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...

Office for Civil Rights Closes Complaint Against School District

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued its determination closing a complaint filed against a school district involving allegations related to student discipline. The complainant alleged that the District inappropriately issued a five-day out-of-school suspension and referred the student for a superintendent’s hearing because of the student’s race. The complainant claimed that the student’s suspension was “excessive” when compared to discipline given to white students who engaged in more serious misconduct. Marnie Smith represented the school district, presenting evidence of the school district’s legitimate and non-discriminatory reason for issuing the suspension, as well as evidence to demonstrate that the proffered reason was not a pretext for discrimination. OCR determined that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegation that the District discriminated against the student on the basis of his...

Webster Szanyi Obtains Jury Verdict of $2,500,000 in Fire Loss Case.

Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller, partners at the firm, obtained a jury verdict of $2,500,000 after a two-week trial.  Webster Szanyi represented the North Tonawanda Elks Lodge 860 after its historic fraternal lodge was destroyed by a fire.  The Lodge was custom built for the Elks in 1921.  Webster Szanyi previously prevailed on a summary judgment motion, where the Court found the building was a specialty property and the measure of damages was reproduction/replacement cost new, less depreciation.   The jury awarded $3,200,000 for the building, depreciated by 35%, $150,000 for the contents of the building, and $302,000 for the post-fire demolition costs. The Buffalo News reported on the verdict, and the article can be found...