HoganWillig

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.

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
Websites

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
Ellicottville
6133 Route 219 South, Suite 1005
Ellicottville,  NY  14075

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.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Team Approach:
It is typical for a client's legal issue to encompass a number of different legal areas. At HoganWillig, we take a team approach to resolving the interdisciplinary issues facing our clients. Our team approach enables us to draw upon a range of experience and knowledge, encourages innovative thinking and fosters the development of creative solutions.

We have found it essential to use a team approach to achieve the best possible results for clients. We live by this philosophy and we practice law by utilizing a collaborative approach, combined with the efficient use of modern technology. This allows us to provide the highest quality, cost-effective legal service and ensure that our clients receive sound advice and the strongest possible representation.

Technologically Savvy = Cost-Effectiveness:
Emerging technologies, growing competition and a rapidly changing business environment reinforce the need for law firms to be flexible and innovative in order to meet clients' needs. Our innovative approach and willingness to remain a client-focused firm has meant using and implementing new technologies.

HoganWillig has invested in sophisticated information systems technology, support and related training, including in-house network engineer/technology administrator's. Our firm remains state-of-the-art in both legal practice and technical support through regular attendance at educational forums and seminars, and employee training and enrichment programs for our support staff.

It is this constant focus towards remaining a client-focused law firm and a strong willingness to adapt to an ever-changing legal and business environment that has allowed HoganWillig to expand and grow into suburban Western New York's largest full-service law firm.

Your Legal Resource:
From time to time, we are reminded that many people who seek the services of a lawyer are concerned that the "clock starts running" from the moment the call begins. We understand that sometimes people are presented with legal questions that can be quickly resolved in a single conversation. However, they hesitate to call because of concerns about the cost of doing so. We want to remind our valued clients that, as a member of the HoganWillig client family, if you have a legal question, we want you to feel free to call us. If the question or concern can be addressed in a short telephone conversation, you will not receive a bill. If it is apparent to the attorney taking your call that the issue will require more than a short telephone conversation to analyze or resolve the issue, the attorney will let you know and discuss the options available to you in retaining HoganWillig for these more complicated issues. (This courtesy offer cannot be extended for pending legal matters that are being billed.)

Strategic Partnerships:
HoganWillig is affiliated with several legal plans, including LegalShield (formerly Prepaid Legal Services), AARP, Public Employees' Federation, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), "Thank-a-Vet" program and the Bar Association of Erie County's Lawyer Referral List. HoganWillig also extends a discount to all college students, faculty and staff, first responders, as well as members of the Amherst and Lancaster Chambers of Commerce.

Corey Hogan

Corey Hogan founded Corey J. Hogan and Associates in 1975 in Lockport, New York. In 1990, he moved the firm's headquarters to Amherst, New York while maintaining an office in Lockport. 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. Hogan has been in practice for over 35 years since admission to the New York State Bar in 1975. He was voted an Upstate New York "Super Lawyer" every year since 2007, reflecting the esteem and confidence of the local legal community. As one of the firm's lead litigation attorneys, Mr. Hogan has extensive litigation experience and has appeared before the Supreme Courts of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Genesee Counties, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and the Court of Claims. He has appeared pro hac vice in Florida, Utah, Kentucky and Colorado.

Mr. Hogan obtained what are believed to be two of the largest verdicts in the Court of Claims. He is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of the top trial lawyers in the United States. Most recently, Mr. Hogan successfully achieved a $9 million verdict awarded by a Niagara County jury and a $5 million dollar verdict in a failure to timely diagnose cancer case in Monroe County. These verdicts are believed to be one of the largest verdicts of their kind in each county.

Mr. Hogan also provides higher level counseling to business leaders on legal and work relationship issues that they may confront in the operation of their organizations.

Personal Statement: "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

Diane R. Tiveron has practiced corporate and business law since admission to the New York State Bar in 1990. She received her 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. Recently, in continuing her education, she has successfully completed her Mini-M.B.A. Certificate through Canisius College.

