HoganWillig

HoganWillig is one of Western New York's largest full service law firms with 40+ attorneys providing high-quality and cost-effective legal services in a range of areas.

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Firm Overview

HoganWillig is a full-service law firm based in Amherst, New York with four conveniently located offices in Erie and Niagara Counties. As the largest suburban law firm in Western New York, we have a skilled team of 100+ professionals, including 40+ attorneys, an on-staff Physician and on-staff Registered Nurse, IT specialists and an extensive support staff to serve our clients. For nearly 40 years, our clients have counted on us to handle a wide range of legal matters that require detail-oriented and effective counsel. We strive to serve every client with integrity and understanding and our goal is to remain a client-focused and responsive law firm, dedicated to meeting each client's specific needs. HoganWillig is deeply committed to the principle of community service. We believe it is both an ethical responsibility and moral obligation to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Whether by providing services to a pro bono client or cause or dedicating time and support to a local charity, we approach community service with the same level of effort, integrity and passion as we do our practice. Community involvement is not only important to the firm as a whole, but also to the individual attorneys and staff who donate their time and talents to many worthwhile legal and charitable causes. Many speak at legal seminars, participate in fundraisers, and serve as board members of legal and community organizations.
Main Office

Main
2410 North Forest Road
Suite 301
Amherst  NY  14068

Phone
  • (716) 636-7600
Fax
  • (716) 636-7606

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

HoganWillig provides free initial consultations for personal injury and malpractice cases

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

HoganWillig offers flat rates on numerous types of legal services, including: Last Will & Testament, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, residential purchase and sale transactions, bankruptcy files, traffic tickets and other estate planning documents, trusts, etc.

Hourly Rates

Ranges from $85.00 - $350.00 per hour depending on the attorney, paralegal or other paraprofessional working on the case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm; evenings and weekends by appointment

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Buffalo Office
    155 Summer Street
    Buffalo,  NY  14222
  • Lockport Office
    770 Davison Road
    Lockport,  NY  14094
  • Lancaster Office
    43 Central Avenue
    Lancaster,  NY  14086

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Many of HoganWillig's attorneys have been recognized and honored with various awards based on their esteemed careers and respect among the legal community, including Buffalo Business First Who's Who in Law; Super Lawyers - Upstate Edition; Best Lawyers in America; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and more. While not a complete list, for example, HoganWillig has been ranked in the following practice areas by Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in America: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Family Law; Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs; Trusts and Estates; Corporate Law; and Real Estate Law.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

As one of Western New York's largest full-service law firms, HoganWillig has the necessary resources and experience to provide cost-effective and efficient services in a wide range of legal matters. Headquartered in Amherst, New York, we have four conveniently located offices throughout Erie and Niagara counties to better serve our clients' needs.

Corey Hogan

When many of us are young, we are exposed to fairy tales and stories where a happy ending always occurs. As we age, we then learn how life does not always treat each one of us equally. Good fortune, health and wealth for some; poor luck, sickness and poverty for others. The function of law in a fair society is to rise above these inequities and to treat each one of us the same. One's religion, skin color, sex, age, wealth and disability does not matter when true justice occurs. While this perfect result does not always happen, as a lawyer it is my job and responsibility to do my best to achieve this goal each and every time I represent a client. There is nothing more worthwhile that I would rather spend my time doing.
When I graduated from Notre Dame, I knew I wanted to make a difference and decided to attend the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful wife and three beautiful daughters who are my inspiration to do all that I am able to help better the lives of those around me.
License
  • Bar Number: 1365329
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management
    M.B.A. , 1975
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1974

Diane Tiveron

I have practiced corporate and business law since admission to the New York State Bar in 1990. I received my J.D., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and her B.A. in economics and political science from Canisius College, magna cum laude.

In addition to managing the firm, I also am the head of HoganWillig's Corporate & Business Law Department. I assist clients with business formations (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporations, and limited liability companies), acquisitions, sales or dissolutions, as well as the preparation of any commercial document/contract, ranging from an employment agreement to a lease. In addition, I counsel non-for-profit organizations on nonprofit law and governance, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and 501(c) classifications. I also counsel individuals with bankruptcy issues (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) as well as assisting many creditors with protecting their rights in bankruptcy. I am able to provide assistance to creditors with their general collection needs. I oversee the representation of an automobile lender statewide.

In partnership with our Litigation Department, our Business & Corporate Law Department engages in civil litigation in all courts in Western New York with regard to commercial issues such as breach of contract, fraud, collections, foreclosure and business disputes. I have also presented at seminars on landlord/tenant matters.

