Class Action - August '20

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'80s

Oliver C. Young ’80 has been appointed to the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform. He is of counsel with Barclay Damon LLP in Buffalo. Young, president of the Bar Association of Erie County in Buffalo, is a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for public service. He resides in Williamsville, N.Y.

Wm. Dennis Huber ’83 of Plantation, Fla., published the book Corporate Law and the Theory of the Firm: Reconstructing Corporations, Shareholders, Directors, Owners, and Investors (Routledge, 2020). Huber is a professor of accounting, finance and business law at Barry University’s Andreas School of Business, in Miami Shores, Fla.

Victor R. Siclari ’86 has become senior bank counsel with USAA in Pittsburgh. He previously served as associate general counsel and managing director of Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh, where he resides.

Oliver C. Young ’80.

Oliver C. Young ’80

Wm. Dennis Huber ’83.

Wm. Dennis Huber ’83

'90s

Hon. Moses Mark Howden ’91 is a Cattaraugus County and Surrogate Court judge in Little Valley, N.Y. Howden was previously Cattaraugus County Attorney. He is a resident of Olean, N.Y.

Kevin D. Szczepanski ’95, a partner with Barclay Damon LLP, has been named cybersecurity team co-leader in the firm’s Buffalo office. He handles cases involving insurance coverage, business litigation and cyber risks. Szczepanski is a Buffalo resident.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97 of Buffalo will receive the Women of Influence Award for Public Policy from Buffalo Business First on Sept. 15. She is a Buffalo City Court judge and a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award for community service. She is a former president of the UB Law Alumni Association.

Rosanna Berardi ’97 has started a coaching business, High Wire Woman, in Williamsville, N.Y. The business creates solutions and systems for working women. Berardi is founder of Berardi Immigration Law, one of the only women-owned immigration law firms in the Buffalo Niagara region, and immigration counsel with Barclay Damon in the Buffalo office. She is a resident of Lancaster, N.Y.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97

Rosanna Berardi ’97.

Rosanna Berardi ’97

'00s

Sheldon K. Smith ’01 was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in New York list. Smith is a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in the Buffalo, Corning, N.Y., and New York City offices. He is a resident of Orchard Park, N.Y.

Rita Nischal ’04 has been promoted to senior vice president with Canandaigua National Bank & Trust in Pittsford, N.Y. Nischal lives in Fairport, N.Y.

Scott R. Simpson ’05 of Victor, N.Y., has been appointed to the Friendly Home board of directors in Brighton, N.Y. The Friendly Home is a skilled nursing facility offering 24-hour care, rehabilitation, memory care and hospice care. Simpson is counsel in the health care and human services practice with Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in the Rochester, N.Y., office.

David M. Cost ’06 is named in the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He is a partner with Barclay Damon LLP in the Albany, N.Y., office. Cost lives in Watervliet, N.Y.

Brandon C. Rose ’09 has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2020 list. Rose is a partner with McManis Faulkner, practicing family law and litigation in San Jose, Calif., where he resides.

Sheldon K. Smith ’01.

Sheldon K. Smith ’01

Rita Nischal ’04.

Rita Nischal ’04

Scott R. Simpson ’05.

Scott R. Simpson ’05

'10s

Melissa C. Bennett ’11 is named in the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Bennett is a partner with Barclay Damon LLP in the Albany, N.Y., office. She is a resident of Watervliet, N.Y.

Katherine L. Dibble ’11 has become associated with Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC in Buffalo, where she resides. Dibble focuses her practice in the area of workers’ compensation. 

Todd P. Kulkin ’11 has become a member with the Warren Law Group P.C. in New York City, where he resides. He practices in the areas of corporate, securities and not-for-profit law.

Rachelle H. Nuhfer ’11 of Rochester, N.Y., is named in the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She is counsel with Barclay Damon LLP in the Rochester office.

Aaron M. Saykin ’13 was re-elected to the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group board of directors. He is a past president of the GOLD Group and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Saykin, a senior associate with Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Samuel A. Alba ’14 was elected treasurer of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. Alba is a junior partner with Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C., in Buffalo. He is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Andrea K. DiLuglio ’15 was elected president of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. DiLuglio is an associate with Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP in Buffalo and a lifetime member of the Law Alumni Association. She lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Jillian M. Mangiafesto ’15 corporate counsel with Five Star Bank in Williamsville, N.Y., was promoted to corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary. She will provide support for committees of the bank’s board of directors and other governance support. Mangiafesto lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Emily M. Rudroff ’15 was elected secretary of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. Rudroff is senior sales administrator at Moog Inc. in Elma, N.Y., where she resides.

Sarah A. O'Brien ’16 is named in the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She is an associate practicing litigation with Barclay Damon LLP in the Buffalo office.

