Recent News


Things are happening here. The members of our firm are actively engaged in all aspects of our community in and outside the courtroom. Our law firm is an incredibly diverse workplace whose members are fully committed to contributing to both our profession and the community at large.

March 4, 2014

Stonberg Wins Favorable Verdict in Kings County for Global Hamburger Chain

Congratulations to Mike Stonberg of our New York City office for winning a defense verdict in Kings County in a case where our client’s employee struck a customer in the face in the client’s store during work hours. Even though the employee was convicted of assaulting a customer, Mike was able to persuade the jury that the employer should not be responsible. Since the demand at the start of trial was $750,000, our client was thrilled with the result.


A NEW ADDRESS IN NEW YORK CITY

We are excited to announce the expansion and relocation of our New York City office — and proud to say that our commitment to excellence is stronger than ever, as we welcome a new partner, Joseph S. Kavesh, to our team.


June 24, 2013

Managing Partner Timothy E. Delahunt will be presenting at the American Conference Institute’s 25th National Advanced Forum on Bad Faith Litigation, July 30-31, 2013, in San Francisco, CA.

Tim will be speaking on issues such as the duty to defend, duty to settle claims, liability for failure to settling within policy limits and potential consequences of a failure to defend.  For further information or to register for this conference, go to: www.AmericanConference.com/BadFaithSNF. view+


June 14, 2013

New and Noteworthy
for Insurance Coverage

Court of Appeals Decision: Insurer Found to Have Breached the Duty to Defend Loses Right to Rely on Policy Exclusions to Dispute its Duty to Indemnify. Click to read full article.


May 13, 2013

KSLN to Sponsor Working For Downtown Networking Event, Thursday, May 16

KSLN will sponsor Working For Downtown’s networking event, Thursday, May 16, 5:30 -7:30, and provide guided tours of our firm’s headquarters, the magnificently restored and historic Calumet Building.  Happy Hour will follow on the first floor of the Calumet at Bacchus restaurant.   Working For Downtown is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and improving the quality of life in Downtown Buffalo by fostering an interest in civic and downtown development.  Through member education and cooperation with other representatives, Working For Downtown supports the effort to revitalize Buffalo's downtown.


KSLN to Host Buffalo Niagara Builders Association Board of Directors Meeting

On Tuesday, May 14, at 4 pm, KSLN will host the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association monthly board of directors meeting, followed by a guided tour of our firm’s offices in the beautifully restored historic Calumet Building.


KSLN Sponsors Urban Land Institute Presentation of Historic Calumet Building

KSLN Managing Partner Tom Liptak served as one of three panelists for the Urban Land Institute of Western New York’s Presentation, “The Calumet Building and Chippewa Entertainment District: Past, Present and Future.”   The firm had yet another opportunity to share with the community the magnificent restoration of our new corporate headquarters, as a corporate sponsor and through guided tours of the renovated second and third floors that comprise our offices.  The cocktail event was well-attended and the presentation quite informative, spanning the architectural roots and storied past of the unique Calumet Building.   The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary research and education organization which facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.   ULI has nearly 30,000 members worldwide, presenting the entire spectrum of the land use and development disciplines. view+


May 2, 2013

KSLN’s NYC Office Named Exclusive Counsel in Metro Region for Global Hamburger Chain

We’re pleased to announce that our NYC office continues to grow and was recently designated exclusive counsel in the NYC metro region for a global hamburger chain.  If you like our work upstate, consider using us in NYC.  Contact Partner Michael Stonberg (212) 231-2220.


May 1, 2013

Managing Partner Tim Delahunt to Present at New York State Bar Association Advanced Insurance Practice 2013 MCLE Friday, May 10

Managing Partner Tim Delahunt will speak on Allocation Issues for Defense and Indemnity.  For further information and to register for this MCLE, please go to:   http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Events1&Template=/Conference/ConferenceDescByRegClass.cfm&ConferenceID=6131


Managing Partner Shari Jo Reich Receives EmbraceWNY 2013 Community Service Award

Managing Partner Shari Jo Reich is the recipient of the EmbraceWNY’s 2013 Community Service Award.  She was honored along with WNED, Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, and Jamestown Councilman-at-Large Greg Rabb, at a brunch on Sunday, April 28th, attended by over 300 guests.  EmbraceWNY is a local, non-profit organization comprised of gay and straight members of the Western New York Community who are dedicated to equality and fairness within Western New York and seek to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community amongst all citizens.


