Class Action - November '19

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Nancy E. Mulloy-Bonn ’77 has become an adjunct instructor of law at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pa. She is also a Core Studies degree candidate (drawing, painting, sculpture and lithography) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Mulloy-Bonn previously served as deputy director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She resides in Spring House, Pa.

Shelley B. Mayer ’79 of Scarsdale, N.Y., received the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, in Buffalo. She is a New York State Senator, District 37.

Photo of Nancy E. Mulloy-Bonn ’77.

Nancy E. Mulloy-Bonn ’77


Guy A. Van Baalen ’82 has become assistant U.S. trustee with the U.S. Department of Justice, Middle District of Florida, in Tampa, Fla., where he resides. He previously served as assistant U.S. trustee for the Northern District of New York, in Utica, N.Y.

Robert M. Restaino ’85 was elected mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he resides. Restaino is a Niagara Falls solo practitioner.  

Donna L. Burden ’87 was appointed general counsel of the Trucking Industry Defense Association. Burden is a founding member of Burden Hafner & Hansen LLC in Buffalo, focusing on defending catastrophic transportation accidents. She lives in Williamsville, N.Y.

Hon. Kevin M. Carter ’89 has been appointed supervising judge of the Family Courts of the 8th Judicial District. Carter is an Erie County Family Court judge in Buffalo. He lives in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jeanne M. Vinal ’89 of Eggertsville, N.Y., was elected to the Erie County Legislature, 5th District. Vinal is a partner with Vinal & Vinal P.C. in Buffalo.

photo of Robert M. Restaino ’85.

Robert M. Restaino ’85

photo of Hon. Kevin M. Carter ’89.

Hon. Kevin M. Carter ’89


Martin Sanchez Rojas ’90 has become head of human resources with Tunnel Hill Partners/City Carting based in Stamford, Conn. He previously served as director of human resources, safety and general services with Intercos America in New York City. Rojas lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Mona Igram ’92 received the Leadership Award from the Lawrence Bar Association in Andover, Mass., where she resides. Igram is attorney in charge, Youth Advocacy Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services in Lowell, Mass.

John J. Flynn ’95 was named vice president of the National District Attorneys Association. He was also appointed chairman of the group’s metro subcommittee, which focuses on criminal justice issues that affect prosecutors in major cities. Flynn is Erie County district attorney in Buffalo.  

Laurie A. Vahey ’96 received the Managing Partner of the Year Award from Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel at the Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards on Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C. Vahey is managing partner with Vahey Getz LLP in Rochester, N.Y. She lives in Pittsford, N.Y.   

Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97 was elected a Buffalo City Court judge. Foote is executive assistant to Hon. Gerald Whalen ’83, presiding justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department, in Buffalo, where she resides.

photo of Laurie A. Vahey ’96.

Laurie A. Vahey ’96

photo of Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97.

Hon. Lenora B. Foote Beavers ’97


Hon. Jonathan S. Hickey ’01 was elected town justice of Clarence, N.Y. He is a confidential law clerk, New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, in Buffalo. Hickey lives in Williamsville, N.Y.  

Hon. Peter J. Savage III ’03 was elected a Buffalo City Court judge. He was previously appointed to the bench. Savage is a Buffalo resident.   

Hon. Matthew R. Coseo ’05 was elected Wilton Town Court justice in Wilton, N.Y., where he resides. Coseo was previously appointed to the position. He is principal court attorney with the Saratoga County Surrogate’s Court in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Jennifer R. Scharf ’05 has become a partner with The Coppola Firm in Buffalo. She practices personal injury, health care law and litigation, employment law, and mediation and arbitration. Scharf co-directs the law school’s Trial Advocacy Program. She is a lifetime member of the Law Alumni Association.  

Erin E. McQuiggan ’07 has joined Duane Morris LLP as special counsel in Philadelphia, where she resides. She practices in private client services and family offices, banks and trust companies.

