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Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Withiam-Leitch

Attorney Spotlight: Matthew Withiam-Leitch Who is Matt as an attorney? Matt is an associate in our property insurance litigation group. As an attorney, Matt enjoys strategizing. He looks into every case and takes a unique approach to each one. He is always working to do what he needs to in order to get the best… Read More

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham changes name to Rupp Pfalzgraf

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham will become Rupp Pfalzgraf on January 1, 2023. A recent interview with Buffalo Business First describes the bittersweet opportunity as two of our founding partners retire from the firm and we look at the strategic plan for the future. Two of four founding partners at one of Buffalo’s largest law firms will retire… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Pia Perfetto

Attorney Spotlight: Pia Perfetto Who is Pia as an attorney? Pia is an associate in our business law practice group. As a lawyer, Pia tries to approach each client and matter with curiosity and professionalism. She understands that at the end of the day the client has a goal they’d like to accomplish and that… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Bitar

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Bitar Who is Chris as an attorney? Chris is an associate in our insurance defense practice group. He handles a lot of motor vehicle accident and labor law cases. Chris graduated from University at Buffalo School of Law where he received the moot evidence award. Why did Chris become a lawyer? Chris… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jennifer Collesano

Attorney Spotlight: Jennifer Collesano Who is Jennifer Collesano as an attorney? Jennifer Collesano is a partner, of counsel attorney. She practices business litigation and business law. Jen approaches legal problems by getting to know what is important to her clients. Jen often represents businesses, business owners, or key executives of a company. These people know… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Yonkers

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Yonkers Who is Jill as an attorney? Jill is a partner who practices insurance defense, commercial litigation, and matters affecting school districts and students including student discipline matters and general education matters. Jill has been practicing in Buffalo for many years. She attended law school in Syracuse. Jill likes helping people avoid… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Fredrick Cohen

Attorney Spotlight: Fredrick Cohen Who is Fred as an attorney? Fred is a partner of-counsel attorney who practices in healthcare law and health insurance. As an attorney, Fred is a combination of an entrepreneur and a lifelong student. He likes new ideas and change but he also enjoys diving into a subject to try to… Read More

Marco Cercone named to Shea’s Board of Trustees

Partner, Marco Cercone was named to Shea’s performing art center’s board of Trustees on Saturday. Marco is one of eight new trustees. The latest trustees are: Marco Cercone, partner at Rupp Basse Pfalzgraf Cunningham law firm Jessica Croce, Buffalo developer Andrew Davis, chief operating officer of Erie County Medical Center David Fabian, a certified public… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Samuel Yellen

Attorney Spotlight: Samuel Yellen Who is Sam as an attorney? Sam Yellen is an associate in our commercial litigation and civil rights groups. Sam started his career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s office. He was assistant district attorney for almost 6 years. He practiced in the appeals bureau and the civil… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Nick Vona

Attorney Spotlight: Nick Vona Who is Nick Vona as an attorney? Nick is an of counsel, associate attorney. He practices primarily in high-level commercial litigation doing antitrust law. He represents local businesses and businesses throughout the country for violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act. He also practices in family court and criminal court. As an… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jesse Hoelscher

Attorney Spotlight: Jesse Hoelscher Who is Jesse as an attorney? Jesse is an associate in our insurance defense practice group. He primarily handles premises liability cases. As an attorney, Jesse is someone who likes to help people meet their goals. He enjoys the combination of the intellectual stimulation of the job, and problem-solving. But what… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jack Bargnesi

Attorney Spotlight: Jack Bargnesi Who is Jack Bargnesi as an attorney? Jack is an associate in our banking & creditors rights and real estate groups. As an attorney, Jack is practical and efficient. When a client comes to him with a problem he identifies the issues early. He figures out what the client needs him… Read More

