Law firm Bond Schoeneck & King has opened its 10th New York state office

The Syracuse-headquartered Bond Schoeneck & King firm, with a substantial Buffalo office, opened earlier this week in Saratoga Springs. The new office in downtown Saratoga Springs opened March 20. Bond joins a few Upstate firms that have expanded into the area, including Hodgson Russ and Harris Beach. Saratoga County is among the top five fastest growing counties in the state. Firm officials say Bond had already been active in the Saratoga Springs community for years and has a number of clients…

Bharara joins NYU Law as a distinguished scholar in residence

It didn’t take long for former United States Attorney and public corruption watchdog Preet Bharara to find work. A week after his final day as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bharara will be joining the NYU School of Law as a distinguished scholar in residence. His appointment will begin April 1. Bharara was one of 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama asked to resign by the new administration on March 10. After he refused, he was fired the next day by President…

Dealing with workplace fraud

How do you help establish businesses through your practice? I’m a business lawyer with a concentration in health, which means that many of my clients are professionals in the health sciences community. I’m not a malpractice lawyer so predominantly I work with my clients on business issues — formation to operation to mergers and acquisitions to employment law issues, to the buying and selling of businesses, to admitting and dismissing partners to even the odd cases of embezzlement. I also work…

Attorneys’ advice: Forming a business entity is essential to protecting individual assets

Buffalo attorney Andrew Olek recently gave a presentation at Jericho Road Community Health Center for area refugees considering starting a business. His most important advice? Form a business entity to protect your individual assets because it helps keep one’s business separate from personal property. Olek, of The Tarantino Law Firm, said that any entrepreneur or startup with a business idea should create a limited liability company or incorporate so as not to expose themselves to a potential…

Merger litigation tax ‘racket’ challenged

Efforts have been made in recent years to curtail a trend in which nearly every public merger transaction ends up in litigation. The phenomenon started in the mid-2000s, and by 2014 more than 90 percent of merger transactions involving a publicly traded company were sued in a class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duties by the board of directors. More than half of these companies are incorporated in Delaware due to the state’s sophisticated business court that rules on corporate law disputes. Shortly…

Former WNY congressman joins D.C. firm

Former Congressman Tom Reynolds is taking on a role as a senior policy advisor in the public policy and regulation practice at Washington D.C. law firm Holland & Knight. Reynolds, a Republican, served in elected public office for 35 years, which included a stint in Congress from 1999 to 2009 representing Western New York’s 26th District. The international law firm’s public policy and regulation group includes more than 100 lawyers and other professionals engaged in federal, state and local…

Judges Howe, Mikoll and Wolfgang to be honored as ‘Giants’ among women in the law

Three influential women of the Western New York judiciary will be honored as Giants of Buffalo. Judges Barbara Howe, Ann Mikoll and Penny Wolfgang will be recognized as history-making individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in their industry and community as part of M&T Third Fridays’ Giants of Buffalo: Women of the Law on Friday, March 17 at the Buffalo History Museum. Howe has served on the Erie County Surrogate’s Court in New York since 2004 and will retire at year end; Mikoll…

Connors mixes competitiveness of sports, law

Like most kids playing football in Western New York, Gregory Connors hoped one day he’d reach the NFL. He grew up in Hornell, where football is a mainstay of the community, and went on to play at the collegiate level for Alfred University. But at 5 feet 8 inches and 170 pounds, he knew that playing beyond that would be a long shot. He aspired to be just like Buffalo Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker, similar in size to Connors and who made a fine career for himself in the NFL. However, Connors…

Vinal fights stigma attached to injured workers

The social stigma facing many of Jeanne Vinal’s clients is that if they are poor or unemployed, they are not good people or they lack moral fiber. To combat that, the Buffalo attorney encourages family members of clients to support one another. She recalls her own family’s experience and tells clients how her mother supported the family while Vinal’s father was wheelchair-bound. He was stricken with polio before she was born and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. “I always tell…

Reforms viewed differently by opposing sides

Workers’ compensation reforms in 2007 changed the way New Yorkers receive wage replacement benefits when they are deemed to have suffered a permanent partial disability to the head, neck or back. That put a cap on the length of time and amount of workers’ comp and permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits a person can receive. Prior to that, injured workers were eligible to receive weekly benefits for the remainder of their life based on the percentage of disability that was determined. In…