Roopa R. Chakkappan ’09 obtained certification as an officer of Healthcare Compliance by the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance. Chakkappan is a senior associate with Hodgson Russ LLP in the Buffalo office, concentrating her practice on health law, administrative law, regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement defense. She lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

photo of Hon. Jonathan S. Hickey ’01.

Hon. Jonathan S. Hickey ’01

photo of Hon. Matthew R. Coseo ’05.

Hon. Matthew R. Coseo ’05

photo of Roopa R. Chakkappan ’09.

Roopa R. Chakkappan ’09


Amanda Carden Agins ’10 has become a partner with the Cicero Law Firm LLP in Rochester, N.Y., practicing estate planning and administration. Agins lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Mollie C. McGorry ’10 has become a partner with Connors LLP in Buffalo. She practices litigation including medical malpractice defense, personal injury, business litigation, representation of professionals and criminal defense. McGorry lives in Kenmore, N.Y.

Cory J. Weber ’10 has been promoted to partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC. Weber practices insurance defense in the Buffalo office. He lives in Burt, N.Y.   

Thomas A. Digati ’11 was elected to the Grand Island Town Board on Grand Island, N.Y., where he resides. He is a partner with Duggan Pawlowski & Cooke LLP in Buffalo.   

Nicholas J. Ingrassia ’13 has been named a shareholder with Gross Shuman P.C. in Buffalo, focusing his practice in real estate and development, business and corporate law, estate planning and trademarks. Ingrassia lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.  

Vanessa C. Gabriele ’14 has become a member of the board of directors of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders in Williamsville, N.Y. She is a senior associate with Tupchik Legal Group in Buffalo, where she resides.

Benjamin E. Wisniewski ’14 of Webster, N.Y., has been promoted to a partner with the Zoghlin Group in Rochester, N.Y. Wisniewski is a member of the energy, land use, municipal and environmental practice groups.   

Aleece E. Burgio ’15, special counsel with Barclay Damon LLP, has been named cannabis team leader in Buffalo. She focuses her practice on structuring, licensing and maintaining compliant cannabis businesses at the federal, state and local levels. Burgio lives in Amherst, N.Y.    

Tara M. Ward ’15 has become associated with Phillips Lytle LLP in the Rochester, N.Y., office, handling cases involving commercial litigation. She lives in Webster, N.Y.

Kaileen M. Balzano ’16 has joined Strong & Hanni P.C., as an associate in the firm's insurance defense group in Salt Lake City, UT, where she resides.

Bridget C. Steele ’16 received the Say Yes Legal Clinic Award from the Bar Association of Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo. Steele is an associate with Barclay Damon LLP in the Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., offices. She lives in Rochester.

Sarah M. Washington ’16 received the 2019 Honorable Judith Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship from the commercial and federal litigation section of the New York State Bar Association. Washington is an associate with Goldberg Segalla LLP in Buffalo. She is treasurer of the Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group. Washington resides in Lake View, N.Y.

Marina A. Barci ’18 has become associated with Hurwitz & Fine P.C. in the Buffalo office, practicing in the litigation department. Barci lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.   

Brendan F. Conley ’18 of Gasport, N.Y., has joined Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP as an associate in Buffalo. Conley counsels clients regarding self-insured and insurance defense litigation, medical, dental and professional malpractice defense litigation, business and corporate law, and bankruptcy.  

Patricia A. Rauh ’18 has become associated with Hurwitz & Fine P.C., in Buffalo, practicing in the estate planning and administration department. She lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.  

Ryan M. Sollenne ’18 is practicing as an associate with Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP in Buffalo, where he resides. He practices in the self-insured and insurance defense litigation group.

photo of Amanda Carden Agins ’10.

Amanda Carden Agins ’10

photo of Nicholas J. Ingrassia ’13.

Nicholas J. Ingrassia ’13

photo of Benjamin E. Wisniewski ’14.

Benjamin E. Wisniewski ’14

photo of Aleece E. Burgio ’15.

Aleece E. Burgio ’15

photo of Bridget C. Steele ’16.

Bridget C. Steele ’16

photo of Sarah M. Washington ’16.

