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Best Lawyers® in Rochester – 2018

The guide to leading attorneys in Rochester

For important business and personal matters, top-quality legal representation is a must. Best Lawyers®  in Rochester can help you obtain the legal representation you need.

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For more than 25 years, it has helped clients obtain legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar practice areas.

Lawyers cannot buy their way into this list; the recognition is earned solely by exemplary legal work, and they are not required—or allowed—to pay a fee to be included. All attorneys whose names appear in this listing were nominated by and voted in by their peers.

This guide lists lawyers by legal specialty—from appellate practice to workers’ compensation law – to help you find attorneys whose expertise matches your needs. You also can locate attorneys worldwide who are recognized by Best Lawyers® by using the search tool on the Rochester Business Journal website, www.RBJ.net.

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year – 2018


Banking and Finance Law

Patrick M. Malgieri

Harris Beach

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Paul S. Groschadl

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Steven Y. Solomon

Merzbach Law Office

Construction Law

Anthony J. Adams Jr.

Adams Bell Adams

Corporate Governance Law

James M. Jenkins

Harter Secrest & Emery

Corporate Law

William A. Hoy IV

Harter Secrest & Emery

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Paul W. Holloway

Harter Secrest & Emery

Employment Law – Management

Todd R. Shinaman

Nixon Peabody

Environmental Law

Jean H. McCreary

Nixon Peabody

Family Law

Francis C. Affronti

Barney & Affronti

Health Care Law

Anna E. Lynch

Underberg & Kessler

Insurance Law

Louis B. Cristo

Trevett Cristo

Labor Law – Management

James C. Holahan

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Land Use and Zoning Law

Thomas C. Greiner

Nixon Peabody

Litigation – Construction

Harold A. Kurland

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Litigation – Environmental

Alan J. Knauf

Knauf Shaw

Litigation – Intellectual Property

William G. Bauer

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Brian Knopp

Nixon Peabody

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Jerry A. Goldman

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Litigation – Municipal

Brian Laudadio

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Litigation – Real Estate

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

Litigation – Securities

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Christopher A. DiPasquale

Harris Beach

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Dennis Gruttadaro

Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

James F. Foley

Foley & Foley

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Deborah J. McLean

Nixon Peabody

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Meghan M. DiPasquale

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Stephen G. Schwarz

Faraci Lange

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Scott R. Jennette

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

John A. Falk

Faraci Lange

Real Estate Law

Katherine H. Karl

Underberg & Kessler

Tax Law

Joshua E. Gewolb

Harter Secrest & Emery

Trusts and Estates

Barbara R. H. James

Harris Beach

 

Best Lawyers® in Rochester – 2018


Appellate Practice

Pittsford

A. Vincent Buzard

Harris Beach

Rochester

David H. Tennant

Nixon Peabody

 

Arbitration

Rochester

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Richard D. Rosenbloom

Boylan Code

 

Banking and Finance Law

Pittsford

Patrick M. Malgieri

Harris Beach

 

Beth Ela Wilkens

Harris Beach

Rochester

Richard M. Beers, Jr.

Phillips Lytle

 

Kelley Ross Brown

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Jennifer L. Chadwick

Lacy Katzen

 

Robert C. Johnson

Phillips Lytle

 

Raymond P. Miller

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Raymond  L. Ruff

Phillips Lytle

 

Robert F. Zogas

Phillips Lytle

 

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Rochester

Michael Beyma

Underberg & Kessler

 

Paul S. Groschadl

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Mary Jo S. Korona

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Bruce Lawrence

Boylan Code

 

David D. MacKnight

Lacy Katzen

 

Gregory J. Mascitti

LeClairRyan

 

Lucien A. Morin II

McConville Considine Cooman & Morin

 

David L. Rasmussen

Davidson Fink

 

John R. Weider

Barclay Damon

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Pittsford

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Thomas E. Reidy

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

David M. Schraver

Nixon Peabody

 

David H. Tennant

Nixon Peabody

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

 

