May 2, 2014: The firm successfully defends dismissal of lawsuit on appeal by obtaining the affirmance of the lower court's dismissal in favor of our institutional client where plaintiff asserted that our client was negligent in maintaining the parking bumpers located in its parking garage over which plaintiff allegedly tripped.
February 12, 2014: The firm obtained summary judgment dismissing the Complaint in this action, wherein the plaintiff sought to be paid a collections bonus on a matter he was allegedly responsible for bringing to the firm. After discovery was conducted, including depositions of plaintiff and a number of representatives of the defendant, Justice Rosenbaum issued a Decision concluding that the collections bonus award was discretionary in nature and, therefore, no breach of contract claim could be maintained by plaintiff.
December 27, 2013: The firm obtained a reversal of a judgment granting the relief sought in the Article 78 Petition. The Petition challenged the Town of Victor Planning Board's authority to impose a recreation fee on a developer. The Court ruled that the lower court erred in concluding that The Planning Board could not set a recreation fee after the development had been built. This was the second time the firm obtained a reversal on appeal in this case. The first reversal occurred on August 20, 2010, in the case of Legacy at Fairways, LLC v. McAdoo, 76 AD3d 786 (4th Dep't 2010). Read the Decision
December 12, 2013
The Wolford Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Wolford has been sworn in to serve as a United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Read more...
November 04, 2013
The firm successfully cross moved for summary judgment granting the relief sought in Hahn Automotive's Complaint. The Court held that Hahn retained legal ownership of the escrow funds held by Zurich, and directed Zurich to return those funds.
November 01, 2013
The Wolford Law Firm LLP has been ranked in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Read more...
September 3, 2013
Elizabeth A. Wolford, James S. Wolford and Michael R. Wolford are selected for inclusion in the 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers® in America List. Michael has been recognized in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Municipal Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Elizabeth has been recognized in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Litigation, and has also been named Lawyer of the Year for the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Rochester-NY Litigation & Employment. James has been recognized in the area of Commercial Litigation.
July 30, 2013:The firm successfully moved to dismiss claims, asserted against a supervisor under Title VII and the New York State Human Rights Law, which alleged race and gender discrimination based on retaliation and the existence of a hostile work environment.
July 19, 2013: The firm successfully defends appeal and obtains affirmance of Order directing the release of partnership funds to the client, and holding that the perfected security interest of the client took precedence over an attorney's charging lien on the same funds. Read the Decision
July 5, 2013: The firm successfully defends appeal and obtains affirmance of lower court's dismissal of a Petition pursuant to RPTL article 7 and CPLR article 78 challenging the Town's denial of a real property tax exemption. Read the Decision
June 22, 2013
Elizabeth Wolford receives the New York State Bar Association’s Root/Stimson Award in Cooperstown, New York. The award, presented by the Committee on Annual Award, honors an attorney who has provided exemplary community service. Read the New York State Bar Association’s Read more...
June 13, 2013
Sarah Merkel and Elizabeth Wolford are sworn in as members of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and the Board of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, respectively.
February 20, 2013
The firm successfully cross-moves for summary judgment dismissing Complaint brought by owners of property in The Village of Lansing alleging property damage caused by New York State Gas and Electric.
February 1, 2013
Firm obtains reversal of a conviction and dismissal of the indictment in a felony case. In People v. Cady, the Appellate Division ruled that the police had overstepped their bounds when they chased and tackled Mr. Cady without reasonable suspicion. The firm worked on behalf of the Monroe County Public Defender in pursuing this appeal. The decision is available at http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/ad4/Clerk/Decisions/2013/02-01-13/PDF/1427.pdf
June 21, 2012
The firm successfully moves for summary judgment in a CPLR Article 78 proceeding brought by a real estate developer challenging a zoning amendment adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Geneva.
Elizabeth Wolford receives the President's Award from the Monroe County Bar Association, recognizing her work for the past two years as President of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, and Sarah S. Merkel is sworn in as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Bar Association.
May 26, 2012
James Hobbs completes the Segahunda Trail Marathon, a 26.2 mile race along the Finger Lakes Trail in Letchworth State Park.
May 16, 2012
The firm obtains dismissal of a Petition pursuant to RPTL article 7 and CPLR article 78 challenging the Town of Geneva’s denial of a real property tax exemption.
