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Brian D. Barnas Receives Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award

Thursday, January 19th, 2023

Hurwitz Fine Insurance Coverage Member Brian D. Barnas received the New York State Bar Association's Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer award. Presented by the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section, this award recognizes an attorney's outstanding contributions to the practice of law in the field of insurance and will be presented at the association’s annual meeting in New York.

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Jody E. Briandi Elected to the WNY Women’s Foundation Board of Directors

Friday, January 13th, 2023

Hurwitz Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi was elected to the WNY Women’s Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2023, for a three-year term.

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Hurwitz Fine Welcomes Three Associates in the Firm's Buffalo Office

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

Hurwitz Fine has welcomed three associates who were all admitted to the bar on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, and will be joining the firm’s Insurance Coverage and General Litigation teams! All three of the individuals have spent the last several months at the firm as associates-pending-admission, and we are excited to officially welcome them as attorneys!

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Hurwitz Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi Featured on Buffalo Business First's Table of Experts "Women in Law" Panel

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Hurwitz Fine President/Managing Partner Jody Briandi sat down with several other WNY women lawyers at the Buffalo Business First Table of Experts "Women in Law" panel.

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Hurwitz Fine: 2022 In Review

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

2022 was an exciting year for Hurwitz Fine! We celebrated 45 years—our sapphire anniversary— with a new name and tagline, a new look and new practice areas. We continue to look toward the future with the evolution of our name and visual identity and provide innovative solutions to our clients. We are so proud of what we have accomplished thanks to our attorneys, staff, colleagues and clients!

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Effective Immediately: New York State Will Now Require Employers to Provide Electronic Versions of all Mandatory Workplace Postings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

On December 16, 2022, New York State amended New York Labor Law Section 201 to require employers to make mandatory workplace postings available to applicants and employees electronically. This means that in addition to posting physical notices, digital versions of the federal and state notices must also be made available through the employer’s website or by email.

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Hurwitz Fine's 2022 Adopt-a-Family: WNY Heroes

Monday, December 19th, 2022

Each December, Hurwitz Fine's Safety & Wellness Committee partners with a local organization to host our annual Adopt-a-Family Drive. This year, we partnered with WNY Heroes, a veterans' assistance organization, to bring some holiday cheer to two local, in-need families. 

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Scott D. Kagan and V. Christopher Potenza featured in the New York State Bar Association's Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal

Monday, December 19th, 2022

On December 16, 2022, Hurwitz Fine attorneys Scott D. Kagan and V. Christopher Potenza were published in the New York State Bar Association's Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal for their comprehensive article, “The Ups and Downs of Elevator and Escalator Litigation.”

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Law360: NY Panel's COVID Nursing Home Case Order Spurs Questions

Friday, December 9th, 2022

Elizabeth G. Adymy and V. Christopher Potenza were published in Law360 on December 9, 2022 for their expert analysis article on "NY Panel's COVID Nursing Home Case Order Spurs Questions."

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NYS Labor Law Attorney David R. Adams Wins Complete Defense Verdict at Trial for Construction Accident Injury

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

A defense verdict was obtained by Hurwitz Fine Member David R. Adams for a general contractor and masonry contractor in a three-week unified jury trial. The case involved an accident at a construction site with allegations of negligence and violations of New York Labor Law § 241(6) and § 200. The importance of this victory is that this statute is considered, in many cases, to establish close to strict liability in construction accidents against the contractor and subcontractors. 

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Update on New York’s Adult Survivors Act: One-Year Lookback Window is Now Open

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

On November 24, 2022, New York’s Adult Survivors Act’s one-year lookback window opened for individuals who were sexually assaulted as adults to file claims against their abusers, even if the statute of limitations has already expired.  Businesses must be proactive in preventing future abuse claims, and assessing and investigating potential past liability.   

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Hurwitz Fine P.C. Ranked as a Tier One Law Firm in Eight Practice Areas in 2023 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report have announced the release of the 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings. Hurwitz Fine P.C. is proud to have Buffalo Metropolitan Tier One rankings in eight practice areas.

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Michael F. Perley Organizes Eighth Annual James Otis Lecture Series in Buffalo

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Hurwitz Fine participated in the Eighth Annual James Otis Lecture this week, held at the Robert H. Jackson Courthouse in Buffalo, NY, and sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter of ABOTA.

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Hurwitz Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi Honored as a Business First 2022 C-Level Executive

Monday, October 17th, 2022

This year’s honorees are composed of business leaders from some of WNY’s largest companies and nonprofit organizations, who have been nominated as innovators within their company, trailblazers who effectively navigate the complexities of their field, role models for their staff and among their peers, and standard-setters within their industry.

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Fourth Department Unanimously Rejects Retroactive Application of EDTPA Repeal

Monday, October 10th, 2022

In an important and precedential decision released on October 7, 2022, New York’s Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, unanimously held that the statute repealing[1] New York’s Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (EDTPA)[2], is to be given prospective, rather than retroactive, effect. As argued to the Court by Hurwitz Fine’s nursing home litigation team in Ruth v Elderwood at Amherst[3], the text of the repeal statute itself and the legal principles governing statutory interpretation could lead only to that conclusion.

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Robert J. Caggiano Joins Hurwitz Fine as a Litigation Associate in the Firm's Buffalo Office

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Robert J. Caggiano has joined Hurwitz Fine P.C. in the firm's Litigation Department as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice on general litigation matters, including defending personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, navigating potential high exposure losses, and resolving business/commercial disputes.

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Maxwell C. Radley Receives Pro Bono Recognition

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Maxwell C. Radley, Associate at Hurwitz Fine P.C., was recognized for his Pro Bono services to the United States District Court in the Northern District of New York on September 27, 2022. 

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Uncharted Waters: The Cannabis Industry, Lenders and Title Insurance

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Despite the legalization of adult-use cannabis in New York State, challenges remain for business owners looking to be a part of the new industry due to conflicts between state and federal law. Hurwitz Fine attorneys Joseph Reynolds and Alexis Florczak provide an update on this area and what’s ahead.

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