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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 […]

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 […]

Division of Human Rights issues finding of No Probable Cause on claim of disability discrimination by former employee

Webster Szanyi LLP recently obtained a “No Probable Cause” finding from the New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) on a claim of disability discrimination against a local school district.  Heather Dechert represented the district against a claim by an employee alleging that she was terminated due to disability discrimination.  In October, 2018, the […]

Partners Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller recognized as among the Legal Elite of Western New York

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s partners, Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller, were recognized in Buffalo Business First’s 2018 Legal Elite of Western New York.  Mr. Colby’s practice focuses on federal appeals, municipal law, and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Miller focuses his practice on construction litigation, business dissolution litigation, and […]

New York State Sexual Harassment Legislation To Go Into Effect October 9, 2018

According to the legislation and its most recent guidance, employers will be required to provide mandatory, interactive training on sexual harassment prevention to all employees by January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, and to adopt a written sexual harassment prevention policy by October 9, 2018.  Both the training and written policy must meet or exceed […]

Webster Szanyi Obtains Summary Judgment Dismissing Claims Against Local School District

Michael McClaren and Heather Dechert recently obtained summary judgment dismissing claims of malicious prosecution and negligence brought against the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District by a former substitute teacher.  The Honorable Daniel Furlong, Niagara County Supreme Court Judge ordered that the Plaintiff’s claims against the District, District administrators individually, the Town of Lewiston and a […]

Jeremy Colby represents voters asserting First Amendment challenges in New York and Massachusetts

Partner Jeremy A. Colby represents voters who filed lawsuits in federal courts in Syracuse and Boston challenging state statutes prohibiting voters from wearing “political” buttons or related apparel when voting.  These challenges come in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, which struck down a Minnesota […]

Webster Szanyi Obtains Dismissal of Product Liability Lawsuit in Federal Court.

Kevin Szanyi, Charlie Roberts and Steven Hamlin recently obtained dismissal of a product liability action brought against Isowa Corporation and Isowa America, Inc.  In Albino v. Global Equipment USA, LTD., et al. (14-cv-06519), Honorable Michael A. Telesca, United States District Judge, Western District of New York, granted motions to dismiss a third-party complaint against Isowa […]

Webster Szanyi names Heather Dechert Partner

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 […]

Section 3020-a Decision Terminating Tenured Teacher Receives Media Attention

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 wins appeal in Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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 […]

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