Twenty-eight local attorneys were honored June 26 as The Daily Record presented its 2014 Excellence in Law Awards.
The awards are broken into three categories: Unsung Legal Heroes, Top Women in Law and Up & Coming Attorneys; the former two were first given out in 2013.
The Unsung Legal Heroes Award honors individuals from, or working with, area civil legal services providers who have consistently helped those in need, often behind the scenes. Winners are Maritza Buitrago, an attorney with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office; Sheila Gaddis, executive director, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc.; Angela F. Hale, an Empire Justice Center attorney; and Robert P. Turner, a private practitioner involved in the Assigned Counsel and Attorneys for Children programs.
The Top Women in Law Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of women attorneys making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring a positive change in the community. Winners are Karen Bailey Turner, June M. Castellano, Amy Habib Rittling, Kate Karl, Hadley Matarazzo, Jean H. McCreary, Kelley Ross Brown, Karen Schaefer, Erika N. D. Stanat, Connie Walker, Melanie S. Wolk and Jennifer L. Wright.
Up & Coming Attorneys are those who demonstrate a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers. Winners are Odette Belton, Destini Bowman, Joseph A. Carello, Sean Eldridge, Brian M. Feldman, Aaron Frazier, Svetlana K. Ivy, Danielle E. Mettler, A. Darren Miller, Heather Neu, Luis Ormaechea and David P. Shaffer.
The luncheon ceremony, attended by more than 200 people, was hosted by The Daily Record at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.
— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk