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Shareholder Jacob Lamme, a member of McNamee Lochner’s litigation department, recently obtained two court orders in related tax certiorari cases that granted full real property tax exemptions for eight (8) properties under Sections 420-a and 462 of the Real Property Tax Law.   The City of Amsterdam had denied tax exemptions to two religious entities for the properties, claiming that the properties were not used in a manner sufficient to warrant exemption.  Jacob successfully argued that his clients’ use of the properties, as clergy housing and parking lots associated with a Buddhist temple, qualified them for exemption under the law.

This marks another real property tax litigation victory that Jacob has obtained on behalf of a religious institution.  In 2014, Jacob was part of the litigation team that successfully appealed a determination to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and obtained a tax exemption for a large religious summer camp in Schoharie County that serves underprivileged children.

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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, Titus & Williams, 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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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, 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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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mathew P. Barry, Jacob F. Lamme, and Jeremy H. Speich have been named to the 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.

Mathew P. Barry is a member of the firm’s banking, real estate and business litigation practice groups and was recently named a Rising Star in banking law.  Mr. Barry represents business owners and financial institutions in all facets of commercial lending and real estate transactions.  Mr. Barry routinely handles multi-lender and multi-million dollar financing transactions throughout New York State.

Jacob F. Lamme is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Land Use & Zoning practice groups, and was recently named a Rising Star in business litigation.  Mr. Lamme provides litigation and corporate counsel to local, statewide, national and international businesses in a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, real property tax assessment challenges, and Article 78 proceedings.  Mr. Lamme practices in state and federal courts, and he also provides advice and counsel to clients seeking to avoid litigation.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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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Nicholas L. ZappThe Law Firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that Nicholas L. Zapp has joined the firm as an associate, working in the firm’s Family Law, Environmental Law, Trusts and Estates, Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense practice areas.

Mr. Zapp is a graduate of Hobart College (magna cum laude) 2013, where he also played Division III Football, serving as Team Captain during his senior year. During his tenure at Hobart, the football team completed their first undefeated season in in almost 60 years.

After completing his Bachelor’s, Mr. Zapp attended Albany Law School of Union University, graduating magna cum laude in 2016. While in law school, Mr. Zapp served as Associate Editor for the Albany Law Review and participated in the Pro Bono Scholars program, a 12 week acceleration program which enabled him to work full time in the Columbia County Public Defender’s office while completing the academic requirements for his Juris Doctor. Through this program, Mr. Zapp was able to take the Bar Exam early. He was admitted to practice in the Third Department in June 2016.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jacob F. Lamme has been named as a shareholder in the Firm effective January 1, 2016.

Mr. Lamme’s practice spans a wide range of litigation areas, including contract, environmental and land use, labor and employment, personal injury, and trust/estate litigation. Mr. Lamme has experience representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in complex settlement negotiations.

Mr. Lamme is also experienced with real property tax assessment challenges and Article 78 proceedings in which he has successfully challenged determinations of various boards, municipalities and state agencies. Mr. Lamme is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York.

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McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. announced today that ten of its attorneys have been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as top attorneys for 2014.

The McNamee, Lochner, Titus & William’s attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list are:

  • Glen P. Doherty — Employment and Labor
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The Mohawk Indians of northern New York didn’t even have a word in their language for pollution before the discovery of elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], volatile organic compounds, dibenzofurans, cyanide and fluorides in the St. Lawrence and Grasse rivers and other waterways.

One study traced PCBs released into the St. Lawrence by Alcoa to PCBs in the fish, then into the bodies of Mohawk mothers who ate the fish, into the mothers’ breast milk, into the bodies of their babies and into the babies’ urine, said attorney John Privitera, a shareholder at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams in Albany.

“Basically, this community is a fishing community,” Privitera said. “But when they realized that the fish were polluted in the mid-1980s, they just abandoned fishing.”