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Partners John Kolaga & Sean Costello counsel the NF Water Board

In a victory for residents of and visitors to Niagara Falls, New York State has announced plans to contribute $20.5 Million to fund the first phase of the improvements to the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Rupp Baase partners John Kolaga, a veteran environmental lawyer, and Sean Costello, who focuses his practice on municipal law, continue… Read More

Matt Miller on Paid Family Leave Act

Partner, Matt Miller, speaks with Business First reporter, Allissa Kline, about the different circumstances which employees are eligible for Paid Family Leave. Under what circumstances could employees apply for PFL? There are three categories: 1.  To bond with a child during the first 12 months after birth or placement. That includes cases of adoption or foster care.… Read More

John Kolaga weighs in on the cleanup of radioactive waste in Tonawanda landfill

Environmental attorney John Kolaga, believes the situation in Tonawanda sharply illustrates the federal government’s attempt to balance both scientific risks and political considerations in the environmental arena. Because radioactive materials have been used in Western New York for decades – both in connection with defense projects like the Manhattan Project and in heavy industrial processes… Read More

The Law is Starting to Recognize Verbal Abuse

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. New York State law is starting to recognize verbal abuse. A recent decision in Rochester granted a mother the right to live in the family home with the children, forcing the father to find different living arrangements, in order to protect the children from being exposed to constant… Read More

Congratulations to our 2017 Legal Elite

Congratulations to our 2017 Legal Elite It’s official, we have two of Western New York’s 2017 legal elite amongst us. Congratulations to partner attorneys Jeff Baase and David Pfalzgraf, Jr. for once again being selected Legal Elite of Western New York. The Legal Elite are recognized by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal.  To be selected,… Read More

Anne Bowling – Discussing Federal Debarment in BLJ

Buffalo Law Journal Guest Columnist Anne Bowling, Opinion: Federal Debarment and why clients should care Your client, who receives substantial income from federal contracts or subcontracts and intends to bid on future federal contracts or subcontracts, is staring down the barrel of criminal charges and gets offered a sweetheart plea that lets them off with… Read More

Elizabeth DiPirro Discusses Changes in Spousal Maintenance

Elizabeth DiPirro sits down with Michael Canfiend of the Buffalo Law Journal to discuss catalysts for changes in spousal maintenance. BLJ: Changing economics drive practice When Elizabeth DiPirro of Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC started practicing matrimonial law nearly 30 years ago, women were primarily the caretakers who stayed home with the children, often putting their careers and education… Read More

14 Attorneys Named to the 2017 Super Lawyers List

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC is honored to announce that 14 of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The Buffalo partners named to this year’s list include: R. Anthony Rupp III (business litigation), Jeff Baase (insurance defense), Tom Cunningham (insurance defense), Marco Cercone (property insurance litigation), Elizabeth DiPirro… Read More

Matt Miller presents about New York’s Paid Family Leave Act

Matt Miller presents about New York’s Paid Family Leave Act On Wednesday, June 14th 2017, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham partner attorney Matt Miller spoke to more than 130 human resource professionals and members of the New York Job Service Employer Committee through the New York State Department of Labor about New York’s new Paid Family… Read More

Congratulations to our client Seurat Capital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Whipstitch Capital Advises Peeled Snacks and Redd on Private Placements Whipstitch Capital Advises Peeled Snacks on Private Placement Investment from Seurat Capital BURLINGTON, MA – May 16, 2017. Peeled Snacks, maker of organic fruit and veggie snacks and a certified B Corporation, closed a private placement investment from Seurat Capital. The brand expects… Read More

Firm’s 7th Ride!

