Class Action - September '19

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Frederick A. Wolf ’67 was named Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association. Wolf is of counsel with Barclay Damon LLP in Buffalo. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

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Frederick A. Wolf ’67


Terrence D. McKelvey ’75 received the President’s Award from the Minority Bar Foundation in Buffalo. A solo practitioner in Buffalo, he resides in Amherst, N.Y.  

Allan D. Mantel ’76 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. Mantel is a partner with Mantel McDonough Riso, LLP, in New York City, where he resides. He is an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council.  

David G. Ross ’76 was elected president of the Monroe County Bar Foundation in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides. Ross is a partner with Ross & Gould-Ross in Rochester.  

Mark J. Moretti ’78 received the Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. Moretti is of counsel with Phillips Lytle LLP in the Rochester office. He lives in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Hon. Marilyn L. O'Connor ’78 will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daily Record on November 14 in Rochester, N.Y. O'Connor is a retired Monroe County Family Court judge in Rochester, where she resides.          

Dan D. Kohane ’79 was elected president of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence. He is a senior partner with Hurwitz & Fine P.C. in the Buffalo office and an adjunct faculty member at the law school. Kohane lives in Buffalo.

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Terrence D. McKelvey ’75

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Dan D. Kohane ’79


Hon. Mark W. Pedersen ’82 of Penfield, N.Y., has been named magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, in Rochester, N.Y. Pedersen previously served as principal law clerk to Hon. Charles J. Siragusa, senior judge in the Western District.  

Karen Utz ’84 has become a member of the board of directors of the Cantalician Center, an educational, rehabilitative and occupational facility for persons from infancy throughout adulthood, in Depew, N.Y. Utz is director of program administration for the Research Foundation at UB and UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships. She lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

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Karen Utz ’84


David J. Luzon ’97 was named Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association. Luzon is a partner with Barclay Damon LLP in Buffalo. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Toni L. Frain ’99 received the 2018 G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award for her co-authored article “More than Pawns: Fighting Removal Spoiler Claims Against Adjusters, Attorneys and Agents in Bad-Faith Lawsuits” published in the DRI publication, For the Defense. Frain is corporate counsel with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, Mass. She is a resident of Winchester, Mass.

Robert J. Gutowski ’99 has been named general counsel with MSCI Inc. in New York City. Gutowski previously served as director of legal and compliance. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, a lifetime member of the UB Law Alumni Association and a former chair of the association’s New York City chapter. Gutowski lives in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

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David J. Luzon ’97

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Robert J. Gutowski ’99


Margot P. Schoenborn ’00 has been promoted to CEO of OmniSeq in Buffalo. The company develops and sells molecular diagnostic tests that show cancer patients what kind of targeted therapies may work. Schoenborn previously served as chief administrative officer and general counsel. She lives in Clarence, N.Y.

Thomas J. Haidon ’02 was appointed deputy permanent representative to the World Trade Organization by the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland, where he resides.

Kevin M. Momot ’02 has been named publisher, director of sales for the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record in Rochester, N.Y. He is a resident of Webster, N.Y.

Julie A. Bastian ’04 has become a second attorney with Horton Law PLLC in Orchard Park, N.Y., practicing labor and employment law. She is a resident of North Tonawanda, N.Y.  

Kevin M. Grossman ’04 of Delmar, N.Y., has been named to the City & State Magazine Albany 40 Under 40 List. Grossman is a labor relations specialist with New York State United Teachers in Latham, N.Y. He is a past co-chair of the Albany chapter of the UB Law Alumni Association.

Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06 has been appointed to the New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission. Rodriguez, chief of staff at Buffalo State College, is a Buffalo resident.

Beverley S. Braun ’07 has become a member of the board of directors of the Cantalician Center, an educational, rehabilitative and occupational facility for persons from infancy throughout adulthood, in Depew, N.Y. Braun is senior legal counsel with HSBC Bank in Buffalo. She is a resident of Amherst, N.Y.

Rebecca L. Town ’09 received the 2019 Kevin M. Andersen Memorial Award from the Genesee County Public Defender's Office in Batavia, N.Y. Town is a staff attorney in the criminal defense unit of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. She is a Buffalo resident.

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Margot Schoenborn '00

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Julie A. Bastian ’04

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Crystal J. Rodriguez ’06


Duwaine T. Bascoe ’12 of Penfield, N.Y., was named to the 2019 New York Law Journal Rising Stars list. Bascoe is an associate with Abrams Fensterman in Rochester, N.Y.