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Rochester

Kenneth Bersani

Trevett Cristo

 

Steven Y. Solomon

Merzbach Law Office

 

Jeremy J. Wolk

Nixon Peabody

 

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Rochester

Jon J. Aho

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Joseph G. Casion

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Steven R. Gersz

Underberg & Kessler

 

Steven Y. Solomon

Merzbach Law Office

 

Craig R. Welch

Lacy Katzen

 

Collaborative Law: Family Law

Rochester

Suzanne L. Brunsting

Suzanne L. Brunsting

 

Diana Deyo Ryan

Kaman, Berlove, Marafioti, Jacobstein & Goldman

Webster

David Murch

David R. Murch

Commercial Finance Law

Rochester

Katherine H. Karl

Underberg & Kessler

 

Commercial Litigation

Pittsford

David J. Edwards

Harris Beach

 

Douglas A. Foss

Harris Beach

 

Michael J. Masino

Harris Beach

 

Laura W. Smalley

Harris Beach

 

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

Rochester

Peter H. Abdella

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Richard E. Alexander

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Jerauld E. Brydges

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Jeffrey J. Calabrese

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Robert B. Calihan

Calihan Law

 

Steven E. Cole

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

David L. Cook

LeClairRyan

 

Kevin S. Cooman

McConville Considine Cooman & Morin

 

Louis B. Cristo

Trevett Cristo

 

Thomas S. D’Antonio

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Peter J. Glennon

The Glennon Law Firm

 

Jeffrey J. Harradine

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Paul F. Keneally

Underberg & Kessler

 

Mary Jo S. Korona

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Harold A. Kurland

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Brian Laudadio

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Paul L. Leclair

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Gregory J. McDonald

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Richard A. McGuirk

Nixon Peabody

 

Mark J. Moretti

Phillips Lytle

 

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Thomas E. Reidy

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

David M. Schraver

Nixon Peabody

 

Erika N. D. Stanat

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

David H. Tennant

Nixon Peabody

 

Christopher D. Thomas

Nixon Peabody

 

Jeffrey A. Wadsworth

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Eric J. Ward

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

 

James S. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

 

Construction Law

Pittsford

Bruce L. Maas

Harris Beach

 

Joseph A. Turri

Harris Beach

Rochester

Peter H. Abdella

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Anthony J. Adams Jr.

Adams Bell Adams

 

Theodore  M. Baum

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

 

John W. Dreste

Ernstrom & Dreste

 

Thomas A. Fink

Davidson Fink

 

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Mark J. Moretti

Phillips Lytle

Copyright Law

Pittsford

Neal L. Slifkin

Harris Beach

Rochester

Brian B. Shaw

Harter Secrest & Emery

Corporate Governance Law

Pittsford

Christopher D. Jagel

Harris Beach

Rochester

James M. Jenkins

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Daniel R. Kinel

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Corporate Law

Pittsford

David M. Clar

Harris Beach

 

Patrick J. Dalton

Harris Beach

 

Christopher D. Jagel

Harris Beach

 

Justin P. Runke

Harris Beach

 

Beth Ela Wilkens

Harris Beach

 

Thomas E. Willett

Harris Beach

Rochester

Thomas R. Anderson

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Thomas R. Burns

Phillips Lytle

 

Thomas A. Fink

Davidson Fink

 

Gordon E. Forth

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Steven R. Gersz

Underberg & Kessler

 

Lori B. Green

Nixon Peabody

 

Gregory W. Gribben

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

William A. Hoy IV

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

James M. Jenkins

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Daniel R. Kinel

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

James A. Locke III

Nixon Peabody

 

Anna E. Lynch

Underberg & Kessler

 

Deborah J. McLean

Nixon Peabody

 

Albert M. Mercury

Phillips Lytle

 

Ralph K. Merzbach

Merzbach Law Office

 

William Reeves

Boylan Code

 

Tyler J. Savage

Nixon Peabody

 

Karen Schaefer

Lacy Katzen

 

