Jacqueline Phipps Polito, a shareholder in Littler’s Rochester office, has been honored as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 United States 2016’s Labor Management Relations category. The prestigious guide recommends firms and individuals based on merit.
Polito offers substantial experience in all aspects of traditional and non-traditional labor and employment litigation. Her practical approach combined with her management background enables Polito to offer strategic employment advice to clients and successfully represent them in collective bargaining and labor relations experience, ultimately earning recognition in Legal 500 and beyond.
Legal 500 also recommended Littler – the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management – in three categories: Labor and Employment Disputes in Defense, Labor Management Relations and Workplace and Employment Counseling.
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC announces that Kathleen K. Suher has joined Bond’s Rochester office.
Prior to joining Bond, Kathleen was Vice President, Assistant Counsel and Secretary for a publically traded real estate investment trust company with over $7 billion in assets.
She represented the company in all of its acquisition and disposition transactions. As a result, Kathleen has substantial experience with tax-deferred transactions including 1031 exchanges and UPREITs. She has detailed knowledge of transfer and mortgage taxes.
In addition to real estate law and finance, Kathleen has a corporate law background. She has drafted organizational documents to form legal entities, including negotiating separateness covenants required for conduit financing; working familiarity with the corporate laws of many states; and given opinions as in-house counsel on corporate matters for loan transactions.
Buffalo attorney Gregory T. Miller was sworn in as the 110th president of the Bar Association of Erie County at its 129th annual meeting and election on Friday, June 10, succeeding Kevin W. Spitler. Melinda G. Disare was elected vice president; she will assume the presidency in June of 2017.
Ericka N. Bennett has assumed the position of treasurer and Paulette E. Ross was elected deputy treasurer. Hillary C. Banker, Christopher J. Belling, Susan S. Hogan, and Meghann N. Roehl were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors. Elected to the Nominating Committee were Catherine B. Dempsey and David L. Edmunds Jr.
Miller is a partner at Roach, Brown, McCarthy & Gruber, P.C., where he has practiced since graduating from law school in 1997. He focuses on the defense of medical professionals, hospitals, and nursing homes in medical malpractice cases. He also defends corporations and other entities in federal and state-based products liability litigation.
Miller holds a degree in social studies education and previously worked as a teacher before entering SUNY at Buffalo Law School, where he served as an
editor of the Buffalo Law Review. He frequently collaborates with the Erie County Medical Society and SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, where he gives presentations on medico-legal topics. Miller was elected deputy treasurer of the Bar Association in 2013 and has served as an officer, board liaison and member of several key committees.
Disare is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. Formerly with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Disare was also the first female partner at Damon & Morey, LLP. She represents employers in a full range of labor and employment matters.
A magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, Disare earned her JD, cum laude, from Cornell Law School. She formerly served as a Bar Association director for three years and also chaired the Labor Law Committee. For six years, she was a director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., including two years as vice president.
Patrick Waterman, PE has joined LaBella Associates as Director of Business Development for the Transportation Division. He has 29 years of experience in transportation engineering, specializing in bridge design and lock and dam engineering.
Patrick’s responsibilities will focus on developing new relationships and strategic partnerships, while also bringing LaBella’s full breadth of services to existing clients. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York and currently serves as Secretary of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Rochester region. He resides in Rochester.
Robert Attardo has joined LaBella Associates as Corporate Attorney. He will leverage over twenty years of legal experience in his role as counsel to senior management. His duties will include managing the firm’s overall legal function, including contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, dispute resolution and oversight of outside counsel. Bob is an active board member for the Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts, and the Cornell Club of Rochester. He resides in Fairport.
Stacy Frys has been promoted to Controller of LaBella Associates. An accountant with the firm for 20 years, her new role will encompass aspects of financial management such as corporate accounting, financial reporting, cash management for domestic and international operations, and development and application of accounting procedures and programs. Stacy resides in Brockport, NY.
The Rochester Business Journal and the Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International awarded Leanne McGuinness, CPA, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Summit Federal Credit Union, with 2016’s award for Financial Executive of the Year in the large non-profit category. Recognizing McGuinness’s contributions to The Summit and to the communities in which the credit union operates, the award was presented recently at a luncheon in downtown Rochester. Almost 550 people were in attendance.
Under McGuinness’s leadership, The Summit has had eight mergers and has grown from 80 employees to 240, with assets increasing from $80 million to $800 million. That growth has been balanced with sound financial management, achievements that intertwine to make up the foundation of The Summit’s non-profit, cooperative mission.
St. John’s, a leading provider of senior living and long-term care options in the Rochester region, recently promoted Robert Earl to the position of vice president of finance and chief financial officer.
In his new role, Earl is responsible for strategic execution and overall short- and long-term financial management of the company. He will provide leadership in corporate development and continuous evaluation of strategic financial objectives.
He oversees cash-flow planning, investments and asset management. He is responsible for financial strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships. Earl also has ownership over timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for the board of directors and other external officials.
Earl, who started with St. John’s in 2012, previously held the title of director of finance and corporate controller. Prior to joining St. John’s, he served as a senior financial leader for the County of Monroe’s Department of Public Health, overseeing financial reporting, accounting, budget, revenue enhancement, cost controls and grants management.
The St. Bonaventure graduate lives in Penfield with his wife, Julie, and their five children: Travis, Nathan, Paige, Gavin and Addison.
LeChase Construction Services, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of John Koch as a project manager in its Rochester office.
In his new role, Koch will manage, develop, maintain and oversee all functions of assigned projects at the preconstruction, construction and post-construction phases. Those functions include but are not limited to safety, construction planning and cost-control procedures.
Prior to joining LeChase, Koch worked for Charles Perry Partners, Inc., in Orlando, Florida where he managed hospital, college, and commercial renovation projects. He had previously worked as an intern at LeChase and for the City of Rochester after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Koch holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was on the Dean’s List and was honored as an Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar. He lives in Le Roy with his wife Lora and two daughters.
National Fire Adjustment Co., Inc. announces the appointment of two licensed adjusters, Salvatore T. Bonanza and Michael F. Duester servicing greater Rochester.
National Fire Adjustment is a fourth generation family owned and operated public adjusting firm that began in Buffalo in 1922. It is one of North America’s largest public adjusting and loss-consulting firms. NFA has expanded covering losses wherever disaster strikes serving the United States and Canada.
After graduating from Utica College of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Business Management, Bonanza was employed with Utica National Insurance Group as a Senior Property Claims Specialist with a focus on Commercial and Personal Lines Insurance.
Duester is a graduate of Canisius College with a B.A. in history/education, with a concentration in Asian Studies. Duester brings 22 years of property claims handling experience, with his most recent employment with Harlesyville/Nationwide, where he held the position of Property General Adjuster.
SWBR Architects has announced two promotions. Randal Sickler, AIA, has been appointed to municipal practice leader, and Matthew Lupiani, AIA, has been promoted to branch manager of the firm’s central New York office.
In his new role, Sickler will lead the firm’s civic and governmental design group. With more than 30 years of experience, he creates functional and efficient spaces for court, law enforcement, emergency services and other public facilities.
Lupiani has been promoted to branch manager of SWBR’s Syracuse office. He will be responsible for implementing the firm’s mission of positively impacting lives through meaningful design and provide expertise, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.