Elizabeth A. Wolford presents at a Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the Monroe County Bar Association on Covenants-Not-to-Compete.
May 15, 2012
Elizabeth A. Wolford is recognized by the New York State Bar Association as qualifying for the 2011 Empire State Counsel Program for her pro bono services through the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County. The program gives special recognition to New York State Bar Association members who provide 50 hours or more of free legal services to the poor in a given year.
March 29, 2012
The firm successfully defends lower courts’ dismissal of counterclaims on statute of limitations grounds before the New York Court of Appeals. http://www.courts.state.ny.us/CTAPPS/Decisions/2012/Mar12/57opn12.pdf
February 10, 2012
The Wolford Law Firm LLP presents a Continuing Legal Education Program concerning ethics at the First Federal Plaza Conference Center in Rochester, New York, featuring Supreme Court Justice Thomas M. VanStrydonck.
December 2, 2011
The Wolford Law Firm LLP presents a Continuing Legal Education Program entitled "Ethical Principles for the Practicing Attorney" held at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, New York, featuring Ontario County Court Judge Hon. William F. Kocher and Chief Counsel of the Attorney Grievance Committee, Gregory Huether. Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company co-sponsors the program.
November 17, 2011
The firm achieves a landmark victory on premises liability from New York's highest Court, which reverses the lower courts' dismissal of claims by the firm's client related to serious personal injuries sustained in an accident at the Monroe County Recycling Center. See Gronski v. County of Monroe, 2011 NY Slip Op 08227.
In the News:
October 10, 2011
James Hobbs joins the firm as an Associate Attorney. Read Press Release
October 4, 2011
Michael R. Wolford named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Rochester-NY Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year. Read Press Release
September 19, 2011
Elizabeth Wolford named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. Read Press Release
September 3, 2011
Elizabeth A. Wolford, James S. Wolford and Michael R. Wolford selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Read Press Release
August 8, 2011
Lea Nacca joins the firm as an associate, after completing her clerkship with the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Read Press Release
July 1, 2011
Elizabeth Wolford commences serving second term as President of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, after accepting the President's Award on behalf of the Foundation at the Installation Dinner held on June 22, 2011.
April 1, 2011
The Wolford Law Firm serves as a sponsor to "Jazz for Justice" an inaugural event successfully hosted by the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. Elizabeth A. Wolford serves as President of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar.
March 14, 2011
Elizabeth A. Wolford and James S. Wolford commence a jury trial in Canandaigua, New York, representing the Town of Geneva in a lawsuit against the City of Geneva related to sewer rates. The litigation was successfully resolved before the jury reached a verdict with the Town and the City reaching agreement concerning the proper sewer rates to be charged.
February 17, 2011
Michael R. Wolford is recognized by the New York State Bar Association as qualifying for the 2011 Empire State Counsel Program for his pro bono services through the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County. The program gives special recognition to New York State Bar Association members who provide 50 hours or more of free legal services to the poor in a given year.
January 13, 2011
The Wolford Law Firm presents a continuing education program regarding the amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, related to expert witness disclosure. Presenters include the Honorable Marian W. Payson, United States Magistrate for the Western District of New York, and Michael R. and Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Sarah Snyder Merkel becomes a partner of the firm. Ms. Merkel concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and employment litigation. Before joining the firm in 2005, she served as law clerk to United States District Judge David G. Larimer. Prior to her clerkship, Ms. Merkel practiced in Washington, D.C., where she served as in-house counsel for an international labor union and with an independent federal agency dealing with work-place safety.
October 1, 2010
The Wolford Law Firm LLP was recognized at the Rochester Black Bar Association's Annual Awards Dinner with the Rochester Black Bar Association's 2010 Diversity Recognition Award. The Award was presented in recognition of the Firm’s involvement in and invaluable contributions to the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, a collaboration of the Monroe County Bar Association, the Greater Rochester Association for Woman Attorneys and the Rochester Black Bar Association which provides summer clerkship opportunities in law firms and law departments for law students from historically under-represented populations in the legal profession.
September 30, 2010
Elizabeth A. Wolford is named one of The Daily Record's 2010 Leaders in Law. She was selected because of her "tremendous dedication to the legal profession and a selfless, tireless commitment to the community."
