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Apr 21, 2014

Beyond the Office: Butcher makes a difference around the world

Steve Butcher Sr., a long-time local real estate attorney, is not the guy he used to be. He suggests that some people reading this article may be surprised at how much he’s changed as he explains his mission work in both Brazil and Africa that has taken him south of the equator 12 times now. […]

Mar 17, 2014

Beyond the Office: Levitsky logs a lot of miles in training

Steve Levitsky, partner at Handelman, Witkowicz & Levitsky, LLP, trained on his own for his first five marathons. Then he trained with the Fleet Feet Sports Distance Training Program in 2007, hoping to improve his performance. “Joining changed my life,” Levitsky reflected. “My marathon time improved by more than 30 minutes. It also expanded my […]

Mar 3, 2014

Beyond the Office: Hourihan helps serve the needy in Haiti

Edward P. Hourihan Jr. is preparing for his eighth volunteer trip to Haiti this May, while his father, Ed Hourihan Sr., has recently returned from one of his nearly two dozen trips to Haiti as a volunteer for the Haitian Health Foundation. Hourihan Sr. is on the HHF board and is close friends with Dr. […]

Nov 18, 2013

Beyond the Office: Murray shares her recipe for charitable giving

Around 2009-2010, Jessica Murray decided to combine her passion for cooking with her charitable interests and offer dinner parties as an auction item for various organizations she supported. Since then, Murray estimates she and her husband, Rob Nassau, have generated over $9,000 in charitable donations and created many fond memories and new friendships. Hosting a […]

Oct 21, 2013

Beyond the Office: Martinez cooks up the perfect paella

Raul Martinez has a lot of interests aside from the civil litigation he does for Faraci Lange LLP. Many in his business and social circles are aware of his talent in the kitchen and his family depends on him as the head cook. Martinez started cooking when he was at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, […]

Sep 16, 2013

Beyond the Office: Belanger keeps eye out for fishing on the fly

Matt Belanger, partner at Faraci Lange LLP, keeps his fly fishing gear in the car, waders and all. “It’s a way to ensure I can fit in an hour or two of fishing here and there,” he explained. “There are plenty of creeks and streams in Western New York. This is a wonderful place to […]

Aug 19, 2013

Beyond the Office: Attorney Blish wins best screenplay award

The New Hope Film Festival honored Nelson Adrian Blish on July 21 at a ceremony in the suburban Philadelphia town. With more than 300 submissions, Blish’s screenplay adaptation of his previously published novel, “The Taking of the King” (Penguin Books, 2006) was selected as best screenplay.  After receiving the electronic manuscript, New Hope Film Festival […]

Aug 11, 2013

Beyond the Office: Brown finds interest in science and music

K8NLV. A few of you may recognize those numbers as a ham radio operator call sign. But whose call sign? That would be Rob Brown, founding partner of Schatz Brown Glassman Kossow LLP. Brown has secured transmissions from Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and all corners of the United States in his “ham shack” — […]

Jul 14, 2013

Beyond the Office: Photography a passion for Lawrence

When he was the photographic editor of his high school yearbook, C. Bruce Lawrence also had the use of a home darkroom, built by his father who also used it to develop his own photos. Lawrence, 2013 recipient of the Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award from the Monroe County Bar Association and head of Boylan Code […]

Jun 16, 2013

Beyond the Office: Soong likes to go outside his comfort zone

Patent attorney Zosan “Sam” Soong understands how one can fall in love with an inanimate object. That’s how he feels about his Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS, although this is only his second summer of riding a motorcycle. Referring to it as his “dream bike” for this stage of his motorcycle riding, Soong explained: “It looks […]

May 20, 2013

Beyond the Office: ADA Kvam bikes to find balance in life

To counterbalance work stress and maintain his health, Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kvam maintains a fitness regimen focused on cycling. Growing up near Saratoga, Kvam played soccer, swam and skied, then ran track and cross-country in high school. While earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at SUNY Geneseo, he was a competitive distance […]

Apr 7, 2013

Beyond the Office: A duality of passions for artist, lawyer

Most of us would consider a road-flattened car muffler or the core of a discarded hot water tank junk. However John Wilson, senior counsel at Boylan Code LLP, and his wife dory driss (who presents her name in lowercase), rejoice in finding such objects and recycling them into artistic sculptures. The Wilson-Driss Studio in Rochester’s […]

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