanyi is a managing partner with Webster Szanyi, practicing litigation in the Buffalo office. He lives in Lewiston, N.Y.

Robert L. Galbraith Jr. ’86 received the Daily Record’s 2015 Leaders in Law Award. He is managing partner with Davidson Fink in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. Galbraith is head of the real estate and default services practice groups.

John Mineo ’86 of East Aurora, N.Y., is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Mineo is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Independent Health in Williamsville, N.Y.

Shari Jo Reich ’86, managing partner with Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak in Buffalo, is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” She practices matrimonial and family law. Reich lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Frank A. Sedita III ’86 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Sedita is Erie County district attorney in Buffalo, where he resides.

Gregory J. Stewart ’86 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Stewart is supervising attorney for the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, in Buffalo. He is a resident of Tonawanda, N.Y.

Peter H. Abdella ’87 received the Daily Record’s 2015 Leaders in Law Award. He is a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing commercial and construction law. Abdella lives in Rochester.

Randall P. Andreozzi ’87, a partner with Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown in Clarence, N.Y., is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Andreozzi counsels clients regarding tax matters. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Hugh M. Russ III ’87 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, where he chairs the firm’s torts, insurance and products liability practice group. Russ lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Richard P. Amico ’88 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Amico practices personal injury law with Cellino & Barnes in Buffalo, where he resides.

William E. Grieshober Jr. ’88, vice president of Rich Products Corp. in Buffalo, is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a resident of East Amherst, N.Y.

Thomas F. Knab ’88 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Knab is a partner in the Buffalo office of Underberg & Kessler, practicing in the litigation and labor and employment practice groups. He is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association and a past member of the board of directors of the Law School's GOLD Group. Knab lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Paul F. Hammond '88 is listed in the 2015 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. Hammond is a partner in the litigation group of Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, where he resides.

Michael E. Maxwell ’88 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Maxwell is a partner with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, practicing civil litigation. He lives in Hamburg, N.Y.

Richard J. Cohen ’89 of Williamsville, N.Y., is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Cohen is managing partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, where he is co-chair of the global insurance practice group, chair of the professional liability practice group and a member of the sports and entertainment practice group. 

Barry N. Covert ’89 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing criminal law. Covert lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Douglas W. Dimitroff ’89 has been named chair of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. He is a partner with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, handling cases involving commercial real estate and telecommunications law. Dimitroff is a resident of East Amherst, N.Y.

Terrence P. Higgins ’89, founding member of The Higgins Kane Law Group in Buffalo, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Higgins practices personal injury litigation. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Karen L. Nicolson ’89 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” She also received the 2015 Senior Leadership Award from the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation in Amherst, N.Y. Nicolson is the chief executive officer of Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Diane R. Tiveron ’89, managing partner with HoganWillig in Amherst, N.Y., is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” She practices corporate and business law. Tiveron lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Karen L. Mathews ’80

Daniel  P. Forsyth ’81

Kenneth R. Artin ’82

Andrea Schillaci ’82

Laurie Styka Bloom ’83

George W. Collins Jr. ’84

Barbara L. Schifeling ’84

Edward J. Markarian ’85

Steven R. Sugarman ’85

Gregory J. Stewart ’86

Peter H. Abdella '87

Hugh M. Russ III ’87

Thomas F. Knab ’88

Richard J. Cohen ’89

Douglas W. Dimitroff ’89

Karen L. Nicolson ’89

90s

Paula Eade Newcomb ’90 is named in the 2015 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. She is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo. Newcomb lives in West Seneca, N.Y.

Ginger D. Schröder '90 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Schröder is a managing partner with Schröder Joseph & Associates in Buffalo, where she resides.

R. Colin Campbell ’91 has formed Campbell & Associates in Eden, N.Y. He counsels clients regarding personal injury law. Campbell is a resident of Eden.

John P. Danieu ’91 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” Danieu is a partner with Roach Brown McCarthy & Gruber in Buffalo, practicing medical malpractice law. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Kevin T. Merriman ’92, an East Aurora, N.Y., resident, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy in Rochester, N.Y., concentrating his practice in insurance law.

Michael J. Roach ’92 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Roach is a partner with Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, focusing on representing physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits. He lives in Buffalo.

Trini E. Ross ’92 received the Daily Record’s 2015 Leaders in Law Award. She is chief of the fraud and corruption section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, in Buffalo. Ross is an emeritus member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. She is a Buffalo resident.

Charles J. Sullivan ’92 is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Sullivan is a member with Bond Schoeneck & King, handling cases involving business and commercial law in the Syracuse, N.Y., office. He lives in Jamesville, N.Y.

Christopher J. Belter ’93 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla, practicing commercial litigation in Buffalo. Belter lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Ryan L. Gellman ’93 of Williamsville, N.Y., is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Gellman is a partner with Colucci & Gallaher in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation.

Joseph L. Mooney ’93, vice president and senior legal counsel with HSBC Bank USA in Buffalo, is named in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jeffrey F. Baase ’94, a partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He practices insurance coverage and defense litigation and products liability and subrogation. Baase lives in East Aurora, N.Y

Andre A. Vitale ’94, special assistant public defender in the Monroe County public defender's office in Rochester, N.Y., served as a faculty member in Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop run by the Criminal Justice Institute. He is a returning faculty member with the Gideon’s Promise New Attorney Training Program in Oxford, Miss., and its annual Winter Trainer in Atlanta. Vitale also serves on the faculty of the State of Kentucky Litigation and Persuasion Institute and the State of Louisiana Defender Training Initiative. He lives in Rochester, N.Y.

John P. Comerford ’95 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Lipsitz & Ponterio in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding asbestos personal injury matters. Comerford lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Charles D. Grieco ’95 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He was also appointed to the board of directors of the New York State Chemistry Council and named chair of its regulatory affairs committee. 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.

Amy Habib Rittling ’95 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” She is a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo and a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Rittling lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Teresa Bair ’96 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” She is senior vice president of corporate development and legal affairs with Athenex in Buffalo. Bair lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Hilary C. Banker '96, a partner with Burgio Kita Curvin & Banker in Buffalo, is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She practices civil litigation and insurance defense law. Banker is a Buffalo resident.

Brian M. Melber ’96, a past president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Personius Melber in Buffalo and a past member of the Law School’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Thomas M. Mercure ’96 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation including construction accidents, automobile accidents, products liability and medical malpractice. Mercure lives in Snyder, N.Y.

Jeffrey B. Scheer ’96 has been named to the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Scheer is a partner with Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing business law and transactions. He lives in Manlius, N.Y.

Jeffrey J. Weiss ’96 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Harris Beach in Buffalo, practicing in the educational institutions industry team and the labor and employment law practice group. Weiss lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Kevin J. Zanner ’96 has become a member of the board of directors of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo. He is a member of the firm, counseling clients regarding corporate and securities law. Zanner lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Rosanna Berardi ’97 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York. She is the founder of Berardi Immigration Law, one of the only woman-owned immigration law firms in the Buffalo Niagara region. Berardi is a resident of Lancaster, N.Y.

Raymond H. Caso ’97 has joined Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office. Caso practices in the firm’s business department. He lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Christopher G. Floreale ’97, a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He handles cases involving civil litigation. Floreale is a resident of Hamburg, N.Y.

Gregory T. Miller ’97 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. He is a partner with Roach Brown McCarthy & Gruber in Buffalo, focusing his practice on medical malpractice defense. Miller lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Pfalzgraf is a partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

Kathleen M. Bennett ’98 of Cicero, N.Y., is listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2015. Bennett is a member with Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing environmental and property law.

Corinne A. Carey ’98 has been named New York State campaign director for Compassion & Choices and will be based in Albany, N.Y. Carey previously served as assistant legislative director of the New York Civil Liberties Union in New York City. She lives in Troy, N.Y.

Jodyann Galvin ’98 received the 2015 Special Service Award from the Bar Association of Erie County at the 25 annual Western District of New York Federal Court Dinner, in Buffalo. She is also listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Galvin, a partner in the business litigation practice group of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Brian D. Gwitt ’98, a partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman in Buffalo, is included in the Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Gwitt is president-elect of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Tasha E. Moore ’98 is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Moore is regional director for the New York State Division of Human Rights in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a past member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, a past vice president of the Law Alumni Association and a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, in Buffalo.

