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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 […]

Ryan Smith Elected To The Board Of Directors For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Northtowns

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns consists of twelve clubs located in Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and City of North Tonawanda.  It provides afterschool programming for over 3,000 youths that focuses on character and leadership development, educational enhancement, and health and life skills, among other things.  The organization runs a […]

Ryan Smith Gives Presentation On Internal Investigation Techniques Under New York State’s Sexual Harassment Legislation

On December 10, 2018, Partner Ryan G. Smith spoke at a UB Law GOLD Group seminar at the Buffalo Club concerning New York State’s sexual harassment legislation.  Mr. Smith’s presentation included practical tips for attorneys when advising their employer clients on issues related to receiving and handling complaints of harassment and discrimination, particularly with regard […]

Division of Human Rights issues finding of No Probable Cause on claim of disability discrimination by former employee

Webster Szanyi LLP recently obtained a “No Probable Cause” finding from the New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) on a claim of disability discrimination against a local school district.  Heather Dechert represented the district against a claim by an employee alleging that she was terminated due to disability discrimination.  In October, 2018, the […]

Partners Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller recognized as among the Legal Elite of Western New York

Webster Szanyi is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s partners, Jeremy Colby and Andrew Miller, were recognized in Buffalo Business First’s 2018 Legal Elite of Western New York.  Mr. Colby’s practice focuses on federal appeals, municipal law, and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Miller focuses his practice on construction litigation, business dissolution litigation, and […]

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