Legal briefs.

Legal briefs.

NYS Reduces Some Restrictions on Personal Care Businesses Orange Micro-Cluster Zone

Matt Miller and our Labor & Employment team once again providing timely information for NYS COVID restrictions. Effective November 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo put parts of Erie County into an “Orange” zone under his micro-cluster initiative.  This meant that, pursuant to Executive Order 202.68 and related Empire State Development guidelines, certain non-essential businesses, including all… Read More

Fertility Law Team Prepared for New Surrogacy Laws in New York State

The surrogacy laws in New York are changing. Family Law and Business Law practice areas join forces for surrogacy clients. Beth DiPirro, Keli Iles-Hernandez, and Jamie Batt are prepared to help NYS couples and surrogates navigate the layered and often emotional process of surrogacy. The team provides Patrick Connelly of Buffalo Business First insight about… Read More

Buffalo Games our client and friend going strong!

Buffalo Games had been in business for 30+ years. Just like our firm, the company has grown rapidly since their opening. Today they are an industry leader in puzzles, games, arts and crafts, sensory & educational toys. We are so proud of our client and friend Nagendra Raina and his team for all their innovation,… Read More

David Pfalzgraf, Speaks with Business First about office adjustments since COVID.

The pandemic as caused all businesses to rethink their practice, office adjustments had to be made for the safety of employees. David Pfalzgraf, joins the discussion with Patrick Connelly and other local Managing Partners on COVID scanning, office space, and technology upgrades in our functioning COVID world. In an ever-changing world during this COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

Legal Elite 2020 of WNY

Every year Buffalo Business First announces the top attorneys in Buffalo, NY as chosen by their peers. Every year we are incredibly proud to see some of our attorneys named to the list. This list is a great honor as it is a award given in part by other peers. To be selected, an honoree… Read More

What Makes a Lawyer Super?

Fifteen of our attorneys were named Western New York Super Lawyers, or Rising Stars! We could not be more proud of these attorneys for the work they put into the practice of law. The Super Lawyers award is a peer-nominated, and committee-determined award. This makes it an exceptional award because it validates that those in… Read More


On August 28, 2020, the Constitutional Law team at Rupp Baase, consisting of Tony Rupp, Phillip Oswald, and Chad Davenport, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all New York State restaurants and venues that seek to hold weddings up to the 50% venue capacity limit in place for ordinary dining.  The class action follows… Read More

Tony Rupp Speaks to WIVB About the Trial Court Win, the Appellate Court Decision Delaying Celebration, and What Is Really at the Heart of the Matter.

Tony Rupp spoke to WIVB about a trial court win regarding a couples wedding during COVID-19.  BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB)– Joe and Alysa Gryzbowski were originally going to get married at the Avanti Mansion, but they said all the uncertainty with not knowing how many people they could invite made them reconsider. The downside is the couple… Read More

Celebrating Love And a Federal Court Win!

It’s a federal court win! Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Rupp Baase is proud and honored to have secured an order in federal court enjoining enforcement of the 50-person limit on weddings.  Our constitutional law attorneys, Tony Rupp, Phillip Oswald, and Chad Davenport successfully argued a likelihood of success in establishing that the 50-person limit violates… Read More

Jamie Batt Panelist for Buffalo Business First Succession Planning Forum

Jamie Batt joined Buffalo Business First Virtual Executive Forum on Succession Planning as a panelist. Click link below to read the key takeaways. They agreed: If you haven’t started succession planning, start now by developing long-term goals and then draw a roadmap to achieve those goals. In its simplest terms, it is like a planning… Read More

Elizabeth Holmes Joins Rupp Baase as Partner

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham is proud to welcome Elizabeth Holmes as a Partner Attorney in our Project Development and Environmental, Business Litigation and Construction practice groups. With years of both civil and criminal litigation experience Elizabeth is well known in the Buffalo legal community representing clients in land-use matters before municipal boards and through supreme… Read More

Open Letter to Buffalo Businesses

Open Letter to Buffalo Businesses We’re getting back to business. But not business as usual. There is nothing usual about what we’ve all experienced. We’re getting back to business, inspired by simple acts of bravery, ready to take on difficult questions. We’re getting back to business guided by lessons learned as moms and dads, neighbors… Read More

Board of Regents Extends Deadline to Comply with Commissioner’s Regulations on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts have more time to create and implement measures increasingly important in today’s tech-savvy and tech-reliant world:  cybersecurity and data privacy.   The Board of Regents extended the compliance deadline for educational agencies and their vendors to meet the terms of Commissioner’s regulation Part 121—which implements Education Law § 2-d’s… Read More

Succession Planning in a time of recovery

Virtual Executive Forum: Response & Recovery on Tuesday, June 23rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm What will happen to your business when you retire, if you choose to sell, if you pass away, or if you and your business partners have a falling out? These are issues that may be uncomfortable or seem far off in the future… Read More

Business Succession Planning in a time of recovery - Jamie Batt - Rupp Pfalzgraf - People at Law

Complimentary Webinar Pivot to Telehealth Visits

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about huge changes in the medical industry. One of these changes is a shift to telehealth. What will this shift in care mean for physicians and healthcare plans? Join partner attorneys, Jamie Batt and Fred Cohen as Rupp Baase hosts a complimentary webinar Wednesday, June 24th 12:30pm-1:30pm with a panel… Read More

COVID-19 Business Reopening Guidelines Complimentary Webinar

COVID-19 Business Reopening Webinar – June 11 at 9:00 AM The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the business world as we know it. As more businesses start to reopen it is important to understand the New York State safety guidelines and how to ensure you keep your employees safe. Does your business need a written safety… Read More

Post Lockdown Lawsuit Pandemic. Four Considerations for Business Owners

As life slowly begins to return to normal and restrictions on business activities are lifted, many businesses may be concerned about a COVID-19 lawsuit.  What if a customer gets sick with Covid-19 after shopping in a store or eating at a restaurant?  Can the store or restaurant be held liable?  To date, there have been… Read More

New York Forward: The 4 Phases of Business Re-Openings

New York Forward: The 4 Phases of Business Re-Openings The four-phase New York plan to reopen businesses, “New York Forward” (the “Plan”), is underway, with Phase Two of the Plan commencing in Western New York (“WNY”) on June 2nd and in several other NYS regions on May 29th.  This alert sets forth: (i) the regions… Read More

Main Street Lending Program Provides Relief for WNY Businesses

Partner attorney Jamie Batt and the rest of our Business Law team provide a brief overview of the Main Street Lending Program the Federal Reserve has established to provide financing opportunities for certain American businesses that were unable to receive funding under the Paycheck Protection Program or need additional financial support after receiving the previous… Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs Act Reversing Decades-Long ban on Compensated Surrogacy

On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Child Parent Security Act (the “Act”), which reverses New York’s decades-long ban on compensated surrogacy.  The Act, which will take effect on February 15, 2021, is a landmark bill that will provide many New York residents legally protected access… Read More