Ms. Tiveron has been with the firm for over twenty-seven years. In addition to managing the firm, Ms. Tiveron also is the head of HoganWillig's Corporate & Business Law Department. She assists 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. She counsels non-for-profit organizations on nonprofit law and governance, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and 501(c) classifications. She provides practical strategies attuned to the unique needs of each client. She also frequently advises clients in Landlord/Tenant matters and has presented a number of seminars in this area of law.

Ms. Tiveron also counsels individuals with bankruptcy issues (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) and assists many creditors with protecting their rights in bankruptcy. She is able to provide assistance to creditors with their general collection needs as well as provide troubled businesses advice and counsel. Additionally, she oversees the representation of an automobile lender statewide.

In partnership with our Litigation Department, Ms. Tiveron 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. In addition, she coordinates the firm's per diem assistance to law firms and attorneys outside the area.

Ms. Tiveron has been voted an Upstate New York "Super Lawyer" in the area of Business/Corporate Law and Business Litigation every year since 2007. She has also been selected as one of Western New York's Legal Elite Leaders in Business law for both 2014 and 2015 and is listed as "Top Attorney, Business" in accordance with her 10.0/10.0 rating on AVVO.

She has served as President of the Board of Directors for Amherst Meals on Wheels and on the Board of Trustees Member of Cardinal O'Hara High School; as Past Vice President and Board Member for Southeast Works, a local not-for-profit serving individuals with developmental disabilities; and currently serves as a volunteer 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 focused his practice in the area of real estate law since admission to the New York State Bar in 1990. His day to day practice includes residential and commercial purchases and sales, mortgage lending, leasing, and statewide foreclosure and relocation services. He has negotiated, drafted documents, and closed numerous commercial loans on behalf of commercial lenders; additionally, he has represented several municipalities relative to foreclosures in connection with various grants and municipal liens. Bruce provides guidance in real estate related transactions not only statewide, but has also done considerable work in Maine, Vermont, and Florida.

Mr. Ikefugi frequently makes presentations to corporate clients, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, sellers, and homebuyers on a variety of topics related to real estate law, including foreclosures, mortgage financing, short sales, avoiding liability, and home purchases. With regards to more unusual matters, Bruce has had over 25 years of real estate experience in land contracts, wrap-around mortgages, reverse mortgages, property tax and zoning challenges, wetlands, septic and well disputes, and radon, mold, and foundation problems. He has also provided analysis, briefs, and memoranda in support and in challenge of real estate lawsuits, such as actions for partition and actions to quiet title.

As the Chair of one of the largest Real Estate Departments in upstate New York, he oversees thousands of sales, purchases, and financing transactions each year. When disputes or difficulties arise, his manner of handling them has earned him membership in Best Lawyers in America from 2012 through 2016. Membership is based on the votes and opinions of real estate attorneys in New York with firsthand experience working with him.
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 seventeen consecutive years, Mr. Zakia has been honored to be named in the Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, he was selected as the Best Lawyers' 2014 Buffalo Family Law "Lawyer of the Year". 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 is a member of the Matrimonial & Family Law group at HoganWillig. His practice includes contested divorce and post-divorce modification/enforcement proceedings in Supreme Court as well as custody, relocation, support and family offense proceedings in Family Court.

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 focused on civil litigation and domestic relations matters. Mr. Colletta also served on the assigned counsel panel for Chemung County Family Court, assisting indigent clients in custody and child neglect proceedings.

Mr. Colletta received his B.A. from Ithaca College in 2003, summa cum laude, 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 is a trial lawyer who represents corporations, partnerships, small businesses, and individuals involved in legal disputes that require formal court action or arbitration. Mr. Gismondi works with a team of attorneys and legal staff in a wide range of civil cases involving business disputes, contracts, real property litigation, loan agreements, fraud, employment disputes, and construction law. He also serves as a legal advocate in administrative proceedings and devotes a portion of his time to appellate practice.

