Class Action - June '20

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'70s

Christopher T. Greene ’74 is listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. Greene is a partner with Barclay Damon LLP in Buffalo, a past recipient of a UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He lives in Buffalo.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76 is listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. He is managing partner in the labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration practice group of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in the New York City office. DiLorenzo is an emeritus member of the School of Law’s Dean’s Advisory Council. He resides in Romulus, N.Y.

Christopher T. Greene ’74.

Christopher T. Greene ’74

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’76

'80s

Vincent O. Hanley ’82 is listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. Hanley is a partner with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in Buffalo. He lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Dawn Reid-Green ’89 was elected president-elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She is assistant general counsel at the New York City Transit Authority in Brooklyn, N.Y., currently serving as unit-chief of the Kings Examination and Practice Unit, Torts Division. Reid-Green is a resident of Staten Island, N.Y.

Dawn Reid-Green ’89.

Dawn Reid-Green ’89

'90s

Catherine Cerulli ’92 has been named a Health Policy Fellow by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academy of Medicine. She is director of the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides.

Melissa Hancock Nickson ’97 was elected a vice president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Nickson is a court attorney referee and the Civil ADR program administrator of the Martin P. Violante Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the 8th Judicial District in Buffalo. She is a vice president of the Law Alumni Association and a lifetime member. Nickson lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Stephen A. Sharkey ’98, a member with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in the Buffalo office, is listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Catherine Cerulli ’92.

Catherine Cerulli ’92

Melissa Hancock Nickson '97.

Melissa Hancock Nickson '97

'00s

Mary F. Ognibene ’03 was promoted to partner with McConville Considine Cooman & Morin, P.C., in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She counsels clients in business, labor and employment, and health care.

Joseph M. Hanna ’05 received the Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity for his diversity efforts. He is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo and founder of the firm’s diversity task force. Hanna resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Elizabeth M. Fox-Solomon ’06 of Buffalo has been promoted to attorney-adviser/special assistant to EEOC Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows, in the Buffalo office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06, chief of staff at Buffalo State College, has been appointed chief diversity officer at the college. She will retain her position as chief of staff. Rodriguez is a Buffalo resident.

Amber E. Storr ’06 has been promoted to member with Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., in Buffalo. Storr handles cases involving commercial litigation, professional liability, construction litigation, employment litigation and creditors’ rights. She is a past president of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group board of directors.

Jennifer A. Beckage ’07 was listed in the “Incident Response 30” by Cybersecurity Docket as one of the top 30 U.S. data breach lawyers. She is the only attorney in upstate New York who has received this recognition. Beckage is managing director of Beckage PLLC, with offices in Buffalo and New York City. She is a member of the national advisory board of the School of Law’s Advocacy Institute. Beckage lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

John M. Wells ’08 has become a partner with Lacy Katzen LLP in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. He concentrates his practice in medical malpractice, personal injury, automobile accidents, nursing home negligence, and commercial, business and estate disputes. 

Mary F. Ognibene ’03.

Mary F. Ognibene ’03

Joseph M. Hanna ’05.

Joseph M. Hanna ’05

Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06,.

Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06

Jennifer A. Beckage ’07.

Jennifer A. Beckage ’07

'10s

Joanna T. McKeegan ’10 was quoted in Vice.com about cybercrimes and non-consensual image-based abuse of minors. McKeegan is a senior associate with McAllister Olivarius in the New York City and London, England, offices. She lives in West Haverstraw, N.Y.

Ross T. Pattison ’11 received the Civil Legal Services Award from the Daily Record. He is an attorney with Legal Assistance of Western New York in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides.

Marc A. Schulz ’11 has been promoted to member with Hurwitz & Fine P.C. in the Buffalo office, where he handles cases involving labor law. Schulz is a member of the Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group board of directors. He lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

G. Michael Seaman ’14 has joined Phillips Lytle LLP as an associate in Buffalo. Seaman practices in commercial litigation, data security and privacy, and white-collar criminal defense and government investigations. He previously served as a judge advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan.

Erin K. Ewell ’17 has become a board member of the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, in Buffalo. Ewell practices with The Coppola Firm in Amherst, N.Y., handling cases involving business and employment law, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and trusts and estates matters. She is a member of the Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group board of directors. Ewell lives in Cheektowaga, N.Y.  