Steven Y. Solomon

Merzbach Law Office

 

Justin L. Vigdor

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Craig S. Wittlin

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Robert F. Zogas

Phillips Lytle

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Pittsford

Thomas A. DeSimon

Harris Beach

Rochester

Lawrence J. Andolina

Trevett Cristo

 

Michael T. DiPrima

Law Office of Michael T. DiPrima

 

William T. Easton

Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin

 

John R. Parrinello

The Parrinello Law Firm

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

Karl F. Salzer

Trevett Cristo

 

John F. Speranza

John F. Speranza Law Office

 

Criminal Defense: White Collar

Pittsford

Thomas A. DeSimon

Harris Beach

Rochester

Lawrence J. Andolina

Trevett Cristo

 

Michael T. DiPrima

Law Office of Michael T. DiPrima

 

John R. Parrinello

The Parrinello Law Firm

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

Karl F. Salzer

Trevett Cristo

 

John F. Speranza

John F. Speranza Law Office

 

DUI/DWI Defense

Rochester

Michael T. DiPrima

Law Office of Michael T. DiPrima

 

Edward L. Fiandach

Fiandach & Fiandach

 

Timothy C. Rath

Fiandach & Fiandach

 

Economic Development Law

Pittsford

Christopher A. Andreucci

Harris Beach

 

Russell E. Gaenzle

Harris Beach

 

Education Law

Pittsford

Laura M. Purcell

Harris Beach

Rochester

Thomas S. D’Antonio

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Elder Law

Rochester

Anna E. Lynch

Underberg & Kessler

 

René H. Reixach Jr.

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Pittsford

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

Rochester

James S. Grossman

Barclay Damon

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Pittsford

David M. Mehalick

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Robert E. Brown

Schatz Brown Glassman

 

Christian D. Hancey

Nixon Peabody

 

Paul W. Holloway

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

J. Brian Kopp

Nixon Peabody

 

Eric Paley

Nixon Peabody

 

Christopher M. Potash

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Mark R. Wilson

Harter Secrest & Emery

Employment Law – Individuals

Rochester

Steven V. Modica

Modica Law Firm

 

Linda T. Prestegaard

Phillips Lytle

 

Jules L. Smith

Blitman & King

 

Sharon P. Stiller

Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf

 

Employment Law – Management

Fairport

Margaret A. Clemens

Littler Mendelson

 

Jacqueline Phipps Polito

Littler Mendelson

Pittsford

Roy R. Galewski

Harris Beach

 

Daniel J. Moore

Harris Beach

James A. Spitz, Jr.

Harris Beach

 

Edward A. Trevvett

Harris Beach

Rochester

Stephanie M. Caffera

Nixon Peabody

 

Michael A. Hausknecht

Nixon Peabody

 

James C. Holahan

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

J. Brian Kopp

Nixon Peabody

 

Linda T. Prestegaard

Phillips Lytle

 

Todd R. Shinaman

Nixon Peabody

Energy Law

Rochester

Scott M. Turner

Nixon Peabody

 

Stanley W. Widger Jr.

Nixon Peabody

 

Entertainment Law – Music

Rochester

Mark A. Costello

Boylan Code

 

Environmental Law

Pittsford

Joseph D. Picciotti

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Jeffrey R. Clark

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Allan E. Floro

Nixon Peabody

 

Ronald G. Hull

Underberg & Kessler

 

Leslie M. Mauro

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Jean H. McCreary

Nixon Peabody

 

Linda R. Shaw

Knauf Shaw

 

Paul D. Sylvestri

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Scott M. Turner

Nixon Peabody

 

Thomas F. Walsh

Barclay Damon

 

Family Law

Rochester

Francis C. Affronti

Barney & Affronti

 

Brian J. Barney

Barney & Affronti

 

Suzanne L. Brunsting

Suzanne L. Brunsting

 

Richard G. Curtis

Kaman, Berlove, Marafioti, Jacobstein & Goldman

 

Joan A. de R. O’Byrne

Joan de R. O’Byrne

 

