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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Partner Jeremy Colby recently argued on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a former prosecutor accused of improperly questioning a child witness whose grand jury testimony was recorded via videotape. The Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment by Judge Siragusa of the Western District of New York […]
Webster Szanyi LLP celebrates their 20th Anniversary on May 1, 2019. Congratulations!!
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 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 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 […]