Mr. Gismondi works directly with clients to identify short - and long-term goals and to develop and implement efficient and modern legal strategies to achieve these goals. Mr. Gismondi's law firm utilizes the latest technology, methods, and legal concepts to provide clients with contemporary solutions to their legal matters. Detailed preparation, responsiveness to clients, and strategic planning are key aspects of his approach to problem solving.

Mr. Gismondi has been successful at all stages, including pretrial settlement negotiations, summary judgment motions, arbitrations, and trial. He has obtained large awards on behalf of clients who have pursued claims against others, and has successfully defended businesses and other clients in lawsuits filed by third parties.

Recent successes include a six-figure settlement recovery on behalf of a young girl severely injured by a dog; a favorable decision following trial in a complex construction litigation case; and a very substantial seven-figure arbitration award on behalf of a client against one of the largest auditing firms in the world.

Mr. Gismondi received a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Gismondi served as Articles Editor 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 Director. He held an externship position with Judge Richard F. Suhrheinrich in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
License
  • Bar Number: 4548905
    New York
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    J.D. , 2007
  • Xavier University
    B.A.

Amanda Scott

Amanda Scott 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. Scott 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. Scott 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

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

Kenneth Olena

Mr. Olena has worked for the last 35 years as a family law practitioner. He specializes in divorce proceedings, ranging from small to multi-million dollar settlements. Since 1981, Kenneth has practiced across upstate New York and predominantly in the Western New York region, helping clients with over a thousand divorce cases; prior to his work at HoganWillig, Mr. Olena also provided excellent support to clients with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn for more than 21 years. With expertise, he has handled actions of varying financial complexity involving difficult custodial battles, hardships regarding property ownership, and management of clients' personal businesses or professional practices.

He received a B.A. in Education, cum laude, from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Mr. Olena is also a Member of the Bar Association of Erie County.

Mr. Olena's notable experience, renowned reputation, and timely responsiveness in all matters help put his clients' minds at ease and assist them to feel comfortable in trying times. Accordingly, Kenneth has been designated as a Super Lawyer in Family Law from 2008 to 2015.
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.

At HoganWillig, Glenn has continued to litigate Vehicle and Traffic Law, criminal and civil cases in local and state courts in New York and in the Federal Courts, including trials in the Western and Northern Districts of New York, and Appeals before the Second Circuit Court of 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

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

Robert W. Michalak

Mr. Michalak provides HoganWillig with invaluable experience in the large field of construction law. He represents contractors and surety companies in contract negotiations, public bidding issues, risk management and claim prosecution and defense; he also represents business clients in structuring business and shareholder relationships, succession planning, real estate development and commercial leases; finally, he regularly represents individuals in mediation, arbitration and litigation.

In addition to his Doctor of Jurisprudence, Mr. Michalak has degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering and has held engineering positions for county government and a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Michalak has been a business law lecturer at the University of Buffalo and a speaker and author for various organizations including the American Bar Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, a not-for-profit organization that provides information, education and communication for the Western New York construction industry.
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center
    J.D. , 1974

Barbara Nuchereno

Barbara Nuchereno spent 13 years in private practice first with the Law firm of Brown and Kelly from 1987-1990 and then with the law firm of Miserendino, Celniker, Seegert and Estoff from 1990-2000. She practiced primarily in the areas of matrimonial and family law, estates and trusts, real estate law, foreclosure, contracts and to a lesser extent criminal and civil litigation. In her practice, she handled all aspects of case management and provided valuable counsel to her clients. She practiced in the courts of Erie, Chautauqua and Niagara Counties, but also argued appeals in both the 4th Department in Rochester and the 3rd Department in Albany. Ms Nuchereno was often appointed to protect the interests of elderly or incapacitated persons by both the Surrogate and the Supreme Courts.

