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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.

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Shareholder April Dalbec, a member of McNamee Lochner’s matrimonial and family law, criminal defense, and personal injury departments, has been named to the Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association, representing the Third Judicial District.

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The Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section is comprised of 4 Officers, Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of Delegates, former section chairs, and two representatives from each Judicial District in the State. The Trial Lawyers Section provides support to all trial attorneys and law students in the New York State Bar Association.

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Shareholder Jacob Lamme, a member of McNamee Lochner’s litigation department, recently obtained two court orders in related tax certiorari cases that granted full real property tax exemptions for eight (8) properties under Sections 420-a and 462 of the Real Property Tax Law.   The City of Amsterdam had denied tax exemptions to two religious entities for the properties, claiming that the properties were not used in a manner sufficient to warrant exemption.  Jacob successfully argued that his clients’ use of the properties, as clergy housing and parking lots associated with a Buddhist temple, qualified them for exemption under the law.

This marks another real property tax litigation victory that Jacob has obtained on behalf of a religious institution.  In 2014, Jacob was part of the litigation team that successfully appealed a determination to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and obtained a tax exemption for a large religious summer camp in Schoharie County that serves underprivileged children.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams has teamed up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a building-wide blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 6th floor of the 677 Building.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross has recently announced a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. Eligible blood donors of all blood types are needed to strengthen the community’s blood supply.

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“Given the urgent need, McNamee Lochner attorneys and staff are stepping forward to volunteer their time to help make the drive a success,” said Managing Partner Scott Barbour. “To ensure the success of the drive, we have opened time slots up to all of the offices and staff members housed in the 677 building. Please consider making an appointment to donate or just walk in.”

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Bruce J. Wagner, chair of McNamee’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice, was recently admitted to the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.

Formed in 1993, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (AFCTL) comprises a select group of 100 family law trial lawyers from across the United States. Members of this group are some of the best trial lawyers in America, practicing sophisticated and complex family law and matrimonial matters both domestically and abroad with issues ranging from dissolution of marriage (divorce), paternity, palimony, child abduction, and domestic torts. Diplomates, all members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, are chosen based upon their recognized litigation skills and courtroom abilities.

Of the six attorneys admitted into the ACFTL this year, Wagner was the only member also on a top 25 list for Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Allison Squires has joined McNamee as a paralegal in the firm’s commercial lending and commercial real estate practices. Allison has been a paralegal since graduating from Mildred Elley in 1996. She has experience working in a variety of practice areas, including: Commercial Lending, Commercial Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Foreclosures and Construction.

Originally from Schodack, Allison joined the United States Marine Corps in 1990, leaving the Capital Region to work as part of Security Force Co. and in the Marines’ legal department. She moved back to the Capital Region in 2004, and previously worked at two other Albany law firms before joining McNamee.

 

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., a full-service law firm headquartered in Albany, N.Y. announces that the attorneys of Fox & Kowalewski, LLP, one of the leading public construction law firms in New York State, have joined the firm. The combination will augment and strengthen McNamee’s current construction law practice while providing a broader range of legal services to the clients of Fox & Kowalewski, LLP.

“As we look to the firm’s future, we are continuously anticipating new challenges in the legal profession that we may face and identifying solutions,” said Scott A. Barbour, co-managing principal of McNamee. “This addition underscores our commitment to client service, and affirms our vision of growth, excellence, and innovation.”

Laurence Fox and Edward Kowalewski, Jr. bring to McNamee a combined 70 years of expertise serving the construction industry. Their comprehensive knowledge of public construction law and area-specific statutes has enabled them to develop a deep understanding of construction law, while developing relationships with stakeholders and decision makers throughout the State.

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Bruce J. Wagner will be the sole and featured speaker at the NYSBA Family Section’s 3 hour CLE course at its flagship program to be held during NYSBA’s 140th annual meeting on January 25, 2016. Program details are as follows:

MCLE PROGRAM:

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm