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Andrew Miller Elected Board Chair of The Service Collaborative

Andrew Miller, a partner at the firm, has been elected as the Board Chair for The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. (“TSC”).  TSC is a local not-for-profit organization that focuses on poverty alleviation through the ABLE Early Childhood Program; Economic Development Corps.; Serve New York VISTA, and WNY Youthbuild.  TCS, along with the United Way […]

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

Heather Dechert, a partner at the firm, is a graduate of the Leadership Buffalo 2019 Class Experience.  Class Experience is a year-long program, uniting and developing leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to increase their knowledge of community issues, broaden their vision and enhance their ability to lead.  

Kristian Walker is Admitted to the New York State Bar

Kristian Walker, an associate at Webster Szanyi, was recently sworn-in as a member of the New York State Bar. Ms. Walker graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in May of 2019 and passed the New York State Bar Exam October of 2019.  As an associate at the firm, Ms. Walker is gaining experience in […]

Michael P. McClaren named Managing Partner

Webster Szanyi LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Michael P. McClaren has been elected Managing Partner of the firm.      Mr. McClaren, a resident of East Aurora, is a founding partner of Webster Szanyi LLP and is a full time litigator, handling Civil Rights, employment, construction, commercial and personal injury matters.

Webster Szanyi obtains dismissal of False Claims Act action

Charlie Roberts recently obtained the dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by the United States against Kenneth Carter.  The Government alleged Mr. Carter, who has since passed, was part of a fraudulent scheme with Lee Strock, Cynthia Ann Golde, and Strock Contracting to set up a company, Veteran Enterprises Company, Inc. (“VECO”), as […]

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

The New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) issued a “no probable cause” finding on a claim that a County employee was discriminated and retaliated against because he had a disability.  Heather Dechert represented the County against allegations that the employee was harassed, treated differently than similarly situated employees, and denied a reasonable accommodation […]

Webster Szanyi attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers

Webster Szanyi LLP congratulates Thomas S. Lane, Michael P. McClaren, and Kevin A. Szanyi on having been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Mr. Lane was selected in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Mr. McClaren in the area of Commercial […]

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 […]

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 mediations.

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 […]

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 […]

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I have been very pleased with the capabilities and work product of Webster Szanyi attorneys. For example, Jeremy Colby is a former County Attorney who is highly effective in municipal litigation. The firm was recently retained as special counsel for a highly technical lawsuit. In a few months’ time, Webster Szanyi obtained a successful result for the Town. Jeremy’s diligent response and immediate grasp of the issues makes it a pleasure to work with this firm.

Ron Bennett
Town Attorney,
Town of Aurora and Town of Wales

I’ve been extremely satisfied with Webster Szanyi. Their work for us has been outstanding. We have a great relationship, and I know that I can count on them to be there for us when we need them.

Brian Burton
General Counsel and Secretary,
Daimler Trucks North America LLC