Armand A. D'Alfonso ’19 has become an associate with Trevett Cristo P.C. in Rochester, N.Y., practicing in commercial and residential real estate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters and estate administration. He lives in Webster, N.Y.  

Connor P. Entenmann ’19 has joined Phillips Lytle LLP as an associate in Buffalo, practicing in banking and financial services. Entenmann is a Buffalo resident.

Emily J. Florczak ’19 of Kenmore, N.Y., has become associated with Hodgson Russ LLP in the Buffalo office. Florczak counsels clients regarding business litigation and torts, insurance and products liability.

Matthew J. McClellan ’19 has joined Phillips Lytle LLP, practicing as an associate in Rochester, N.Y. He concentrates his practice in banking and financial services. McClellan is a resident of Victor, N.Y.

Lindsay K. Munschauer ’19 is practicing as an associate with Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, where she resides. She is a member of the firm’s real estate and finance practice.

Alexandria N. Rowen ’19 has joined Hodgson Russ LLP as an associate in the Buffalo office, practicing business litigation. Rowen resides in East Amherst, N.Y.

Joanna T. McKeegan ’10.

Joanna T. McKeegan ’10

Marc A. Schulz ’11.

Marc A. Schulz ’11

Armand A. D'Alfonso ’19.

Armand A. D'Alfonso ’19

Emily J. Florczak ’19.

Emily J. Florczak ’19

Lindsay K. Munschauer ’19.

Lindsay K. Munschauer ’19

Recognitions

Buffalo Business First "30 Under 30" Honorees

  • Sarah A. O'Brien ’16, Barclay Damon LLP, Buffalo
  • Nicholas J. Marino ’18, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo
  • David J. Yovanoff ’18, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo

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Daily Record’s “Top Women in Law”

  • Sharon Kelly Sayers ’77, Ryan & Sayers, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Jennifer M. Sommers ’96, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Karlee S. Bolaños ’01, Bolaños Lowe PLLC, Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Rashondra M. Martin ’02, New York State Unified Court System, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Tonia M. Ettinger ’03, Monroe County Family Court, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth A. Kraengel ’07, Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens LLP, Buffalo

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Daily Record’s “Up & Coming Attorneys”

  • Timothy W. Menasco ’09, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Anthony L. Orphe ’13, City of Rochester, Department of Environmental Services, Rochester, N.Y.  
  • Franz M. Wright ’14, Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Michael T. Houck ’16, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Safa N. Robinson-Ferrer ’17, The Robinson Law Firm, Rochester, N.Y.

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, Officers and Directors 2020-21:

  • President: Bethany A. Solek ’04, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo
  • President-Elect and State Delegate: Elise L. Cassar ’10, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Buffalo
  • Treasurer and State Delegate: Kinsey A. O'Brien ’13, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Deputy Treasurer and State Delegate: Anastasia M. McCarthy ’15, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Secretary and State Delegate: Kelly L. Gotham ’00, New York State Unified Court System, Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • State Delegate: Ashley R. Lowry ’09, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo
  • State Delegate: Anna S.M. McCarthy ’15, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Buffalo
  • Local Director: Nicole M. Komin ’15, Center for Elder Law & Justice, Buffalo
  • Local Director:  Christine Vogel ’09, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
  • Immediate Past President: Elizabeth M. Fox-Solomon ’06, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Buffalo

In Memoriam

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

  • Hon. John J. Gruber ’52, Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • David L. Sweet ’53, Orchard Park, N.Y.
  • Frank R. Parlato ’54, Tonawanda, N.Y.
  • Hon. Frank R. Bayger ’55, Grand Island, N.Y.
  • Gerald J. Greenan Jr. ’62, West Seneca, N.Y.
  • Hon. Joseph S. Forma ’65, Elma, N.Y.
  • Roger P. Williams ’65, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth B. Sommers ’82, Corinth, Miss. 
  • Murray Levine ’83, Buffalo
  • Katherine Gorham ’97, East Aurora, N.Y.
  • David L. Allen ’01, Fort Knox, Ky.