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Firm News

H&F Celebrates "40 On The 40"

As the firm turns 40 at the end of this month, we also celebrate the expansion of the firm with a new Lake Placid Office and greater presence in the Albany area with the addition of three new attorneys who are well established in this region. The firm now has 40 attorneys statewide. We welcome Edward Flink as a Member and James (Jamey) Maswick as an Associate, both of whom were formerly affiliated with Flink Smith LLC, and both of whom will be serving the Albany/Capital District/North Country area where they are well established, well known and well respected. Tom Sica joins us as Special Counsel to support our clients in the Albany area and, like other attorneys across the firm, stands ready to serve wherever needed in New York State. 

Ehman Honored With NYSBA Hurwitz Award

Insurance Coverage Team attorney Jennifer A. Ehman was awarded the Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award, presented by the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association at their annual dinner on January 25, 2017. The award, named for the co-founder of the firm, is awarded to a lawyer admitted 10 years or less who has made a significant impact in the industry. Ms. Ehman is the fifth Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. attorney to receive this distinction since the award’s creation. Originally called the Young Lawyer Award, Insurance Coverage Practice Group Leader Dan D. Kohane was the first recipient of that award in 1983. 

Fine Honored By Judiciary

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Founder and Chair, Robert P. Fine, was awarded the Special Service Award by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The award was presented at the annual Bench & Bar Dinner on Sept. 28th in Rochester “in recognition of and appreciation for extraordinary and exemplary service to the Western District of New York and its Judges; and for demonstrating extraordinary commitment, dedication, skill, and professionalism in assuring equal access to justice for all.” Mr. Fine serves as Chair, and previously as a member, of the United States District Court Magistrate Merit Selection Committee for the Western District of New York, having been selected by the Chief Judge and the District Court Judges of that Court. This Panel evaluates and recommends candidates for the position of Magistrate Judge for the Western District of New York.

Evanko Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award By Business First

Firm President Ann E. Evanko honored with distinction by Buffalo Business First with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Women of Influence. She was selected for her outstanding contributions to our community, to the women focused charitable organizations she champions and to our growing firm. Congratulations to all of the Women of Influence honorees on this recognition of the business and community achievements of women across Western New York!   

Bosse Selected As New York Law Journal Top Women In Law

Special Counsel Diane F. Bosse was selected as one of New York Law Journal's Top Women in Law for 2016. Described by the publication as "our attempt to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New York state who have had notable achievements over the past year." The 30 women will be honored at a celebratory dinner at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City on Nov. 15th.

75% of H&F Listed As Super Lawyers

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is honored to have 75% of the firm’s attorneys named to the New York Super Lawyers list (Upstate Edition), with several attorneys being prominently featured in the Top 10, Top 50 and Top 25 Women lists. Only 5% of eligible attorneys statewide make the list. The 2016 New York Super Lawyers list includes:

Robert P. Fine, Business/Corporate
Lawrence C. Franco, Business/Corporate
Dan D. Kohane, Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
Ann E. Evanko, Employment & Labor (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Roger L. Ross, Real Estate
Lawrence M. Ross, Health Care
Michael F. Perley, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 10, Top 50)
Andrea Schillaci, Business Litigation (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Edward C. Robinson, Estate Planning & Probate
Earl K. Cantwell, Business Litigation
Jody E. Briandi, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Audrey A. Seeley, Insurance Coverage (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
David R. Adams, Construction Litigation
Todd C. Bushway, Personal Injury Defense: General
V. Christopher Potenza, Personal Injury Defense: General
Steven E. Peiper, Insurance Coverage
Paul J. Suozzi, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50)
Diane F. Bosse, Insurance Coverage (Top 25 Women)

Rising Stars:

Jennifer A. Ehman, Insurance Coverage
Marc A. Schulz, Personal Injury Defense: General
Kinsey A. O’Brien, Employment & Labor
Patricia A. Fay, Personal Injury Defense: General
Agnieszka A. Wilewicz, Insurance Coverage
Amber E. Storr, Business Litigation

The Super Lawyers nomination process invites attorneys to review their peers across the state to determine which have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. We extend heartfelt gratitude to our peers in the legal community for this recognition, our clients for their trust, and to our staff who support our ongoing efforts to provide top quality legal services. 

