Mitchell J Katz was responsible for the planning of, and presided over, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (NYSBA) Spring meeting at Saratoga Springs. Over 120 attorneys, including leaders of the New York State Bar Association and members of the judiciary were in attendance for four CLE program's and social events. Mr. Katz becomes the chair of the Section on June 1, 2017.
The firm is excited to announce that Debra C. Sullivan has joined the firm and will be overseeing the Real Property Valuation practice group. This new department will assist clients with real property tax assessment challenges as well as eminent domain claims.
Debbie has more than 20 years of experience in representing both property owners and taxing authorities in all aspects of real property tax assessment challenges. She also has experience representing clients in connection with eminent domain matters to ensure that they receive “just compensation.” Mrs. Sullivan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
The Chief Judge of the State of New York’s Commercial Division Advisory Council has published an updated educational video concerning the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York. Mitchell J. Katz, a member of the Advisory Council, is among those interviewed in this presentation which can be found at YouTube or https://vimeo.com/195552034.
Mitchell J. Katz was confirmed as President-Elect of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association for a term commencing January 1, 2018. www.ndnyfcba.org
The Firm is pleased to announce that Jennifer VanReenen has joined its Watertown office. Ms. VanReenen will be working in the Firm's Commercial Transactions, Real Estate and Municipal practice groups.
Congratulations to Ashley M. Monette who was recently admitted to the New York State Bar. Ms. Monette is 2016 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and will be working with the firm's Litigation practice group.
The firm is pleased to announce that Michael J. Balestra has become a shareholder. Mr. Balestra is a member of the firm's Construction Law, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. Mr. Balestra has experience representing clients throughout New York State in contract disputes, construction claims, and other commercial matters. He has also defended employers in a variety of employment discrimination and unemployment insurance claims before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Workers' Compensation Board, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mitchell J. Katz, as an Advisory Council Member of the Commercial Division, assists in proposing hyperlinking rule. Click here for more details.
On June 12, 2016, Eric Amberge, Commander of the Robert J. Hydon American Legion Post 239 in Skaneateles, NY presented Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the firm's efforts in support of Post 239. Accepting the Certificate on behalf of the firm were Jeff Dove and Mike Balestra. Jeff and Mike are also members of the Post 239 Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion. See photo here.
Jeffrey A. Dove has become a member of the Board of the CNY
Veterans Recognition Foundation in Skaneateles, New York.
Mitchell J. Katz was the overall program chair for the Annual Meeting of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, held in New York City on January 27. At the Annual Meeting he was named Chair-Elect of the Section effective June 1, 2016. He currently serves as Vice Chair.
Supreme Court Commercial Division Celebrates 20 Years - click
here for more details.
John P. Sidd authored revisions to Article 16 of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law on behalf of the New York Land Bank Association which revisions were passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Governor Cuomo on October 26, 2015. The revisions will save land banks across the State of New York thousands of dollars in recording fees and in property disposition expenses. The revisions will dramatically improve the efficiency with which land banks are able to dispose of property, thereby expediting the return of tax delinquent, abandoned and vacant property to productive tax paying use. Mr. Sidd is a member of the firm’s Commercial Transactions and Real Estate practice groups.
- Mtchell J. Katz has been elected as Vice President of the CNY Region of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
Mitchell J. Katz recently served as a member of one of the panels at the first Institute on Complex Commercial Litigation, presented by the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The Institute was formed in furtherance of the 2012 Report of the Chief Judge's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. Most of the Commercial Division Justices from around New York State were in attendance. The program was hosted and sponsored by Cardozo Law School in New York City.
- Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. has been retained as general counsel to the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation formed by the City of Syracuse and the County of Onondaga pursuant to New York's new Land Bank Act (the "Land Bank"). Click here for more details.
Mitchell J. Katz has been named to the permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the State of New York. The purpose of the Council is to ensure that New York State resolves commercial disputes in ways that benefit the business community and the state’s economy. Click here for press release.
Thomas Fucillo has been effectively advocating his clients' position to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, with respect to a large proposed project in the Town of Skaneateles. See additional article.
- Kevin M. Newman has been selected as Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
- Thomas J. Fucillo has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Air & Waste Management Association of Central New York
Julian B. Modesti has been elected as a Member of the Board of the DeWitt Community Library, in DeWitt, New York.
- F. Paul Vellano, Jr. named to Board of Trustees of the Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation