Class Action - December '16

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Jerome M. Hesch ’70 of Miami is director of the 42nd annual Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute in South Bend, Ind. He will also present papers at the 75th annual New York University Institute on Federal Taxation and the University of Texas School of Law 64th annual Taxation Conference. Hesch is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and Florida International University. He is also special senior tax counsel with Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group in Newport Beach, Calif.

Charles T. Noce ’72 received the Service of Justice Award from the New York State Defenders Association. Noce recently retired as Monroe County public defender in Rochester, N.Y. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Neil A. Goldberg ’73 received the Robert M. Kiebala Memorial Award from the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York. He is a founding partner of Goldberg & Segalla in Buffalo. Goldberg is a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a resident of Eden, N.Y.  

Mark G. Pearce ’78 presented “The NLRB in Changing Times” at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Ark., on Nov. 21. Pearce is chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award for public service from the UB Law Alumni Association and a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UB School of Law's Students of Color.

Terrie Benson Murray ’79 spoke at the New York State Bar Buffalo Elder Law CLE Seminar on Nov. 9. Murray is a partner with Cohen & Lombardo in Buffalo, practicing in estates and trusts, wills and estate planning. She lives in Holland, N.Y.

Jerome M. Hesch ’70.

Jerome M. Hesch ’70

Neil A. Goldberg ’73.

Neil A. Goldberg ’73

Mark G. Pearce ’78.

Mark G. Pearce ’78


Kenneth C. Turek ’80 received the Pursuit of Justice Award from the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is a civil trial attorney practicing with Turek Law in San Diego, where he resides.

Kurt E. Amend ’84 was appointed president of Saudi Arabia operations with Raytheon. He previously served as vice president of foreign policy and national security affairs with Raytheon. Amend is a resident of Arlington, Va.

Hon. William J. Hochul Jr. ’84 was appointed general counsel with Delaware North Cos. in Buffalo. Hochul recently retired as U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York in Buffalo, where he resides. He is a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Hon. Bruce A. Schonberg ’84 was elected town justice in Woodbury, N.Y. Schonberg is principal attorney with Schonberg Law Offices of the Hudson Valley in Central Valley, N.Y., where he resides.

Gayle T. Murphy ’86 has been named 2016 Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers of Western New York, in Buffalo. She is pro bono coordinator with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo.

Candace K. Vogel ’86 has been named the first female chief of the special investigations and prosecutions bureau of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office in Buffalo. She previously served as an assistant district attorney. Vogel resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

David M. Stillwell ’87 received the Civility Award from the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York. Stillwell is a partner with Anspach Law in the Buffalo office, practicing hospital liability, medical malpractice, toxic tort, municipal liability and personal injury litigation. He is a Buffalo resident.

James P. Kennedy Jr. ’88 has been named interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York in Buffalo. He previously served as first assistant U.S. attorney. Kennedy lives on Grand Island, N.Y.

Karen L. Nicolson ’89 of Amherst, N.Y., received the Civil Legal Services Program Director Award from the New York State Bar Association’s committee on legal aid. Nicolson is chief executive officer of the Center for Elder Law & Justice, in Buffalo. 

Kenneth C. Turek ’80.

Kenneth C. Turek ’80

Hon. William J. Hochul Jr. ’84.

Hon. William J. Hochul Jr. ’84

David M. Stillwell '87.

David M. Stillwell '87


Catherine Cerulli ’92 received the YWCA Empowering Women Award at the organization’s annual luncheon in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She is co-founder and past director of research for UB School of Law’s Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic. Cerulli currently directs the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization and is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester.

Scott C. Becker ’93 has been appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to the New York State Board of Real Property Tax Services for an eight-year term. Becker is a partner with Kavinoky Cook in Buffalo. He is a past vice president and current treasurer of the UB Law Alumni Association. Becker is a Buffalo resident.

Monica P. Wallace ’94 of Lancaster, N.Y., was elected to the New York State Assembly, 143rd District. She is completing her work teaching advanced legal analysis, writing and research at UB School of Law.

John J. Flynn Jr. ’95 was elected Erie County district attorney in Buffalo. He was previously a personal injury attorney with O’Brien Boyd in Williamsville, N.Y., and town attorney in Tonawanda, N.Y., where he resides.

Johanna Oreskovic ’97, a UB School of Law faculty member, has been named to the newly created position of assistant dean for international and graduate student support. She will continue to lecture in the school’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research program. Oreskovic is a resident of Williamsville, N.Y.

Christopher L. Jacobs ’99 was elected to the New York State Senate, 60th District. He was previously county clerk with Erie County in Buffalo, where he resides.

