Understanding federal court subject matter jurisdiction is essential for all litigators. On December 14, Jeremy Sher will participate on a panel of experienced federal court practitioners, including the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, to discuss diversity and federal question jurisdiction. Other topics include removal to federal court, and remand, as well as strategic considerations for getting a case into or out of federal court. The program will be held at the Monroe County Bar Center for Education.
Best Law Firm in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Securities Litigation, and Bankruptcy/Insolvency and Reorganization
In addition, for the 2018 Best Lawyers in America©, the following attorneys have been selected again in the following practice areas:
Paul Leclair – Commercial Litigation
Mary Jo Korona – Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights
Laurie Vahey – Insurance Law
Steven Cole – Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation
“Law firms perform a vital role in American life, and ranking them is a key extension of our overall mission to helps individuals and companies alike make important life decisions,” says Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News.
Being included again in this oldest and most respected publication in the legal profession is an honor.
Areas of Recognition by Attorney
Paul L. Leclair – Commercial Litigation
Mary Jo S. Korona – Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights
Laurie A. Vahey – Insurance Law
Steven E. Cole – Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Further, it is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues.
After serving on the Litigation Council of the Monroe County Bar Association for several years, including a term as Secretary, Jeremy was named Co-Chair of MCBA’s Litigation Section along with Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Frazee. The Litigation Council organizes Continuing Legal Education courses as well as networking and social activities for civil litigators and members of the state and federal judiciary.
As Co-Chair, Jeremy has organized CLE panels on the Affordable Care Act and federal court jurisdiction. Jeremy looks forward to working with the Monroe County bench and bar to ensure that the Litigation Section provides timely, topical, and inclusive programs.
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After a Keuka College instructor filed a lawsuit claiming that she had been denied tenure because of her racial and national origin discrimination, Mary Jo Korona succeeded in having Title VII and hostile work environment claims dismissed. A motion to dismiss the 1981 claim will likely be filed after discovery is complete. Mary Jo has represented the College on various matters for over 17 years.
Read the Rochester Business Journal article for the full story.
Jeremy will participate in the program, “Perfecting an Appeal in the Second Circuit and Considerations for Appellate Practitioners” on June 8.
The different rules and considerations for appeals in federal and state courts can be challenging even for experienced attorneys. Jeremy and other presenters will look at assessing cases for appeal, initiating and filing appeals, navigating the many required forms, timing and deadline considerations, requirements for briefs, records, and other appellate submissions, motion practice, oral argument, and costs.
Click here for more information on the Monroe County Bar Association program.
Stacey participates in the NYSBA CLE, Updates and Hot Trending Topics Affecting Insurance Coverage, in Buffalo. The overall program explores a number of complex substantive and procedural issues in the insurance coverage area. Insurance company attorneys and plaintiffs and defense litigators will also benefit from a discussion on emerging trends for cyber liability coverage as well as gain practical guidance on how to draft an effective position letter.
“This is an exciting time for the firm. In the past year, we have focused on meeting the needs of our long-standing clients as well as cultivating new client relationships. Our move to the First Federal Building doubled our space, including several extra offices to accommodate our planned growth,” said Cole.
Our firm is a seeking an associate with 3 or more years of litigation experience.
Candidates should possess strong research and writing skills. Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP concentrates its practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial, employment, insurance coverage, personal injury and securities litigation. Resumes with writing samples may be sent to humanresources(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)leclairkorona.com
Stacey Trien is presenting at the NYSBA program Updates and Hot Trending Topics Affecting Insurance Coverage. The panel will explore a number of complex substantive and procedural issues in the insurance coverage area. While geared for attorneys, this year’s update is pertinent to business leaders. Attend to learn about emerging trends for cyber liability coverage, professional errors and omissions, and general liability.
Stacey is one of only five attorneys to receive the award.
As a recipient, Stacey will attend the 2017 Commercial Litigation Academy. The goal of the Scholar designation is to increase the number of women taking a leadership role in commercial cases litigated in state and federal courts in New York. The NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section created The Hon. Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation award in memory of the former chief judge. Each year, they will name up to five female litigators.
Stacey Trien has been selected as a Kaye Scholar.
Stacey will receive the award on November 14, 2016 in the Ceremonial Courtroom in the Southern District of New York. As a recipient, Stacey will attend the 2017 Commercial Litigation Academy in May. The goal of the Scholar designation is to help increase the number of women taking a leadership role in commercial cases litigated in both the state and federal courts in New York.
“The late Honorable Judith Kaye continues to serve as a role model through her accomplishments as the first female Chief Judge in New York and her lifelong commitment to public service,” said Stacey. “In fact, Judge Kaye visited Rochester frequently to support the efforts of the Rochester Teen Court. I am honored to receive the Kaye Scholarship and will use this experience to further both my professional career and public service.”
2016 Attorneys of the Year
Mary Jo Korona will be recognized in November with the Leaders in Law Award. “Exceptional character, integrity, ethics and professional accomplishment describe the 2016 Attorneys of the Year awardees,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “Their commitment to their clients and to the community is exemplary, and we at The Daily Record are honored to recognize their achievements.” Read more here.
Steve Cole is recognized for his extensive commercial litigation and securities litigation experience.
Mary Jo Korona is recognized for her successes in commercial litigation and bankruptcy/creditors rights matters.
Paul Leclair was selected for his accomplishments in commercial litigation matters.
Laurie Vahey, in addition to being recognized in the areas of insurance law and personal injury (plaintiffs), has again been selected as a “Lawyer of the Year” award recipient.
Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review.
In only a year since returning to Rochester, Stacey is already integrating into the community. LKVC is pleased to have her as part of the team.
“I love the feel and culture of our firm,” she said. “I greatly admire the team of ethical, intelligent and passionate advocates whom I strive to emulate.” Read the D&C Women to Watch column here.
On Friday, July 29, we moved to the First Federal Building on Main Street to accommodate our growth!
The new address is 28 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Rochester NY 14614 ~ Phone numbers are the same.
The Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) recognized Laurie Giordano-Vahey for obtaining a directed verdict dismissing an indemnification claim against an employer arising out of a construction accident. The worksite owner was seeking over $1 million in reimbursement for its settlement with the injured party. DRI is the international organization of civil litigation defense attorneys, dedicated to education, justice and professionalism.
Mary Jo Korona presents at the NYSBA Ethics 2016 CLE: The Continuing Evolution of the Rules of Professional Conduct
Mary Jo Korona served as a member of an attorney Panel presenting on the evolving Rules of Professional Conduct for a continuing legal education program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Korona directed interactive dialogue with program attendees on attorney advertising, cloud funding, and the attorney-client relationship as it relates to indemnification issues. The Panel also directed discussion on the recent decision by the Court of Appeals in Ambac Assurance Corp. v Countryside Home Loans, Inc.