Ms. Wolford and the other award recipients will be honored during the 15th Annual Nathaniel Award and Leaders in Law reception on Thursday, November 4. During the reception the 2010 Nathaniel Award winner will be announced from this year's class of Leaders in Law recipients. The Nathaniel Award is bestowed annually upon a deserving member of the legal community who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty in the name of justice.
Michael R. Wolford received the Nathaniel Award in 1997.
September 7, 2010
James S. Wolford is recognized with the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award. He was selected by a panel of community leaders for reaching "impressive professional heights" and giving freely of his "time and talent in supporting" the Rochester community. The award will be presented at a luncheon to be held on November 18, 2010, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Elizabeth A. Wolford is installed as President of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association.
Michael Wolford moderates an Access to Justice program sponsored by the University of Buffalo Alumni Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. The panel consisted of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York State Court of Appeals; Professor Lauren Breen of the University of Buffalo School of Law; Alan Harris, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society; and Bruce Lawrence of Boylan, Brown.
Michael Wolford, James Wolford and Elizabeth Wolford are all recognized as among the "Best Lawyers in America." Michael Wolford is recognized in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation. Elizabeth and James Wolford are recognized in the area of Commercial Litigation.
Michael Wolford moderates a program dealing with the historic Decision of Ricci, et al. v. DeStefano, et al., also known as the New Haven Firefighters Case. The program was sponsored by the University of Buffalo Alumni Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. The panel consisted of Hon. Jonathan W. Feldman, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of New York; Athena D. Mutua, Professor from the University at Buffalo Law School; Matthew J. Fusco, Esq. of Chamberlain, D’Amanda; and Patrick J. Solomon of the Thomas & Solomon firm.
Michael Wolford is appointed Co-Chair of the Campaign for Justice, along with David Schraver at Nixon Peabody for 2009-2010. The campaign is devoted to raising funds to support Volunteer Legal Services Project, Legal Aid Society of Monroe County and Monroe County Legal Assistance Center. In November 2010 it was announced that the goal of $235,000 has been surpassed.
Michael Wolford, Elizabeth Wolford and James Wolford are all recognized as among the top attorneys in Upstate New York by New York Super Lawyers Magazine. Michael Wolford is recognized as one of the top 50 attorneys in all of Upstate New York, and Elizabeth Wolford is recognized as among the top 25 female attorneys.
Elizabeth A. Wolford is elected President-Elect of the Monroe County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Monroe County Bar Association.
Sarah Snyder Merkel becomes chairperson of the Monroe County Bar Association Professional Performance Committee.
James S. Wolford becomes a member of the Board of Directors for Hope Hall School.
The Wolford Law Firm launches its first Continuing Legal Education program as an accredited provider regarding the newly enacted New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
Michael R. Wolford moderates a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the University of Buffalo Law School Alumni Association regarding "Practice Development In A Down Economy."
Elizabeth A. Wolford serves as moderator for a Monroe County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education program regarding Civil Discovery in Federal Courts.
Michael R. Wolford serves as moderator of the General Counsel Roundtable program at the Monroe County Bar Association
Michael Wolford and Elizabeth Wolford are named to the 2009 "Best Lawyers in America" list.
December 11, 2008
The attorneys with The Wolford Law Firm are recognized for their pro bono contributions.
Read The Daily Record - Pro Bono Spotlight Article
August 20, 2008
The Wolford Law Firm co-sponsors a continuing legal education program regarding the historic Boumediene v. Bush decision. The panel, moderated by Michael Wolford, includes Hon. Richard C. Wesley, Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Mark Fleming, Esq., counsel for Mr. Boumediene; and Professor Andrew Kent, Esq., of Fordham Law School.
May 22, 2008
Elizabeth Wolford receives the Hanna S. Cohn Mentoring Award from the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys. The award, given in honor of Hanna S. Cohn (1952–2002), recognizes a woman who has mentored, inspired, and nurtured young women as they enter and begin their legal professions.
April 23–25, 2008
Michael R. Wolford, Chair of the Upstate New York Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, organizes and conducts regional meeting of the members of the American College in Cooperstown, New York.
American College of Trial Lawyers
February 11, 2008
The Wolford Law Firm is recognized at the Center for Dispute Settlement's 18th Annual Awards Luncheon.
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