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August 29, 2016

Rob Rausch Moderates Panel at Albany Law School Orientation

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28540889534_bc8b15801b_oOn August 22nd, Rob Rausch moderated a panel discussion at Albany Law School’s orientation, entitled “If I Knew Then What I Know Now”.  The panel included five attorneys from a variety of different practice areas, and included discussion on recommendations for succeeding in law school, developing legal skills, increasing your marketability, and professionalism, among other topics.

Rob is a former President of the Albany Law School National Alumni Association, and recently celebrated his 20th Albany Law School reunion.



February 8, 2016


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This January, Becky Lemme of the Maynard, O’Connor team celebrated 20 years with the firm. Becky has been providing support for the firm since January of 1996.

Becky began her career here at Maynard, O’Connor, as a Bookkeeper in 1996; she then moved to the position of Staff Accountant in 2003 and is currently the Supervisor of the Accounting Department.

The firm would like to thank Becky for her support, dedication and loyalty to our clients and our members.

September 14, 2015

Firm Celebrates Two Milestones

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This September, two long-time members of the Maynard, O’Connor team marked significant anniversaries with the firm.

On September 12th, our partner, Ed Tobin, celebrated 25 years with the firm.  Ed joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1997.  He focuses his diverse practice on, and enjoys a great professional reputation in, the areas of matrimonial litigation, medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and a wide variety of personal injury claims.  Ed is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ed is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, the College of the Holy Cross and Albany Law School.

Karen Dobert, our  primary Real Estate Closing Coordinator, reached her 20-year anniversary with the firm on September 15th.  Following the commencement of her employment, Karen served the firm in many important positions before assuming, in 2000, her current position which continues to the present day. Throughout Karen’s entire tenure at Maynard O’Connor, she has received numerous accolades from clients, vendors, and other employees and professionals for the skills that she brings to her job, and the care and dedication that she gives to every matter to which she is assigned. We are proud and honored that Karen has made this 20-year association with Maynard O’Connor.


The firm thanks both Ed and Karen for their support and dedication to our clients!

March 9, 2015

The Verdict is In

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Concetta Lomanto of Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP represented a local physician at a recent trial in Albany County Supreme Court in Albany, New York and once again justice prevailed. Complex issues of medicine in this personal injury action involved a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a common urological condition that occurs as men get older as the prostate enlarges. This case involved expert testimony in urology, cardiology and nephrology, including difficult cross examinations. The central issue of the case was whether the physician monitored the patient closely enough so that the patient’s complete kidney failure could have been avoided. After a nearly 2-week trial, the unanimous verdict was returned in favor of the Maynard, O’Connor & Smith & Catalinotto, LLP client.

August 25, 2014

Three Maynard Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers

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Bruce Bell, Robert Rausch, and Adam Mandell have been selected as Super Lawyers by the Upstate New York Super Lawyers magazine. For the sixth time, Bruce was named as a Super Lawyer in the field of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice. Rob was named for the second time as a Super Lawyer in the category of Appellate Practice; in 2012, he was listed in the category of Personal Injury Defense: General.  Adam Mandell was named as a “Rising Star” in the category of Personal Injury: Defense.

Super Lawyers is an independent rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The lists appear in the current issue of Super Lawyers and the September, 2014 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine.

August 18, 2014

Maynard Paralegal’s Son Wins Second Place in Bowhunting World Championship

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Jacob Slusarz finished second at the 2014 IBO World Championship

We extend our congratulations to Jacob Slusarz, for his impressive second-place finish in the 2014 International Bowhunting Organization World Championship.  Jacob took second place in Young Male Release, in the age 13-14 group.  The IBO World Championship was held from August 8-10 in Ellicottville, New York.  Jacob is an accomplished archer, and has been competing in IBO World Championships and Triple Crown competitions since the age of 9.

Jacob is the son of Cathi Slusarz, a paralegal in the firm, who supports our personal injury and matrimonial law departments.

June 16, 2014

Successful Summary Judgment Awarded

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Attorney Alexander Stabinski successfully brought a summary judgment motion on behalf of a local propane supplier who had been sued for failure to provide propane during the winter months.  Attorney Stabinski was able to argue that summary judgment was warranted in light of the admissions of the plaintiffs at depositions.


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Associate Attorney Adam T. Mandell was recently appointed as a Delegate to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) House of Delegates.  The House of Delegates is the decision and policy-making body of the NYSBA, and meets four times a year. Action taken by the House of Delegates on specific issues becomes official NYSBA policy.  With more than 76,000 members, NYSBA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary statewide association of lawyers.

Adam has been associated with Maynard O’Connor since 2008, and practices primarily out of our Saugerties office in Ulster County, New York.  Regarding this recent appointment, Adam said, “I am honored to be selected as a delegate, and look forward to my service with the NYSBA.”

March 31, 2014

Anne-Jo Pennock McTague Appointed to Court Examiners Advisory Committee in the Third Judicial Department

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Anne-Jo Pennock McTague was appointed to the newly formed Court Examiners Advisory Committee in the Third Department with regard to the standards, practices, forms, oversight and data base information, as they relate to Article 81 Guardianships. Article 81 proceedings are required when an Alleged Incapacitated Person requires an advocate and an individual to marshal their assets, assure medical, legal and daily living needs are met. The Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP) is typically some one who has no power of attorney or health care proxy. These individuals may be in a hospital or other facility or home, and require important decisions to be made regarding their living arrangements, medical care, and day to day activities such as bill paying and applying for benefits entitled to. The petition is brought, together with an Order to Show Cause, to the Court for an eventual hearing to appoint a Guardian of the Person, Guardian of the Property or both.

August 19, 2013

Firm Successful in Obtaining Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendant

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The firm has been successful in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a hospital. In the medical malpractice case, plaintiff alleged that he suffered personal injuries as a result of a needle fragment that broke off during the course of a surgical procedure. While plaintiff attempted to argue that a retained foreign body following a medical procedure does not occur absent negligence, Andrea Demers argued and presented an expert affidavit in the motion for summary judgment that in fact, a retained foreign body can and does occur in the absence of negligence. Specifically, in this case, the medical personnel involved in the procedure were aware that the needle had fractured and made reasonable efforts to located the needle fragment prior to the conclusion of the surgery. Additionally, Ms. Demers, through expert proof, demonstrated that plaintiff had failed to establish that the retained needle fragment was a proximate cause of his injuries. According to the Court, the plaintiff was unable to refute the proximate causation argument, even with the proffer of his own expert’s affidavit. As a result, the Court ruled that even if a question of fact had been raised as to whether the failure to located the retained foreign body constituted negligence, there was no question of fact as to the proximate causation, and as a result granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The awarding of summary judgment in favor of defendants in a retained foreign body case is rare, and the firm was pleased to obtain that result on behalf of their client.

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