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McNamee Lochner Celebrates an Annual Tradition: The Capital Holiday Lights in the ParkMcNamee Lochner is proud to again be a sponsor of this year’s Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Drive through and enjoy the beautiful light displays in Albany’s Washington Park. All proceeds benefit the youth programs of the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL). After you drive through this fabulous holiday attraction, you may enjoy all sorts of crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, and even Santa himself at the Washington Park Lakehouse. The holiday light displays run through January 3rd, 2020. It’s the perfect family event to get into the holiday spirit!

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Hon-Leonard-A-Weiss-300x300McNamee Lochner proudly congratulates Hon. Leonard A. Weiss, who was honored recently at an Albany County Bar Association event celebrating the life and career of an #Albany legend. Watch an interview of Judge Weiss conducted by Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHL30d2eU_s

The Hon. Leonard A. Weiss is a true icon in the New York legal world — a former Albany City Court Judge, former Supreme Court Justice, former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, former Presiding Justice and a stellar member of the McNamee Lochner team.

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April Dalbec, Esq. was one of several successful women mentors at “Camp CEO” sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.  During the three night camp, April Dalbec, along with other Capital Region executives, took part in outdoor and leadership building activities with twenty high school aged girls.

“The camp, now in its fifth year, is an opportunity for young women to learn from a kind of mentor they may not interact with very often.” -CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Mary Buszuwski.


Several campers pull Dalbec on board with them as everyone attempts to stay balanced on a small platform.

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Bruce J. Wagner will present an expanded “Recent Decisions and Developing Trends in Matrimonial Law” segment at the New York State Bar Association’s June 2019 continuing legal education programs in Rochester, Albany and Manhattan and will deliver “Matrimonial Update” to the Broome County Bar Association, also in June 2019.

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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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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.


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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McNamee Lochner 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.

“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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Shareholder Jeremy Speich serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation and was as a Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Annual Holiday Kickoff. Along with Co-Chair Maureen Buckley and the other members of the Event Committee, the Foundation helped organize the Eighteenth Annual Holiday Kick-Off which was held on November 18 at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy, New York. The event included gourmet food stations, cocktail bars, cigars under the stars, multiple live music entertainment and a grand raffle all to benefit and enhance critical hospital programs such as oncology, cardiac and vascular, women’s and children’s health, surgical services, and mission services.



Through charitable support of St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, the hospital is able to save lives, lessen suffering, and improve quality of life and continue its mission to be a leading provider of world-class compassionate health care. It was an honor for McNamee Lochner to act as a Gold Level Sponsor of the Holiday Kickoff.