Vincent M. Ferrero

Davidson Fink

 

Lewis J. Heisman

Underberg & Kessler

 

Charles P. Inclima

Charles P. Inclima, Attorney & Counselor at Law

 

Stephen M. Jacobstein

Kaman, Berlove, Marafioti, Jacobstein & Goldman

 

Gregory J. Mott

Davidson Fink

 

Family Law Mediation

Rochester

Suzanne L. Brunsting

Suzanne L. Brunsting

Franchise Law

Rochester

Robert B. Calihan

Calihan Law

 

Heath Care Law

Pittsford

Heidi Schult Gregory

Harris Beach

Rochester

Thomas S. D’Antonio

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Philip R. Fileri

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Ross P. Lanzafame

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Anna E. Lynch

Underberg & Kessler

 

Patrick Pullano

Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow

 

René H. Reixach, Jr.

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Richard T. Yarmel

Harter Secrest & Emery

Immigration Law

Pittsford

Russell W. Roberts

Harris Beach

Rochester

Margaret A. Catillaz

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Frank A. Novak

Harter Secrest & Emery

Insurance Law

Rochester

Louis B. Cristo

Trevett Cristo

 

Laurie A. Giordano-Vahey

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Raul E. Martinez

Goldberg Segalla

 

Kevin T. Merriman

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Anthony J. Piazza

Barclay Damon

Labor Law – Management

Fairport

Margaret A. Clemens

Littler Mendelson

Pittsford

Roy R. Galewski

Harris Beach

 

Daniel J. Moore

Harris Beach

 

James A. Spitz, Jr.

Harris Beach

 

Edward A. Trevvett

Harris Beach

Rochester

Stephanie M. Caffera

Nixon Peabody

 

Michael A. Hausknecht

Nixon Peabody

 

James C. Holahan

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Todd R. Shinaman

Nixon Peabody

Labor Law – Union

Rochester

Lawrence J. Andolina

Trevett Cristo

 

Matthew Fusco

Trevett Cristo

 

Michael T. Harren

Trevett Cristo

 

Land Use and Zoning Law

Rochester

Betsy D. Brugg

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Karl S. Essler

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Jerry A. Goldman

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Thomas C. Greiner, Jr.

Nixon Peabody

 

Alan J. Knauf

Knauf Shaw

 

Leslie M. Mauro

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Kelly A. Pronti

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Paul D. Sylvestri

Harter Secrest & Emery

Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Rochester

Angelo G. Faraci

Faraci Lange

Litigation – Banking and Finance

Pittsford

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

Rochester

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Rochester

Paul S. Groschadl

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

C. Bruce Lawrence

Boylan Code

 

David L. Rasmussen

Davidson Fink

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

John R. Weider

Barclay Damon

Litigation – Construction

Pittsford

Bruce L. Maas

Harris Beach

 

Joseph A. Turri

Harris Beach

Rochester

Peter H. Abdella

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Anthony J. Adams Jr.

Adams Bell Adams

 

Daniel P. Adams

Adams Bell Adams

 

Theodore  M. Baum

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter

 

Jerauld E. Brydges

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

John W. Dreste

Ernstrom & Dreste

 

Thomas A. Fink

Davidson Fink

 

Robert D. Hooks

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Harold A. Kurland

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Mark J. Moretti

Phillips Lytle

 

David L. Pieterse

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Christopher D. Thomas

Nixon Peabody

Litigation – Environmental

Pittsford

Joseph D. Picciotti

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

David L. Cook

LeClairRyan

 

Ronald G. Hull

Underberg & Kessler

 

Alan J. Knauf

Knauf Shaw

 

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Thomas E. Reidy

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Linda R. Shaw

Knauf Shaw

 

Paul D. Sylvestri

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Thomas F. Walsh

Barclay Damon

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

Litigation – ERISA

Rochester

Mark J. Moretti

Phillips Lytle

 

