1 MCBA Solo & Small Practice Directory Lynne M. Blank 1791 Plank Rd. Webster, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 14 Ideal Case for Referral: Filing a patent application Eileen Buholtz Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC 45 Exchange Blvd., Suite 250 Phone: Years of Practice: 34 Ideal Case for Referral: Civil litigation defense, insurance coverage, corporate compliance and employment practices, estates and trusts litigation. Bio: Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC is a NYScertified Women-Owned Business Enterprise focused on defending clients who have been sued in all types of civil litigation; representing businesses regarding compliance and employment practices; representing parties in all aspects of estate and trust litigation; representing clients in mediations and arbitrations of civil disputes. Robert B. Calihan Calihan Law PLLC 16 W. Main St., Suite 736 Phone: Years of Practice: 33 Ideal Case for Referral: Commercial litigation, international arbitration, franchise disputes, mediation. Bio: Robert Calihan returned to his hometown of Rochester in 1986, having attended Cardozo Law school. He joined what was then known as Nixon Hardgrave, focusing on business litigation and international arbitration. He eventually became head of the Nixon Peabody commercial litigation practice. In 2010 he started the boutique litigation law firm he had always wanted to have. He now has offices in Rochester and NYC, two full-time associates, an office administrator, and various contract attorneys used on an as needed basis. He Donald R. Bleier 45 Exchange Blvd., Suite 625 Phone: (585) Years of Practice:32 Ideal Case for Referral: Adults who are unable to work for one year or more due to physical and/or mental disabilities. Bio: Don Bleier s practice is concentrated in Social Security Disability and Worker s Compensation. He is accepting cases in both areas. Michael A. Burger Santiago Burger Annechino LLP 693 East Ave., Suite 101 Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 20 Ideal Case for Referral: Estate litigation, corporate or commercial litigation, trust litigation. Bio: Michael A. Burger is a partner with the law firm Santiago Burger Annechino LLP, concentrating in resolving litigated disputes. Michael personally handles estate and trust matters, breaches of fiduciary duty generally (e.g. shareholder disputes, power of attorney abuses, etc.) and breaches of contract. Michelle Y. Cimino The Cimino Law Firm 855 Publishers Parkway Webster, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 15 Ideal Case for Referral: Matrimonial/family law, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, severance/employment contract negotiations. Bio: Michelle Cimino's firm concentrates on family law/matrimonial cases and employment litigation including discrimination matters, severance package /employment contract review and negotiations.
2 has had more fun and satisfaction practicing law with his own firm than he ever had during his previous 29 years with large firms. Tom Cusker 2121 North Clinton Avenue Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 50 Ideal Case for Referral: Residential real estate or estate planning. Bio: Tom Cusker concentrates on real estate, estate planning and administration and elder law. His education was obtained from the University of Notre Dame and Albany Law School. He is a licensed Realtor and member of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, the New York Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Steven E. Feder Pirrello, Personte & Feder 2040 E. Ridge Road Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 28 Ideal Case for Referral: Civil litigation (particularly business/commercial/construction), personal injury, some family law or divorce matters. Bio: Steve Feder is a partner in the law firm of Pirrello, Personte and Feder, which he joined in 1999 after serving as the litigation partner at Relin, Goldstein & Crane. He has conducted hundreds of arbitrations and scores of trials, particularly in the commercial area. Steve concentrates his practice in the civil litigation area, particularly in Debtor/Creditor Law, Commercial Law, Construction Law and Negligence Law. Michael Fallone 96 Liberty Pole Way, Suite 100 Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 10 Ideal Case for Referral: Landlord/tenant Case. Bio: Michael Fallone is a 2000 graduate of St. John Fisher College and a 2003 graduate of the University of Dayton. He focuses his practice in real estate with concentration on tenant and landlord law. Michael is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association. Deborah M. Field Morris & Morris 120 Corporate Woods, Suite 240 Rochester, NY Phone: , ext. 12 Years of Practice: 19 Ideal Case for Referral: Personal Injury. Bio: Deborah Morris Field is an attorney with Morris & Morris and practices in the area of personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle negligence, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction-related accidents, and products liability. Prior to joining Morris & Morris in 2003, Deborah Field practiced for eight years in Washington D.C. where she worked both in the private sector, for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), as well as in the public sector for both the SEC and as a detailed special counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee.
