Category: Articles

Can the C-Suite and Directors Be Held Personally Liable for Environmental Violations?

Environmental attorney John Kolaga discusses personal liability of corporate officers for environmental violations. Corporate officers and directors carry an exorbitant amount of responsibilities. Given these challenges, it is sometimes easy to forget that environmental issues involved with running a corporation can loom large, if overlooked. Solving environmental problems – complying with detailed regulations and addressing… Read More

COVID-19 Stimulus for the Year 2021 – Is Your Business Eligible for Relief?

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved a new COVID-19 stimulus package for the fiscal year 2021.  The stimulus package includes further relief for American citizens and businesses that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the stimulus package is an extension and second round of funding to small businesses through… Read More

Legal Difference Between Layoffs and Furloughs

Matthew Miller, speaks to Business First’s Patrick Connelly on the legal differences between layoffs and furloughs, in New York State. Though used interchangeably with regularity, there is a legal difference between layoffs and furloughs in New York state. Layoffs “The biggest difference and misconception is a layoff or a termination is intended to be permanent… Read More

David Pfalzgraf & Jamie Batt Discuss the Importance of Proactive Client Partnerships

David Pfalzgraf Jr. and Jamie Batt sit down with Patrick Connelly from Buffalo Law Journal and discuss proactive corporate client partnerships. When a company is profitable and employees and customers are happy, life is good and legal needs seem nonexistent. At his family business Franco’s Pizza, attorney Anthony Kroese finds himself telling his father, uncle and cousins… Read More

Why hiring a lawyer for a campus misconduct proceeding is a good idea.

There’s no question about it: Campus misconduct proceedings can impact a student’s life long after their college days are over. While hiring a lawyer is far from mandatory, it can give students—and just as importantly, their parents—confidence going into an unknown situation. Here are some reasons why it’s a good idea to enlist representation 1.… Read More

Understanding the impact of proposed Title IX rule changes on student rights.

When it comes to campus disciplinary action, students have long faced an uphill battle laden with unclear procedural rules. A late 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Education seeks to right those wrongs by clarifying the duties of colleges and universities, while also expanding the rights of students under Title IX… Read More

BLJ Highlights Ben Burge as Emerging Attorney

Congratulations to Ben Burge as Buffalo Law Journal’s most recent Emerging Attorney. You can tell that Benjamin Burge is a fun-loving guy by one of his nicknames (he has several): BenJAMIN. But his serious side comes out in his work as associate attorney in the business law and litigation group of Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC. “The work varies… Read More

A lawyer who never took the LSAT

ABA Experiment of not requiring the LSAT helped Chad Davenport find his way to a legal career. Attorney Chad Davenport said it was 2015 when his post-college future came to a fork in the road. A new associate at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC, he focuses on litigation at the Buffalo firm. As a senior in college,… Read More

Four Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer on the First Visit

Preparing for an initial consultation with a divorce attorney can seem a little intimidating. After months (or even years) of contemplation, it’s only natural, though there’s no need to stress. Really, when it comes right down to it, finding an attorney is less a knowledge-based quest, and more of an interpersonal one, where you discover… Read More

Elizabeth DiPirro Speaks to BLJ on Exclusive Possession of Marital Residence

Elizabeth DiPirro shares recent outcomes regarding Domestic Relations Law Sections 234 and possession of marital residence. Actions don’t always speak louder than words. Justice Richard A. Dollinger of the Monroe County Supreme Court granted a mother the right to live in the family home with the children, forcing the father to find different living arrangements,… Read More

Dan Sarzynski discusses construction and development trends

Dan Sarzynski speaks to the Buffalo Law Journal on the legal and logistical trends that have emerged while construction and development continue to sore in Buffalo. As construction and development continue at a steady pace in Buffalo, several legal and logistical trends have emerged. For one thing, said Daniel Sarzynski of Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLP, the state… Read More

The Law is Starting to Recognize Verbal Abuse

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. New York State law is starting to recognize verbal abuse. A recent decision in Rochester granted a mother the right to live in the family home with the children, forcing the father to find different living arrangements, in order to protect the children from being exposed to constant… Read More

Rob Singer speaks to BLJ readers on the FBI/Apple dispute

Rob Singer, shares insights from the perspective of a criminal attorney on the FBI/Apple dispute. Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Privacy in the Digital Age The clash between Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director Jim Comey over whether Apple should be required, as ordered by a federal court, to provide the FBI with a means to access encrypted… Read More

Buffalo Law Journal sits down with Jamie Batt

Buffalo Law Journal spoke with Jamie Batt about her work with the United Way. What’s your role on the United Way board of directors?I have been a board member since May 2014. I’m also a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, which is made up of many local businesswomen with a common interest in our… Read More

Rupp Baase Supports UNDY Run/Walk

For the 4th year in a row Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham supported fellow attorney, Kevin Kruppa in his efforts to promote awareness about the benefits of early prevention for colorectal cancer. The prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer is an issue that hits close to home for partner attorney, Kevin Kruppa. As result, he… Read More