Navigating the 2022 Construction Wage Theft Law

Partner, Dan Sarzynski, will be presenting “Navigating the 2022 Construction Wage Theft Law: Understanding How to Protect Yourself” on October 27th from 7:30-9:00 AM at the Buffalo Club. On January 4, 2022, the Construction Wage Theft Law went into effect, which makes contractors liable for subcontractors’ unpaid wages and benefits claims. In addition, contractors can be… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Sasiadek

Attorney Spotlight: Chris Sasiadek Who is Chris as a lawyer? Chris is an associate in our property insurance litigation and antitrust groups. As an attorney, Chris is a communicator and a listener. Why did Chris become an attorney? Chris previously worked in a congressional staff, primarily advocating for veterans and their families. Although Chris was… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Roloff

Attorney Spotlight: Jill Roloff Who is Jill as an Attorney? Jill is an associate attorney in our insurance defense group. She also does some personal injury plaintiff work. As a lawyer, Jill tries to get straight to the point. She hates dragging things out and is always trying to make things easier on everyone involved… Read More

Elmwood Crossing Revisions Backed by the Planning Board

Project development attorney, Marc Romanowski spoke to The Buffalo News regarding the revisions to special zoning rules for the Elmwood Crossing redevelopment. The developers, who are leading the conversion of the former Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo campus into a mixed-use neighborhood, originally obtained a “planned-unit designation” or PUD for the project two years… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Elizabeth Holmes

Attorney Spotlight: Elizabeth Holmes Who is Elizabeth Holmes as an attorney? Liz is a partner in our project development and environmental group. She practices primarily in land use and zoning but also does other litigation. As an attorney, she is a go-getter and a hard worker. She does not back down and fights vehemently for… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Alana Becker

Attorney Spotlight: Alana Becker Who is Alana as an attorney? Alana is an associate in our business law and property insurance litigation groups. Alana is a new lawyer. She just graduated in 2021 and was sworn-in in June 2022. Her approach to law right now is to learn and grow every day. She is learning… Read More

Congratulations to our 2022 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our attorneys who were named to the 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Only 5% of attorneys are named to the Super Lawyers list and 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. Candidates for the list are nominated by their peers (self-nomination is prohibited) and then are evaluated on 12 independent… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Nolan Hale

Attorney Spotlight: Nolan Hale Who is Nolan Hale as an attorney? Nolan is an associate in our insurance defense practice group. As an attorney, Nolan is a good listener, and he develops all the facts of the case so that he can better serve his clients. Nolan strives to put himself in the client’s shoes… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Cory Weber

Attorney Spotlight: Cory Weber Who is Cory as an attorney? Cory is a partner in our insurance defense litigation group. Cory attended the University at Buffalo School of Law. After graduating he worked at the Erie County attorney’s office. Cory joined Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham in 2012 and has been her ever since. Why did… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Josh Rubin

Attorney Spotlight: Josh Rubin Who is Josh as an attorney? Josh practices insurance defense, architecture & development, construction law, New York State labor law, contract work, and insurance coverage. Josh attended Alleghany College for undergrad where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in political science and minors in English and fiction writing. His senior… Read More

Ricky Luthra speaks about commercial leases with Buffalo Business First

Business law associate, Ricky Luthra, recently spoke with Buffalo Business First about what tenants can take from commercial leased spaces at the end of their leases. This article comes after a recent situation between the BFLO store and the owners of the Eastern Hills Mall regarding what items could be taken from the property. Business… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Keli Iles-Hernandez

Attorney Spotlight: Keli Iles-Hernandez Who is Keli as an attorney? Keli is an associate at Rupp Baase. She practices divorce and family law, and fertility law. Keli’s background in working with kids in the foster care system has helped her develop an approach to family law that is really about helping the children as best… Read More

Attorney Spotlight: Arrianna Hart

Attorney Spotlight: Arrianna Hart Who is Arrianna as an attorney? Arrianna is an associate in our insurance defense and business litigation practice groups. As an attorney Arrianna is always open to learning. She is eager to help and ambitious. Why did Arrianna become a lawyer? Arrianna first took an interest in the law when she… Read More