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 Litigation, and Mr. Szanyi in the areas Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. We are also pleased to share that due to the extremely high feedback Best Lawyers received, Mr. Szanyi has also been recognized by his peers as one of the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” award recipients for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Buffalo.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. For more information on this prestigious award, please visit...

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 education and labor and employment practice for several years and, most recently, worked in-house for Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as an attorney and senior labor relations specialist.  She resides in East Aurora with her husband, Kevin, and three children.  Melanie will join the firm’s education and labor and employment practice...

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...

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 age.  Based on its investigation, the SDHR determined that there was not sufficient evidence to conclude that the Complainant was subject to any adverse action because of her age.  The evidence instead supported the County’s legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for terminating the...

Partner Jeremy Colby recently argued on appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

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 dismissing the remaining claims (most claims were dismissed on an earlier motion to dismiss).  The decision is available at: Dieter v. Quintilone, 18-1377-cv (2d Cir. 2019)   Mr. Colby chairs the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice...

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.

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Webster Szanyi attorneys are top notch.  As County Attorney, I have worked with attorneys at the firm extensively for over twenty years on labor and employment and a variety of litigation matters.  The quality of their work is consistently excellent, always demonstrating their commitment to providing superior, timely and cost-effective representation.

David C. Schubel
County Attorney,
Orleans County

This is a high quality firm.  They’ve handled a wide variety of matters for us over the years and we have never been disappointed.

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Senior Vice President,
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, HealthNow New York Inc.