Webster Szanyi LLP is pleased to announce that Heather Dechert has become a partner of the firm. Since joining Webster Szanyi LLP in 2016, Ms. Dechert’s practice has focused on representing employers in both the private and public sectors, on a variety of issues, ranging from litigating employment claims to counseling clients on a wide range of labor […]
As reported previously, Webster Szanyi (Ryan G. Smith, Esq.) recently represented a school district in a Section 3020-a proceeding against a tenured teacher and successfully obtained a termination award. On May 28, 2018, The Buffalo News published an extensive article discussing the case, as well as the limited number of disciplinary cases against tenured teachers that […]
Webster Szanyi successfully appealed a New York State Supreme Court decision on behalf of Niagara County. The case involves claims by the family of man who was killed in an automobile accident. The family alleges that their son’s remains were mishandled at the accident scene by a County Coroner and the Chief of a volunteer […]
Ted Graney successfully defends municipal client in an employment discrimination claim brought in the New York State Division of Human Rights
On April 6, 2018 the New York State Division of Human Rights issued an Order After Investigation finding “No Probable Cause” in favor of a local municipality represented by Ted Graney. The claimant filed a complaint alleging gender discrimination, hostile work environment, discrimination based upon disability and retaliation. Mr. Graney worked closely with his client […]
Partner Michael McClaren secures defense verdict on behalf of commercial client in Labor Law 240 case
On April 19, 2018 a jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in a Labor Law 240 case where a Plaintiff who fell from a ladder claimed severe shoulder and knee injuries, and an inability to continue any gainful employment. Plaintiff’s pretrial settlement demand was $1.8 million. The Webster Szanyi LLP client never made a settlement […]
In April of 2018, Andrew Miller, a partner at Webster Szanyi, was invited to speak on two occasions at the Construction Exchange of Western New York. For the first presentation, Mr. Miller addressed legal issues relating to bidding public construction projects in New York State. For the second presentation, Mr. Miller discussed how New York’s […]
On March 15, 2018 Partner Michael McClaren was appointed to the Board of Directors of the East Aurora Cooperative Market in East Aurora, New York. The East Aurora Cooperative Market was founded in 2010 and opened its doors to customers in 2016. The co-op was founded to increase access to local health foods, and to support […]
Heather Dechert presents at Employment Law CLE co-sponsored by the BAEC Labor Law Committee and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.
On April 13, 2018, Heather Dechert spoke on a panel providing an update on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2018 Legal Update and Trends. Elizabeth Fox-Solomon, a trial attorney for the EEOC, and Lisa Poch of Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP also presented on the panel.
Ryan Smith, a partner at the firm, represented a school district at a hearing pursuant to New York Education Law § 3020-a, and successfully proved that the disciplinary charges warranted termination of a long-term tenured teacher. The charges were based on a number of instances where the teacher interacted with students and staff in a […]
Webster Szanyi LLP attorneys Charlie Roberts and Brittany Jones presented a one hour CLE, The Attorney Client Privilege & In-House Counsel, to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association on January 24, 2018 at the Buffalo Club. The presentation focused on the numerous challenges in-house counsel face with respect to the attorney-client privilege, including the dual […]
Jeremy A. Colby obtains a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirming dismissal of claims against Highway Superintendent
On January 23, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a decision dismissing claims against a Highway Superintendent arising from efforts to rebuild a road that a resident later claimed to have been abandoned by the town. After the resident attempted to block construction vehicles, she was arrested and asserted […]
Partner Charlie Roberts recently graduated from Leadership Buffalo, Class Experience leadership development program. Congratulations to Charlie and all of the other 2017 graduates of Leadership Buffalo.
Webster Szanyi obtained a favorable decision that resulted in $6 million of insurance coverage for an insured
In a declaratory judgment action venued in the United States District Court in Rochester, Webster Szanyi obtained a favorable decision that resulted in $6 million of insurance coverage for an insured defending a catastrophic personal injury action in New York State Supreme Court. Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company had disclaimed coverage for its insured, MGB Building, […]
Webster Szanyi LLP recently represented a county wherein a county employee alleged that she was the subject of discrimination based on her age and that she was not promoted to a higher position in her department due to her age. In October, 2017, the firm received a favorable finding from the New York State Division […]
Webster Szanyi is our choice for national environmental matters as well as litigation in upstate New York. Their high quality and efficient service coupled with their very reasonable rates is unrivaled compared to other firms we have worked with