Tom Lane and Drew Miller recognized for obtaining $3,600,000 jury verdict

Webster Szanyi partners Tom Lane and Drew Miller have been recognized by Best of the Bar for winning a Top 100 Verdict in New York State for one of the Firm’s long time clients. Tom and Drew represented a WNY benevolent organization in a complex property loss case stemming from a catastrophic fire that destroyed the organization’s 20,000 square foot historic property and all of its contents. The historic property was located in North Tonawanda, NY at the foot of the Erie Canal. After a two week trial, a Niagara County jury returned a unanimous verdict and gross award of more than $3.6 million. The award was one of the largest in New York state in...

National Labor Relations Board certifies election results rejecting union and dismisses union-filed unfair labor practice charges

The National Labor Relations Board certified the results of an election rejecting the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as the collective bargaining representative for a private company in Western New York.  A resounding 85% of the employees voted “no” when asked if they wanted to be represented by the IAM. In addition, the NLRB dismissed unfair labor practice charges filed by the IAM against the Company claiming that three employees were unlawfully discharged for supporting the Union.  Based on its investigation, the NLRB determined that there was insufficient evidence to support the Union’s contention that the Company discriminated against the employees for supporting the Union. Melanie Beardsley represented the Company throughout the campaign and election process and defended the Company against the unfair labor practice...

Melanie Beardsley presents on employee leave and the implications of COVID-19

Partner Melanie Beardsley was the sole presenter in Part I of the Labor Law Series presented by the Bar Association of Erie County and the Woman’s Bar Association of the State of New York this July. Ms. Beardsley presented on the most recent changes under state and federal law that provides employees with leave options due to the impacts of coronavirus. More information can be found at...