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NYSBA attorneys compete for foosball cup

Oh no: John Messenger and T. Andrew Brown react to a goal against them. Vasiliy Baziuk

Oh no: John Messenger and T. Andrew Brown react to a goal against them. Vasiliy Baziuk

As the NCAA tournament winds down, New York state lawyers have gone retro, turning to foosball and pinball.

About 50 signed up for the first New York State Bar Association foosball and pinball tournament, hosted Wednesday by association President David M. Schraver at the Rochester offices of Nixon Peabody LLP.

“I was going to call this April Madness,” Schraver joked, welcoming contenders to an informal gathering as a prelude to the state association’s bringing its spring House of Delegates meeting down the Thruway from Albany to the Roc.

An alumnus of the University of Michigan, where he earned his law degree, Schraver lamented how the Wolverines, a No. 2 seed, were defeated March 30 by the No. 8 seeded University of Kentucky Wildcats.

He quickly cheered up though, first noting his wife, Nancy, is a UK graduate, so she was still happy with the tournament at that point; then getting down to business to open the first “NYSBA Section Cup.”

Schraver said colleague David Tennant came up with the idea of having an informal event for NYSBA members to socialize and get to know each other better.

“This is just kind of a fun night to have people who don’t usually cross paths get together,” said Tennant, who served as self-appointed tournament commissioner.

Judge Richard Dollinger and Paul Nunes opened the tournament with what Schraver referred to as “the pinball song,” their own rendition of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard.”

“It’s a UCC wizard,” Nunes explained, referring to his lyrics about the Uniform Commercial Code.

“Ever since I was a young boy

my friends made fun of me

from Syracuse to Cambridge

they never let me be

but I got into law school

800 LSATs

this deaf, dumb and blind kid

sure knows his UCCs.”

The Dollinger-Nunes team fared well, knocking out T. Andrew Brown and his partner, John Messenger, in the first round.

“I thought we were headed for the championship,” Brown said.

But Dollinger-Nunes were not tough enough for the team of Jared Lusk and Tom Greiner, who took first place, receiving a large gold trophy.

“Jared wanted to make it clear if there’s an MVP, it is he,” Schraver said in presenting the prizes.

Greiner said his secret to success was “nerves of steel.”

“I taught him everything I know, right before we started,” Lusk chimed in.

“They did not shut us out,” second-place winner Judge Dollinger pointed out. “We got one goal.”

Smaller trophies were presented to the second and third place winners, but Tennant said everybody is a winner.

Lusk-Greiner later found out they were not invincible either, losing in a post-tournament match to the two NYSBA referees: Megan O’Toole and Adriana Favreau, sporting black-and-white striped tunics.

“These guys know what they’re doing,” Judge Dollinger told Nunes in a pre-tournament bout with the refs. “Paul, they’re playing control ball.”

“Oh, nice shot,” Nunes said when O’Toole scored a goal.

Taking first place in the pinball portion of the contest was Sharon Stern Gerstman, who came in from Buffalo. She “sure plays a mean pinball.”

NYSBA sections sponsoring the event were the Antitrust Law; Business Law; Corporate Counsel; Commercial & Federal Litigation; Criminal Justice; Entertainment, Arts & Sports; Elder Law; General Practice; Health; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Real Property; Senior Lawyers; Tax; Torts, Insurance & Compensation; Trial Lawyers; Trusts & Estates; and Young Lawyers.

Check out the Tuesday edition of The Daily Record for coverage of the House of Delegates’ meeting Saturday morning.

— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

Paul Nunes, left, gets in for a closer look, trying to score against Mark Moretti and Janet Horne.

Paul Nunes, left, gets in for a closer look, trying to score against Mark Moretti and Janet Horne.

Adriana Favreau and Megan O'Toole try their hands at some foosball.

Adriana Favreau and Megan O’Toole try their hands at some foosball.

Laurie Giordano and Sandy Fazili try to navigate the playing field.

Laurie Giordano and Sandy Fazili try to navigate the playing field.

T. Andrew Brown bumps fists with his opponent Paul Nunes.

T. Andrew Brown bumps fists with his opponent Paul Nunes.

Mark Moretti and Janet Horne celebrate a goal.

Mark Moretti and Janet Horne celebrate a goal.

Digit counters fall for June Castellano.

Digit counters fall for June Castellano.

Jared Lusk and Tom Greiner, winners of the NYSBA Section Cup for foosball, hoist their trophy at the New York State Bar Association’s first foosball/pinball tournament.

Jared Lusk and Tom Greiner, winners of the NYSBA Section Cup for foosball, hoist their trophy at the New York State Bar Association’s first foosball/pinball tournament.

The Hon. Richard Dollinger and Paul Nunes accept their second place foosball trophy from NYSBA President David M. Schraver.

The Hon. Richard Dollinger and Paul Nunes accept their second place foosball trophy from NYSBA President David M. Schraver.

David Tennant, left, accepts the NYSBA Section Cup Foosball third place trophy from Schraver.

David Tennant, left, accepts the NYSBA Section Cup Foosball third place trophy from Schraver.

First place in the pinball portion of the contest went to Sharon Stern Gerstman, accepting her trophy from NYSBA President David M. Schraver.

First place in the pinball portion of the contest went to Sharon Stern Gerstman, accepting her trophy from NYSBA President David M. Schraver.

T. Andrew Brown shows off his pinball prowess.

T. Andrew Brown shows off his pinball prowess.

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