Jennifer C. Persico ’98 is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” She recently joined Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman as a partner in Buffalo, practicing in land use, taxation and disposition. Persico was founding partner with Mosey Persico in Buffalo, where she resides.

Stephen A. Sharkey ’98, a partner in the litigation department with Bond Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, is listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Sharkey lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Heath J. Szymczak ’98 is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” 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.

Damon M. Gruber ’99 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office, practicing workers’ compensation. Gruber lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Joseph B. Laino ’99, a Clarence, N.Y., resident, is included in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Laino is general counsel with Superior Group in Williamsville, N.Y

Jeffrey F. Reina ’99, a senior partner with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in the business and commercial litigation department in Buffalo, is listed in the 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York” by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Reina is vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Dennis K. Schaeffer ’99 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, practicing commercial litigation in Buffalo, where he resides.

Paula Eade Newcomb ’90

Michael J. Roach ’92

Trini E. Ross ’92

Ryan L. Gellman ’93

Jeffrey F. Baase ’94

John P. Comerford ’95

Charles D. Grieco ’95

Brian M. Melber ’96

Kevin J. Zanner ’96

Rosanna Berardi ’97

Raymond H. Caso ’97

Jodyann Galvin ’98

Brian D. Gwitt ’98

Tasha E. Moore ’98

Stephen A. Sharkey ’98

'00s

Edward J. Cosgrove ’00 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He practices civil litigation with Cosgrove Law Firm in Buffalo. Cosgrove lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Stephen A. Manuele ’00 of Buffalo is listed in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Manuele is a partner with Feldman Kieffer in Buffalo, counseling clients regarding civil litigation.

Stephanie A. Saunders ’00 is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Saunders is assistant legal counsel with the Buffalo Board of Education. She is president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York in Buffalo and vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Saunders is a Buffalo resident.

Emilio Colaiacovo ’01 is listed in the 2015 New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition. Colaiacovo is a partner with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo, practicing matrimonial and family law. He lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Brendan P. Kelleher ’01 of Buffalo is named in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a partner with Harris Beach in the Buffalo office, practicing labor and employment law.

Mark A. Moldenhauer ’01 is named in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He is a member with Bond Schoeneck & King, practicing employment and labor law in the Buffalo office. Moldenhauer lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Christopher E. Copeland ’02, vice president of M&T Bank in Buffalo, is listed in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Copeland is vice president of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. He lives in Elma, N.Y.

Destin C. Santacrose ’02, a Buffalo solo practitioner, is listed in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Santacrose is a Buffalo resident.

Anthony J. Tantillo ’02 has been named in the 2015 Super Lawyers. He practices with the Law Offices of William Mattar in Williamsville, N.Y. Tantillo is a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Marla Waiss ’02 is named in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” She is a partner with Hodgson Russ, practicing tax in the Buffalo office. Waiss lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Melissa A. Foti ’03 is included in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” She is a partner with Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak in Buffalo, practicing personal injury litigation. Foti is a member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. She is a Buffalo resident.  

James E. Privitera ’03 has become an alternative dispute resolution mediator with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District, in the Buffalo office. Privitera is a past member of the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Paul J. Avery ’05 is listed in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He is a member of Bond Schoeneck & King in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing in the business transactions group. Avery lives in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Joseph M. Hanna ’05, a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo, is named in Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Top 10 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Foundation in Buffalo, a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a past member of the board of directors of the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association. Hanna resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Jennifer R. Scharf ’05 is named in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Scharf is associate general counsel with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. She is president of the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, in Buffalo, and is a past member of the board of directors of the Law School’s GOLD Group. Scharf lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Danielle E. Shainbrown ’05, a Williamsville, N.Y., resident, is listed in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” Shainbrown is vice president of McGuire Development Co. in Buffalo.

Amber E. Storr ’06 has joined Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo in the litigation department. Storr will counsel clients regarding commercial litigation, professional liability, product liability, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Sara T. Wallitt ’06 is included in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She practices with William Mattar Law Offices in Williamsville, N.Y. Wallitt is a Buffalo resident.   

Nicole K. Parshall ’07 has become a staff attorney with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo. She was previously a staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, where she resides.

