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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.

October 5, 2015

Running For A Cause

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This fall, Attorney Rob Rausch, a partner in the firm, will run three half-marathons over 30 days to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Rob is a member of Team In Training (TNT), the flagship fundraising program for the LLS.  TNT chapters across the nation raise funds to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers.   On September 20th, Rob already completed the Palio Half Marathon in Saratoga; on October 11, he will run the Mohawk-Hudson Half Marathon here in Albany; and on October 18th, he will run the Runner’s World Half Marathon in Bethlehem, PA.

If you would like to follow Rob’s efforts and support the LLS, you may do so at the following link:


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!

August 31, 2015

Maynard Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

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Bruce Bell, Robert Rausch, and Adam Mandell have been selected as “Super Lawyers” in the current issue of the Upstate New York Super Lawyers magazine.  Bruce was recognized for the seventh time as a Super Lawyer in the field of “Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice”. Rob was named for the third time as a Super Lawyer in the category of Appellate Practice; he was also previously recognized under the category of “Personal Injury Defense”.  Adam Mandell was once again named as a “Rising Star” in the field of Medical Malpractice 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 selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The lists appear in the current issue of Super Lawyers and the September, 2015 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine.

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