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On the Town: Business litigation group celebrates the holidays

Phil Spellane, Michael Wolford, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of NY; and Loren Kroll.

Phil Spellane, Michael Wolford, the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of NY; and Loren Kroll.

The annual holiday gathering of the Business and Commercial Litigation and Appellate practice groups of Harris Beach PLLC took place on Tuesday, with host A. Vincent Buzard greeting guests and sharing a few remarks.

Experienced litigators and judges in the crowd remember the original holiday gatherings in the Granite Building, before Buzard was a part of Harris Beach.

“In those days, we invited Harris Beach hoping for some trickle down of business,” Buzard said.  “At the time I didn’t know there would be a hostile take-over down the road,” he joked.

Speaking briefly from the staircase platform in the lobby of the Garnsey Road offices of Harris Beach, Buzard shared humorous stories, and emphasized his gratitude for practicing in a collegial town like Rochester.

“At the holidays, my dad used to say ‘next year is going to be the best year yet,’ and I say the same to you: next year is going to be the best year yet,” Buzard said.

Photos by Nora A. Jones

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Judith Sinclair, Seventh Judicial District Administrative Judge Craig Doran and C. Bruce Lawrence.

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The Hon. Robert J. Lunn and A. Vincent Buzard.

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John Bouchard and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Tyler.

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County Court Judge James Piampiano, Deborah Fields and Family Court Judge Joseph Nesser.

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Susan Laluk, Chip Russell, C. Bruce Lawrence and Pat Malgieri.

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Fran Cafarell, clerk of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department; and Bill Kedley.

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Judith Sinclair, A. Vincent Buzard and Surrogate’s Court Judge John Owens, who will become a state Supreme Court justice on Jan. 1.

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Kristin Forshee and the Hon. Ann E. Pfeiffer.

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June Castellano, the Hon. Brian Kane, Diane Cecero and Sue Tebor.

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Harris Beach PLLC’s Business and Commercial Litigation and Appellate practice groups annual holiday party.

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Fred Infantino, Monroe County Family Court Judge Dandrea Ruhlmann and David Rothenberg.

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Karen Schafer and Sam Tilton.

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Monique Marchioni and Christina Petrella.