Thomas C. Hartzell Jr.
Finucane and Hartzell LLP
Thomas C. Hartzell Jr., who takes pride in serving clients of all economic levels, has been a tireless advocate for children in the Rochester area for many years, said longtime legal partner Leo Finucane of Finucane & Hartzell, LLP.
“Tom has served willingly, tirelessly, and with great skill as an appointed law guardian in Monroe County Family Court, never declining a request from the court to assist in difficult cases, and giving generously of his time and exceptional abilities as a lawyer to children in need of legal representation,” Finucane wrote in a nominating letter.
Hartzell, whose practice also encompasses civil litigation and personal injury, is a 1985 University of Notre Dame Law School graduate. He participates in the Monroe County Family Court assigned counsel program, is a former Monroe County Bar Association young attorney mentor, and is the attorney coach for the St. Louis School mock trial program in Pittsford.
In the community, Hartzell is a member of the Notre Dame Club of Rochester, helps with the Blessed Sacrament Parish soup kitchen supper program and is a former Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has also taught tennis to under-served children in the Love-15 program and is the middle school head basketball coach at Siena Catholic Academy.
“He is a terrific example of a busy practicing attorney finding a way to serve the community with his time and talent. He is truly deserving of recognition for his efforts,” Finucane wrote. “I admire him as a lawyer and a person.”
Pittsford Town Justice John E. Bernacki Jr. praised Hartzell as an outstanding litigator. “Mr. Hartzell passionately represents his clients,” he said. “There is not another attorney who mentors not only younger attorneys, but seasoned attorneys, in how to always keep their ethical obligations in mind. He is a leader in the legal community.”