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G. Kimball Williams received the President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Third Judicial District on behalf of the NYS Bar Association on May 1, 2018. This award is extended to individuals and entities that have rendered extraordinary pro bono service.  The NYS Bar Association presents such awards to publicly recognize and thank those who provide such service and also to convey a message to the profession and the public about the importance of pro bono efforts in achieving equal access to justice.

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April M. Dalbec was appointed to the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial Department for a five year term. The Committee on Character and Fitness is comprised of practicing attorneys who investigate and make recommendations regarding the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the bar. The Third Judicial District consists of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Ms. Dalbec’s practice focuses primarily on family law, matrimonial law and serious personal injury.

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Albany, NY
– 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 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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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.