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.
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.
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.
Firm President Ann E. Evanko honored with distinction by Buffalo Business First with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Women of Influence.
Special Counsel Diane F. Bosse was selected as one of New York Law Journal's Top Women in Law for 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Employment Law – Management
Health Care Law
Litigation – Municipal
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Real Estate 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:
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)
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.