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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 P.C.. is pleased to announce that 10 of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The McNamee attorneys receiving this recognition are:

Richard D. Cirincione, Estate Planning & Probate

Mr. Cirincione’s practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, estate litigation, and guardianship law, including appeals. He provides planning for high net worth individuals including the creation of charitable planning devices. He has experience forming and administering family entities and has prepared sales to defective grantor trusts. Mr. Cirincione handles all phases of the administration of estates and trusts, including the preparation of estate tax returns and fiduciary accountings.

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Nine McNamee Lochner P.C.., attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.

The firm is pleased to announce that Christopher Massaroni was selected for inclusion in the practice area of Commercial Litigation, John J. Privitera for inclusion in the practice area of Litigation – Environmental, and that Amy S. O’Connor has been selected for inclusion in the practice areas of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates.

The nine McNamee Lochner listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 are:

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McNamee Lochner P.C.. announced today that ten of its attorneys have been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as top attorneys for 2014.

The McNamee Lochner’s attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list are:

  • Glen P. Doherty — Employment and Labor
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John Privitera and Jacob Lamme achieved a substantial appellate victory, establishing and protecting the legal right of religious and charitable organizations to obtain real property tax exemptions even if improvements on an organization’s real property are incomplete.

The Town of Jefferson, in the foothills of the Catskills, had sought to impose real property taxes upon Oorah, Inc., a religious charity that provides year-round activities and summer camp experiences to underprivileged children. The Town wrongfully challenged Oorah’s federal tax exemption; questioned Oorah’s religious and charitable purposes; and, illegally denied Oorah’s right to be exempt from real property taxes.

The Town’s effort to deny Oorah’s rights, based upon purported violations of local building and fire codes at incomplete recreational facilities for the children, failed. The appellate victory establishes that municipalities in New York may not deprive a charity of its right to tax exempt status based upon the building or fire codes.

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McNamee Lochner P.C.. announced today that 8 of its attorneys have been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as top attorneys for 2013. T

he McNamee Lochner’s attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list are:

  • Glen P. Doherty — Employment and Labor
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The Mohawk Indians of northern New York didn’t even have a word in their language for pollution before the discovery of elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], volatile organic compounds, dibenzofurans, cyanide and fluorides in the St. Lawrence and Grasse rivers and other waterways.

One study traced PCBs released into the St. Lawrence by Alcoa to PCBs in the fish, then into the bodies of Mohawk mothers who ate the fish, into the mothers’ breast milk, into the bodies of their babies and into the babies’ urine, said attorney John Privitera, a shareholder at McNamee Lochner in Albany.

“Basically, this community is a fishing community,” Privitera said. “But when they realized that the fish were polluted in the mid-1980s, they just abandoned fishing.”