BIG FIRM EXPERTISE WITH THE PERSONAL TOUCH YOU DERSERVE.
Throughout the years, the firm has had many distinguished "alumni" attorneys who have served the community in a variety of government capacities, including a United States District Court Judge, several state and local judges, and a New York State Senator. From our modest beginning, we have carefully grown to over a dozen attorneys and a full professional team. We are large enough to offer expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to provide prompt, personal attention.
Our unique character comes from our uncommon structure. We are not a boutique firm, limited by a narrow focus. Every legal issue requires expertise in several practice areas. We are not a large firm, encumbered by lumbering bureaucracy. Every client requires efficient service. We are a nimble firm, with the agility and breadth to know you well and serve you well. We are large enough to offer expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to provide prompt, personal attention.
We understand that while you are dealing with serious legal issues, you do not have an unlimited budget with which to achieve your legal goals. We use state-of-the-art communication and case management technology to work efficiently while providing the highest level of service. These choices are reflected in our fees and expenses, resulting in value for our clients without sacrificing quality. We maintain a cost-effective business model, maintaining our office in a building devoid of needless glitz. We welcome the opportunity to work with you. Please visit our Practice Area pages to learn more, or contact us at (585) 546-2500 for more information.
Our clients are diverse. They include individuals, numerous manufacturing and service industry businesses, local governments, health care professionals and provider groups, facilities and associations. Although many of our clients are located throughout Western and Central New York, we also represent clients in Upstate New York, the New York City area and New England. We also serve as local counsel to many out-of-state clients and their attorneys who have litigation pending in Western New York courts.
Our experienced lawyers handle transactions, strategize business opportunities, solve problems, prepare estate plans, negotiate deals and litigate disputes. We have been where you are before, and we draw on that wealth of experience to guide you through your legal issues. Our attorneys are accomplished in their fields, having lectured frequently on a wide variety of legal issues. We also work hard to keep abreast of the ever-changing laws and regulations affecting our clients.
Our dedicated attorneys, along with a seasoned support staff, will
provide you with the guidance and expertise you need to achieve your goals. With over dozen attorneys and a full paralegal and support staff, we are confident that you will find that the firm is large enough to provide the necessary expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to allow us to provide prompt, personal attention to your specific needs.
We make sure you know your client rights
STATEMENT OF CLIENT's RIGHTS
- You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.
- You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).
- You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
- You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. In the event of a fee dispute, you may have the right to seek arbitration; your attorney will provide you with the necessary information regarding arbitration in the event of a fee dispute, or upon your request.
- You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly.
- You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.
- You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).
- You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
- You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
- You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
As adopted by the Administrative Board of the Courts.
STATEMENT OF CLIENT'S RESPONSIBILITIES
Reciprocal trust, courtesy and respect are the hallmarks of the attorney-client relationship. Within that relationship, the client looks to the attorney for expertise, education, sound judgment, protection, advocacy and representation. These expectations can be achieved only if the client fulfills the following responsibilities:
- The client is expected to treat the lawyer and the lawyer's staff with courtesy and consideration.
- The client’s relationship with the lawyer must be one of complete candor and the lawyer must be apprised of all facts or circumstances of the matter being handled by the lawyer even if the client believes that those facts may be detrimental to the client's cause or unflattering to the client.
- The client must honor the fee arrangement as agreed to with the lawyer, in accordance with law.
- All bills for services rendered which are tendered to the client pursuant to the agreed upon fee arrangement should be paid promptly.
- The client may withdraw from the attorney-client relationship, subject to financial commitments under the agreed to fee arrangement, and, in certain circumstances, subject to court approval.
- Although the client should expect that his or her correspondence, telephone calls and other communications will be answered within a reasonable time frame, the client should recognize that the lawyer has other clients equally demanding of the lawyer's time and attention.
- The client should maintain contact with the lawyer, promptly notify the lawyer of any change in telephone number or address and respond promptly to a request by the lawyer for information and cooperation.
- The client must realize that the lawyer need respect only legitimate objectives of the client and that the lawyer will not advocate or propose positions which are unprofessional or contrary to law or the Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility.
- The lawyer may be unable to accept a case if the lawyer has previous professional commitments which will result in inadequate time being available for the proper representation of a new client.
- A lawyer is under no obligation to accept a client if the lawyer determines that the cause of the client is without merit, a conflict of interest would exist or that a suitable working relationship with the client is not likely.