H&F Attorneys Listed As Best Lawyers

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. attorneys were highly recognized with 13 firm attorneys listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 list. The nationally recognized Best Lawyers lists are compiled by surveying the leading lawyers in each field who confidentially evaluate their peers in the legal community. Listed attorneys include:

Robert P. Fine (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates)
Lawrence C. Franco (Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates)
Dan D. Kohane (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance)
Ann E. Evanko (Corporate Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation Labor & Employment)
Paul J. Suozzi (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
Roger L. Ross (Real Estate Law)
Lawrence M. Ross (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Tax Law)
Michael F. Perley (Litigation – Municipal, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
Diane K. Church (Banking & Finance Law)
Andrea Schillaci (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Edward C. Robinson (Elder Law)
Audrey A. Seeley (Insurance Law)

Dan D. Kohane was identified with special distinction as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Insurance Law. Lawyers listed as such have received particularly high ratings in these surveys by earning the highest level of recognition from their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity in their specific area of law. 

Evanko Honored Twice In Business First Focus On Women

Firm President Ann E. Evanko was given special recognition in the July 29, 2016 issue of Business First with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Women of Influence, an award recognizing her career spanning high level of business acumen and community spirit. In this same issue, she was also identified as #36 in the Business First listing of the Power 100 Women, an annual listing of Western New Yorkers who bring impact to their companies and communities. 

Evanko Named To Power 250 List

Firm President Ann E. Evanko was listed among the Power 250 by Business First. The list reflects the consensus of the publication's reporters and editors following substantial research, reporting and debate among the entire staff to determine who they consider the most influential people in Western New York. We are delighted to see her honored and included among the most powerful leaders in our community!

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Named A “Best Law Firm”

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is pleased to announce its 2016 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings where multiple practice areas have been recognized. Law firms that are included in the rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes both client and peer reviews. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that practice area and metro. The firm was recognized in the following areas:

Banking and Finance Law
Civil Rights Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Elder Law
Employment Law – Management
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Litigation – Municipal
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Members Named Legal Elite of WNY

We are proud to have five firm Members recognized as outstanding in the Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2015 Legal Elite of Western New York. The list, generated from nominations by other lawyers, highlighted a limited number of Western New York lawyers total and significantly limited the number of lawyers per firm which could be included and is considered a particular honor in the Buffalo legal community. Honored are:

Ann E. Evanko
Robert P. Fine
Lawrence C. Franco
Dan D. Kohane
Harry F. Mooney

Congratulations to the honorees!

Schillaci And Zanner Join Firm Board

We are pleased to announce that firm Members Andrea Schillaci and Kevin J. Zanner have joined the firm's Board of Directors. The Board now consists of firm President Ann E. Evanko, Lawrence C. Franco, Michael F. Perley, Ms. Schillaci and Mr. Zanner.

Ms. Schillaci heads the firm's Business Litigation Department and focuses her practice in professional liability, regulatory and compliance matters, insurance coverage, health care and environmental areas. Mr. Zanner is a member of the firm’s Business, Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development Practice Groups. He assists business, public sector and non-profit clients on a broad range of matters including commercial real estate, brownfield redevelopment projects, general corporate and contract matters, entity structuring, acquisitions and divestitures, employment and regulatory compliance.

Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Listed Among Best Lawyers In America

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. attorneys were highly recognized with 14 firm attorneys listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2016 list. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their peers in the legal community. Listed attorneys include:

Robert P. Fine (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates)
Lawrence C. Franco (Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates)
Dan D. Kohane (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation- Insurance)
Harry F. Mooney (Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation –Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
Ann E. Evanko (Corporate Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation Labor & Employment)
Paul J. Suozzi (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
Roger L. Ross (Real Estate Law)
Lawrence M. Ross (Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Tax Law)
Michael F. Perley (Litigation – Municipal, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
Diane K. Church (Banking & Finance Law)
Andrea Schillaci (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Christopher J. Hurley (Banking & Finance Law)
Edward C. Robinson (Elder Law)
Audrey A. Seeley (Insurance Law)

