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Development Team Announced for Central Terminal

Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal is on the cusp of a transformative journey, marking a significant leap forward in its ambitious restoration. Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) and the City of Buffalo have joined hands with a dynamic development team to spearhead the colossal effort. The chosen trio, comprising CB Emmanuel Realty, The Alexander Company, and… Read More

Community Takes a Stand: Lawsuit Filed Over Hudson’s Haul Road Approval

Times Union reporter, Roger Hannigan Gilson, recently reported that a local coalition, with legal backing from Rupp Pfalzgraf, has filed a lawsuit against the Hudson Planning Board for approving an industrial haul road leading from a gravel quarry to the city’s waterfront. The lawsuit contends that the Planning Board overlooked various aspects of local law… Read More

Rupp Pfalzgraf is 5th Largest Law Firm in WNY

Buffalo Business First has just unveiled its 2024 Largest Law Firms of Western New York List, and we’re thrilled to announce that Rupp Pfalzgraf has secured a spot tied for the 5th largest law firm in the region. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to excellence, client satisfaction, and the remarkable growth we’ve… Read More

Dan Sarzynski Elected as Chair of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY

Dan Sarzynski, Partner at Rupp Pfalzgraf, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY.  Dan previously served as the organization’s Vice Chair, and prior to his term as Vice Chair, he served as the Secretary/Treasurer.  The Construction Exchange is a not-for-profit organization that has served… Read More

Rupp Pfalzgraf Welcomes Alysha Naik as Partner to Lead New York City Expansion

Rupp Pfalzgraf proudly announces the appointment of Alysha Naik as a Partner to lead its New York City expansion. Alysha joins David Pfalzgraf, Managing Partner, Benjamin Burge, Partner, and others across the firm to spearhead its strategic growth in New York City. Alysha previously practiced at Latham & Watkins LLP and Kaplan Hecker & Fink… Read More

Rupp Pfalzgraf Announces 4 Promotions

We’re thrilled to announce our newest partners and equity partners! As of January 1, 2024, Rupp Pfalzgraf has proudly promoted three accomplished individuals to the esteemed ranks of equity partner and one outstanding associate to partner. Kyle DiDone, a valuable member of our banking & creditors’ rights group, has ascended to equity partner status. Kyle… Read More

Matt Lenahan Reelected as The Landmark Society President

Matt Lenahan, Partner at Rupp Pfalzgraf, has been reelected as President of The Landmark Society of Western New York. Matt has served on the board of trustees since 2017, this will be his second consecutive term as president. With a passion for history and architecture, Matt is committed to preserving the area’s rich cultural heritage.… Read More

Jamie Batt nominated for Dealmaker of the Year

We’re thrilled to announce and extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jamie Batt, our business law partner, for her nomination as one of the final three contenders for the Upstate Capital Dealmaker of the Year Award! The Upstate Capital Dealmaker of the Year Award holds significance as it highlights the most impactful deals and adept deal… Read More

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