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BLJ: Barclay Damon sees future in renewable energy

Barclay Damon sees a future in renewable energy.  In recent months, four attorneys from boutique firm McCauley Lyman in Massachusetts were added to the workforce, bringing more than three decades of combined experience in wind and solar energy projects. Don McCauley, Frank Lyman, Jill Winans and Michael Blasik will remain partners at McCauley Lyman while joining Barclay Damon as of counsel. Barclay Damon also acquired Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith P.C., an environmental energy firm in Syracuse. It’s…

BLJ: Law firms take notice of cyber threats

Traditionally, attorneys and firms invested in professional liability insurance to protect against lawsuits involving mistakes an attorney may have made. While mistakes are still made, cyber-security has become an issue firms are wrangling with, often by turning to extra protection against threats.  Reggie DeJean, specialty insurance director at Lawley Insurance, said the issue comes up more and more with law firms because of the nature of the information they have regarding clients. For instance,…

BLJ: Title insurance protects homeowners

Land title insurance has been on the rise in Western New York over the last 15 years, with several factors playing into why homeowners increasingly purchase such policies.  At its root, land title insurance protects people against claims on the property they own, as well as things such as easements and unresolved liens on a property. While it’s unlikely that a claim will be made against a property, it’s better to have protection just in case. When Michael Piette, a member at Bond Schoeneck…

BLJ: Insurance companies — Staff counsel or outside firm?

While some insurance companies may determine that having in-house counsel is the way to go, others decide to bring in outside firms to help with for cases and claims. It often boils down to how many cases a company sees and the financial impact of bringing in an outside firm as opposed to having attorneys on staff.  Robert Lippman of Lippman & O’Connor is the head of staff counsel for Selective Insurance. He previously worked in private firms so he’s been on both sides of the issue. At Selective…

Buffalo is outpacing the U.S. average for income growth, says new report

Personal income is growing more rapidly in the Buffalo area than in the nation as a whole, according to a new report from the federal government. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says the per capita income (PCI) of the two-county Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls metropolitan area grew by 6.4 percent between 2014 and 2016. The latter is the most recent year for which official figures are available. The corresponding growth for the entire nation was 5.9 percent over the same two-year span. Click…