Shatorah Donovan ’12 has been named to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. She is chief diversity officer with the City of Buffalo, where she resides.

Patrick R. A'Hearn ’13 was promoted to assistant vice president of Bank of Akron, in Akron, N.Y. He is a resident of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Vanessa C. Gabriele ’14 was a co-chair and moderator for the New York State Bar Association’s “Family Court Practical Skills: Support, Custody, Family Offense Proceedings, and Diversity” CLE in Amherst, N.Y. Gabriele also spoke on the topic of litigating support proceedings. She is an associate in the family law practice with Bouvier Law LLP in Buffalo, where she resides.

Sarah Hedden ’14 of Lockport, N.Y., was named to the advisory council of Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is supervising attorney of the Kinship Care Legal Services Program at the Center for Elder Law & Justice in Buffalo.

Daniel R. Carosa ’16 has joined the intellectual property and technology practice of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC as an associate in Buffalo, where he resides.

Jonathon J. Ling ’16 has become program director of the Justice Bus Program of Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, where he resides. The Justice Bus, a 12-passenger van, will transport lawyers and law students to provide on-the-spot legal help to poor and disabled people in Western New York. Ling previously served as business development officer with PathStone Enterprise Center based in Rochester, N.Y.

Jessica Tariq ’16 has joined Barclay Damon LLP as an associate in the Rochester, N.Y., office, handling cases involving torts and products liability defense and insurance coverage and regulation. Tariq lives in Brockport, N.Y.

Matthew W. Taylor ’18 is practicing as an associate with Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in Rochester, N.Y., in estate planning and taxation, probate, and trust and estate administration. He lives in Pittsford, N.Y.

Orlando H. Dickson ’19 has become civic educator with the Partnership for the Public Good in Buffalo, where he resides. Dickson will teach community groups and residents how public policy is made and how they can be a part of it.

Jessica E. Root ’19 has become associated with Barclay Damon LLP in the Syracuse, N.Y., office, practicing in the corporate and trusts and estates practice areas. Root is a Syracuse resident.

Molly F. Spakowski ’19 has joined Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP as an associate in Rochester, N.Y., where she resides. She concentrates her practice in civil litigation.

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Duwaine T. Bascoe ’12

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Vanessa C. Gabriele '14

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Sarah Hedden ’14

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Jonathon J. Ling ’16

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Orlando H. Dickson ’19


Buffalo Business First Power 125 Women list:

  • Ann E. Evanko ’79, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo  
  • Hon. Paula L. Feroleto ’82, New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District, Buffalo
  • Jennifer J. Parker ’84, Jackson Parker Communications LLC, Buffalo
  • Sharon L. Wick ’84, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo
  • Paula M. Ciprich ’85, National Fuel Gas Co., Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Karen M. McMahon ’86, New York State Assembly, 146th District, Albany
  • Nora B. Sullivan ’87, Sullivan Capital Partners, Buffalo
  • Diane R. Tiveron ’89, HoganWillig PLLC, Amherst, N.Y.    
  • 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
  • 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

Buffalo Business First Women of Influence honorees:

  • Judith Treger Shelton ’84, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, Buffalo
  • Cynthia E. Vance ’93, Jensen Marks Langer & Vance, Buffalo

The Business Journals 2019 Influencers: Law Honorees:

  • Richard F. Griffin ’57, Kavinoky Cook LLP, Buffalo
  • Ann E. Evanko ’79, Hurwitz & Fine P.C., Buffalo
  • Marc W. Brown ’99, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo

Erie County Bar Foundation 2019-20 Board of Directors:

  • Pamela H. Thibodeau ’87, President, Law Office of Pamela H. Thibodeau, Buffalo
  • David R. Pfalzgraf Jr. ’97, Vice President, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, Buffalo
  • Mark A. Worrell ’82, Director, Law Office of Mark A. Worrell, Buffalo
  • Penny B. Selmonsky ’95, Director, Neighborhood Legal Services, Buffalo

In Memoriam

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

  • Robert P. Freedman ’50, Buffalo
  • Frank R. Papa ’52, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Hon. Rose D. LaMendola ’55, Snyder, N.Y.
  • Samuel J. Novara ’62, Lewiston, N.Y.
  • James Barrow ’71, Tampa, Fla.
  • Hon. Mark G. Farrell ’72, Williamsville, N.Y.   
  • Joel S. Fass ’73, Weston, Fla.
  • Philip S. Chamot ’87, Lockport, N.Y.  
  • Shawn Weed ’06, Kingston, N.Y.