Class Action - October '20

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'60s

Michael R. Wolford ’68 has become of counsel with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing litigation. Wolford is the founding partner of The Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester, N.Y. He is an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for community service. He lives in Victor, N.Y.

Michael R. Wolford ’68.

Michael R. Wolford ’68

'80s

Ross M. Cellino Jr. ’82 has started the personal injury firm Cellino Law, with offices in Buffalo; Rochester, N.Y.; Garden City, N.Y.; Melville, N.Y.; and New York City. Cellino is a former partner with Cellino & Barnes, P.C., in Buffalo. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and a lifetime member of the UB Law Alumni Association.  

Ross P. Lanzafame ’86 received the 2020 Rochester Business Journal Icon Honor Award. He is a former partner with Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides.  

Mason P. Ashe ’89 was elected to the board of trustees of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Ashe is founder/CEO of Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting in Totowa, N.J. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for business. Ashe resides in Vineyard Haven, Mass.  

Ross M. Cellino Jr. ’82.

Ross M. Cellino Jr. ’82

Mason P. Ashe ’89.

Mason P. Ashe ’89

'90s

Trini E. Ross ’92 has received the 2020 Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence in Investigation for her work on the investigative and prosecution team in a case that went to trial in the Western District of Virginia. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci was the keynote speaker at the virtual awards ceremony. Ross is director of investigations (legal) and outreach with the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General in Alexandria, Va. She is a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award for public service and an emerita member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Ross lives in Falls Church, Va.  

David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97 received the C-Level Award from Buffalo Business First for his visionary leadership. He is managing partner with Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC in Buffalo, where he resides.

Erin M. Barclay ’98 will receive the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Region in December. She is being honored for advancing human rights diplomacy through government service in the U.S. Department of State. Barclay is executive director of the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  She resides in Chevy Chase, Md.

Toni L. Frain ’99 was promoted to senior corporate counsel, director of business conduct and policy with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.’s Global Compliance and Ethics Group in Boston. She resides in Winchester, Mass.

Trini E. Ross ’92.

Trini E. Ross ’92

Erin M. Barclay ’98.

Erin M. Barclay ’98

'00s

Anthony Jones ’04 of Johns Creek, Ga., has been named entrepreneur-in-residence and co-lead for the pilot program “Founders Go Big” for Launch NY in Buffalo. Launch NY provides pro bono mentoring and access to risk capital for high-growth startups in upstate New York. Jones is founder and executive chairman of Flextime Nurses in Atlanta.  

Joseph M. Hanna ’05 has been elected to the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State, in Albany. Hanna is a partner with Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo and founder of the firm’s diversity task force. He resides in Amherst, N.Y.

Laura A. Myers ’05 has become of counsel with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in the Rochester, N.Y., office, practicing litigation. Myers was previously managing partner with The Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester, where she resides.

Anshu Pasricha ’07 has become general counsel with Astec Industries Inc., in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was previously a shareholder with Koley Jessen P.C., in Omaha, Neb., practicing in the firm’s M&A/securities and business/general counsel practice groups. 

Molly E. Shepard ’09 has become of counsel with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in Rochester, N.Y., handling cases involving labor and employment law. Shepard was previously managing partner with The Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester. She lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Anthony Jones ’04.

Anthony Jones ’04

Joseph M. Hanna ’05.

Joseph M. Hanna ’05

'10s

Nate T. Yohannes ’12 has become product and corporate strategy leader to the chief technology officer with Microsoft in Seattle, Wash., where he resides. Yohannes previously served as head of central product management & planning, Artificial Intelligence & AR/VR with Microsoft Corporation. He is a past recipient of the School of Law’s Students of Color Trailblazer Award.

Jillian M. Mangiafesto ’15 has been named assistant corporate secretary with Five Star Bank in Williamsville, N.Y. She currently serves as corporate counsel and will maintain that position. Mangiafesto lives in Lockport, N.Y.     

Isabelle M. Vladoiu ’16 has authored the book Business Etiquette Secrets: The Fast Track to Professional Authority. The book provides an outline of all aspects of business protocol. Vladoiu is founder of the U.S. Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights in Washington, D.C., where she resides. She is a human rights advocate, participating in many events across the country and speaking on issues of gender equality, human rights and women empowerment.    

Katelynn M. Johnson ’17 has become associated with Bouvier Law LLP in Buffalo. Johnson focuses her practice on family and matrimonial matters. She lives in West Seneca, N.Y.  

Ariel A. Bauerle ’19 of Williamsville, N.Y., has joined The Coppola Firm as an associate in Buffalo. The firm counsels clients regarding business law, personal injury litigation, and labor and employment law.

Nate T. Yohannes ’12.

Nate T. Yohannes ’12

Katelynn M. Johnson ’17.

Katelynn M. Johnson ’17

Ariel A. Bauerle ’19.

Ariel A. Bauerle ’19

Recognitions

All alumni honorees are listed by class year.