Thomas E. Reidy

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Litigation – Health Care

Rochester

Thomas S. D’Antonio

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Litigation – Insurance

Rochester

  1. Michael Wood

Boylan Code

 

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Pittsford

Neal L. Slifkin

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

William G. Bauer

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Jerauld E. Brydges

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Michael L. Goldman

LeClairRyan

 

Gunnar G. Leinberg

LeClairRyan

 

Brian B. Shaw

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Erika N. D. Stanat

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Litigation – Labor and Employment

Fairport

Jacqueline Phipps Polito

Littler Mendelson

Pittsford

Andrew M. Burns

Burns & Schultz

 

Daniel J. Moore

Harris Beach

 

James A. Spitz Jr.

Harris Beach

Rochester

William G. Bauer

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Jeffrey J. Calabrese

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Jeffrey J. Harradine

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

James C. Holahan

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Stephen J. Jones

Nixon Peabody

 

Paul F. Keneally

Underberg & Kessler

 

J. Brian Kopp

Nixon Peabody

 

David M. Kresock

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Brian Laudadio

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

Todd R. Shinaman

Nixon Peabody

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Pittsford

Joseph D. Picciotti

Harris Beach

 

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Sheldon W. Boyce Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

Karl S. Essler

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Jerry A. Goldman

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Alan J. Knauf

Knauf Shaw

 

Robert B. Koegel

Forsyth, Howe, O’Dwyer, Kalb & Murphy

 

Leslie M. Mauro

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Paul D. Sylvestri

Harter Secrest & Emery

Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

Rochester

William G. Bauer

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Litigation – Municipal

Pittsford

Patrick M. Malgieri

Harris Beach

Rochester

Sheldon W. Boyce, Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

Brian Laudadio

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

Litigation – Patent

Pittsford

Neal L. Slifkin

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Gunnar G. Leinberg

LeClairRyan

 

Jeremy P. Oczek

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Brian B. Shaw

Harter Secrest & Emery

Litigation – Real Estate

Rochester

Karl S. Essler

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Thomas A. Fink

Davidson Fink

 

Mark J. Moretti

Phillips Lytle

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Edward F. Premo II

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Warren B. Rosenbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Rochester

Richard A. McGuirk

Nixon Peabody

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Litigation – Securities

Pittsford

Philip G. Spellane

Harris Beach

Rochester

Steven E. Cole

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Richard A. McGuirk

Nixon Peabody

 

Carolyn G. Nussbaum

Nixon Peabody

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Pittsford

Edward D. Bloom

Harris Beach

 

Christopher A. DiPasquale

Harris Beach

Rochester

Philip L. Burke

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Gordon S. Dickens

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

R. Thompson Gilman

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Eugene M. O’Connor

Gallo & Iacovangelo

 

Christian Valentino

Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow

Litigation and Controversy – Tax

Rochester

Jack M. Battaglia

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Scott F. Cristman

Nixon Peabody

 

Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

Pittsford

Michael J. Masino

Harris Beach

Rochester

Paul V. Nunes

Underberg & Kessler

 

Hadley Matarazzo

Faraci Lange

 

Paul V. Nunes

Underberg & Kessler

 

Mediation

Rochester

Harold A. Kurland

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

James E. Morris

Morris and Morris Attorneys

 

Richard D. Rosenbloom

Boylan Code

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Canandaigua

Margaret E. Somerset

Underberg & Kessler

Pittsford

Christopher A. DiPasqule

Harris Beach

 

Heidi Schult Gregory

Harris Beach

Rochester

Kathleen B. Benesh

Osborn, Reed & Burke

 

Dennis Gruttadaro

Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato

 

Harold A. Kurland

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Thomas M. Prato

Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato

 

Daniel P. Purcell

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Richard S. Tubiolo

Hirsch & Tubiolo

 

Eric J. Ward

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

Palmyra

James F. Foley

Foley & Foley

Rochester

Sheldon W. Boyce Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

John A. Falk

Faraci Lange

 

Angelo G. Faraci

Faraci Lange

 