From 2000 through 2011 she served as a Family and Supreme Court Law Clerk, Acting Supreme Court Referee and Law Clerk to the Administrative Judge of the 8th Judicial District which includes the 8 counties of Western New York. In this capacity, she provided research and advice to the Judge, handled pretrial and settlement conferences, reviewed and advised on motions and appeals, wrote judicial decisions, presided over many cases, and assisted in court operations including panels to establish protocols and procedures within the court.

In 2009, Ms Nuchereno was elected to the Amherst Town Board where she served through 2013. This position provided her with valuable experience in all aspects of municipal operations within Amherst which is one of the largest towns in New York with a population of over 122,000. While on the Board, she was liaison to the Senior Services Advisory Board, The Woman and Minority Owned Business Committee, The Natureview Park Committee, and the Library Board of Trustees. Her experience on the Board with the issues these Committees faced, and with government agencies, contracts, land use and development issues, as well as environmental awareness is invaluable. At the end of 2012, she was appointed to the Amherst Industrial Development Agency where she remained through the end of her term. In that capacity she was intricately involved with important issues facing our communities here in Western New York.
Education
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    BA Cum Laude , 1983
  • SUNY at Buffalo
    J.D. , 1987

Denis A. Scinta

Denis Scinta is a member of the Matrimonial & Family Law group at HoganWillig. Mr. Scinta has focused his practice exclusively in the area of Family Law, with particular expertise in Family Court matters, including: divorce, modification and enforcement proceedings, custody, child support, and more. Over an illustrious career, Denis also has specialized in other more atypical matters, such as adoptions, delinquencies, PINS affairs, and issues regarding the termination of parental rights. Given his diverse work, Mr. Scinta provides HoganWillig an abundance of experience in all sectors of Family Law.

From 1971-1997, Mr. Scinta worked as a partner for the law firm Scinta, Rinaldo & Dee. Prior to HoganWillig, he worked as Special Counsel for Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Schuller & James. Mr. Scinta graduated in 1965 from State University of New York at Buffalo and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1969.

Mr. Scinta has a strong civic commitment with extensive community involvement and has lectured at countless speaking engagements, seminars, radio, and television appearances. Overall, he is dedicated to helping clients resolve family and matrimonial law matters with passionate advocacy and tough legal strategy.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 1969
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Psychology , 1965

Scott Michael Duquin

Scott Michael Duquin focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Litigation. Prior to joining us, Scott spent the first 11 years of his career doing insurance defense and was named a Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 for Personal Injury - Defense : General.

Scott has extensive trial and appellate experience representing individuals to multi-national corporations in automobile liability, products liability, toxic tort and catastrophic personal injury matters. Scott has successfully represented several small business owners in various litigated commercial matters.

Scott is currently the President of the Mid-Day Club of Buffalo.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2002
  • College at Fredonia
    B.A. in Economics & Political Science , 1999

Jean Harris

While working on her undergraduate coursework at Alfred State College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jean Harris Gustafson, Esq. became employed by one of our area's largest non-profit corporations serving individuals with disabilities. After several years with the same agency, she decided to pursue a law degree in hopes of continuing her work advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.

In 2004, Jean graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School and began practicing law in the areas of special education law, disability law and estate planning. Currently, her practice spans across all areas of Elder and Disability Law.

Much of Jean's practice focuses on Medicaid Planning for individuals contemplating a potential or immediate need for residential nursing home or assisted living placement. In these instances, we take advantage of the various assets protection tools that are available pursuant to federal and state laws and rules, in order to preserve the assets that our clients have accumulated during their lives. If a Medicaid application is necessary, we work directly with the appropriate government agencies and private facilities to ease the individual's transition to their new home.

Jean also dedicates much of her practice to Estate Planning for disabled and non-disabled individuals. Through the employment of appropriate Estate Planning documents, such as Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney, clients can and do avoid significant negative consequences which would otherwise result. In addition, they are able to ensure that their desired legacy is given effect.

