Associate Members

Barclay Damon

Anthony P. Rivizzigno, Esq.
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
arivizzigno@barclaydamon.com
(315) 413-7278

A leading Northeast firm made up of 275 attorneys, Barclay Damon LLP is the largest law firm based in Upstate New York. As a full-service law firm with experience in virtually every legal area that county attorneys and other clients may require, we team across practices to provide customized, targeted solutions informed by deep industry understanding. Barclay Damon offers well-respected legal counsel in areas that include municipal, environmental, real estate and project development, land use and zoning, labor and employment, business and finance, commercial and civil litigation, energy, and intellectual property, among numerous others. Barclay Damon also has one of largest health law practices in Upstate New York, and the firm’s growing cross-border practice offers clients access to 135 lawyers on the US-Canada border. Barclay Damon has offices with 30 to 105 attorneys in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. The firm also has growing offices in Boston, New Jersey, New York City, New York State’s Southern Tier, Toronto, and Washington, DC.

 

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Raymond Meier, Esq.
501 Main Street
Utica, New York 13501
www.bsk.com

BS&K has a long history of representing the public sector with a comprehensive array of services to meet their varied and sophisticated needs.

Our Municipalities Practice Group draws upon the expertise of attorneys from across the firm to match their areas of concentration with the many and sometimes complex legal issues facing our municipal clients. Our client roster includes 34 cities, 31 counties, 130 towns, 91 villages, 46 school districts and 14 governmental agencies.

Our Bond Counsel/Public Finance Practice offers two principal benefits: first, with offices throughout New York State, we are available on short notice to attend meetings, review financing plans and consult with parties. Second, as an Upstate-based firm, our fees are typically lower than similarly qualified New York City firms.

Our Construction Practice is focused on legal services to owners. We participate in the negotiation and execution of construction contracts and other contract documents necessary for projects to proceed in a timely manner and within cost estimates. When disputes arise, we counsel our clients on negotiation strategies, and we prosecute litigation, arbitration, other forms of dispute resolution, and surety bond claims, as required.

Our Energy Law Practice counsels clients about legal obligations that can arise in connection with the purchase, sale, production and distribution of energy under New York State and federal laws and regulations.

Our Environmental Law Practice regularly assists municipalities to resolve environmental issues arising under local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations including Regulatory Compliance, State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) matters, redevelopment of Brownfield sites, and Environmental Enforcement and Litigation. Our attorneys are well known, and are respected by state and federal regulatory representatives, both at the regional and headquarters level.

Our Government Relations Group represents clients before the New York State Legislature, the Executive branch and all state agencies, including the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Law, State, Labor, Transportation and Taxation and Finance. We have drafted and shepherded through the legislature special legislation.

Our Labor and Employment Law Practice serves clients with unionized workforces in such matters as collective bargaining, labor arbitration and representation before the National Labor Relations Board or appropriate Public or State Labor Relations Board in both unfair labor practice and representation matters. For non-unionized clients, we provide assistance in the preparation of personnel policies, including counseling on employee screening and testing, supervisory training, and advice in responding to union organizing campaigns.

Our Litigation Practice represents municipalities in a wide range of matters in both state and federal courts, defending municipalities in numerous Article 78 proceedings, defending breach of contract and other claims, including construction disputes. We have represented municipalities and their employees in Section 1983 and other civil rights actions in Federal and State Courts.

 

Bowitch & Coffey

Gary Bowitch, Esq.
17 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
bowitch@bcalbany.com

Combining almost 50 years of legal experience, Bowitch & Coffey will provide a broad range of legal services with emphasis on Environmental Law, Subrogation, Municipal Law, Real Estate, Insurance and other Civil Litigation.  Bowitch & Coffey assists several New York counties in addressing contaminated, tax-delinquent properties.  The firm’s environmental and municipal law practice include extensive experience in contamination of water supplies, brownfield redevelopment, regulatory compliance, the State Environmental Quality Review Act, air pollution, energy law, land use and wetland regulation.  Mr. Bowitch is also a trained environmental mediator and has successfully mediated complex, multi-party environmental litigation cases.

 

Colucci & Gallaher, P.C.

Anthony J. Colucci III, Esq.
2000 Liberty Building
424 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202-3695
www.colucci-gallaher.com

From its main office atop the historic Liberty Building in Buffalo, New York, the law firm of Colucci & Gallaher, P.C., provides business counseling and litigation-related services to private businesses and municipal entities throughout western New York, the northeastern United States and nationally.

The business attorneys of C&G are skilled advisors and advocates who work hard to provide the highest-quality legal services on time and at a reasonable cost. The firm currently counsels some of the world’s largest and upstate New York’s smallest businesses, including oil companies, one of upstate New York’s largest commercial real estate brokers, downtown Buffalo’s largest commercial landlord, one of the area’s fastest-growing development companies, the world’s largest manufacturer of aerial work platforms, the nation’s leader in designing specialty trucks, and the largest hospital and nursing home in the region.

