Buffalo opens nation’s first opiate-centered court

Buffalo is now home to the nation’s first treatment court focusing solely on opiate addiction. The Opiate Intervention Court opened May 1. City Court Judge Craig Hannah is running the court under the guidance of fellow City Court Judge Robert Russell Jr., who runs the drug court in Buffalo. So far, there are 43 participants. “Just because someone has lost their way doesn’t mean we can’t get them back,” Hannah said during a press conference May 31. “That’s our purpose with this.” Participants…

Southtowns incubator aims to work with entrepreneurs

Attorney Patricia Mancabelli knows firsthand what it’s like to get a business off the ground. Several years ago, she left a large law firm to strike out on her own. “It was really challenging,” she said, adding that she went from a regular paycheck to living off savings and a line of credit. These days, Mancabelli Law PLLC in Orchard Park is thriving. “It took three to three and a half years before things came together,” she said. “The biggest challenge is not recognizing the capital…

Attorneys play critical role in startups

As the startup phenomenon continues around the country, attorneys play an increasingly diverse role in helping to determine whether a business will succeed. For startup companies, attorneys often become a crucial part of the business team, from advising the owner about intricate legal matters to suggesting a source for venture capital. “It’s a holistic approach,” said Charles Grieco, an environmental lawyer at Bond Schoeneck & King. “It’s really important to approach the venture as a…

Attorneys play critical role in startups

As the startup phenomenon continues around the country, attorneys play an increasingly diverse role in helping to determine whether a business will succeed. For startup companies, attorneys often become a crucial part of the business team, from advising the owner about intricate legal matters to suggesting a source for venture capital. “It’s a holistic approach,” said Charles Grieco, an environmental lawyer at Bond Schoeneck & King. “It’s really important to approach the venture as a…

Hodgson Russ gearing up for NYC summer tax series

Hodgson Russ LLP will present the Summer Tax Series starting next month in New York City. The series runs June 7-Aug. 7 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan and is geared toward financial professionals including CPAs, CEOs, CFOs and COOs, as well as corporate counsel and tax and financial advisers. Cost of the seminars are $55, or $350 for all seven sessions, which run 8:30-10:15 a.m. The following topics will be covered: June 7: New York State and City Tax Update June 14: Personal Income Tax Update June…

For women- and minority-owned firms, certification can be a ‘golden ticket’

When Jennifer Persico, a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, started a law firm more than a decade ago, she applied for New York State’s minority and women business enterprise certification. Though the process was somewhat time consuming and arduous, Persico said she’s glad she did it, and encourages women and minority business owners to pursue the certification, despite how daunting it may seem. “Once you go through the process, the benefits are really terrific,” she said,…

For women- and minority-owned firms, certification can be a ‘golden ticket’

When Jennifer Persico, a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, started a law firm more than a decade ago, she applied for New York State’s minority and women business enterprise certification. Though the process was somewhat time consuming and arduous, Persico said she’s glad she did it, and encourages women and minority business owners to pursue the certification, despite how daunting it may seem. “Once you go through the process, the benefits are really terrific,” she said,…

Flynn’s hires reflect diversity pledge

On the campaign trail, newly elected Erie County District Attorney John Flynn pledged to make the DA’s office more diverse. If his first three hires for the office are any indication, he’s sticking to his word. “It sends a message loud and clear,” Flynn said, referring to the hires. “This office is going to represent the community at large, and this office is going to be diverse. This office is going to continue to serve the community with the best and brightest this county has to offer.” He…

The Buffalo Law Journal welcomes new editor/reporter

When I went back to SUNY Buffalo State nearly a decade ago to study journalism, I wasn’t sure where I would end up after graduation. It was a risky proposition. At age 30, I was pursuing a career in an industry where newspapers were losing revenue, reporters were being laid off and the entire field seemed to be in a state of uncertainty. After stints at The Sun and Erie County Independent in Hamburg, the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and The Buffalo News, I’ve landed at the Buffalo Law Journal…