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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

Attorney Spotlight: Connor Bucci

Attorney Spotlight: Connor Bucci Who is Connor as an attorney? Connor is an associate in our Rochester office. He practices insurance defense. Connor graduated from Albany law school in 2022. Connor’s approach to law is to be very methodical. Why did Connor become an attorney? Connor decided to become an attorney because he really enjoys… Read More

Jamie Batt named a finalist for Athena Award

Congratulations to Jamie Batt for being named a finalist for the Athena award. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is an incredible honor given to individuals who strive for excellence in their professional life, and who take the time to give back to their community and assist other women in realizing their leadership potential. Jamie Batt is… Read More

Dave Pfalzgraf jumps on the Power 250 list

We are thrilled to extend our warmest congratulations to our Managing Partner, Dave Pfalzgraf, for his remarkable achievement of being included in the prestigious Buffalo Business First “Power 250 List” for the fifth consecutive year. This recognition highlights Dave’s exceptional influence and impact within Western New York and stands as a testament to his outstanding… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Nichole Austin

Attorney Spotlight: Nichole Austin Who is Nichole as an attorney? Nichole is an associate in our Rochester office. She practices in commercial litigation & insurance defense. As an attorney, Nichole tries to think outside of the box and be creative with every legal matter. She really wants to understand every aspect of the legal issues… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Kevin Federation

Attorney Spotlight: Kevin Federation Who is Kevin as an attorney? Kevin is an associate in our Rochester office. He practices in insurance defense and business litigation. As an attorney, Kevin likes to be an aggressive advocate at every stage of the case, and sometimes over every little issue in a case because you never know… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Miranda Jakubec

Attorney Spotlight: Miranda Jakubec Who is Miranda as an attorney? Miranda is a partner in our banking & creditors’ rights group. With a passion for serving her clients, Miranda takes on each case as an assertive advocate, striving to deliver nothing less than the best service. Why did Miranda become an attorney? The answer lies… Read More

2023 Buffalo’s Best Places to Work

We are thrilled to announce that Rupp Pfalzgraf has been nominated for one of Buffalo’s Best Places to Work in 2023! This is a great achievement and we are incredibly proud of our leadership team and our amazing colleagues who make this possible. At Rupp Pfalzgraf, we strive to create a culture where we work… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenahan

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Lenahan Who is Matt as an attorney? Matt is a partner in our Rochester office. He practices in commercial litigation, corporate law, insurance defense, and municipal law. As an attorney, Matt is an advocate for his clients. Matt believes that sometimes lawyers will give their clients a lot of advice and counsel… Read More

Director of HR, Tim Tutko, wins HR Impact Award

Congratulations to our incredible Director of Human Resources, Tim Tutko, for being honored with Buffalo Business First’s HR Impact Award! Tim is an invaluable part of our team not only is he a talented HR professional but he brings employee engagement to the next level; he goes out of his way to make sure his… Read More