Erin S. Torcello ’07 has been named in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She practices labor and employment law as an associate with Bond Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, where she resides.

Stephanie J. Calhoun ’08 received the 2015 Pro Bono Award from the Bar Association of Erie County at the 25 annual Western District of New York Federal Court Dinner in Buffalo. She is assistant attorney general with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in Buffalo. Calhoun is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York in Buffalo and a past member of the board of directors of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Group. She resides in Buffalo.

Andres D. Ortiz ’08 was elected to the board of directors of the Buffalo Arts Studio. He is an associate practicing with Cohen & Lombardo in Buffalo. Ortiz handles cases involving real estate, corporate law, estates and trusts, civil litigation and debtor/creditor law. He is a Buffalo resident.

Daniel J. Pautz ’08 of Syracuse, N.Y., is listed in the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2015. He is an associate with Bond Schoeneck & King, practicing litigation in the Syracuse office.  

Candacé M. Jackson ’09 was crowned the first Ms. Grand United States during the Miss Grand United States pageant in California. Her reign will focus on increasing cultural awareness and education. Jackson is founder and owner of TestifyWrite Consulting in Rockland, Md., and assistant professor with Hampton University’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College in Hampton, Va. She lives in Fort Washington, Md.

Brian D. Manning ’09 has become associated with Snell & Wilmer in the Phoenix office. Manning counsels clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and antitrust law. He previously practiced with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo. Manning lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Gerald E. Paradise III ’09 is listed in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 “Legal Elite of Western New York.” He is founding partner with Paradise Law Office in East Aurora, N.Y., where he resides. Paradise specializes in real estate law.

Stephanie A. Saunders ’00

Emilio Colaiacovo ’01

Christopher E. Copeland ’02

Melissa A. Foti ’03

James E. Privitera ’03

Jennifer R. Scharf ’05

Amber E. Storr ’06

Stephanie J. Calhoun ’08

Andres D. Ortiz ’08

Candacé M. Jackson ’09

'10s

Jeffrey T. Bochiechio ’11 was named in the 2015 Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars list. He is special counsel with Bouvier Partnership in Buffalo in the litigation practice group. Bochiechio lives in Amherst, N.Y.

Natalie M. Stutz ’11 has become a staff attorney with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo. Stutz previously served as a family court staff attorney with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo. She lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Sarah J. Duval ’12 received the Carol A. Condon Outstanding New Lawyer Award from the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association, in Buffalo. She is a staff attorney with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, in Buffalo, where she resides.

Joel P. Feroleto ’12 was named Delaware District member of the Buffalo Common Council. Feroleto practices with Feroleto Law in Buffalo, where he resides.

Irene Rekhviashvili ’13 has become a staff attorney with Journey’s End Refugee Services in Buffalo., where she resides.

Joel Terragnoli ’13 has joined Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office.  He is a member of the firm’s environment & energy and business litigation practices. Terragnoli lives in Buffalo. 

Jeffrey M. Donigan ’15 has become associated with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office. Donigan concentrates his practice in general business and corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities and not-for-profit organizations.

Timothy J. Hooge ’15 was named director of marketing with William S. Hein & Co. in Getzville, N.Y. Hooge is a Buffalo resident.

Anne F. Modica ’15 is practicing as an associate with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Rochester, N.Y., office, focusing her practice on civil litigation. She lives in Spencerport, N.Y.

Talia E. Rodriguez ’15 has become coordinator of the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project program SAY YES Legal Clinics in the Buffalo Public Schools. Rodriguez is a Buffalo resident.

Joel Terragnoli ’13

Timothy J. Hooge ’15

Marriages

Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Joseph P. Sroka ’12 and Zachary Summers, Sept. 19, 2015

Marc W. Brown ’99 holding his newborn son, Joshua Merrill.

Births

  • To Marc W. Brown ’99 and Shira Brown, a son, Joshua Merrill, on Sept. 17, 2015, in Williamsville, N.Y.

In Memoriam

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

  • Erma R. Hallett Jaeckle ’36, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Wesley E. McDermott ’69, Lansing, N.Y.
  • Rosanne M. Gugino ’88, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Prudence C. Philbin ’97, East Amherst, N.Y.