I serve as the President on the Board of Directors of the Amherst Meals on Wheels, is a Vice President and 2010 Volunteer of the Year for Southeast Works, a local not-for-profit serving individuals with developmental disabilities, and volunteers for the Western New York Food Shuttle.
License
  • Bar Number: 2319614
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1989
  • Canisius College
    B.A. in Economics , 1986

Steven Cohen

From New York City originally and now residing and practicing law in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Cohen has been successfully trying civil and criminal cases, including numerous civil rights and constitutional law cases, for the past 20 years. In addition to corporate clients and individuals, he regularly represents local, state and federal law enforcement officers from numerous agencies, defending them in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.

Admitted to practice in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, he has been admitted pro hac vice to conduct trials in six other states. Mr. Cohen is frequently brought in as special trial counsel by other law firms in civil rights and complex litigation cases. Steven M. Cohen has appeared on local and national media, including Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CNN and Geraldo Rivera to discuss cases he has been involved with. Mr. Cohen is a co-founder of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocate's Council (LEOAC) and lives in Williamsville, New York with his wife Pamela and sons Scott and Marc.
License
  • Bar Number: 2271187
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1987
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    B.A. , 1984

Linda Stravalaci Grear

Linda Stravalaci Grear is Chair of HoganWillig's Estate Planning & Elder Law Department. She practices in areas of probate estates, estate planning, trusts, and guardianship law. Mrs. Grear has practiced in the field of Elder Law, Estates, Estate Planning & Trusts since 1995.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1991, she then attended the University of Akron School of Law where she attained her Juris Doctor degree in 1994.

"At HoganWillig, I have learned not only the mechanics of probate estates, estate planning, trusts, and guardianship law, but the importance of compassion and understanding in dealing with clients who are enduring emotionally trying times. I receive immense satisfaction from helping clients in their time of need, with a team of dedicated individuals who share a common goal of excellence in the legal profession."
License
  • Bar Number: 2664357
    New York
Education
  • University of Akron School of Law
    J.D. , 1994
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S. in Criminal Justice , 1991

Bruce Ikefugi

Mr. Ikefugi has limited his practice to the area of real estate law since admission to the New York State Bar in 1990. His practice focuses on residential and commercial purchases and sales, mortgage lending, statewide foreclosure and relocation services. He has negotiated, drafted documents, and closed numerous commercial loans on behalf of numerous commercial lenders. Mr. Ikefugi has also represented several municipalities relative to foreclosures in connection with various grants and municipal liens.
Mr. Ikefugi has presented to corporate clients, real estate agents, sellers and homebuyers on a variety of topics related to real estate law, including foreclosures, mortgage financing and home purchases.
License
  • Bar Number: 2307775
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1989
  • University of Rochester
    B.A. in English , 1981

Nelson Zakia

For 30 years, Nelson Zakia has limited his area of practice to family law. Throughout his legal career, his goal has been to maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism while providing for his clients the very best counsel and professional service.

For fourteen consecutive years, Mr. Zakia has been honored to be named in the Best Lawyers in America. In 2007, he was selected as one of the Best Matrimonial Lawyers in Upstate New York and in addition, he was honored as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in the Buffalo Area. For more than 25 years, Mr. Zakia has had the privilege of lecturing and speaking to various legal and related groups throughout the State of New York on a multitude of issues related to Family Law. Throughout this period, he has spoken on behalf of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, as well as The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
License
  • Bar Number: 1193424
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1973
  • Xavier University
    B.S. in Political Science & Economics , 1968

Ronald Willig

In 1998, HoganWillig was established through a merger of The Law Office of Ronald Willig, founded in 1966, and Corey J. Hogan and Associates.
Mr. Willig established his private practice, The Law Office of Ronald Willig, in 1996 and has focused his practice in real estate for over forty years, with an emphasis on residential and commercial purchases and sales, mortgage lending and relocation.

Throughout his career, he has served as director of the New York State Home Builders Association, as well as been involved as an active member of the Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors. Mr. Willig has been an approved Mortgage Closing Counsel for a number of prominent lenders, Title Examining Counsel for several national title underwriters, as well as Legal Counsel to a local mortgage lender's association.

Additionally, he is an active participant in efforts to help arts organizations through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and is a mentor in the Amherst Middle School system.

