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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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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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Richard D. Cirincione will be speaking on the accounting and settlement of estates on October 27, 2016, in Albany. This accredited Continuing Legal Education presentation is being offered by the Trust/Estate Section of the New York State Bar Association as part of a larger program on the Probate and Administration of 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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McNamee Lochner 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 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 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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Amy S. O’Connor, a shareholder with the law firm of McNamee Lochner P.C., has been named as Chair of the Firm’s Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Practice Group.

She succeeds the former Chair, Richard D. Cirincione, who along with Scott A. Barbour, became Managing Principal of the firm on January 1, 2015. Mr. Cirincione will continue to practice in the Trusts, Estates and Elder Law Practice Group with Ms. O’Connor and the department’s other attorneys, Timothy B. Thornton, William S. Haase, Harry P. Meislahn, Jacob F. Lamme and Michael A. Colton.

Ms. O’Connor’s practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, guardianships, and elder law, with a focus on assisting elderly clients and their families with legal and tax issues, including estate tax planning, preservation of assets, long-term care planning, and eligibility for governmental benefits.