Andrea Schillaci has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NAWBO.
Dan D. Kohane, Sr. Member, was elected VP of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) in Chicago.
Hurwitz & Fine attorney weighs in on access to medical records in the Buffalo Law Journal.
The Buffalo News shares how Hurwitz & Fine attorney, Mike Perley, walked away with a victory for Niagara County.
James L. “Jamey” Maswick, an Attorney in our Lake Placid office, took first place for "Best Attorney" in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s annual Best of the Mountains 2018 Readers' Choice Awards.
COA: Private Facebook Entries are Discoverable
In Foreman v. Henkin, the Court of Appeals ruled that a user’s designating her Facebook profile as “private” does not shield it from disclosure. Instead, objective standards of privacy dictate what is and is not discoverable. The account must still be relevant to be discoverable (such as when the plaintiff puts their pre- and post-accident condition or activity level in issue), and demands must be reasonable in scope, but the plaintiff cannot pick and choose what to disclose by labeling it “private.” See our summary here.
Law Firm Diversity CLE at the BAEC
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is proud to sponsor the Bar Association of Erie County Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE entitled "Creating Opportunities, Improving Outcomes" on Wednesday, February 21st. Join us as we work to increase diversity in the legal community: www.eriebar.org/MemberCenter/Calendar/CreatingOpportunitiesImprovingOutcomes
Robinson & Firm Honored For Pro Bono Work
Firm Elder Law practice group leader Edward C. Robinson was awarded the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award by the Center for Elder Law & Justice and Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. was honored with a Pro Bono Award by the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc. in recognition of all of the pro bono legal services performed at the Federal Court Pro Se Assistance Program. The awards were given at the 10th annual Champions for Justice Bash Awards Reception on Friday, November 17th.
Hurwitz & Fine Named A “Best Law Firm”
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is pleased to announce its 2018 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. The firm was recognized in the following areas:
Employment Law – Management
Health Care Law
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Municipal
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Hurwitz & Fine Honored by Center for Elder Law & Justice
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. has been selected as the Federal Court Award winner for the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc. The award will be given at the 10th annual Champions for Justice Bash Awards Reception on Friday November 17th at the [email protected], 391 Washington Street, Buffalo NY. An extra special congratulations to Elder Law and Estate Planning lawyer Edward C. Robinson who will be receiving the Center for Elder Law & Justice’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award!
Evanko Named Lawyer Of The Year
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. firm attorneys have been recognized by the extremely selective 2018 Best Lawyers in America with 10 lawyers recognized in various areas of law and Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. president Ann Evanko was named Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law.
Patrick B. Curran (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Listed In New York Super Lawyers
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is honored to have over 70% 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 2017 New York Super Lawyers list includes:
David R. Adams, Construction Litigation
Diane F. Bosse, Insurance Coverage
Jody E. Briandi, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 50/Top 25 Women)
Todd C. Bushway, Personal Injury Defense: General
Earl K. Cantwell, Business Litigation
Patrick B. Curran, Personal Injury: Medical Malpractice
Ann E. Evanko, Employment & Labor (Top 25 Women)
Robert P. Fine, Business/Corporate
Edward B. Flink, Personal Injury Defense: General
Lawrence C. Franco, Business/Corporate
Dan D. Kohane, Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
Steven E. Peiper, Insurance Coverage
Michael F. Perley, Personal Injury Defense: General (Top 10/Top 50)
V. Christopher Potenza, Personal Injury Defense: General
Edward C. Robinson, Estate & Probate
Lawrence M. Ross, Health Care
Roger L. Ross, Real Estate
Andrea Schillaci, Business Litigation (Top 50/Top 25 Women)
Kevin J. Zanner, Business/Corporate
Jennifer A. Ehman, Insurance Coverage
Patricia A. Fay, Personal Injury Defense: General
James L. Maswick, Personal Injury Defense: General
Jennifer J. Phillips, Appellate Practice
Marc A. Schulz, Personal Injury Defense: General
Tessa R. Scott, Personal Injury Defense: General
Amber E. Storr, Business Litigation
Agnieszka A. Wilewicz, Insurance Coverage
Congratulations to all of the attorneys recognized and thank you to our peers in the legal community for nominating us for this honor.
Kohane Selected to Join American Law Institute
Dan Kohane, the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice Group Leader and an adjunct professor of Insurance Law at the University at Buffalo Law School, has been selected as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Members of the ALI include prominent judges, lawyers, and law professors of the highest qualifications who work together to draft, discuss, revise, and publish Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. By participating in the Institute’s work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good. Congratulations to Dan on this distinct honor.
Evanko Named To Power 100 Women
Congratulations to Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. President & Managing Partner Ann Evanko on being named one of Buffalo Business First's Power 100 Women! According to the newspaper, Business First editors and reporters used their years of experience observing the area business community to rank 100 of the area's most influential women. A court-selected mediator and prominent employment lawyer, Evanko is chair of the Western New York Women’s Foundation and founder and past president of the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She is a highly regarded women's advocate who continually seeks to improve the lives of women through numerous leadership roles in the community.
Schillaci Honored With Top Women In Law Award
Commercial Litigation Practice Group head Andrea Schillaci was awarded an Excellence in Law Award in the category of Top Women in Law by the New York Daily Record, a WNY legal newspaper headquartered in Rochester. The three categories were Top Women in Law, Up & Coming Attorneys and Unsung Heroes. The Top Women in Law awards "recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community."
H&F Celebrates 40 Years
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 new attorneys who are well established in this region. 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.
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.