"My initial entry into the practice of law was as a trial attorney in the area of Personal Injury Law. After several years, I found that my interest was more in the area of Real Property Law and gradually began to focus my practice there. The ability to interact in a productive and personal way with people has been the biggest attraction to being a real estate lawyer.My philosophy toward life has always been 'to enjoy each moment of every day.' Aside from my law-related activities, I have enjoyed the opportunity of extensive travel throughout the world and participation in exciting eco-adventure trips. I also greatly enjoy running, skiing, and biking, and am an avid fan of theatre and the fine arts as well."
License
  • Bar Number: 1147909
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1965
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management
    B.S. in Business Administration , 1960

John LaFalce

Hon. John J. LaFalce has been Special Counsel to HoganWillig since 2007. As a respected figure in the local and national political landscape for over three decades (in fact, he was named one of the "smartest" Members of Congress, and in April 2010 was named one of Buffalo's leading celebrities), Buffalo native Congressman LaFalce graduated from Canisius High School (1957), Canisius College (1961) and Villanova University School of Law (1964).

From 1965 to 1967 Congressman LaFalce served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era, leaving active duty with the rank of Captain. In 1970, he ran successfully for the New York State Senate, and in 1972 was elected to the New York State Assembly. Congressman LaFalce served Western New York in the U.S. Congress for 28 years, from 1975 through 2002. His congressional career spans six United States Presidents, from President Gerald Ford to President George W. Bush, and for many of those years Congressman LaFalce was Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, with jurisdiction over all Small Business laws, and Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, with jurisdiction over all financial issues, including banks, housing and community development, international financial institutions such as The World Bank and The International Monetary Fund, etc.

Throughout his career, Congressman LaFalce has been a passionate consumer advocate, his efforts prescient in working to reform a troubled financial system and winning many legislative battles for workers, taxpayers, consumers and small business. Additionally, his efforts provided a legal framework for corporate reform and accountability, for the clean-up of abandoned toxic waste sites like Love Canal, for expanded housing and community development opportunities, etc.

As former Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Congressman LaFalce took a special interest in the needs and concerns of women business owners. He recognized that women business owners represented an untapped goldmine in America, and despite starting new businesses twice as fast as men, women still faced subtle and overt forms of gender-based discrimination. In 1988, Mr. LaFalce authored and saw signed into law H.R. 5050, the Women's Business Ownership Act. The bill ensured that commercial lending practices would be applied equally to all businesses based on the financial merits of the business. The bill eliminated any discrimination based on gender. This landmark legislation continues to provide opportunities for women in today's marketplace. In 1998, for his devoted efforts, Rep. LaFalce was honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners as Congressional Advocate of the Year, and in 2008 by the National Women's Business Council in honor of the 20th anniversary of H.R. 5050.

Congressman LaFalce has been awarded four prestigious Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and is the first non-alumnus to be given the distinguished alumnus award by the University of Buffalo School of Law. He also received the Liberty Bell Award from the Erie County Bar Association for his significant governmental contributions. From 2003-2006 Congressman LaFalce was The Peter Canisius Distinguished University Professor at Canisius College; from 2007-2009 he was the Vincentian Distinguished University Fellow at Niagara University.
License
  • Bar Number: 4059788
    New York
Education
  • Villanova University School of Law
    J.D. , 1964
  • Canisius College
    B.S. , 1961

Leonard London

Prior to joining HoganWillig, Mr. London spent five years in the offices of HoganWillig as a sole practitioner. He is a valuable addition to the Corporate & Business Law department serving as Special Counsel.

In law school, Mr. London specialized in taxation and after graduation joined a large firm in Buffalo where his practice emphasized tax planning for businesses, individuals and estates. In 1977, Mr. London established his own practice which over the years grew through referrals from clients, accountants and lawyers. His business clients are both small and large U.S. and Canadian companies and credit unions. "When clients have had unusual challenges I have often been able to fashion unique solutions which enabled a transaction to occur. I believe it is not sufficient for a lawyer to tell a client why something can't be done - it is a lawyer's responsibility to try to figure out a way to do it."

Mr. London has also represented individual clients in most areas of the law including estate planning, real estate transactions, creating trusts, administering estates and representing credit unions and private foundations. Over the years he has had experience in nearly all areas of the law.

He also believes a lawyer has a responsibility to the community in which he or she practices. Mr. London has been the incorporator of two not-for-profit corporations of which he has had the privilege of serving as an officer and director for more than 25 years.
License
  • Bar Number: 1633866
    New York
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    J.D. , 1967
  • Allegheny College
    B.A. in English & Political Science

Thomas Cassano

Mr. Cassano has limited his practice almost exclusively in the area of matrimonial and family law for over 35 years.


