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Charlie Roberts and Brittany Jones present CLE to Niagara Corporate Counsel Association

Webster Szanyi LLP attorneys Charlie Roberts and Brittany Jones presented a one hour CLE, The Attorney Client Privilege & In-House Counsel, to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association on January 24, 2018 at the Buffalo Club.  The presentation focused on the numerous challenges in-house counsel face with respect to the attorney-client privilege, including the dual […]

Jeremy A. Colby obtains a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirming dismissal of claims against Highway Superintendent

On January 23, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a decision dismissing claims against a Highway Superintendent arising from efforts to rebuild a road that a resident later claimed to have been abandoned by the town.  After the resident attempted to block construction vehicles, she was arrested and asserted […]

Webster Szanyi obtained a favorable decision that resulted in $6 million of insurance coverage for an insured

In a declaratory judgment action venued in the United States District Court in Rochester, Webster Szanyi obtained a favorable decision that resulted in $6 million of insurance coverage for an insured defending a catastrophic personal injury action in New York State Supreme Court.  Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company had disclaimed coverage for its insured, MGB Building, […]

Division of Human Rights issues finding of No Probable Cause on claim of age discrimination by substitute teacher

Webster Szanyi LLP recently obtained a “No Probable Cause” finding from the New York State Division of Human Rights (“SDHR”) on claim of age discrimination against a local school district.  Heather Dechert represented the district against a claim by a substitute teacher alleging that he was subject to discrimination based on his age and that […]

Kevin Szanyi, Michael McClaren and Thomas Lane recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America

Kevin Szanyi, Michael McClaren and Thomas Lane were named to Best Lawyers in America for 2018.   Mr. Szanyi was recognized for his outstanding practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation (both Defendants & Plaintiffs) and Product Liability (Defendants).  Mr. Lane was recognized for his outstanding practice in the area of Commercial Litigation […]

Seven Webster Szanyi attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers.

Partners Ted Graney, Thomas Lane, Susan McClaren, Andrew Miller, Nelson Perel, Ryan Smith and Kevin Szanyi were named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list for 2017. The firm’s members recognized for their excellence practice in the areas of product liability defense; business litigation; labor and employment law; education law; state, local and municipal […]

Webster Szanyi Obtains Tax Exemption for Developer

On behalf of its client, a local developer, Webster Szanyi commenced an Article 78 proceeding challenging the City of Buffalo’s refusal to provide a tax exemption under  Real Property Tax Law § 485-a for the client’s redevelopment project, which involved converting an old, non-residential structure into mixed use facility.  The Court ordered a hearing regarding […]

Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller prevail in Commercial Lease Arbitration

Partners Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller recently prevailed in a commercial arbitration arising out of lease dispute.  Webster Szanyi represented a prominent local developer and landlord, and established that the client’s tenant, a national company, had breached the terms of the parties’ lease by improperly removing fixtures from the building, causing damage to the building, […]

Webster Szanyi Defends School District in United States Supreme Court

As reported in the Buffalo News, Webster Szanyi LLP partner Jeremy Colby is defending a school district in the United States Supreme Court.  Webster Szanyi prevailed before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the school district properly directed a teacher to remove certain religious items from display in her classroom during the […]

Michael and Susan McClaren speak at New York Insurance Reciprocal

Webster Szanyi LLP partners Michael McClaren and Susan McClaren were recently featured speakers at a seminar sponsored by the New York Insurance Reciprocal and attended by upper level management and supervisors of local police departments.  Mr. McClaren spoke on reducing and handling inmate claims of inadequate medical care in local jails, and other loss prevention […]

Dismissal of two serious personal injury claims brought against a local municipality in Niagara County Supreme Court

Ted Graney obtained a dismissal of two serious personal injury claims brought against a local municipality in Niagara County Supreme Court.  Plaintiffs sustained significant and permanent injuries when they were struck by a motor vehicle on a pathway in a municipal park.  Plaintiffs alleged the design of the pathway its connection to a nearby street […]

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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

Webster Szanyi has been doing consistently excellent work for Niagara County for the past 15 years. They have handled a variety of litigation matters from negligence cases to civil rights claims and we know we can count on them to get the job done for us.

Claude Joerg
County Attorney,
Niagara County