Michael P. McClaren has been elected to a 3-year term on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo Board of Directors
Webster Szanyi, LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Michael P. McClaren has been elected to a 3-year term on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo Board of Directors. Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo provides diversified activities that meet the interest of all youth in 5 Core Areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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Webster Szanyi attorneys are top notch. As County Attorney, I have worked with attorneys at the firm extensively for over twenty years on labor and employment and a variety of litigation matters. The quality of their work is consistently excellent, always demonstrating their commitment to providing superior, timely and cost-effective representation.