3 Mark Funk 144 Exchange Blvd., Suite 400 Phone: Years of Practice: 18 Ideal Case for Referral: Criminal defense. Bio: Mark Funk is a husband, father, fan of Elvis, John Wayne and the Chicago Bears, and a criminal defense lawyer. Steven P. Grodensky Grodensky Law Group, PLLC 16 Coddington Grv. Pittsford, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 12 Ideal Case for Referral: Consumer debt and relief, civil litigation, creditors rights, collections. Bio: Steve Grodensky was born and raised on Long Island and have lived and worked in Minneapolis, Tempe, AZ., Fullerton, CA and Los Angeles. He has been married for 19 years with 2 daughters; one attends MCE in Pittsford and the other in pre-school. He relocated to the Rochester Metro area in October John S. Herbrand One Chase Square, Suite 1900 Rochester, NY14604 Phone: Years of Practice: 30+ Ideal Case for Referral: Business organization and transactional document drafting. Kenneth Gordon Gordon & Schaal, LLP 1039 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY Phone: Years in Practice: 27 Ideal Case for Referral: Individual, family and business bankruptcy cases. Bio: Ken Gordon has been practicing law in Rochester for more than twenty years and has served as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the US Department of Justice since Ken also has an active real estate practice and has helped many families and individuals buy and sell homes. Mr. Gordon has also worked closely with many businesses in the formation of corporations and acquisition and sale of assets. Lawrence (Larry) Heller One E. Main St., Suite 950 Phone: Years of Practice: 40 Ideal Case for Referral: Social security disability, Long-term disability. James S. Hinman P. O. Box Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 24 Ideal Case for Referral: A case with family court/criminal aspects such as sex offense, neglect. Bio: My practice is restricted to corporate organizational and business transactional matters. As part of my practice, I serve as outside General Counsel of several forprofit and not-for-profit organizations, and I sit on the Boards of Directors of several Upstate New York based companies. I also volunteer as a presenter for Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) at its business startup seminars.
4 Phillip Hurwitz 72 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 23 Ideal Case for Referral: Criminal defense. Bio: According to Phil: The beauty of being a sole practitioner is that I m blessed doing what I ve always wanted to do. Consequently, it doesn t feel like work. Question remains...what do I retire to? Bradley Kammholz Kammholz Messina, LLP 1501 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Suite 202 Victor, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 23 Ideal Case for Referral: A severe injury resulting from a car or truck accident, a construction accident, medical malpractice or a bad product. Bio: I grew up in Washington D.C., but I spent my childhood summers in Rochester. I graduated from Boston University School of Law in While I had the chance to practice Labor Management Law in Boston or San Francisco after law school, I chose Rochester instead in order to do general litigation. After Law School, I worked with Phillips Lytle for 6 years and then 7 years at Faraci Lange. In 2005, I went out on my own, and I now practice with my partner, Alice Messina, and our upcoming third attorney, Joe Rossi. While I'd be happy to help any of your clients with a personal injury matter, I'd also be happy to collaborate with you on a personal injury matter that you're handling. Feel free to give me a call. Jason Kane Peiffer Rosca Abdullah Carr & Kane 15 Fishers Rd., Suite 111 Pittsford, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 6 Ideal Case for Referral: A case representing investors against their former brokers and brokerage firms in FINRA arbitrations. Bio: Jason Kane graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in May 2007 and began his legal career working in-house at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. before being admitted in February In December 2009, he left Wegmans to represent investors as an associate at The Pearl Law Firm. In January 2014, he opened the Rochester office of Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane where he manages the local office and continues to focus his practice on representing investors in FINRA arbitrations. Richard Link 6 Greig St. Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 2 Ideal Case for Referral: Any immigration matter. Bio: I have a solo practice focusing exclusively on U.S. immigration law. I provide assistance to U.S. citizens and green card holders in bringing family members to the U.S. or keeping them here; helping green card holders obtain U.S. citizenship; assisting employers in bringing foreign-born employees to the U.S. or keeping them here; and deportation defense in the Batavia and Buffalo immigration courts. I m a California-licensed lawyer, which allows me to practice immigration (federal) law anywhere in the U.S. I ve been a lawyer since 1990, and had a long career as a legal editor (including Lawyers Cooperative Publishing/West here in Rochester) before immersing myself in immigration law in I worked for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC, where I gained comprehensive exposure to the law, policies, procedures, and players involved in immigration. In 2013 I opened my firm in Rochester, specializing in attentive, responsive, affordable service for my clients and pro bono services for the community. I currently serve on the executive committee of the Upstate NY chapter of AILA.
