Webster Szanyi LLP welcomes its newest partner, Marnie E. Smith

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that Marnie Smith has joined the firm.  Marnie comes to us from the Harris Beach law firm, having spent the past ten years representing management in all facets of labor and employment matters, with a focus on representing school districts throughout New York State.  Marnie was recently named a Legal Elite Rising Star in the Buffalo Law Journal, a peer-nominated distinction.  Marnie graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  She resides in East Aurora with her husband, Scott, and two children.  Marnie will join the firm’s education and labor and employment practice...

Partners Heather Dechert and Charlie Roberts present CLE on restrictive covenants to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association

On March 5, 2019, Partners Heather Dechert and Charlie Roberts presented a CLE on restrictive covenants to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association at the Buffalo Club. The presentation, Restrictive Covenants – Protecting Your Client in the Era of Employee Mobility, focused on non-compete and confidentiality covenants in employment agreements and included discussion on New York’s policy on such agreements, various issues and challenges in enforcing restrictive covenants, and recent court decisions and trends. The presentation was well received and prompted good discussion with the group regarding the practical aspects of the...

Ryan Smith Elected To The Board Of Directors For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Northtowns

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns consists of twelve clubs located in Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and City of North Tonawanda.  It provides afterschool programming for over 3,000 youths that focuses on character and leadership development, educational enhancement, and health and life skills, among other things.  The organization runs a number of programs and summer camps.  Mr. Smith was elected to serve a three-year term on the...

Ryan Smith Gives Presentation On Internal Investigation Techniques Under New York State’s Sexual Harassment Legislation

On December 10, 2018, Partner Ryan G. Smith spoke at a UB Law GOLD Group seminar at the Buffalo Club concerning New York State’s sexual harassment legislation.  Mr. Smith’s presentation included practical tips for attorneys when advising their employer clients on issues related to receiving and handling complaints of harassment and discrimination, particularly with regard to the investigation process.  Mr. Smith is a labor and employment attorney (management-side) with specialized experience in litigation and education law, and provides general counsel as well as litigation representation to municipalities, school districts and private...