Sarah M. Washington ’16

photo of Brendan F. Conley ’18.

Brendan F. Conley ’18

photo of Patricia A. Rauh ’18.

Patricia A. Rauh ’18


Congratulations to all of our alumni named in Best Lawyers in America, 40 Under 40, Legal Elite and Super Lawyers.  If you were not included in Class Action for these honors or any other, please let us know at and we will include your name in the next Class Action issue.

2019 Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40

  • Elizabeth M. Fox-Solomon ’06, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Buffalo
  • Elizabeth M. Midgley ’06, Stillwell Midgley PLLC, Buffalo
  • Geanne M. Zanatta ’07, Rich Products Corp., Buffalo
  • Kara M. Addelman ’08, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Christina G. Holdsworth ’09, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo  

2019 Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40

  • David P. Shaffer ’07, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Andre L. Lindsay ’08, Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC, Rochester, N.Y.

2019 Buffalo Business First Legal Elite Rising Stars

  • Jennifer C. Behm ’11, Berardi Immigration Law, Buffalo
  • Katie L. Kestel Martin ’13, Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman LLP, Buffalo
  • Nicholas A. Romano ’13, Connors LLP, Buffalo
  • Justin J. Andreozzi ’14, Andreozzi Bluestein LLP, Clarence, N.Y.
  • Courtney R. Williams ’14, Gross Polowy LLC, Williamsville, N.Y.  

2019 Top 25 Women: Upstate New York Super Lawyers

  • Ann E. Evanko ’79, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Laraine M. Kelley ’79, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, Buffalo
  • Andrea Schillaci ’82, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Shari Jo Reich ’86, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo  
  • Joan Casilio Adams ’87, J. Adams & Associates, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Ginger D. Schröder ’90, Schröder Joseph & Associates LLP, Buffalo
  • Amy Habib Rittling ’95, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Buffalo
  • Laurie A. Vahey ’96, Vahey Getz LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Catherine E. Nagel ’98, Nuchereno & Nagel PLLC, Buffalo
  • Melissa A. Foti ’03, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak, Buffalo
  • Elizabeth A. Kraengel ’07, Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens LLP, Buffalo

2019 Top 50: Upstate New York Super Lawyers

  • Joel L. Daniels ’63, Law Office of Joel L. Daniels, Buffalo
  • James P. Harrington ’69, Harrington & Mahoney, Buffalo 
  • Terrence M. Connors ’71, Connors LLP
  • Herbert L. Greenman ’72, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo  
  • Joseph E. Zdarsky ’72, Zdarsky Sawicki & Agostinelli LLP, Buffalo
  • Mark J. Mahoney ’74, Harrington & Mahoney, Buffalo  
  • R. Charles Miner ’75, Smith Miner O’Shea & Smith LLP, Buffalo
  • William F. Savino ’75, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Buffalo
  • Anthony S. Bottar ’76, Bottar Law PLLC, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Rodney O. Personius ’76, Personius Melber LLP, Buffalo
  • Kenneth A. Manning ’77, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Garry M. Graber ’78, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Ann E. Evanko ’79, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Laraine M. Kelley ’79, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Dan D. Kohane ’79, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • John A. Collins ’82, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Andrea Schillaci ’82, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Hugh M. Russ III ’87, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Robert L. Boreanaz ’89, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Barry N. Covert ’89, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Ginger D. Schröder ’90, Schröder Joseph & Associates LLP, Buffalo
  • Michael J. Roach ’92, Connors LLP, Buffalo
  • Jeffrey F. Baase ’94, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • James W. Grable Jr. ’96, Connors LLP
  • Jeffrey F. Reina ’99, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
  • V. Christopher Potenza ’02, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo

In Memoriam

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

  • Eugene C. Tenney ’54, Eggertsville, N.Y.
  • Donald T. Breen ’65, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • Stephen E. Jaffey ’73, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Mabel F. Chambers ’85, Buffalo
  • Patrick G. Stafford ’99, West Seneca, N.Y.