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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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Jeremy H. Speich was a speaker for the “Buying or Selling a Small Business” Continuing Legal Education program of the New York State Bar Association (http://www.nysba.org/SmallBusinessECM/). This CLE program was held on December 6, 2017 at the Bar Association’s Center in Albany, New York before both a live and statewide webcast audience. Jeremy presented on business and tax issues relating to contingent and other compensation in stock and asset purchase agreements and state and local tax planning issues in sale transactions.

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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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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.