Ann E. Evanko was identified with special distinction as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law and Edward C. Robinson was identified as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Elder Law. Lawyers listed as such have received particularly high ratings in these surveys by earning the highest level of recognition from their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity in their specific area of law. Recognition in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor

Two-Thirds of the Firm Again Listed As Super Lawyers

The firm is honored to once again have two-thirds of the firm’s attorneys named to the New York Super Lawyers list (Upstate Edition), with several attorneys being prominently featured in the Top 25 Women and Top 50 lists. Only 5% of eligible attorneys statewide make the list. The 2015 New York Super Lawyers list includes:

Robert P. Fine, Business/Corporate
Lawrence C. Franco, Business/Corporate
Dan D. Kohane, Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
Harry F. Mooney, Personal Injury Defense: Products (Top 50)
Ann E. Evanko, Employment & Labor (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Paul J. Suozzi, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50)
Roger L. Ross, Real Estate 
Lawrence M. Ross, Health Care
Michael F. Perley, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50)
Andrea Schillaci, Business Litigation (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Edward C. Robinson, Estate Planning & Probate
Earl K. Cantwell, Business Litigation
Jody E. Briandi, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
Audrey A. Seeley, Insurance Coverage (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
David R. Adams, Construction Litigation
Todd C. Bushway, Personal Injury Defense: General
V. Christopher Potenza, Personal Injury Defense: General
Steven E. Peiper, Insurance Coverage
Diane F. Bosse, Insurance Coverage (Top 25 Women)

Rising Stars:
Jennifer A. Ehman, Insurance Coverage
Marc A. Schulz, Personal Injury Defense: General
Patricia A. Fay, Estate Planning & Probate

This multi-phase selection process asks attorneys to review their peers across the state to determine which have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Congratulations to those acknowledged and our gratitude to our clients for their trust and to our firm employees who support our ongoing efforts to provide top quality legal services. 

Evanko Honored As Power 100 Women

Firm President/Managing Member Ann E. Evanko was recently identified as one of the most powerful women in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. The newspaper showcased who they consider the 100 most powerful women in the Buffalo region in this inaugural Power 100 Women list.

Perley Elected Erie County Bar Director

Michael F. Perley, Co-Chair of the Ligation Department at Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. and a member of the firm's Board of Directors, was elected a Director of the Erie County Bar Association. Mr. Perley focuses his practice in municipal law, product liability, professional liability, transportation negligence, complex and catastrophic injury litigation.

Evanko Honored Among Area Women Of Distinction

Firm President Ann Evanko was honored by the Girl Scouts of Western New York at the annual Women of Distinction dinner and awards ceremony. The award, presented by Girl Scout Katherine Kerekes who personally interviewed Ms. Evanko, "celebrates women in our community who have demonstrated success and given back, but it also offers girls a wonderful chance to develop their own leadership skills." Ms. Evanko had been a Girl Scout in her youth. Ms. Evanko was a Girl Scout in her youth, often crediting scouting with helping her develop a competitive nature and leadership skills.

Evanko Honored for Community Service

Firm President & Managing Member Ann E. Evanko was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service by the SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association at the 53rd Annual Alumni Dinner. The recognition was given “for her many contributions to the betterment of our community”.

Evanko Named To Power 250 List

Firm Managing Partner Ann E. Evanko was named to the list of the most influential people in Western New York as compiled by Business First. The Power 250 recognizes "a list of the 250 men and women who, in our opinion, wield the most clout in the eight-county region," according to the publication.

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Again Named Top Midsize Firm in NYS

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is once again listed as the Top Midsize Law Firm in New York State in both Business & Transactions and in Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine for all of New York State. Only five law firms statewide make this distinction per firm size per area of law, and there are only five areas of law possible for which to make the list: Business & Transactions; Construction, Real Estate and Environmental; Employment; Intellectual Property and Litigation. The firm has been listed as the Top Midsize Law Firm in these two areas of law since 2010.