5 Paul Marasco 343 Huntington Hills Center Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 21 Ideal Case for Referral: Personal Injury; commercial litigation. Bio: For over twenty years Paul Marasco s practice has focused on serious personal injury cases, having been with Moran & Kufta and a solo practitioner on Park Avenue for the last eight years. The majority of his cases come from referrals from other attorneys in Rochester. He would urge a solo practitioner to call him with a referral before calling a big box advertising firm to discuss the differences. Steven V. Modica Modica & Associates, Attorneys, PLLC 2430 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 28 Ideal Case for Referral: Workers compensation, Social Security/other disability benefit (e.g. New York State Retirement System Disability) and labor /employment (individual, union or management side). Bio: Steve Modica has been in private practice for almost 25 years. He focuses on labor and employment, Social Security and other disability benefit, Workers Compensation and personal injury cases. He has significant experience as a neutral in labor and employment cases, including work as a mediator, arbitrator and Special Master. He is proud to serve as the 119 th President of the Monroe County Bar Association. Gary Muldoon Muldoon, Getz & Reston 144 Exchange Blvd., Suite 402 Phone: Years of Practice: 36 Ideal Case for Referral: Civil or criminal appeal. Bio: Gary Muldoon s background is mostly litigation, state and federal, with emphasis on criminal law. His book, Handling a Criminal Case in New York, is used widely on state criminal law issues. He also wrote The Education of a Lawyer (ABA) on issues facing law students and young lawyers. Nicholas R. Miraglia 2117 Buffalo Rd., #142 Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 2 Ideal Case for referral: Landlord/tenant, tax, estate planning. Kevin Morabito Morabito Law Offices 117 W. Commercial St. P.O. Box 187 East Rochester, NY Phone: (585) Years of Practice: 24 Ideal Case for Referral: Criminal, V&T, DWI, estate planning and administration. Barbara Orenstein 3940 East Ave. Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 33 Ideal Case for Referral: 17-A Guardianship (individuals 18 years plus, under a disability). Bio: I currently handle 17-A Guardianship proceedings in Surrogate's Court, as the Legal Consultant to Future Care Planning Services. I also serve as the Legal Consultant to Lifespan's Guardianship Program, which consists of MHL Article 81 Guardianship matters.
