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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Division of Human Rights Issues No Probable Cause Finding Dismissing Claim of Age Discrimination

The New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) issued a “no probable cause” finding on a claim that a County employee was terminated based on her age.   Heather Dechert represented the County against allegations that the employee was denied proper training; issued counseling memos and negative performance evaluations; and, ultimately terminated, due to her […]

Peter Veech joins Webster Szanyi LLP

Webster Szanyi LLP is pleased to announce that Peter Veech has joined the firm and will be a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Veech is a graduate of University at Buffalo School of Law.

Webster Szanyi secures positive resolution of wage and hour claims against local municipality in Federal Court

Heather Dechert, Esq. and Michael McClaren, Esq. recently resolved wage and hour claims against the Town of Henrietta brought by former independent contractors asserting that they were denied overtime pay and benefits because they were misclassified as independent contractors.  Through successful motions to dismiss, the team was able to limit the case to a Fair […]

Western District of New York confirms summary judgment dismissing free speech claims against Chautauqua County

Heather Dechert, Esq. and Michael McClaren, Esq. represented the County of Chautauqua in a federal case alleging free speech retaliation against the County by a plaintiff who was terminated from his employment with a local not-for-profit.  The plaintiff alleged that he was terminated at the County’s direction for publicly criticizing that County’s response to the […]

Heather Dechert is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2019

Heather Dechert is a member of the Leadership Buffalo 2019 Class Experience.  Leadership Buffalo is a non-profit organization, uniting and developing leaders from local corporations, small /entrepreneurial businesses, civic and community organizations and non-profits through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement.

Webster Szanyi LLP welcomes its newest partner, Marnie E. Smith

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that Marnie Smith has joined the firm.  Marnie comes to us from the Harris Beach law firm, having spent the past ten years representing management in all facets of labor and employment matters, with a focus on representing school districts throughout New York State.  Marnie was recently named a […]

Partners Heather Dechert and Charlie Roberts present CLE on restrictive covenants to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association

On March 5, 2019, Partners Heather Dechert and Charlie Roberts presented a CLE on restrictive covenants to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association at the Buffalo Club. The presentation, Restrictive Covenants – Protecting Your Client in the Era of Employee Mobility, focused on non-compete and confidentiality covenants in employment agreements and included discussion on New […]

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