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The Daily Record hosted its 2nd annual Excellence in Law event in 2014, honoring members of the legal community with three distinguished awards: Top Women in Law, Up & Coming Attorneys and Unsung Legal Heroes.

The Daily Record recognizes Rochester’s Up & Coming Attorneys who demonstrate a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers. To be considered, nominees must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or less.

The Top Women in Law awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women who are making notable contributions to the legal profession, while inspiring a positive change in the community.

The Unsung Legal Heroes award honors individuals from area civil legal services providers who have consistently worked to help those in need, often behind the scenes.


Click here for the 2015 Excellence in Law nomination form

2014 Honorees

Up & Coming Attorney

Odette Belton
Belton Law Office

Destini Bowman
Monroe County District Attorney’s Office

Joseph A. Carello
Nixon Peabody LLP

Sean Eldridge
U.S. District Court, WDNY, Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. Frank P. Geraci Jr.

Brian M. Feldman
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Aaron Frazier
Harris Beach PLLC

Svetlana K. Ivy
Harris Beach PLLC

Danielle E. Mettler
Hiscock & Barclay LLP

A. Darren Miller
Nixon Peabody LLP

Heather Neu
Calihan Law PLLC

Luis Ormaechea
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

David P. Shaffer
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP


Top Women in Law

Karen Bailey Turner
Brown Hutchinson

June M. Castellano
Law Office of June Castellano

Amy Habib Rittling
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Kate Karl
Underberg & Kessler LLP

Hadley Matarazzo
Faraci Lange LLP

Jean H. McCreary
Nixon Peabody LLP

Kelley Ross Brown
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Karen Schaefer
Lacy Katzen LLP

Erika N. D. Stanat
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Connie Walker
Law Clerk to the Hon. Frank P. Geraci

Melanie S. Wolk
Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina PC

Jennifer L. Wright
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP


Unsung Legal Heroes

Maritza Buitrago
Monroe County Public Defender’s Office

Sheila Gaddis
Volunteer Legal Services Project

Angela F. Hale
Empire Justice Center

Robert Turner
Law Office of Robert P. Turner


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