In accordance with her Elder Law expertise, Ms. Harris also has extensive experience handling guardianship matters for the elderly and developmentally disabled, creating and administering supplemental needs trusts and overseeing probate and estate administration matters.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2004
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Psychology , 1998

Thomas B. Hughes

Mr. Hughes currently practices in many different fields of law at HoganWillig, including: third party collection matters; defense from federal and state regulatory enforcement actions; contract drafting and negotiation; corporate matters regarding formation, restructuring and dissolution of businesses; and, finally, as a general business consultant for existing clients. Mr. Hughes is certified to practice in New York as a Member of the Bar Association of Erie County as well as the New York State Bar Association.

Thomas is also a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as an intelligence analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he received an A.A. in Arabic Language Studies from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA; later, he went on to receive a B.S., cum laude, in Business Administration at the University at Buffalo in 2009. He obtained his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law in 2013.

Before obtaining his J.D., Mr. Hughes also gained considerable legal experience in his completion of a judicial internship in the New York City Criminal Court under Honorable Matthew Sciarrino, as well as conducting research as a student fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Economic Justice. He also worked under a six month internship program in the legal office of NATO Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, expanding his knowledge in international legal affairs. Upon his return, he served as Vice President of the Armed Forces Law Society at St. John's University. Thomas maintains his military commitment today as an active member of the American Legion.

During his time abroad, Thomas also contributed to a number of articles, with an impressive range in topics from NATO-Pakistani legal relations to interpretations of eyewitness testimony within New Jersey and New York State. After law school, Mr. Hughes worked in a large company where he specialized in regulatory compliance and contract law. Mr. Hughes's varied background has granted him success in a myriad of different fields, within the legal profession, and above all, with our clients.
Education
  • St. John's University School of Law
    J.D. , 2013
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude , 2009
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, CA
    A.A. in Arabic Language Studies , 2005

Rebecca Kujawa

Rebecca Kujawa joined HoganWillig as an office clerk in the fall of 2011 and became a law clerk in the spring of 2013, after completing her first year of law school. Since that time, Rebecca has focused her practice on civil litigation and personal injury. She has experience in various types of civil litigation in state court as well as with administrative agencies. Rebecca assists in many aspects of the litigation process, including pleadings, discovery and motion practice.

Rebecca received her JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she served as a Publications Editor for the Buffalo Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif (highest academic achievement). As a law student, Rebecca also gained extensive insight into civil litigation as a student law clerk to the Hon. Richard J. Kloch, Sr., Niagara County, 8th Judicial District.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2015
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Legal Studies Concentration , 2012

William Lorenz, Jr.

William A. Lorenz, Jr., joined HoganWillig as an Associate Attorney in the fall of 2013. He currently focuses his practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, and Real Estate Law.

Mr. Lorenz brings a variety of legal experience with him to HoganWillig, having worked in the areas of civil litigation, criminal practice, family law, intellectual property law, landlord-tenant law, and real estate law. Since admission to the New York State Bar, Mr. Lorenz has appeared in courts in both Erie and Niagara County on various matters, including evictions and civil litigation. Recently, he lobbied in Albany for the Child Victims Act.

Mr. Lorenz obtained his B.A. in Political Science at Canisius College in 2009, where he was honorably named in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges and was accepted into the college's Di Gamma Honor Society. He is a regular speaker at the Canisius College's Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, advising current students on their future careers in law. Mr. Lorenz obtained his J.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 2012, with a concentration in property law.

While attending SUNY Buffalo Law School, Mr. Lorenz simultaneously coached and coordinated the first Mock Trial team for UB's chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, where he served as Justice, and competed in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Mr. Lorenz currently coaches the Canisius College Mock Trial team, which he helped create in 2006 as a Sophomore.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2012
  • Canisius College
    B.A. , 2009
    Cum Laude
    - All College Honors, Minor in Classics

Chanel Maddigan

Ms. Maddigan is an attorney at HoganWillig primarily focusing in the firm's Litigation Department.