Mr. Cassano was appointed to the New York State Matrimonial Law Advisory Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He was previously Chairman of the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. Since 1981, Mr. Cassano has been a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a former Vice President of the organization's New York Chapter.

Mr. Cassano was also appointed to the Board of Governors of the State of the New York Attorney's Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. In addition, he also served for 6 years on the Grievance Committee for the Eighth Judicial District.

Mr. Cassano has written articles and lectured numerous times for the state and local bar associations and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Given his wealth of experience and esteemed career, Mr. Cassano enjoys working with younger lawyers and developing their talents and channeling their energy to become outstanding and committed family law practitioners.
License
  • Bar Number: 1589407
    New York
Education
  • University of Toledo College of Law
    J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S.

J. Michael Kelleher

J. Michael Kelleher (Mike) graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in 1967, and received his legal education at the University Of Notre Dame, graduating in 1970. Mr. Kelleher has been Town Justice for the Town of Lancaster since 1975 and is Senior Counsel at HoganWillig since joining the firm in 2011.

Mr. Kelleher has focused his practice in commercial and residential real estate as well probate, estate planning and corporate law since 1970. He is a member of the Real Estate and Estate Practice and Procedure Committees of the Erie County Bar Association.

Mr. Kelleher has lectured extensively for professional and local community groups. He has a strong civic commitment and is a member of many local organizations.
License
  • Bar Number: 2129880
    New York
Education
  • University of Notre Dame
    J.D. , 1970
  • St. Bonaventure University
    B.A. , 1967

Michael Colletta

Michael Colletta currently practices in the areas of Matrimonial & Family Law at HoganWillig. He assists clients in all aspects of divorce and separation, as well as Family Court issues including custody and support matters.
Mr. Colletta, admitted to practice in 2010, received his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Prior to joining HoganWillig, Mr. Colletta was in private practice in Elmira, New York, where he dealt almost exclusively with matrimonial and domestic relations matters.

Mr. Colletta received his B.A. from Ithaca College in 2003, and taught high school social studies before attending law school.
License
  • Bar Number: 4786943
    New York
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    J.D. , 2009
  • Ithaca College
    B.A. in History , 2003

Elizabeth DiPirro

Mrs. DiPirro understands and appreciates the significant emotional and financial turmoil that people may experience during a break-up of their relationship and families. Over the course of her tenure as a matrimonial/family law practitioner, she has strived to assist her clients in resolving these highly sensitive and important matters in a way which minimizes anxiety and hopefully, enables them to move forward as positively as possible.

Mrs. DiPirro is also certified in the areas of mediation and Collaborative Law.
License
  • Bar Number: 2239051
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1988
  • LeMoyne College
    B.S. , 1985

Geffrey Gismondi

Mr. Gismondi represents plaintiffs and defendants in the diverse area of civil litigation in cases ranging from complex commercial litigation to contract matters. He also serves as a legal advocate for a wide range of clients in administrative proceedings and devotes a substantial amount of his practice to criminal defense work and appellate practice.

He received a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Mr. Gismondi served on the Board of Editors of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and received the Dawn C. Beachnau Law Review Award in recognition for his service as Articles Editor. He also held an externship position with Judge Richard F. Suhrheinrich in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After graduating from law school, Mr. Gismondi co-authored a law review article in the area of constitutional law with Professors William Wagner and John S. Kane, entitled Physician-Assisted Killing Laws, Constitutional Authority, and the Conscience of a Nation: Two Worldviews, 24 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 123 (2007).
License
  • Bar Number: 4548905
    New York
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    J.D. , 2007
  • Xavier University
    B.A.

Amanda Kelly

Amanda Kelly currently focuses her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Disability Law, Estate Planning and Adoption Law. She has assisted clients in the creation and execution of their Will, Trust, Living Will, Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney documents. She has also assisted clients with Medicaid planning, guardianship matters, and adoptions. Since admission to the New York State Bar, Ms. Kelly has also handled numerous Matrimonial and Family Law cases in both the Family and Supreme Courts in Niagara and Erie counties, as well as various cases in the areas of Criminal and Traffic Law throughout the Western New York area.