Paul K. Lange

Faraci Lange

 

Hadley Matarazzo

Faraci Lange

 

Carol McKenna

Faraci Lange

 

Joseph A. Regan

Faraci Lange

 

Peter T. Rodgers

Lacy Katzen

 

Stephen G. Schwarz

Faraci Lange

 

Jacqueline M. Thomas

Lacy Katzen

 

Brian M. Zorn

Faraci Lange

Victor

Bradley Kammholz

Kammholz Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Pittsford

Patrick J. Dalton

Harris Beach

 

Christopher D. Jagel

Harris Beach

Rochester

Thomas R. Anderson

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Lori B. Green

Nixon Peabody

 

William A. Hoy IV

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

James M. Jenkins

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Daniel R. Kinel

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Alan S. Lockwood

Boylan Code

 

Deborah J. McLean

Nixon Peabody

 

Ralph K. Merzbach

Merzbach Law Office

 

Craig S. Wittlin

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Jeremy J. Wolk

Nixon Peabody

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Rochester

Robert L. Galbraith Jr.

Davidson Fink

 

Municipal Law

Rochester

Sheldon W. Boyce Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

James A. Coniglio

Underberg & Kessler

 

William Weir

Nixon Peabody

 

Non-Profit/Charities Law

Rochester

Anita L. Pelletier

Nixon Peabody

 

Patent Law

Rochester

Michael L. Goldman

LeClairRyan

 

Brian B. Shaw

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Rochester

Christian C. Casini

Osborn, Reed & Burke

 

Louis B. Cristo

Trevett Cristo

 

Thomas B. Cronmiller

Barclay Damon

 

Meghan M. DiPasquale

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

John C. Herbert

John C. Herbert

 

Scott R. Jennette

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Raul E. Martinez

Goldberg Segalla

 

James P. McElheny

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Patrick B. Naylon

Goldberg Segalla

 

Paul V. Nunes

Underberg & Kessler

 

Donald W. O’Brien Jr.

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Daniel P. Purcell

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Thomas E. Reidy

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Robert M. Shaddock

Barclay Damon

 

Eric J. Ward

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Geneseo

Peter Skivington

Law Offices of Peter K. Skivington

Palmyra

James F. Foley

Foley & Foley

Rochester

Matthew F. Belanger

Faraci Lange

 

Sheldon W. Boyce Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

Robert L. Brenna Jr.

Brenna Boyce

 

Kathryn Bruns

Faraci Lange

 

John A. Falk

Faraci Lange

 

Angelo G. Faraci

Faraci Lange

 

Deborah Morris Field

Morris and Morris Attorneys

 

Laurie A. Giordano-Vahey

Leclair Korona Vahey Cole

 

Paul K. Lange

Faraci Lange

 

Hadley Matarazzo

Faraci Lange

 

Carol McKenna

Faraci Lange

 

Paul V. Nunes

Underberg & Kessler

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Joseph A. Regan

Faraci Lange

 

David Rothenberg

Geiger and Rothenberg

 

Stephen G. Schwarz

Faraci Lange

 

Jacqueline M. Thomas

Lacy Katzen

 

Michael R. Wolford

The Wolford Law Firm

 

John K. Wright

Cellino & Barnes

 

Brian M. Zorn

Faraci Lange

Victor

Bradley Kammholz

Kammholz Law

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Rochester

Richard E. Alexander

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

John C. Herbert

John C. Herbert

 

Scott R. Jennette

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

 

Anthony R. Palermo

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

David H. Tennant

Nixon Peabody

 

Christopher D. Thomas

Nixon Peabody

 

Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Rochester

Matthew F. Belanger

Faraci Lange

 

John A. Falk

Faraci Lange

 

Angelo G. Faraci

Faraci Lange

 

Paul K. Lange

Faraci Lange

 

Hadley Matarazzo

Faraci Lange

 

Joseph A. Regan

Faraci Lange

 

Stephen G. Schwarz

Faraci Lange

 

Brian M. Zorn

Faraci Lange

 

Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Rochester

Peter H. Abdella

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Project Finance Law

Rochester

William Weir

Nixon Peabody

 

Public Finance Law

Pittsford

Patrick M. Malgieri

Harris Beach

 

Charles I. Schachter

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

Raymond P. Miller

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

William Weir

Nixon Peabody

 

Real Estate Law

Pittsford

Patrick M. Malgieri

Harris Beach

 

Charles W. Russell

Harris Beach

Rochester

John A. Anderson

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Bruce J. Baker

Nixon Peabody

 

Richard M. Beers Jr.

Phillips Lytle

 

Kelley Ross Brown

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Robert W. Burgdorf

Nixon Peabody

 

Walter R. Capell

Davidson Fink

 

Patrick L. Cusato

Underberg & Kessler

 

Louis M. D’Amato

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Alan R. Feldstein

Boylan Code

 

Thomas A. Fink

Davidson Fink

 

Timothy M. Fitzgerald

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Brian G. Flanagan

Nixon Peabody

 

Robert L. Galbraith Jr.

Davidson Fink

 

Thomas C. Greiner Jr.

Nixon Peabody

 

Jane B. Hopfinger

Osborn, Reed & Burke

 

Katherine H. Karl

Underberg & Kessler

 

William N. La Forte

Trevett Cristo

 

Peter C. Lutz

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Ralph K. Merzbach

Merzbach Law Office

 

Mitchell S. Nusbaum

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Jonathan S. Penna

Nixon Peabody

 

David L. Pieterse

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Kelly A. Pronti

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Kevin V. Recchia

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Cathy Kaman Ryan

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

W. Stephen Tierney

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Samuel O. Tilton

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Kristopher J. Vurraro

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Securities/Capital Markets Law

Pittsford

Thomas E. Willett

Harris Beach

 

Rochester

James M. Jenkins

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Deborah J. McLean

Nixon Peabody

Securities Regulation

Rochester

Deborah J. McLean

Nixon Peabody

 

Tax Law

Rochester

Jack M. Battaglia

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Kenneth Bersani

Trevett Cristo

 

Robert E. Brown

Schatz Brown Glassman

 

Scott F. Cristman

Nixon Peabody

 

Joshua E. Gewolb

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Sherman F. Levey

Boylan Code

 

Michael R. McEvoy

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Christopher M. Potash

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Trademark Law

Rochester

Brian B. Shaw

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Trusts and Estates

Pittsford

Edward D. Bloom

Harris Beach

 

Christopher A. DiPasquale

Harris Beach

 

Barbara R.H. James

Harris Beach

 

Audrey Patrone Peartree

Harris Beach

 

David C. Pettig

David C. Pettig

 

Rochester

Michael F. Buckley

Boylan Code

 

Philip L. Burke

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Jill M. Cicero

The Cicero Law Firm

 

Ralph J. Code III

Boylan Code

 

Gordon S. Dickens

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Cressida A. Dixon

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Terrance W. Emmens

Lacy Katzen

 

David R. Ferris

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Mary V. Fisher

Lacy Katzen

 

John T. Fitzgerald Jr.

Nixon Peabody

 

John L. Garrett

Nixon Peabody

 

R. Thompson Gilman

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Warren H. Heilbronner

Boylan Code

 

Robert W. Kessler

Woods Oviatt Gilman

 

Eugene M. O’Connor

Gallo & Iacovangelo

 

Martin W. O’Toole

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Edward C. Radin III

Bond, Schoeneck & King

 

Karen Schaefer

Lacy Katzen

 

Stephanie T. Seiffert

Nixon Peabody

 

Don H. Twietmeyer

Trevett Cristo

 

Venture Capital Law

Rochester

William A. Hoy IV

Harter Secrest & Emery

 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants

Rochester

Steven V. Modica

Modica Law Firm

 

Lewis F. Montemaggi

Montemaggi & Associates

 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rochester

Ronald E. Weiss

Hamberger & Weiss

 

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