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Buffalo Law Journal 's 2020 Legal Elite of Western New York:

  • James P. Harrington ’69, Harrington & Mahoney, Buffalo
  • Terrence M. Connors ’71, Connors LLP, Buffalo
  • Herbert L. Greenman ’72, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Corey J. Hogan ’74, HoganWillig PLLC, Amherst, N.Y.
  • R. Charles Miner ’75, Smith, Miner, O'Shea & Smith LLP, Buffalo
  • William F. Savino ’75, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Buffalo
  • Joseph A. Matteliano ’76, Augello & Matteliano LLP, Buffalo
  • Rodney O. Personius ’76, Personius Melber, LLP, Buffalo
  • Kenneth A. Manning ’77, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Garry M. Graber ’78, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Dennis C. Vacco ’78, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman 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
  • Oliver C. Young ’80, Barclay Damon LLP, Buffalo
  • Robert M. Elardo ’81, Bar Association of Erie County
    Volunteer Lawyers Project, Buffalo
  • Josephine A. Greco ’81, Greco Trapp PLLC, Buffalo
  • Rick W. Kennedy ’82, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Mark Klein ’82, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo  
  • Andrea Schillaci ’82, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., Buffalo
  • Mark P. Della Posta ’83, Walsh, Roberts & Grace LLP, Buffalo
  • Carol G. Snider ’83, Barclay Damon LLP, Buffalo
  • Gary P. Bluestein ’84, Andreozzi Bluestein LLP, Clarence, N.Y.
  • Judith Treger Shelton ’84, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Sharon L. Wick ’84, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Mitchell J. Banas Jr. ’85, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Buffalo
  • Steven R. Sugarman ’85, Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman LLP, Buffalo
  • David J. Murray ’86, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Steven M. Cohen ’87, HoganWillig PLLC, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Hugh M. Russ III ’87, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Amy J. Ziegler ’87, New York State Supreme Court, Buffalo
  • James P. Kennedy Jr. ’88, U.S. Attorney's Office, WDNY, Buffalo
  • Richard J. Cohen ’89, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo
  • Diane R. Tiveron ’89, HoganWillig PLLC, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Patrick M. Tomovic ’89, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Buffalo
  • Diane M. Perri Roberts ’90, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Ginger D. Schröder ’90, Schröder Joseph & Associates LLP, Buffalo
  • Carmen L. Snell ’92, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Buffalo
  • Christopher J. Belter ’93, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo
  • Michael J. Berchou ’93, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Buffalo
  • Laura Colca ’93, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo
  • Jeffrey F. Baase ’94, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • Sally J. Broad ’95, Gibson McAskill & Crosby LLP, Buffalo
  • John P. Comerford ’95, Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, Buffalo
  • John J. Flynn ’95, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Buffalo
  • Amy Habib Rittling ’95, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Buffalo
  • Teresa Bair ’96, Athenex Inc., Buffalo
  • Hilary C. Banker ’96, Burgio Curvin & Banker, Buffalo
  • James W. Grable Jr. ’96, Connors LLP, Buffalo
  • Thomas M. Mercure ’96, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP, Buffalo
  • Lorrie Turner-Benigni ’96, New Era Cap Co., Buffalo
  • Jeffrey J. Weiss ’96, Harris Beach PLLC, Buffalo
  • Kevin J. Zanner ’96, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Rosanna Berardi ’97, Berardi Immigration Law, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • Caroline A. Wojtaszek ’97, Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, Lockport, N.Y..
  • Brian J. Bocketti ’98, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Buffalo
  • Bridget M. O'Connell ’98, Court of Claims, New York State Courts, Buffalo
  • Jennifer C. Persico ’98, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Buffalo
  • Heath J. Szymczak ’98, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Buffalo
  • Daniel R. Connors ’99, Nash Connors P.C., Buffalo
  • Marco Cercone ’02, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • Sarah A. Frederick ’02, Frederick Law Offices PLLC, Orchard Park
  • Destin C. Santacrose ’02, Law Offices of Destin C. Santacrose, Buffalo
  • Robert J. Fluskey Jr. ’03, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Melissa A. Foti ’03, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • John P. Ford ’04, O’Brien & Ford P.C., Buffalo
  • Bethany A. Solek ’04, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Buffalo
  • Jamie J. Batt ’05, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • Kyle M. Costello ’05, Law Office of H. Jeffrey Marcus, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Joseph N. Endres ’05, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Michael J. Flanagan ’05, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Joseph M. Hanna ’05, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo
  • Anne E. Joynt ’05, Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, Buffalo
  • Brendan J. Rich ’05, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Buffalo
  • Elizabeth M. Midgley ’06, Stillwell Midgley Visco, Buffalo
  • Leonardo Sette-Camara ’06, Catholic Health, Buffalo  
  • Jennifer L. Fay ’07, Faraci Lange LLP, Buffalo
  • Joshua K. Lawrence ’07, Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
  • Kara M. Addelman ’08, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Joseph J. Polniak Jr. ’08, Integer Holdings Corp., Clarence, N.Y.
  • Joshua M. Henry ’09, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Neil A. Pawlowski ’10, Duggan Pawlowski & Cooke LLP, Buffalo
  • Samuel A. Alba ’14, Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C., Buffalo
  • Jamila A. Lee ’15, Erie County Surrogate's Court, Buffalo

2020 Daily Record Attorneys of the Year:

Leaders in Law Award

  • Mary F. Ognibene ’03, McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin, P.C., Rochester, N.Y.
  • David P. Shaffer ’07, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Rachel A. Clark ’10, New York Air National Guard, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Rochester, N.Y.

 Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Margaret A. Burt ’79, Law Office of Margaret A. Burt, Pittsford, N.Y.

In Memoriam

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

  • John J. Carney Sr. ’56, Amherst, N.Y.
  • Thomas F. Brinkworth ’65, Buffalo
  • Stephen E. Barnes ’83, Buffalo