Ms. Kelly has experience in all types of adoptions, including private domestic adoptions and agency assisted adoptions and finalizations. In addition, she routinely represents people in adult adoptions, second parent adoptions, step-parent adoptions, foster care adoptions and re-adoptions of international adoptions that were finalized outside of the United States.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 2008

  • Niagara University
    B.S. in Criminal Justice , 2005

Doreen Letty

As an attorney in the real estate department, Ms. Letty oversees the everyday operations of all aspects of the real estate practice including buy/sell, mortgage and relocation, as well as becoming more involved in transactions that require litigation or attention beyond the normal closing. She is also the principal title insurance attorney who examines titles, prepares preliminary title reports, resolves title problems, and issues final title insurance policies through various title insurance agencies, in an effort to insure that our clients, whether they are purchasers or banks, are fully protected against adverse title claims that may arise as a consequence of their purchase or financing of a particular piece of real property.

In addition to the above, Ms. Letty assists other departments in the firm with regards to bankruptcy matters, evictions and collections. She appears extensively in Supreme, County, City and Local Courts, including Small Claims Courts in various jurisdictions, relative to collection matters, civil motions, contract disputes, foreclosures and evictions.
License
  • Bar Number: 2445476
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1991
  • Niagara University
    B.A. in Accounting , 1988

Katherine Markel

Katherine Markel, admitted to practice law in 2011, is an attorney at HoganWillig primarily focusing in the firm's Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Departments. Prior to joining HoganWillig in the fall of 2010, Ms. Markel worked in the Office of Admissions at the University at Buffalo Law School serving as a nationwide recruitment representative. Additionally, Ms. Markel participated in a research assistantship with the University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning and was a contributing author for a publication in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
License
  • Bar Number: 4878377
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 2010
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    M.A. in Urban Planning , 2010
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
    B.S. in Environmental Studies , 2006

Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney received his B.A., Ed.M and J.D. all from the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a member of HoganWillig's Family and Criminal Law Departments, Mr. Mahoney regularly assists individuals who are in a very difficult time of their lives. He believes it is his task to calmly offer skilled advice and perspective during what is often a difficult or emotionally charged situation.

In the area of family law, Mr. Mahoney and his colleagues assist individuals with family court proceedings which most commonly involve custody/visitation and/or paternity and support proceedings. They also assist individuals in all aspects of Supreme Court matrimonial proceedings, such as actions for divorce, separation, or those seeking an enforcement of a previously entered judgment or agreement (post divorce issues).

Mr. Mahoney is also a member of WNY Collaborative Law Professionals, Ltd. and is trained in collaborative law, a process where the parties and their attorneys agree to work together to problem solve their issues in order to resolve their case by agreement with an express indication at the outset that Court or adversarial negotiation tactics will not be used.

He is also trained as a mediator and can work with separating couples by acting as a neutral guiding their discussions and preparing their necessary legal documents ultimately resulting in a comprehensive agreement which may form the terms of a future Judgment of Divorce or other Court Order.

Although the majority of cases in the family law arena are resolved by agreement, for those cases where litigation is necessary, our office has in the past and will continue in the future to aggressively bring issues of importance to the attention of the appropriate court in order to bring about appropriate relief.

A further subset of our family law work may involve child-protective proceedings, family offense cases, and those involving troubled children such as PINS or juvenile delinquency proceedings.

In the criminal law area, Mr. Mahoney has handled numerous cases in local, state, and federal courts. Each case, although different, required a thorough understanding of an individual's background as well as the underlying facts that lead to the charge(s) so that the defense was appropriately presented. Time is spent to investigate these issues and to fully explain various strategies so the client is informed as to the various steps in the case.

He also works in our Emergency Services Department which assists various companies and individual fire and ambulance personnel with a wide range of issues from bylaw modification and contract review to internal (company level) and external (e.g. DOH) discipline.

Mr. Mahoney is a proud father of two, a former competitive women's coach in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program, an active interior volunteer firefighter and is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
License
  • Bar Number: 2791457
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1996
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    Ed.M in Education , 1995
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Political Science , 1992

Erica Moore-Zeis

Ms. Moore-Zeis joined HoganWillig as a law clerk in the fall of 2010. Since that time, she has focused her practice in litigation, with a concentration in the area of Matrimonial & Family Law. Ms. Moore-Zeis now concentrates exclusively in matrimonial and family law matters, ranging from divorces to separations, custody and visitation, support, pre-nuptial agreements and more.