The firm’s attorneys have handled disputes in federal and state courts across the country, including California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

In these forums, C&G has protected the interests of clients in products liability claims, employer-employee disputes, complex commercial and business litigation, the defense of personal injury claims and contract litigation.

The attorneys of C&G regularly practice in the courtroom, before private arbitration panels and in mediation proceedings.

 

Goldberg Segalla

Jonathan M. Bernstein, Esq.
8 Southwoods Blvd., Suite 300
Albany, NY 12211
www.goldbergsegalla.com

In 2001, Goldberg Segalla was founded as a modern, refreshing alternative to the typical law firm. Today, we are proud to serve as trial counsel for a number of Fortune 100 companies and to continue building an ongoing history of success. Of course, we also care for our communities and support numerous efforts to enhance the diversity and quality of life in the areas in which we work and live.

Every day at Goldberg Segalla, we are guided by our mission to be a Best Practices firm. We pride ourselves on following client guidelines and exceeding client expectations. We have also invested in Best Practices in numerous other ways, including implementing systems that reward the team over the individual, thereby helping us achieve our goal of exceptional client service.

We truly appreciate the accolades we have received from our clients and colleagues acknowledging our commitment, outstanding legal skills, dedication to client service, and professional demeanor.

Goldberg Segalla has been lauded for its commitment to diversity. We believe a diverse work environment—one that brings together a wide range of perspectives, cultures, and experiences—enhances our ability to represent our clients successfully and benefits the greater business community. We continually develop relationships with law schools and diversity-focused associations, and we are proud to have been recognized by national, regional, and local organizations for implementing initiatives that make a difference.

We recognize the importance of supporting our communities and we are proud to contribute to, volunteer for, and serve on boards of many charitable organizations, some of which were actually founded by our attorneys. We support all endeavors that our attorneys and other professionals are passionate about, from charitable and professional organizations to pro bono projects and activities. Our lawyers proudly work hard on behalf of their clients and just as hard in support of important causes.

 

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

John F. Corcoran, Esq.
1500 AXA Tower 1
100 Madison Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
www.hancocklaw.com

Hancock Estabrook, LLP, founded in 1889, is one of Upstate New York’s leading law firms. We represent clients in a number of different industries, offering counsel and representation on a wide array of legal topics. Our attorneys are recognized in their practice areas as having both the knowledge and experience to represent clients in complex legal matters. At the same time, our attorneys in various practice areas function seamlessly with one another to provide comprehensive and efficient delivery of legal services.

Our legal services are provided in a timely and responsive manner providing our clients with value and personal attention. Our Firm’s clients range from corporations traded on national stock exchanges to small local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and from emerging companies to long-standing enterprises. The Firm’s reputation for excellence in handling complex legal matters in its primary practice areas of law is unsurpassed.

 

Harris Beach PLLC

Patrick M. Malgieri, Esq.
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, New York 14534
www.harrisbeach.com

Harris Beach recognizes the issues that are unique to municipalities because the firm has served or serves well over 100 counties, cities, towns and villages throughout New York State. Our attorneys and professionals assist these entities by providing legal guidance and support on a full range of municipal matters including, but not limited to, general municipal law; municipal litigation; regulatory compliance and oversight; strategic and operational efficiencies for municipalities; land use, zoning, and development; community planning; economic development; labor and employment; real estate and project management; energy law; communications and crisis management services; and grant writing and administration. In addition, we represent virtually every level of state and local government, along with dozens of public authorities, industrial development agencies and local development corporations. In this capacity, Harris Beach has represented municipal boards, municipal corporations, agencies and authorities, in a diverse array of legal, policy, regulatory and programmatic matters.

Through our experience representing a broad range of public entities for decades, our attorneys fully understand the financial pressures and operating constraints municipalities face as well as the preferences for how to best manage the delivery of legal services. This understanding not only comes from our service to public entities but also from the fact that many of our attorneys have served in the public sector. By way of example, Harris Beach has over 50 attorneys with government experience, including current and former state legislative representatives, public authority chairs and board members, municipal attorneys, as well as other professionals who have served in the public sector as policy makers, economic developers, chief executive officers and project managers. This unique collection of experience provides public sector clients with an unmatched perspective when providing counsel to ensure responsible governance, implementing effective policies, addressing finance goals, and adhering to federal, state and local regulations.

Harris Beach is a leader in the practice of municipal law and provides public service information and guidance through an acclaimed online blog at www.nymuniblog.com.

