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ALBANY, NY— McNamee Lochner P.C. is pleased to announce that J. Rochelle Cavanagh has joined the firm as an associate, working in the Firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law Department.

Ms. Cavanagh is an experienced civil litigator who has been practicing since 2009. She has focused her practice in matrimonial law, family court matters, including custody, support and divorce actions. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cavanagh worked as a Lead Litigator for an international law firm and focused on all areas of family law practice.

Ms. Cavanagh received her J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 2009. She received her B.A. degree in Political Science and Sociology from Syracuse University in 2006.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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– The 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ”Best Law Firms” named McNamee Lochner P.C a Tier 1 and 2 firm in eight different practice areas on the metropolitan level. “We are very proud to receive this recognition and especially grateful to our clients whose continued support of our firm has played such a pivotal role in this honor,” said Scott A. Barbour, co-managing partner of McNamee Lochner.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process, including the collection of client and attorney evaluations, peer review by leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The firm’s “Best Law Firm” rankings are in the following practice areas:

Tier 1: Commercial Litigation; Elder Law; Family Law; Trusts & Estates

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McNamee Lochner is pleased to announce that shareholder Michelle L. Haskin has been ranked in the Top 25 Women on the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Haskin practices exclusively in the field of matrimonial and family law, concentrating in complex matrimonial matters, custody, support, domestic violence, and interstate family law issues. She has over 20 years of experience advocating for clients in both Supreme and Family Court.

She is a past President of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, and is co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s matrimonial committee. Haskin has previously been awarded recognition for her reputation in Family Law as a recipient of the 2015 New York State Bar Association’s Attorney Professionalism Award and received the Albany 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” award in the area of Family Law by The Best Lawyers in America©.

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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.

“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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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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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.


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.