Changes to our Staff
We are sad to announce that at the end of June, Lacey LaSalvia relocated back to her home state of Nevada so that she could be closer to her family. The Firm would like to thank Lacey LaSalvia for her years of exceptional service to the Firm and wish her only the best in her future endeavors. We are also proud to announce the hiring of Jennifer Murtaugh and Kasey Whitmore. Jennifer Murtaugh will be primarily assisting David Siegfeld and Beth Carey and Kasey will be working as the Firm’s receptionist. Please say hello next time you call or stop in the office.
Zapala hired as Associate
The Firm has hired Matt Zapala as an associate attorney who will begin after his graduation from Albany Law School in May of 2014. Matt, in addition to clerking for the Firm, has also interned with Albany based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Hon. Robert Littlefield. He will work primarily with Conor and Rob in the Firm’s litigation practice
Robert Ganz recognized by Super Lawyers
Partner Rob Ganz was once again named as an upstate Super Lawyer in the field of commercial litigation. 2012 marks the fifth time he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for his work.
New Partners Named
As of July 1, 2011, there have been significant changes to our firm, as the younger attorneys who have been providing services as associates have received promotions. Conor E. Brownell and Beth E. Carey have been elevated to the partnership and Lianne S. Pinchuk has been made Counsel to the firm.
Conor received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his JD degree from Case Western Reserve
University. After serving as a clerk in the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, he joined the Firm in 2006. He heads the Firm’s collection practice, landlord-tenant practice and is also involved in general commercial litigation. Conor currently serves as the President of the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Gift of Life.
Beth received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her JD degree from Albany Law School. She joined the Firm in 2007. Her practice is focused on real estate, employment law, estate planning and corporate formation. Beth is on the Board of Directors of Trinity Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.
Lianne received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and her JD degree from
Columbia University. After commencing her career with a major New York City law firm, she joined Ganz Wolkenbreit & Siegfeld LLP in late 2008. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Ohav Shalom.
Firm’s Culture of Community Service Recognized
Rob Ganz attended a private high school — George School in Newtown, PA which draws students from all over the country and the world. It is run by Quakers and infused with values which include community service. The School’s quarterly magazine recently ran an article discussing the impact of the school’s values on its alumni. The article featured 4 such alumni — Rob Ganz was one of those featured. He discussed, among other things, how the values of service have been incorporated into the culture of the law firm. This commitment to service has included firm efforts at the Regional Food Bank, the community run against domestic violence, annual charitable gifts in lieu of client Holiday presents and service on various non-profit boards by all of the attorneys in the firm. Read the entire article by clicking here.
What We’re Up To . . . April 2010
Rob Ganz has successfully defended a claim brought against our client based on a promissory note on the ground that other business transactions were so inextricably intertwined with the note that they provided a defense to the claim.
Conor Brownell has settled two large and complicated cases on behalf of his contractor clients with extremely favorable outcomes.
Beth Carey is working with several clients on long-term succession planning arrangements.
Jed Wolkenbreit has recently obtained a successful result for a client in a matter before the NYS Office of Professional Medical Conduct and has been involved in the restatement of partnership agreements for several clients.
David Siegfeld has settled an estate litigation matter involving a fiduciary accounting and an internal family dispute which finally allowed this estate, which had been open since 1998, to close.
The Firm that runs and walks together . . .
On April 30th in downtown Albany, Ganz Wolkenbreit & Siegfeld will be well represented in the Albany County Bar Association’s 5K Run/Walk Against Domestic Violence. The purpose of this event is to raise money for not-for-profit organizations providing legal and financial assistance to victims of domestic violence. Look for our Firm T-shirts in downtown Albany on that evening.
Ganz and Brownell Presented a Collections Seminar
On March 9, 2010, Robert Ganz and Conor Brownell conducted a seminar about practical considerations for debtors and creditor in collections. The seminar was sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association. This seminar concerned the practical applications of collections law for a non-bankrupt client with creditors after him/her. The seminar addressed questions about what happens when someone is trying to collect on a debt, what the creditor can and cannot do, what the creditor knows, and what methods or tactics are most useful in negotiating.
GWS is proud to announce the start of new “green” initiatives.
We are continuing our long-term partnership with Trinity Institute in order to simultaneously recycle our aluminum cans and help a worthy charity. We have also selected a shredding and recycling provider that ensures that our paper is recycled into new paper goods locally. Such local recycling reduces our carbon footprint by alleviating the need to have pulp shipped to a faraway plant in order to be reconfigured into useful paper products
What We’re Up To
Rob Ganz and Conor Brownell have been actively involved in a variety of litigation in both State and Federal courts, recovering on past-due accounts owed our respective clients.
Dave Siegfeld has recently assisted in the completion of the sale of stock of a regional durable medical supply company to an international conglomerate. Further, he is currently working with a manufacturer/distributor to fund a multi-million dollar expansion project through lending by both private banking and local and federal governmental programs.
Jed Wolkenbreit recentl participated in a seminar sponsored by Lorman Educational Services entitled “Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs” and another sponsored by National Business Institute entitled “LLC Trends and Developments.”