Joseph G. Trapp ’16 was elected treasurer-elect of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. He is an associate with Greco Trapp, PLLC, in Buffalo and founder and CEO of Third Estate Ventures and Third Estate Analytics in Buffalo. Trapp is a lifetime member of the Law Alumni Association. He lives in Alden, N.Y.  

Sarah M. Washington ’16 was elected president-elect of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. Washington is an associate with Goldberg Segalla in the Buffalo office. She is a resident of Lake View, N.Y.

Samuel S. Borbor-Sawyer ’17 was named to the National Black Lawyers list of “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers” in New York State. He is an associate with Phillips Lytle in the Buffalo office, practicing commercial litigation.

Erin K. Ewell ’17 joined the firm Wilder & Linneball LLP as an associate in the Buffalo office. Ewell focuses her practice in the areas of civil litigation, business disputes and employment law. She lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.   

Ari M. Goldberg ’17, an associate with Barclay Damon LLP in Buffalo, was elected secretary-elect of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. He resides in Clarence, N.Y.

Michael G. Marrero ’17 has been selected as a 2020 Pro Bono Champion by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County in Syracuse, N.Y., where he resides. Marrero is an associate with Hancock Estabrook LLP in the Syracuse office. He serves on the UB Law Alumni Association Steering Committee for Central New York.

Robert C. Freeman ’18 was elected to the board of directors of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. Freeman practices with Nesper, Ferber, DiGiacomo, Johnson & Grimm, LLP, in Amherst, N.Y. He is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y. 

Katherine L. Dibble ’11.

Katherine L. Dibble ’11 

Aaron M. Saykin ’13.

Aaron M. Saykin ’13

Samuel A. Alba ’14.

Samuel A. Alba ’14

Andrea K. DiLuglio ’15.

Andrea K. DiLuglio ’15

Joseph G. Trapp ’16.

Joseph G. Trapp ’16

Sarah M. Washington ’16.

Sarah M. Washington ’16

Michael G. Marrero ’17.

Michael G. Marrero ’17

Recognitions

The Class of 1953 held a 67th reunion by Zoom on July 15. Top row, left to right: Ronald S. Cohen, Ralph L. Halpern and Allan J. Vitch. Second row: Matthew X. Wagner Jr. and John D. Cahill (on telephone). .

The Class of 1953 held a 67th reunion by Zoom on July 15. Top row, left to right: Ronald S. Cohen, Ralph L.  Halpern and Allan J. Vitch. Second row: Matthew X. Wagner Jr. and John D. Cahill (on telephone).  

Mark H. Cantor, David J. Wolff ’14, Joseph L. Nicastro ’14 and Richard A. Hall IV ’03 have formed the personal injury firm Cantor Wolff Nicastro & Hall LLC in Buffalo.   

Congratulations to the newly elected
2020-21 Bar Association of Erie County Executive Board:

President
Oliver C. Young ’80

Barclay Damon LLP, Buffalo

Vice President
Hugh M. Russ III ’87

Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo

Deputy Treasurer
Kelley A. Omel ’89

Retired, Erie County District Attorney’s Office
UB School of Law, Buffalo

Director
Kara M. Addelman ’08

Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo

Director
Samuel A. Alba ’14

Friedman & Ranzenhofer P.C., Buffalo

Director
Kelly M. Barrett Sarama ’15

Center for Elder Law & Justice, Buffalo

Buffalo Business First Power 150 Women

  • Hon. Rose H. Sconiers ’73, Racial Equity Roundtable, Buffalo; Retired from the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Dept., 8th Judicial District, Buffalo
  • Hon. Paula L. Feroleto ’82, Administrative Judge, New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, Buffalo
  • Laurie Irish-Jones ’84, Irish Welding Supply, Buffalo
  • Jennifer J. Parker ’84, Jackson Parker Communications LLC, Buffalo
  • Sharon L. Wick ’84, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Karen M. McMahon ’86, New York State Assembly, 146th District, Albany, N.Y.
  • Nora B. Sullivan ’87, Sullivan Capital Partners, Buffalo
  • Jennifer M. Demert ’93, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Buffalo
  • Cynthia E. Vance ’93, Jensen Marks Langer & Vance LLC, Buffalo
  • Monica P. Wallace ’94, New York State Assembly, 143rd District, Albany, N.Y.
  • Amy Habib Rittling ’95, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Buffalo
  • Teresa Bair ’96, Athenex Inc., Buffalo
  • Caroline A. Wojtaszek ’97, Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, Lockport, N.Y.
  • Danielle E. Shainbrown ’05, McGuire Development Co., Buffalo

In Memoriam

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

  • ​Carl A. Green ’50, Jupiter, Fla.  
  • ​Hon. James E. Euken ’71, Belmont, N.Y. ​
  • Emily H. Schwartz ’93, Austin, Texas