While attending Duquesne University School of Law, Ms. Maddigan served as Editor-in-Chief of the Duquesne Law Review. She was a recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for earning the highest grade in her class in the areas of Constitutional Law and Federal Courts. While in law school, she interned at the Buffalo regional office of the New York State Attorney General and for a district court judge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following law school, Ms. Maddigan also gained exposure to numerous transactional legal matters in her practice.
Education
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    J.D. , 2011
    Magna cum laude
  • Bentley University
    B.S. in Business Management
    Minors in International Relations and Philosophy

Randy C. Mallaber

Randy Mallaber practices law at HoganWillig in the Litigation department, with particular focus in personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Prior to working at HoganWillig, Mr. Mallaber has had extensive experience in personal injury matters and in many other types of litigation, including: manufacturing, software, construction, real estate, retail, natural gas well enhancement, public interest not-for-profits, insurance, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes and doctors. He is admitted to practice in New York State Courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

Randy graduated, summa cum laude, from SUNY Fredonia with a BA in Political Science in 1999, during which he received the Dawly Award for the most outstanding Political Science senior. He received his Juris Doctor in 2002 from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Mr. Mallaber works closely with his clients to understand their needs and philosophies in order to develop a specific litigation plan, which permits him to effectively anticipate a given client's risk exposure, expected costs and likely results. By crafting an accurate litigation plan, Randy ensures that clients feel more secure in preparing for costs and risks associated with litigation, and, if necessary, trial. Mr. Mallaber carefully handles all aspects of the client's case from the initiation of the matter through its final resolution whether it is a dismissal, settlement or trial, including any appeals. Given his careful attention to clients, Mr. Mallaber was named a Super Lawyer in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    J.D. , 2002
  • SUNY Fredonia
    B.S. Political Science , 1999

Ccile M. Meyer

Ccile Meyer brings a strong transactional experience to her practice in HoganWillig's Corporate and Business Law department.

At HoganWillig, Mrs. Meyer represents small and medium sized businesses from their inception to their dissolution or sale. She advises businesses as they are started, whether it is through the formation of corporations, LLCs, and not for profits (including NY incorporation and 501(c)(3) applications) or business stock and asset purchases.

Ccile also helps businesses grow, through business planning and succession (with a focus on Buy-Sell Agreements and real estate assets), contract drafting, negotiation and review, commercial real estate purchases and sales, the review of commercial leases, and applications for a variety of business certifications and licenses (in particular with the NYS Liquor Authority).

Ccile's goal is to resolve business disputes outside of the courts, whether they are commercial disputes or shareholder, member or partner disputes, and to resort to commercial/civil litigation only when necessary. She also addresses a range of business issues from not for profit governance and compliance to assisting distressed businesses.

Finally, Mrs. Meyer handles the firm's foreclosures, both on the lender and the borrower side, and guides borrowers through different forms of loss mitigation, including loan modifications, short sales and deeds in lieu.
Ccile is a native French speaker, who has benefited from a bilingual education between France and the United States. Ccile attended the University of Paris 10, where she combined the study of the French civil system and the British and American common law systems, and developed an interest in international law, focusing on European Union Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law. She then had the opportunity to attend Albany Law School as a foreign exchange student.

While at Albany Law School, Ccile clerked with the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York Office of the Attorney General. Her prior experience also includes a clerkship in Intellectual Property Law at the Paris office of one of the world's top 10 law firms, an in-house counsel position focused on international commercial operations at the headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company in Paris, and an Associate Attorney position at a general practice in Albany, NY.

Mrs. Meyer is Treasurer of the Alliance Franaise de Buffalo (French Alliance of Buffalo), a not for profit organization that encourages the study of the French language and gathers its members around French cultural and social events.
Education
  • Albany Law School
    LL.M. for International Law Graduates , 2008
  • University of Paris 10
    Master Bilingue des Droits de l'Europe (Bilingual Masters in European Laws) , 2008

Paul Pochepan

With more than two decades of experience practicing Bankruptcy law and Social Security law in Buffalo, Paul Pochepan is able to help consumers facing financial hardships and disabled workers and their dependents. He has helped many western New York consumers navigate the bankruptcy system under chapter 7 or chapter 13. He also helps Buffalo-area residents apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or appeal Social Security Administration decisions denying, reducing or revoking benefits.