6 Randi Proukou Zea Proukou PLLC 25 N. Washington St., Suite 3-3 Phone: Years of Practice: 4 Ideal Case for Referral: Workers Compensation; SSI/SSD. Bio: Randi Proukou is a wife, mother to one son, and owner of a Dutch Shepherd dog. Though born in Syracuse, and a graduate of University of Dayton School of Law, Randi received her Bachelor s Degree from Nazareth College and has remained a Rochester resident since. Randi is an active member with Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, particularly the family and careers committee. She focuses her practice in Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability for claimants. Michael Rosenbloom 45 Exchange Blvd., Suite 1025 Phone: Years of Practice: Ideal Case for Referral: Adoption (agency, stepparent or grandparent). Bio: Michael Rosenbloom is a 1974 graduate of Columbia Law School. He has a general practice with emphasis on family law, real estate and small business matters. He is a member of the Fourth Department Attorney for Children Program and the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area. Thomas Rheinstein 130 Parkwood Avenue Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 39 Ideal Case for Referral: Federal and New York Estate Tax returns, gift and fiduciary income tax returns, and consultations on these returns. Bio: I was an IRS Estate Tax Attorney for 30 years until I retired from the Federal Government, and, for the past 10 years, I have had my own practice, in which I specialize in the preparation of Federal and New York Estate Tax Returns, Federal Gift Tax Returns, and Federal and New York Fiduciary Income Tax Returns. I am a past Chair of the MCBA Trusts and Estates Executive Council. In addition to return preparation, I am available to consult regarding the tax aspects of Estates, Gifts, and Trusts. Michael A. Rosenhouse Rosenhouse Law Office 510 Clinton Square Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 25 Ideal Case for Referral: Civil appellate matter (federal or state); research/writing project. Bio: Mike Rosenhouse concentrates his practice in appeals and research and writing projects. AV-rated, he has practiced in NY and IL state and federal courts. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he won the Llewellyn Cup for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, and Yale University, where he was a reporter and columnist for the Yale Daily News. He is the author of New York Trial Objections and New York Pattern Jury Instructions Companion Handbook, both published by Thomson Reuters West; and was formerly Managing Editor of American Jurisprudence 2d and ALR Federal. He has presented at several CLEs.
7 David G. Ross Ross & Gould-Ross 16 E. Main St., Suite 440 Phone: Years of Practice: 38 Ideal Case for Referral: Real estate, estate planning, business formation, family law, but only nice clients who appreciate a lawyer s effort and expect to pay for it. Bio: I celebrate 38 years this February in the practice of law and still enjoy the challenge of it; the prospect of helping people and learning from colleagues. It has allowed me to raise three successfully independent children to meaningful adulthood; see some parts of the world and to participate in important parts of many lives. I look forward to continuing in this fashion for a while to come. And I hope to continue to improve my grammar and spelling without computer assistance. Donald Smith 1151 Pittsford-Victor Rd., Suite 105 Pittsford, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 37 Ideal Case for Referral: Sale or purchase of a business. Bio: AV rated by Martindale-Hubble; 37 years in practice; admitted in NY and FL; General corporate and litigation practice; Office in Pittsford. Marcelle (Marcy) N. Tiberio Professional Notary Services 250 Mill St., Suite 308 Phone: Ideal Case for Referral: Witness real estate signings and contract paralegal services/attorney assistance. Bio: Marcy is the owner of Professional Notary Services, a national notary signing company. Ms. Tiberio has extensive experience in the real estate and lending world as well as her paralegal degree. She was the Assistant Vice President of Customized Lenders Service, a multistate title company and the Department Head of Closing for Flaherty Funding. Melanie Sarkis Sarkis Law Firm 1100 Long Pond Rd. Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice; 15 Ideal Case for Referral: Car accidents, slips and falls, motorcycle cases, product liability. Years of Practice: 30 John Suda UAW Legal Services Plan The Towers Office Park, Suite C Scottsville Rd Rochester, NY Phone: Ideal Case for Referral: Consumer litigation, Medicaid planning. Bio: John Suda has been a staff attorney for a prepaid legal services program for 30 years. Probably going to start a solo practice at the end of January Practice areas have included consumer law, elder law, bankruptcy and debt relief, and others. Jonathan C. Trotto Trotto Law Firm 1100 Long Pond Rd., Suite 214 Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 5 Ideal Case for Referrals: Divorce matters, Family Court (relocations, 3 rd parties trying to get custody), custody, adoptions, and probate/estate administration.
8 Karen Bailey Turner Law Office of Karen Bailey Turner 16 W. Main Street, Suite 537 Phone: Years of Practice: 17 Ideal Case for Referrals: Criminal law cases in any New York State Court; prisoners civil rights cases, WDNY. Sandra Williams 71 Reddick Lane Rochester, NY Phone: Years of Practice: 18 Ideal Case for Referrals: Family law, labor and unemployment, wills and estate. Bio: Karen Bailey Turner is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who represents individual defendants charged with criminal offenses and non-criminal violations in New York State and corporations being investigated by the State. She also represents prisoners in selected civil rights cases in Federal Court in the WDNY and students facing suspension in schools in NYS.