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Two McNamee Lochner attorneys, Amy S. O’Connor and John J. Privitera, have received the Albany 2018 award “Lawyer of the Year” in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. O’Connor was selected “Lawyer of the Year” in Trusts and Estates, and Privitera was selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Environmental.

Amy S. O’Connor is Chair of the firm’s Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Department. With a concentration in elder law, estate planning, and trust and estate administration, her practice encompasses all aspects of trusts and estates law and elder law, including estate tax planning, probate and administration of estates and trusts, establishment of revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, health care proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney.

John J. Privitera is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Law Department. He is active in all areas of environmental law including land use, environmental litigation, enforcement, citizen suits, regulatory affairs, compliance matters, hazardous wastes and natural resource damages. He also provides advice and counsel regarding the environmental aspects of business transactions and energy matters.

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McNamee Lochner P.C. is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

The McNamee attorneys receiving this recognition are: Richard D. Cirincione (Trusts and Estates); Glen P. Doherty (Employment Law – Management); William S. Haase (Trusts and Estates); Michelle L. Haskin (Family Law); Richard A. Langer (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law); Christopher Massaroni (Commercial Litigation); Amy S. O’Connor (Elder Law, Trusts and Estates); Peter A. Pastore (Commercial Litigation); John J. Privitera (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental); Timothy B. Thornton (Trusts and Estates); and Bruce J. Wagner (Family Law).

The Best Lawyers in America list is the result of more than 6.7 million confidential peer-reviews. Rankings reflect ability, professionalism, and integrity; attorneys named to this list have earned the highest levels of respect among other leading lawyers within the same practice areas and among clients within their communities.

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McNamee Lochner P.C. is pleased to announce that 14 of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The attorneys receiving this recognition are:

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., a full-service law firm headquartered in Albany, N.Y., announces that the firm has changed its name to McNamee Lochner P.C. The name change is a reflection of the firm’s commitment to stay current and innovative as the face of law continues to evolve.

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“McNamee Lochner has been doing business in downtown Albany for over 150 years. Since our beginning as Shepard & Stedman, the firm has been a continuing legal presence in the shaping and growth of the Capital Region,” said Scott A. Barbour, co-managing principal of McNamee Lochner. “Throughout our history, McNamee Lochner has provided clear and thoughtful guidance to our clients while adapting to the changing face of law. We believe simplifying the firm’s name underscores our commitment to stay progressive in today’s legal landscape.”

The new name is effective immediately. As part of the change, McNamee Lochner has also launched a redesigned firm website and introduced an updated corporate identity.

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Bruce Wagner is presenting “Matrimonial Update” as the leadoff speaker for the Broome County Bar Association Annual Legal Update Program on June 8, 2017, in Binghamton, and will open seminars for the New York State Bar Association in Albany on June 13, 2017, and in Manhattan on June 16, 2017, with the topic “Recent Decisions, New Legislation and Developing Trends in Matrimonial Law.”

 

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Amy O’Connor, chair of the firm’s Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Department, was recently named Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region works to improve quality of life in the region by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy. The Foundation provides high-impact flexible giving opportunities for donors, major funding for nonprofits, scholarships for students, and leadership around key community issues.

O’Connor continues to serve the Foundation as a Board Member and Chair of Professional Advisor Council.

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McNamee Lochner is proud to sponsor the Capital Region Sponsor‐A‐Scholar Financial Professionals Golf Open, an event designed for professional networking and charitable fundraising to support local economically disadvantaged young men and women and guide them toward high school graduation and college attendance. Capital Region Sponsor‐A‐Scholar inspires and empowers promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college, and life.

As of 2017, the Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar program has supported more than 215 local students as they earned their college degrees, and they actively work with more than 120 current college students. Sixty eight percent of their Scholars earn a college degree within six years of their high school graduation, compared to the national average of 39.7% degree attainment for the same demographic.

The organization’s blend of personalized academic support, long-term mentoring, and financial assistance is what makes such an impact in these students’ lives; McNamee Lochner is honored to be part of this organization’s efforts.

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Bruce J. Wagner has been reappointed by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks to the Judicial Hearing Officer Selection Advisory Committee for the Third Judicial Department.  The Committee evaluates and recommends candidates for the position of Judicial Hearing Officer.