Mr. Pochepan has a wealth of knowledge regarding the multiple medical impairments afflicting disability claimants and dealing with the medical profession to secure the support necessary in these matters.
Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law
    J.D. , 1989
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. in Political Science , 1986

Denetra Roberts

Denetra Roberts, after completing her J.D. in 2007 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, was admitted to practice law in 2008. She is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts, as well as in bankruptcy court. She previously worked as a staff attorney at both the Western New York Law Center and the New York City Department of Transportation before joining the firm.

Currently, Mrs. Roberts is an associate attorney at HoganWillig primarily focusing on estate planning, involving Wills, Living Wills/Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney, and probate and estate administration in the firm's Estate Planning and Elder Law Department. She was formerly involved in and also has extensive experience handling and assisting in general litigation, civil rights/constitutional litigation and employment law matters.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2007
  • State University of New York at Albany
    B.S. in Business Administration, Finance Concentration , 2003
    Minor in Education

Linda Lalli Stark

Linda Lalli Stark concentrates her practice in Litigation and Appellate Practice. She has extensive experience in the public sector having served as a principal law clerk to both a trial justice and an appellate justice and was an appellate pool clerk as well. Additionally, she served as a court attorney, matrimonial referee, an Assistant District Attorney, and a Special Assistant Attorney General. She argued extensively before the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and presided over matrimonial matters and conducted hearings at State Supreme Court. She also serves on the Attorney for the Child panel for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and is certified to receive appointments as a Court Evaluator under Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 1984
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S. Social Studies Education/History , 1977
    Summa cum laude

Brett Tokarczyk

Brett Tokarczyk currently practices in multiple areas at HoganWillig, including personal injury, medical malpractice and litigation. Mr. Tokarczyk assists a wide range of clients across these matters and works extensively on appellate proceedings, one of his particular specialties.

Brett, admitted to practice in the State of Georgia in 2011 and State of New York in 2013, received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law School. He was an associate at Brick, Brick and Elmer, P.C. where he dealt primarily with family law and estate planning matters; upon joining HoganWillig, he brought his experience in family law to clients working the uncertainties of divorce.

Mr. Tokarczyk has enjoyed many accolades: he has been named a 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star, and also received the 2012 Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Award in recognition and appreciation of his extensive pro bono work trying and appealing unemployment benefit claims. He is a Member of the Bar Association of Erie County as well as a Member of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Tokarczyk's experience has afforded him a good deal of success across many different legal matters.
Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law
    J.D. , 2011
  • University of Rochester
    B.A. in Psychology , 2008

Amanda R. Wyzykiewicz

Amanda Wyzykiewicz currently focuses her practice in our firm's Corporate & Business Law department. As an associate, she frequently assists with complicated financial and tax matters in many different departments, including: our marital group, concentrating on the valuation of business entities; the estate and estate planning group, in which she analyzes the tax implications of high-wealth individuals' estate plans; and, finally, in various business litigation matters. Amanda's financial and corporate expertise is also utilized extensively by the white collar crimes unit within HoganWillig's criminal department.

Ms. Wyzykiewicz obtained a B.S. from University at Buffalo's Business Administration Registered Accounting Program in 2002. While in law school at University at Buffalo, she interned at the Buffalo office of the IRS. After graduating with her J.D. in 2005, and prior to joining HoganWillig, Ms. Wyzykiewicz worked as a staff attorney at a large multinational firm in Washington D.C. where her practice focused on electronic discovery.
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    J.D. , 2005
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.S. in Business Administration - Registered Accounting Program , 2002
    Magna Cum Laude

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