Webster Szanyi LLP welcomes its newest partner, Melanie J. Beardsley

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that Melanie Beardsley has joined the firm.  Melanie has spent the majority of her career representing management in all facets of labor and employment matters, with a focus on representing school districts, and also has substantial experience in special education matters.  Melanie worked at Hodgson Russ LLP in its education and labor and employment practice for several years and, most recently, worked in-house for Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as an attorney and senior labor relations specialist.  She resides in East Aurora with her husband, Kevin, and three children.  Melanie will join the firm’s education and labor and employment practice...

Mike McClaren and Kevin Szanyi appointed to Federal Mediation Panel

Webster Szanyi partners Mike McClaren and Kevin Szanyi have been added to the Court approved panel of mediators for cases venued in the Western New York Federal District Courts.  Both are experienced litigators in commercial and personal injury matters and both are available for private...

Partner Charlie Roberts helping “Put Cancer on Ice” with the 11 Day Power Play

Partner Charlie Roberts participated in the 2019 11 Day Power Play Community Shift to help in the fight against cancer.  The 11-day hockey game was played in continuous shifts at the Harborcenter in Buffalo, NY.  The event raised over $1.6 million dollars this year, raising critically-needed funds for cancer research and wellness programs at Roswell Park, Camp Good Days and Make-A-Wish WNY.  While it is physically challenging to play in a marathon hockey game, it’s a walk in the park compared to what most endure in their battle against cancer.  Cancer is a disease that touches everyone, and The 11 Day Power Play continues to make an impact in our community.   The 11 Day Power Play has now raised over $4 million supporting cancer causes in Western New...

Marnie Smith to Present at Western New York Education Law Conference

Marnie Smith will be speaking at the Western New York Education Law Conference on Wednesday August 7, 2019. Marnie is co-presenting with Cheryl Cardone, the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services for the Grand Island Central School District. Their presentation will focus on Mental Health Challenges Facing Students and School Districts. Webster Szanyi is a sponsor of the conference. More information is available...

Division of Human Rights Issues No Probable Cause Finding Dismissing Failure-To-Hire Claim

The New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) issued a “no probable cause” finding on a claim that an employer refused to hire an applicant because of his sex and/or in retaliation for complaints filed by the applicant against his former employer. Marnie Smith represented the employer, which did not hire the applicant because of concerns related to the applicant’s poor performance and/or misconduct while employed by the former employer. Based on its investigation, the SDHR determined that there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that the Complainant was subject to any discrimination or retaliation. The evidence instead supported the Employer’s legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for not hiring the...