Catherine Cerulli ’92.

Catherine Cerulli ’92

Monica P. Wallace ’94.

Monica P. Wallace ’94

Johanna Oreskovic ’97.

Johanna Oreskovic ’97


Audrey A. Seeley ’01 was elected national director of the Defense Research Institute. Seeley is a member with Hurwitz & Fine in the Buffalo office. She specializes in insurance coverage, no-fault coverage, municipal and environmental counseling, and governmental liability. Seeley lives in West Valley, N.Y.

Paul J. Colabufo ’04, a Syracuse, N.Y., resident, has been named president of the board of directors of Believe in Syracuse. Colabufo is commissioner of Turbo Bocce in Syracuse.

Colleen M. Allen ’07 of Tonawanda, N.Y., has become an associate with Harter Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo office, practicing in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice groups. Allen is a former human resources director of UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Anshu Pasricha ’07 of Clarinda, Iowa, was selected as part of the 2016-17 class of Leadership Iowa. He is a partner with Koley Jessen, practicing in the M&A/securities and business/general counsel practice groups in Omaha, Neb.

Raymond W. Walter ’07 was re-elected to the New York State Assembly, 146th District. He is a resident of East Amherst, N.Y.

Derek J. Roller ’08 has become a partner with the newly created firm Fitzgerald & Roller in Buffalo, practicing civil litigation. Roller lives in Alden, N.Y.

Hon. Sam L. Valleriani ’08 was elected a Monroe County Court judge in Rochester, N.Y. He previously served as town justice in Gates, N.Y., where he resides.

Audrey A. Seeley ’01.

Audrey A. Seeley ’01

Colleen M. Allen ’07.

Colleen M. Allen ’07

Anshu Pasricha ’07.

Anshu Pasricha ’07


Siana J. McLean ’10 received the 2016 Peter J. Murrett III Pro Bono Award from the American Immigration Lawyer Association, Upstate New York chapter. She is senior counsel with Tully Rinckey in the Buffalo office, practicing immigration law.

Amanda Rosenfield Lippes ’12 has become associated with Bond Schoeneck & King in Buffalo, where she resides. Lippes is a member of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice.

Patrick J. Reinikainen ’12 has joined Ropes & Gray in the New York City office, practicing litigation. He recently completed a one-year clerkship for the Hon. Julio M. Fuentes ’75 with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Reinikainen is a New York City resident.

Matthew L. Weber ’12 is practicing as an associate with HoganWillig in Buffalo. He handles cases involving corporate and business and real estate matters.

Ashley M. Emery ’13 has accepted a position as an associate with Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will in Buffalo, practicing insurance defense litigation and trucking defense. She lives in Angola, N.Y.

Christopher J. Grover ’13 was named chairman of the Bar Association of Erie County’s committee for the disabled. Grover practices with Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys in Buffalo. He lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Earl K. Cantwell III ’14 has become associated with Smith Sovik Kendrick & Sugnet in the Buffalo office. He practices litigation matters including the defense of labor law, product liability, professional and medical malpractice, trucking, automobile, premises liability and general negligence/insurance cases. Cantwell is a Buffalo resident.

Mellissa A. Murphy ’14 has become an associate with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo. She practices in the estates, wills and trusts department. Murphy lives in Lockport, N.Y.

Kristen E. Flick ’15 is an associate with Hodgson Russ in the Buffalo office, practicing business litigation. She lives in Buffalo.

Ibrahim Tariq ’16 has joined Harris Beach as an associate in the Rochester, N.Y., office. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Siana J. McLean ’10.

Siana J. McLean ’10

Patrick J. Reinikainen ’12.

Patrick J. Reinikainen ’12

Earl K. Cantwell III ’14.

Earl K. Cantwell III ’14

Ibrahim Tariq ’16.

Ibrahim Tariq ’16


Congratulations to the following newlyweds:

  • Sarah M. Draper ’16 and Shawn E. Washington Jr., Aug. 26, 2016


  • To Heather L. Dechert ’10 and Peter Dechert, a son, Wyatt Thomas, on Sept. 16, 2016, in East Aurora, N.Y. 

In Memoriam

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

  • Sherwood E. Freed ’50, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Michael G. Wolfgang ’53, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Irving D. Brott Jr. ’55, Venice, Fla.
  • Bernard E. Stack ’55, Youngstown, N.Y.
  • John M. Bailey ’81, Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Gordon M. Grant ’56, Arlington, Va.
  • Mary E. Roche ’77, Buffalo
  • Jerry McGrier Sr. ’80, Buffalo
  • William J. Yahwak ’94, Buffalo