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Kevin Laurilliard, an attorney who practices construction law at McNamee Lochner P.C., obtained an important precedential decision that applies to New York State private construction projects.

The New York State Appellate Division for the Third Department ruled that a contractor may have the legal right to opt for expedited arbitration in lieu of litigation, notwithstanding an express provision in the written construction contract that mandated litigation. Expedited arbitration can allow a contractor, subcontractor and supplier to settle disputes in a more efficient and timely matter.

Based upon this precedential decision, contractors, suppliers and subcontractors, who provide labor and/or material to private construction projects in New York State where the aggregate costs exceeds $150,000 can now decide to pursue expedited arbitration.

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Richard D. Cirincione will be speaking on the accounting and settlement of estates on October 27, 2016, in Albany. This accredited Continuing Legal Education presentation is being offered by the Trust/Estate Section of the New York State Bar Association as part of a larger program on the Probate and Administration of Estates.

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Shareholder Jake Lamme serves on the Steering Committee for the Capital Region Chamber’s Leadership Tech Valley program.  Jake and his team organized Economic Development Day for the incoming class members for Leadership Tech Valley’s 2017 program.

As part of the program, class members were given toured the Port of Albany and the Mohawk Harbor Development in Schenectady, and met with business leaders throughout the Capital Region to discuss economic development in the Region, including: John Cococcia (Plug Power), Georgette Steffens (Downtown Albany BID), Andrew Kennedy (Center for Economic Growth), Phillip Morris (Proctors), Dave Buicko (Galesi Group), Carm Basile (CDTA) and others.

Economic Development Day is one program in a series of nine events that each Leadership Tech Valley class attends. The program is designed to help up and coming leaders explore issues and opportunities in the Capital Region.

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Bruce Wagner will give an accredited 1 hour CLE presentation on the topic of “Matrimonial & Family Law” for the New York State Bar Association’s UPDATE 2016 program on October 31, 2016, in Albany, and again on November 2, 2016, in Manhattan.

Update 2016 is one of the New York State Bar Association’s most anticipated annual educational offerings. This CLE will cover all new rulings and case law in Matrimonial & Family Law that have transpired over the past year. The presentation is geared toward those who concentrate in the field of Matrimonial and Family Law, as well as general practitioners.

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Bruce Wagner will give an accredited CLE at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers New York Chapter Annual Upstate Meeting on Saturday October 8, 2016.

This presentation will cover significant developments in Matrimonial & Family law that have transpired over the last 6 months. The presentation is tailored to leading practitioners across New York State who are Certified Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime – a statistic that makes certain almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way. As a firm, we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Albany Walk. The Albany event is one of nearly 300 held across the country. To further support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Albany, our firm will be sponsoring a water table at this year’s event.

The donations raised by our team and our firm’s sponsorship will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Our donations will help more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year!

Since 1993, more than 11 million walkers have raised more than $685 million – the Making Strides walks are the largest network of cancer awareness events in the nation.