 

Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

Robert P. Smith, Esq.
One Chase Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Floor
New York, New York 10005
www.hawkins.com

Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP is the only national law firm in the United States whose practice is devoted primarily to public finance and public projects. Each of our specialty areas supports and complements our municipal transactions practice. The Firm has more attorneys engaged in the full time practice of public finance and projects than any other law firm in the country. This concentration of expertise constitutes an unparalleled resource for our clients. The Firm is consistently ranked among the top in the nation among law firms in terms of volume as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel, according to Thomson Financial, and on a cumulative basis, the Firm has been ranked first nationally since 1980 (when statistics began to be compiled). Hawkins has participated in virtually every type of transaction in the public finance arena. Our project finance and public contracts practices are also distinguished in their breadth and experience. The Firm also has the richest heritage in terms of service to the municipal industry. Founded in 1854, the Firm has been recognized nationally for its bond opinions since the late 19th century. Our attorneys have taken part in many of the landmark undertakings in our nation’s history, including toll ways, port authorities, housing finance agencies, environmental facilities, fiscal recovery agencies, and non-profit institutions. Hawkins has evolved into a full service public finance law firm of over 100 lawyers. The Firm’s New York office is on the site of Alexander Hamilton’s law office, at 67 Wall Street. The Firm now also maintains offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, California, Washington, D.C., Newark, New Jersey and Hartford, Connecticut. Areas of Practice: Public Finance, Public Law, State and Federal Securities, Tax, Real Estate and Redevelopment, Banking, Eminent Domain, Procurement, Contract, and Privatization.

 

Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto LLP

Michael E. Catalinotto, Jr., Esq.
P.O. Box 180
Saugerties, New York 12477
(845) 246-3668
catalinottojr@maynardoconnorlaw.com

Since 1919, when two distinguished Capital Region attorneys, William C. Maynard and Gerald W. O’Connor formed a partnership for the practice of law, the Maynard, O’Connor law firm has been a hallmark for legal expertise throughout upstate New York. Today, 99 years later, Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP, has a team of over a dozen attorneys and associates working for clients out of three upstate New York offices. Since the firm’s inception, a substantial portion of our practice has centered on the broad area of civil litigation in both New York State and Federal Courts. Throughout this entire period of time, we have also offered comprehensive legal services in the area of Municipal Law, including, civil rights claims; construction litigation arising from public works projects; commercial disputes; Native American sovereignty/Non-Intercourse Act claims; bankruptcy; and, general liability claims.  At Maynard, O’Connor, we pride ourselves on the important things. Our partners and attorneys work every day to help our clients with the best possible legal representation.  Every attorney works with our clients and every attorney evaluates him or herself on the successful resolution of matters for our clients.  There is nothing more important. Our team subscribes to the highest code of ethics in our industry.  We work for our clients and want them to feel comfortable knowing that we are only here to help them.  We work to ensure that each of our clients feels that they are the most important client we have. We strongly believe in our team and our community.  Working together, we strive to improve our community through charitable and civic contributions and efforts.  This makes us all better attorneys and people. Because of our history, values and people, our clients often stay with us for decades.  We’ve been here for them for 99 years and will continue to be far into the future.

 

McCabe & Mack LLP

David Posner, Esq.
63 Washington Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-6874

Many current law firms do not date back even to the 20th century, let alone the 19th century! McCabe & Mack LLP traces its roots back over 120 years to the pioneering law practice of John E. Mack. We have provided continuous counsel and representation ever since, serving Dutchess County, the Hudson Valley region and clients throughout New York.

We have grown and evolved into a full-service firm that can readily address the needs of individuals, businesses and institutional clients. Our areas of practice are diverse and comprehensive, including estate planning, education law and criminal defense; business counsel and litigation; insurance defense; banking and lending; and real estate and development, among many more. The size of our staff and breadth of our experience enable us to put together the right team for any client’s matter.

The founders of our firm were great believers in public service, shaping policy and giving back to the community. That tradition continues today. Our attorneys and staff are active leaders and members of many local organizations. Our attorneys have also earned the respect of their professional colleagues, as reflected by many accolades such as the AV* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers designations.

Several members of our staff have been with the firm for 40 years, and some clients have been with McCabe & Mack longer than that. Our accomplished legal team includes the Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, retired justice of the New York State Court of Appeals.

 

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas E. Myers, Esq.
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019-6142
www.orrick.com

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP opened its New York office in 1984. Today, with nearly 200 lawyers in New York, it is among the top forty law firms in the city. Our size, broad-based practice in New York, and international presence clearly position Orrick as a global player today and in the future.

 

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

James W. Roemer, Esq.
13 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
www.rwgmlaw.com

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP is a law firm with offices in Albany, the state capital of New York. The firm has a respected reputation for providing its clients with responsive, thoughtful, creative, efficient and effective legal services. The firm is resolution-oriented and recognizes that all aspects of the practice revolve around its clients’ ability, directly and with the assistance of counsel, to negotiate the best possible results.

 

West Group Law PLLC

Teno A. West, Esq.
81 Main Street, Suite 510
White Plains, NY 10601
www.westgrouplaw.com

Members of West Group Law PLLC (“WGL”) have extensive experience representing municipalities and other public entities in connection with water and wastewater systems and projects, solid waste systems and projects, civic projects, municipal buildings, environmental and regulatory matters, transportation, developing regional utility systems, structuring requests for proposals, contract negotiations, alternative project delivery methods, land use development, and construction law.

Members of our firm have spent their careers serving state and local governments. We understand the challenges public entities face because many of our attorneys once worked in senior positions in local government. This experience enables us to provide state and local governments with efficient, creative, and low cost solutions across the United States.

WGL has offices located in Albany and White Plains, and we represent clients throughout the country.