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Rupp Pfalzgraf Acquires Albany Law Firm

Law Firm Rupp Pfalzgraf acquires Albany-based firm, Barone Law OfficeThe 24-year-old firm is expanding its footprint in the Capital Region as part of its ongoing growth strategy. BUFFALO, NY, November 8, 2023 – Rupp Pfalzgraf LLC, a full-service law firm headquarteredin Buffalo, is excited to announce a strategic move in its ongoing growth plan. As… Read More

Rupp Pfalzgraf Named to 2023 UB Fast 46 List

We are immensely proud and honored to announce that Rupp Pfalzgraf has once again been recognized as a UB Fast 46 Company. This prestigious award, named in honor of the University at Buffalo’s founding year in 1846, celebrates the exceptional success of the 46 fastest-growing businesses led by UB Alumni or former students. This marks… Read More

Dan Sarzynski to present Workout Horror Stories

Get ready to embark on a spine-tingling journey through the world of workout mishaps! Join us for a morning that promises to leave you both horrified and informed. Our very own Rupp Pfalzgraf partner, Dan Sarzynski, is teaming up with Paul Christ from Cattaraugus County Bank and Tina Scriven from Northwest Bank to present “Workout… Read More

Ben Burge named to 40 under 40 List

We’re absolutely thrilled to congratulate Benjamin Burge, a partner at Rupp Pfalzgraf, for his well-deserved recognition on the 2023 Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 list! This honor is a testament to Ben’s remarkable dedication to our firm and the community. Ben excels as a partner in our business law group, and his practice extends… Read More

Buffalo Naval Park Sues Insurance Company Over Oil Spill Costs

In a recent conversation, Rupp Pfalzgraf environmental attorney, John Kolaga, and Paul Marzello, the president and CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park shared insights with The Buffalo News regarding a lawsuit against Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS). The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is suing for 3.5 million… Read More

22 Attorneys named 2023 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Congratulations to our 22 attorneys across four offices who were named to the 2023 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. We are incredibly proud of these exceptional individuals. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to justice make them extraordinary advocates in our midst. It is evidence of their outstanding legal skill that only 5% of attorneys… Read More

Dominick Muto named a 2023 C-Level Executives Award Winner

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dominick Muto, our COO/CFO, for his well-deserved recognition as a recipient of the 2023 C-Level Executives Award. This award, presented by Buffalo Business First, celebrates Western New York’s most effective business leaders, and we can think of no one more deserving than Dom. Dom’s unwavering commitment… Read More

Jamie Batt Named 2023 Woman of Influence

We are overjoyed to congratulate Jamie Batt for being named a 2023 Woman of Influence! This prestigious accolade is no surprise to us, as Jamie’s exceptional dedication and unwavering commitment to her work have made her a true force in the legal community. 25 Western New York women were selected from a pool of 175… Read More

Rupp Pfalzgraf Leads St. Elizabeth Medical Center Feasibility Study

Rupp Pfalzgraf is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to lead a team of 5 companies in a feasibility study for the redevelopment of St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, NY! WKTV’s Joleen Ferris recently covered this transformative project. The redevelopment involves a collaboration between the Mohawk Valley Health System and The City… Read More

Expanded Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees

Federal Government and NYS Expand Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees New York State Protections Employers in New York State should be aware of recent changes to Section 206-c of the New York Labor Law, which expands protections afforded to employees who are pregnant and/or nursing. Taking effect on June 7, 2023, Section 206-c requires… Read More

Non-Compete Agreements in New York May Soon Be Banned

Written by: Matt Miller Any day now New York Governor Kathy Hochul may sign into law a bill recently passed by the legislature, in swift fashion, that would prohibit New York employers from entering into employee non-compete agreements once the law becomes effective thirty (30) days after the Governor signs it.  This is a major… Read More

Villa Maria Academy becomes Senior Living

The former Villa Maria Academy, a beloved historic landmark, sat vacant for 17 years. Recently it underwent a remarkable 22.8 million-dollar transformation to become Angela’s House Senior Housing. This visionary project was developed by Delta Development and CB-Emmanuel Realty. It provides our seniors with comfortable, supportive, and dignified housing. We are thrilled to witness the… Read More

NLRB Asserts that Non-Competition Agreements Violate the National Labor Relations Act.

