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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.

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“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.

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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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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.

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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 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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Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

McNamee Lochner, one of the Capital Region’s largest and most experienced law firms, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® on its regional “Best Law Firms” list in 7 practice areas for the seventh year in a row.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a top law firm in the state,” said Scott Barbour, managing partner of McNamee. “Our attorneys work diligently to provide comprehensive legal advice and expertise to clients at home and across the nation. This ranking is a testament to their commitment and dedication.”

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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.