As Team Rupp Baase approaches our 7th year participating in the Ride for Roswell. We would like to invite all of our clients, neighbors, friends and family members to come out and join our team for our 7th ride.  This event raises money to support cancer research and treatment at the Roswell Park Cancer Center.… Read More

Rob Singer Speaks to BLJ About New Military Defense Practice Group

Rob Singer is forming a new military defense practice group. He spoke to the Buffalo Law Journal about it. After graduating from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2006, Robert Singer went to boot camp in Jacksonville where he got his start in the JAG Corps. That spawned a nearly decade-long military career, which included… Read More

Sean Costello Discusses Constitutional Convention

Sean Costello sat down with Mike Petro, Buffalo Law Journal to discuss the possibility of a New York State Constitutional Convention. It surprised attorney Sean Costello that a vote set for later this year on whether to call a New York State Constitutional Convention seems to be receiving little attention in Western New York. After all, the… Read More

BLJ’s 5 Questions with Robert Singer

Buffalo Law Journal’s Michael Petro sat down with Robert Singer to learn more about his experience as a JAG officer, relocating to Buffalo from Hawaii, and starting a criminal law practice group, see his answers to these 5 questions. What was your motivation to become a JAG officer and lawyer? I knew that I wanted… Read More

Buffalo Law Journal Recognizes Rupp Baase Pro Bono Efforts

David Pfalzgraf recently spoke to the Buffalo Law Journal about our pro bono efforts. Until a recent initiative by Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham, there were times when attorneys at the firm wanted to do pro bono work but didn’t know where to start. Others were active in pro bono but doing it on their own… Read More

Congratulations to our friends at Buffalo Games Inc.

Fast-growing Buffalo Games Inc. expands footprint, board games division Buffalo Games Inc., the leading manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles in the United States, is expanding its footprint. The Buffalo-headquartered company has acquired 111 James E. Casey Drive and plans to use a portion of the 67,000-square-foot building as a warehouse. The space is located across the… Read More

Jamie Batt speaks to BLJ

Jamie Batt speaks to BLJ about Partnerships and Professional Dissolution. Jamie Batt, a partner in corporate law at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham, said sometimes the best solution doesn’t lie in making the client the most money, it’s about coming up with the best resolution for the parties and their future, from both a personal and… Read More

Buffalo Law Journal Recognizes Firm for 6 years of Riding For Roswell

David Pfalzgraf recently spoke to the Buffalo Law Journal about Rupp Baase’s support for the Ride for Roswell For six years, the law offices of Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC have rallied together to champion a cause that has touched the lives of many of their own. “So many individuals in the firm have had… Read More

“Bartender is Your Boss” event Raises Money for the Ride For Roswell

The law firm Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham held a Happy Hour Fundraiser for their Ride for Roswell team. The Bartender is Your Boss event was held on Thursday night, June 16th at The Chocolate Bar. David Pfalzgraf and Tom Cunningham teamed up with partners Marco Cercone, and Tony Marecki to serve drinks to members of… Read More

Rob Singer speaks to BLJ readers on the FBI/Apple dispute

Rob Singer, shares insights from the perspective of a criminal attorney on the FBI/Apple dispute. Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Privacy in the Digital Age The clash between Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director Jim Comey over whether Apple should be required, as ordered by a federal court, to provide the FBI with a means to access encrypted… Read More

The Risks of Default Under State or Federal Environmental Laws:

A Dilemma for Former Corporate Officers and Directors By: John Kolaga. The Risks of Default Under State or Federal Environmental Laws The Risks of Default Under State or Federal Environmental Laws:A Dilemma for Former Corporate Officers and DirectorsImagine this hypothetical: You are a former officer or director of a corporation which isnow defunct and essentially… Read More

Tony Rupp and Matt Miller Successfully Defend Appeal for Acquest Wehrle, LLC

Congratulations to Rupp Baase attorneys Tony Rupp, Matt Miller, and our client Acquest Wehrle LLC on a successful appeal defense!  Acquest Successfully Defends Appeal,Enters $4 Million Judgment Against the Town of Amherst, NY In June of 2013, Acquest Wehrle, LLC obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict against the Town of Amherst, NY in a case… Read More

Rupp Baase: BNP Member Spotlight

Managing Partner, David R. Pfalzgraf shares his insights on practicing law in the Buffalo Niagara region and his firm’s gratitude for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in the BNP Member Spotlight. As David Pfalzgraf looks out the window of his office in the historic Liberty Building, he sees two large construction cranes at work on the… Read More