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On the Town: ‘The Daily Record’ presents Excellence in Law Awards

Up & Coming Attorneys awards went to, from left, Heather Neu, Sean Eldridge, Danielle E. Mettler, David P. Shaffer, Brian M. Feldman, Luis Ormaechea, Destini Bowman, Odette Belton, A. Darren Miller, Svetlana K. Ivy, Joseph A. Carello and Aaron Frazier.

Up & Coming Attorneys awards went to, from left, Heather Neu, Sean Eldridge, Danielle E. Mettler, David P. Shaffer, Brian M. Feldman, Luis Ormaechea, Destini Bowman, Odette Belton, A. Darren Miller, Svetlana K. Ivy, Joseph A. Carello and Aaron Frazier.

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

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Top Women in Law awards went to, from left, Jean H. McCreary, Karen Bailey Turner, Erika N. D. Stanat, Jennifer L. Wright, Karen Schaefer, Connie Walker, Amy Habib Rittling, Kelley Ross Brown, Kate Karl, Melanie S. Wolk and Hadley Matarazzo. June Castellano was not able to make the event.

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Winners of the Unsung Legal Heroes awards are, from left, Sheila Gaddis, Robert P. Turner, Maritza Buitrago and Angela F. Hale.

 

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William Turner, Cookie Waller and Val Tisdale.

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Karl Salzer, Todd Mazzo and Donald Twietmeyer.

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Sheila Gaddis, Fatimat Reid, Michelle Hutchinson and Connie Walker.

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Melanie A. Wolk, Paula Slaughter, Shirley Menter. Sandra Wolk Gelb, Larry Slaughter, Gail Wolk, Jeremy Wolk and David Wolk.

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Liz Novak, Merritt Smith, outgoing MCBA President Diane Cecero and incoming MCBA President Steve Modica.

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Ricardo Martinez, Michael Martinez, Maritza Buitrago, Marisol Galarza and Ruth Febo.

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Melle Xu, Evan Glover, Sue Laluk, Gabe Bouvet and Michele Charnonneau.

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John Anderson, Jeff Wadsworth and John Jennings.

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Alina Nadir, Breanne Skivington, Maria Delaro and Jeanne Chabot.

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Mike Harren, Bruce Popper, Bryan Hetherington and Louise Boillat.

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Kelley Ross Brown receives her award from Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Karen Bailey Turner.

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Amy Habib Rittling is presented with her award by Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Kate Karl and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

The Brown Hutchinson LLP table enjoys the luncheon. Back row, from left, are T. Andrew Brown, Michelle A. Hutchinson, Desiree Hill, Kimberly J. Campbell, Lolita Forsett and Michael Cobbs; front row, Jeanne Chabot, Maria Delaro, Alina Nadir, Breanne Skivington, Adrian G. Neil and Karen Bailey Turner. Louise Boillat, also with Brown Hutchinson, was also at the event.

The Brown Hutchinson LLP table enjoys the luncheon. Back row, from left, are T. Andrew Brown, Michelle A. Hutchinson, Desiree Hill, Kimberly J. Campbell, Lolita Forsett and Michael Cobbs; front row, Jeanne Chabot, Maria Delaro, Alina Nadir, Breanne Skivington, Adrian Neil and Karen Bailey Turner. Louise Boillat, also with Brown Hutchinson, was also at the event.

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Hadley Matarazzo and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Jean H. McCreary and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Karen Schaefer and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Erika N. D. Stanat and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Connie Walker and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Melanie S. Wolk and and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Jennifer L. Wright and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Maritza Buitrago and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Sheila Gaddis and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Angela F. Hale and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Robert P. Turner and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Odette Belton and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Destini Bowman and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Sean Eldridge and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Joseph A. Carello and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Brian M. Feldman and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Aaron Frazier and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Svetlana K. Ivy and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Danielle E. Mettler and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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A. Darren Miller and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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Heather Neu and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

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Luis Ormaechea and Daily Record Interim Publisher Liz Irwin.

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David P. Shaffer and Daily Record Group Publisher Glenda Russell.

Brian Kane accepts the Top Women in Law award for his wife, June Castellano, who could not make the event. Interim Publisher Liz Irwin presents him with the award. Vasiliy Baziuk

Brian Kane accepts the Top Women in Law award for his wife, June Castellano, who could not make the event. Interim Publisher Liz Irwin presents him with the award. Vasiliy Baziuk

 

 

 

 

 

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