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On the Move at Canandaigua National Bank, Faraci Lange, Nixon Peabody and more for Feb. 9, 2016

Brian Pasley

Brian Pasley

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust has promoted Brian E. Pasley to executive vice president.

Pasley’s responsibilities include all facets of consumer lending and product management, service delivery, operations, and the management of the CNB mortgage portfolio. He serves on CNB’s asset liability committee and as community reinvestment officer, responsible for the implementation and delivery of CNB’s Community Reinvestment Act Compliance Program.

Pasley joined CNB in 2011, having spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry. Over the course of his career, he has had management responsibilities for mortgage banking, consumer lending, and retail banking.

Pasley received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester. He has been an active member of the U of R alumni community and is a member of the Board of the Golisano Children’s Hospital.


The law firm of Faraci Lange LLP announced that Katrina L. Connelly has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Katrina L. Connelly

Katrina L. Connelly

In her new position, Katrina Connelly oversees all business and administrative operations for the firm. She most recently served as chief administrative officer, after joining the firm as a marketing and administrative assistant in 2010.

Connelly is president-elect of the Rochester Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. She also serves as a member of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center’s Open That Bottle Night Committee and of the Rochester New Leadership Council for the Western New York Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

She earned her MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and her bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.




U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford has appointed Faraci Lange LLP partner Hadley L. Matarazzo has been appointed lead co-counsel in the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield data breach case.

Hadley Matarazzo

Hadley Matarazzo

Matarazzo was named lead co-counsel by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford. Robin L. Greenwald, of the New York City-based firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, will be co-counsel.

The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield action involves a set of 14 proposed class action lawsuits relating to the Excellus breach of health insurance data. The lawsuits began after Excellus and its Lifetime Healthcare Inc. parent company revealed that hackers accessed the records of approximately 7 million Excellus customers and 3.5 million Lifetime Healthcare customers.

Matarazzo oversees Faraci Lange’s defective drug, medical device and consumer protection practices.




Lesley E. Niebel has joined the law firm of Faraci Lange LLP as an associate attorney.

Lesley E. Niebel

Lesley E. Niebel

Niebel focuses her practice on personal injury, including medical malpractice and auto accidents; labor law; products liability; and business litigation. She is a member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, American Association for Justice, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations.

Niebel earned her J.D. degree from Syracuse University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in English and economics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.



Ashley Champion has been electedpartner to Nixon Peabody LLP’s real estate practice. She focuses on land-use zoning, commercial real estate, medical facilities and retail

Ashley Champion

Ashley Champion

leasing. She received  her J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and a bachelor’s in political science from Niagara University. She is a member  of , J.D., cum laude.

Champion is  a  member of the New York State Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association and Albany Law School’s honorary scholarship group, the Justinian Society.



Steve Rams, a 12-year veteran of Red Lobster, has been promoted to lead the Rochester restaurant as its general manager. In his role, Rams oversees all aspects of the restaurant’s operations including managing a team of more than 90 team members solely focused on hospitality and delighting guests with freshly prepared, high-quality seafood.

“We are proud Steve is now leading the restaurant team in Rochester,” said Chip Wade, Red Lobster’s Executive vice president of operations. “Steve’s passion for the company and delivering high-quality seafood to our guests has made him a true restauranteur.”

Rams began his Red Lobster career in 2004 as a host at the Red Lobster in Lakewood. He also worked as a manager and a culinary manager before being promoted to general manager.

Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo was named president-elect designee of the 74,000-member New York State Bar Association.

Sharon Stern Gerstman

Sharon Stern Gerstman

The House of Delegates, the Association’s governing body, elected Gerstman during the 139th Annual Meeting in Manhattan. She begins a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2016 and will become president on June 1, 2017.

Current President-elect Claire P. Gutekunst of Yonkers assumes the presidency on June 1, 2016, succeeding David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti).

Ellen G. Makofsky of Garden City (Makofsky & Associates) was elected secretary a third time for another one-year term. Scott M. Karson of Melville was elected treasurer.

Gerstman is of counsel to Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration, and appellate practice. Karson, a vice-president on the Executive Committee for the 10th Judicial District, is a partner of Lamb & Barnosky. He concentrates his practice on trial and appellate litigation, as well as municipal, civil rights, commercial, real property, personal injury and criminal litigation.