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May 26, 2016

Maynard, O’Connor Welcomes New Firm Administrator Scott Adelmann

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We are pleased to announce that Scott Adelmann has joined the firm as our firm administrator.  Scott previously worked at Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe, LLP as their office manager.  He brings a wealth of law firm management experience based on his 15 years there as a paralegal and office manager.  Scott is currently serving as the president of the Albany Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.  He also enjoys competing in triathlons and hiking.  He completed the Lake Placid Ironman in 2012 and is currently working towards becoming an Adirondack 46er.


May 23, 2016

Firm Participates in Workforce Challenge

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On May 19th, several members of the firm participated in the Workforce TeamChallenge, an annual 3.5-mile race through downtown Albany.  This year, 10,000 runners and walkers participated in the race.  The event is organized by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club, and funds raised by the race are used to support college scholarships, grants, running clinics, and the Just Run program that encourages grade school children to run for exercise and fun.


May 2, 2016

Maynard O’Connor Welcomes New Associate Kostas D. Leris

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We are pleased to announce that Kostas D. Leris has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Kostas concentrates his practice in area of civil litigation, including personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights defense, general litigation defense, real estate matters and trust and wills.

Kostas brings nearly three years of litigation experience. He started his legal career as an attorney with the law firm of Cook, Netter, Cloonan, Kurtz & Murphy in Kingston, New York.  Kostas received his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Boston College, and earned his law degree from Albany Law School.

Kostas’ addition expands the firm to a team of sixteen dedicated attorneys, engaged in a wide variety of legal fields.

February 22, 2016

Maynard Welcomes New Associate Attorney Sara A. Smaila

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We are pleased to announce that Sara A. Smaila has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Sara concentrates her practice in medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and insurance coverage disputes, general litigation defense, and trusts and wills.

Sara worked in the civil legal service department at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo while at SUNY Buffalo Law School. She has worked with low-income victims of domestic violence helping them obtain orders of protection and other legal remedies available through the courts while working at Safe Horizon. Sara looks forward to applying her zeal for helping people to MOSC’s clients.  Sara graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University, and earned her law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law.

Sara’s addition expands the firm to a team of fifteen dedicated attorneys.

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.

December 28, 2015


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For twenty-five years, Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP has proudly served as one of the major sponsors of Dancing in the Woods, the annual black-tie gala to benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The “Melodies Center” is the Capital Region’s primary provider of care to infants and children with leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening blood cancers.

Dancing in the Woods is one of the largest and most successful fundraising event in the Capital Region, raising over $7 million since its inception in 1983.  Rob Rausch once again served as co-chair of the event, and has been involved with its planning and organization for the past eighteen years.

This year, the event was held on Friday, December 4thth, at the Armory on the Sage College campus, with over 750 guests in attendance.  Thanks to generous sponsorship, the event successfully raised over $500,000 to support the Melodies Center.

December 21, 2015

Congratulations Attorney Michael Catalinotto Jr.

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Congratulations Attorney Michael Catalinotto Jr. on a successful defense verdict in Ulster County! Attorney Catalinotto obtained an acquittal for NYS Corrections officer Michael Bukowski on an assault charge. The verdict was a result of Attorney Catalinotto’s diligent and thorough trial preparation and effective presentation at trial. To read more about the case and the trial that was covered by the Daily Freeman and NY Times please follow the link below.


November 9, 2015

Rob Rausch lectures at Continuing Legal Education programs

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On November 6th, Rob Rausch lectured at Albany Law School, in conjunction with the school’s program to provide free Continuing Legal Education credit to recent graduates. Rob discussed procedures and recommendations for successfully handling personal injury litigation, and presented on two topics:  “Everything Pre-Suit: Considerations for Effectively Choosing, Preparing, and Commencing a Personal Injury Claim” and “Conducting an Effective Deposition in a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim: Guidelines and Recommendations.”

Rob is a 1994 graduate of Albany Law School, and is a past President of the National Alumni Association.

October 27, 2015

Receptionist Wins Second Annual Bake Off!

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On October 26th, with Halloween right around the corner, the talented bakers at Maynard O’Connor participated in the firm’s second annual Bake-Off.    Some of the tasty goodies included apple roses, Jamaican banana bread, pumpkin cheesecake, quiche lorraine, kahlua pecan pie, and Nutella filled chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting.  After serious deliberation by our esteemed judges, our receptionist, Serena Sapienza’s Carmelita bars took first place.  Serena was awarded a firm apron for a job well done.  Congratulations Serena!

October 26, 2015

Happy Halloween from Maynard O’Connor!

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Halloween is a lot of fun.  But, it also presents a greater risk for injury to our children.  Here are some helpful safety tips if you and your children are going out trick or treating this year.

  • Make sure your child can walk easily in his or her costume and that no parts obstruct his or her vision – use face paint instead of cumbersome masks;
  • Make sure props like toy swords or knives are soft, short and flexible;
  • Never let your child trick or treat alone, and accompany your child up to the doors of homes;
  • Use sidewalks and walkways, do not cut across people’s yards where there might be unknown hazards hidden in the dark;
  • Attach lights or reflective material to your child’s costume;
  • Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant or flame retardant;
  • Examine all candy for choking hazards. Throw away homemade or unwrapped candy;
  • Never enter a person’s home or vehicle unless with a trusted adult; and,
  • If you’re driving, be on the careful lookout for pedestrians dressed in dark costumes.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe time trick or treating!  If your child or you are injured while trick or treating, please call the accident attorneys at Maynard O’Connor.

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