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.
NYSBA Young Lawyers Advanced Trial Academy
In this intensive workshop, Laurie Vahey and other faculty will take participants through a full trial, from Voir Dire to Closing Statements, including fact witness and expert witness testimony. This 3 day program will be held at Syracuse University College of Law. The program has reached capacity.
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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.
The Daily Record annually recognizes outstanding attorneys and Laurie has been selected for one of the “Leaders in Law” Awards. This award honors attorneys demonstrating tremendous dedication to the legal profession and selfless, tireless commitment to the community.
“Laurie is proud to have consistently served the legal community in New York in leadership positions, including being a former Chair of the NYSBA TICL Section, as well as a Past President of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys,” firm managing partner Steve Cole said upon hearing the announcement. Further, years of commitment and service come before achieving these positions.
The recipients will receive the awards at a dinner on November 15.
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.
Insufficient “quality or quantity of harassment”
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.
How I Practice Law
Laurie discusses the facets of building a law practice in this NYSBA article. In the interview, they asked Laurie about a typical day, finding new clients, staying on top of legal news, and other helpful topics for starting a practice.
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.
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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
Laurie will be presenting the civil litigation perspectives of “Evidence, Foundations & Objections” as part of a 5 day trial techniques program at Cornell Law School on April 8. Laurie, a frequent speaker on litigation topics, was recently recognized by NYSBA for her service and contributions to the legal profession.
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.
Laurie Vahey receives the prestigious John E. Leach Memorial Award during the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting January 25.
The award recognizes outstanding service and distinguished contributions to the legal profession as a member of NYSBA’s Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section.
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.