Associate Members

 


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.

 

 

Colucci & Gallaher, P.C.

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

 

 

Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C.

Anthony P. Rivizzigno, Esq.
555 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
www.gilbertilaw.com

The Syracuse-based law firm of Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., formerly known as Lombardi Devorsetz Stinziano & Smith, P.C., was established in 1966 when Senator Tarky Lombardi, Jr., Sidney Devorsetz, Francis D. Stinziano and Lynn H. Smith joined together in private practice in downtown Syracuse, New York.  Partner William J. Gilberti, Jr. joined the firm in 1978.  The Firm, which still includes former New York State Senator Tarky Lombardi, Jr., now has offices in Syracuse, Latham and New York City. The Firm has developed the largest environmental practice in the Northeast, regularly representing a number of Fortune 100 and 500 companies and government entities. We advise our clients on innovative and practical ways to facilitate development projects including actively shaping the approval process, obtaining public funding, private financing and tax incentives, and managing environmentally and publicly sensitive matters.  We have over 45 years of experience handling environmentally sensitive projects and developing strategies and transaction structures to minimize exposure to environmental review and permitting risk. Our practice groups coordinate seamlessly, providing comprehensive legal counsel from project concept through development and ultimate completion.

We represent public authorities, municipal governments, IDA’s and the State in critical public works and regularly assist private sector clients with the development and conversion of retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use projects, acquisition of property for the siting of public facilities, redevelopment of blighted areas, and other public projects.

Mr. Rivizzigno brings over 30 years’ experience in municipal law. His experience includes representation of counties, towns and villages in Upstate New York on matters including zoning, legislation, litigation, contracts, acquisitions, eminent domain and economic development projects. Mr. Rivizzigno formerly served as Onondaga County Attorney where he provided legal counsel to 49 County departments and agencies as well as the Onondaga County Legislature. As County Attorney, Mr. Rivizzigno was involved with major economic development projects, including Destiny USA and cleanup efforts on Onondaga Lake.  He was a member of CAASNY during his term and also served on CAASNY’s Board of Directors.

Our Environmental, Land Use & Energy attorneys have supervised the environmental review and permitting for hundreds of major development projects across New York State and throughout the Northeast, including landfills, power plants, mineral mines, industrial plants, and regional shopping malls. The Firm regularly manages projects in environmentally sensitive areas such as the Adirondack Park region, the Hudson River corridor, and Long Island Pine Barrens. We have experience assessing land owner rights and vested rights, and advocate to establishing authorizations under local municipal, state and Federal land use controls. Our Litigation and Appellate practice group, in concert with our Environmental & Land Use group, has directed landmark cases that have helped define the scope of state environmental review and the limits of state and municipal authority.

Our group has represented clients in challenging property valuation and eminent domain cases.  Additionally, we represent owners and developers in negotiating and obtaining valuable tax incentives and exemptions under New York law, such as Empire Zone and Brownfields, and advice on real estate tax structures in Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements.

We are also experienced in joint public/private development projects that have been made possible by the innovative use of eminent domain powers, complex financing structures, tax exemptions, PILOT Agreements, and community benefit programs.

 

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 1899, 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.

 

The Law Firm of Frank W. Miller

Richard Graham, Esq.
6575 Kirkville Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057

 

 

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.

 

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

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

At Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC, we provide solutions to challenging problems. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable and skilled in their practice areas and determined to resolve each client matter in the best manner possible — quickly and efficiently. We excel at finding the right solution through creativity, integrity and discipline.

A Team Approach

Each of our attorneys has extensive experience in his or her practice areas. This diverse set of skills and our team approach enables us to apply the right resources to every case and to find solutions that other law firms may not consider. We pay very close attention to details.

Practical Solutions to Complex Problems

PLDW provides advice, services and representation in a broad range of legal matters. In the area of municipal infrastructure law, we assist municipalities and public authorities in construction and infrastructure matters. Our firm advises businesses and nonprofit organizations in matters involving organization, governance and growth. We advise and represent employers in matters involving employment policies and procedures. Our firm resolves disputes through negotiation, ADR and litigation.

In these and other areas of our practice, you can rely on PLDW to provide sound advice and practical solutions.

 

 

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.

 

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

Susan F. Bartkowski, Esq.
137 Maple Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
www.townelaw.com

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. is the largest certified WBE law firm in Upstate New York, as well as in 57 of the 62 counties of New York. We are dedicated to pairing quality legal services with individual client attention in order to achieve desired objectives. As our work and clients have spread, we have added offices in Poughkeepsie and Bennington, Vermont to better serve our clients. Our work is complex, but our philosophy is not: We are here for our clients

We believe that great service is an essential part of great legal representation. Our personal attention assures that our clients are always involved in, and will always know the status of, their case. Our firm stands ready to be a powerful partner on our clients’ behalf to provide effective advocacy and to obtain justice for their business and personal needs.

Our actions speak louder than our words. We’re here to make a difference for our clients and our community.