While attending the University at Buffalo Law School, Ms. Moore-Zeis served as an Associate on the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal and was the co-founder and President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Buffalo Chapter.
License
  • Bar Number: 4984225
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 2011
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Psychology & History , 2008

Jeffrey Novak

Jeffrey Novak, admitted to practice law in 2011, is an attorney at HoganWillig primarily focusing in the firm's Litigation, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury Departments. Prior to joining HoganWillig in the fall of 2010, Mr. Novak served as an intern for the Army Environmental Law Division and as a research assistant at The George Washington University Law School. Mr. Novak also served as a summer Law Clerk for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and as a Judicial Intern for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
License
  • Bar Number: 4882502
    New York
Education
  • The George Washington University Law School
    J.D. , 2010
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S. in Political Science & History , 2007

Kenneth Olena

License
  • Bar Number: 1708189
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1980
  • Amherst College
    B.A. in Education , 1977

Ashlea Palladino

Ashlea Palladino currently practices in the areas of Matrimonial & Family Law at HoganWillig. She assists clients in all aspects of divorce and separation, as well as Family Court issues including custody and support matters.

Ms. Palladino received her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of law and graduated with an International Law Certificate. While in law school, Ms. Palladino served as an editor for the Journal of Court Innovation. She also authored a review of Law Lit by Thane Rosenbaum, published in Issue 3: Spring 2009 of the Journal of Court Innovation.
License
  • Bar Number: 4838058
    New York
Education
  • Pace University
    J.D. , 2009
  • New York University
    B.A. in Journalism , 2006

Glenn Pincus

Prior to joining HoganWillig, Mr. Pincus worked in the Erie County District Attorney's Office for more than 25 years, where he was Chief of Narcotics and Chief of Juvenile Justice. In 1987, Mr. Pincus prosecuted the first New York State televised felony trial.
During his career as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Pincus successfully litigated thousands of cases, including more than a thousand felony cases before New York Superior Courts. His work encompassed investigation, grand jury, plea negotiation, motion practice, trials and appeals.

Mr. Pincus also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo Law School teaching trial technique.
License
  • Bar Number: 1838259
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1982
  • Adelphia University
    M.A. in Secondary Education & Biology
  • Tufts University
    B.S. in Biology

Stephen Silverstein

Mr. Silverstein has concentrated his practice in the areas of estates and elder law for over 20 years. He is a former bank trust officer, where he handled administration of estates, trusts and employee benefit plans.

Mr. Silverstein has often spoken to community groups and has appeared on radio programs, discussing issues from his areas of practice. Mr. Silverstein presently serves as the Recording Secretary of the Bar Association of Erie County Elder Law Committee and the Surrogates Court Practice and Procedure Committee.
License
  • Bar Number: 1758390
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 1980
  • University of Rochester
    B.A. in English & Political Science , 1976

Carly Wilsman Speyer

Ms. Speyer represents builders and developers making public offerings of condominiums or memberships in homeowners' associations, including compliance with state regulations and negotiations with the New York State Office of the Attorney General. She also represents the Boards of Managers and Boards of Directors of many local condominiums and homeowners' associations in their day-to-day governance.

In addition, Ms. Speyer acts as HoganWillig's in-house ethics counsel, assisting the firm and its attorneys in complying with the Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility.
License
  • Bar Number: 4008504
    New York
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    J.D. , 2001
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Political Science , 1996

Steven Wiseman

Steven Wiseman, formerly of Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, LLP, has limited his area of practice primarily to Matrimonial & Family Law for 25 years. Mr. Wiseman has served as Chairperson of the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. He is frequently invited by the New York State Bar Association and Erie Institute of Law to lecture on marital and family law topics at continuing legal education seminars and programs across New York. Mr. Wiseman has had the honor of addressing Supreme and Family Court judges and has significant appellate practice experience, not only in matrimonial and family law matters, but in other legal areas as well. He was the author of a brief submitted to the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, in People v. Kendzia, involving the right of a criminal defendant to a speedy trial, which has since been regularly cited by courts throughout the state, leading to what is commonly known in state criminal procedure as the "Kendzia letter."

Mr. Wiseman has earned the distinguished peer rating for ethical standards, and for professional ability based upon legal knowledge and experience in his specific area of practice, analytical abilities, judgment, and communication abilities, by the nation's leading directory of attorneys, Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Wiseman has been active in community organizations, having served as an officer and director of Temples Beth Israel and Shaarey Zedek, as well as a director of Deaf Adult Services of Western New York, Inc.
License
  • Bar Number: 1303676
    New York
Education
  • Georgetown University
    J.D. , 1976
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
    B.A. , 1973

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