Legal News Alert:  National Labor Relations Board’s Recent Guidance Asserts that Non-Competition Agreements Violate the National Labor Relations Act. Written By: Pia Perfetto On May 30, 2023, the Office of the General Counsel (“General Counsel”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a memorandum (“Memorandum”) regarding the legality and enforceability of non-competition agreements. Non-competition… Read More

Tony Rupp speaks to WIVB about Niagara Falls Cop

In a recent interview with WIVB, Tony Rupp, civil rights attorney, shed light on an ongoing case involving his client, Brian Buchalski, a former Niagara Falls police officer. Buchalski faced the unfortunate loss of his job in May after authorities determined he did not meet the city’s residency requirements. However, Buchalski maintains that he resides… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Taylor Way

Attorney Spotlight: Taylor Way Who is Taylor as an attorney? Taylor is an associate in our Saratoga Springs office. He practices in our business litigation, insurance defense, and project development & environmental groups. Most of his cases involve real property disputes. Taylor graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2016. Taylor was involved… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Gerald Whalen II

Attorney Spotlight: Gerald Whalen II Who is Jerry as an attorney? Jerry is an associate in our business law practice group. Jerry attended SUNY Cortland for his undergraduate degree. He graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2016. Jerry practiced in-house for 4 years and has been in private practice for the… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Gregory Bitar

Attorney Spotlight: Gregory Bitar Who is Greg as an attorney? Greg is an associate in our property insurance litigation group. Greg graduated from Brooklyn Law School and he has a certification in business law. Why did Greg become an attorney? Greg took a few pre-law classes in college that piqued his interest. When discussing it… Read More

Sarzynski to present on Mechanic’s Liens

Join us on May 12th, 2023, at 8:30 AM for an extraordinary learning experience with our esteemed Partner attorney, Dan Sarzynski, as he delves into the intricacies of Mechanic’s Liens. This highly anticipated seminar, hosted by the Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, Inc., promises valuable insights for professionals in the construction industry. You can… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Anthony Campanella

Attorney Spotlight: Anthony Campanella Who is Anthony as an attorney? Tony is an associate in our property insurance litigation and business litigation groups. As an attorney, Tony likes to be an aggressive litigator when necessary but he doesn’t always see aggression as the best option for a case. Tony looks at each matter individually and… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Josh Roetzer

Attorney Spotlight: Josh Roetzer Who is Josh as an attorney? Josh is an associate in our corporate law group. He also practices banking and construction law. As an attorney, Josh is very detailed oriented. His previous business experience allows him to better understand his business clients’ needs, how his services fit into their budget, and… Read More

Nichols School Mock Trial Team makes Semi-Finals

The Nichols School high school mock trial team is set to compete in the Erie County semi-finals against Williamsville East. With a 4-0 record under their belt, the team has been led by attorney advisors James Graber and Tony Rupp from Rupp Pfalzgraf. This mock trial program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain… Read More

Matt Miller Named to Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Board

Congratulations to Matt Miller on being named to the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Board of Directors! “At Rupp Pfalzgraf, we are a full-service law firm comprised of entrepreneurial attorneys who are dedicated to the practice of law. But we’re much more than just lawyers… We are champions for our community… We are people… People who are… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Young Woo Kim

Attorney Spotlight: Young Woo Kim Who is Young as an attorney? Young is an associate in our business litigation and civil rights practice groups. Young has had a very fascinating path to get to Rupp Pfalzgraf. Young is South Korean and has spent much time in countries worldwide. Young attended Durham University in the United… Read More

Dave Pfalzgraf and Ben Burge on The Trusted Partner Podcast

In a recent episode of “The Trusted Partner” podcast, Dave Pfalzgraf and Ben Burge engaged in a discussion on business law with Jesse Cramer and Gabe Chodak of Cobblestone Capital Advisors. Topics like the appropriate timing for hiring a lawyer, key factors to consider during succession planning, the significance of having a reliable team of… Read More

Gov. Hochul Seeks to Jumpstart State Film Production Tax Credit Program

Change may be coming to New York State’s Film Production Tax Credit Program (the “Film Tax Credit Program”). As part of the Governor’s proposed 2024 Executive Budget, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has proposed big changes to the State’s Film Tax Credit Program. These proposed changes come during a time when the Empire State… Read More