March 14, 2013

KSLN to be Honored with a Distinguished 2013 Preservation Award

Preservation Buffalo Niagara has selected KSLN as the recipient of a Distinguished 2013 Preservation Award for the firm’s contributions toward preservation in the Buffalo Niagara region through our purchase and renovation of the historic Calumet Building, home to the firm’s Buffalo office.   The firm will be recognized at the 5th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at Kleinhans Music Hall, Friday, May 31, 2013.


KSLN Wins Silver

The results are in!  At the March 7 luncheon recognizing the finalists in Business First’s 2013 Best Places to Work survey, KSLN took the silver award in the medium-size company category.  MORE+


February 12, 2013

Associates Burke, DePeters and Long Named Partners


Melissa Burke, Alan DePeters, and Nancy A. Long Named Partners of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak

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Melissa A. Foti to Be Initiated into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

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September 26, 2012

New York State Bar Association’s continuing education program “2012 Law School for Insurance Professionals”

KSLN’s Jessica L. Foscolo, Esq. and Elsa J. Schmidt, Esq., will be panelists at the upcoming New York State Bar Association’s continuing education program “2012 Law School for Insurance Professionals,”  held on Friday, September 28, 2012, in Buffalo, NY.   Ms. Foscolo and Ms. Schmidt will be speaking on updates and developments regarding notice, disclaimers, right to independent counsel and direct actions.  For additional information and to register online, go to www.nysba.org/LSFIP12.


KSLN Relocates its Buffalo Headquarters to the Historic Calumet Building

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April 25, 2012

Tim Delahunt to Co-Chair and Present at Additional Insured and Indemnification Conference: Other People’s Money

KSLN Managing Partner Timothy E. Delahunt will co-chair and speak at HB Litigation Conferences' Additional Insured and Indemnification Conference, May 11, 2012, Thompson Hall, New York NY.  MORE+


February 27, 2012

KSLN Hosts Free Contractor’s Seminar

Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP (KSLN) is delighted to host the first of a series of Construction Industry seminars. Please join us for A Contractor’s Guide: Getting Your Collections and  Insurance Issues in Order, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at Bacchus, 56 West Chippewa at Franklin, Buffalo, NY. Learn more about the "creditors’ rights” arena, including: collections practices, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, and judgment enforcement; unique insurance concerns for the construction industry;  the importance of a strong risk management program and mechanics’ liens. We look forward to seeing you at this informal breakfast.  Please RSVP by March 1st, to Alexa Christopher, at APChristopher@kslnlaw.com or (716) 853-3801, ext. 352.


Our New York City Office has Moved

We are pleased to announce that our New York City office has moved.  MORE+


February 8, 2012

KSLN Expands Practice in Pennslyvania

If you are looking for a law firm to handle your Business and Corporate, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Defense matters in Pennsylvania, look no further.  Our experienced Pennsylvania-admitted attorneys -- Melissa A. Foti, Jeffrey A. Carlino, and Amanda L. Machacek -- are ready to assist you in achieving the best possible outcomes on your legal matters.  We balance superior legal counsel with accessibility and cost efficiency, it's what makes us easy to work with and tough to beat.  If you are interested in learning more about our Pennsylvania practice, please contact us at 800-447-9544.


Ryon D. Fleming Named to New York State Unified Court System Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee

Buffalo, NY: Ryon D. Fleming, an Associate at Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, has been named as one of thirteen members who comprise the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Unified Court System. 

 

The Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) was established in 2006 with three major objectives: 1) to respond to inquiries from mediators in community dispute resolution center programs; 2) to promote professional development and consistent of practice among dispute resolution practitioners; and 3) to recommend changes to the Mediator Standards of Conduct for the New York State Community Dispute Resolution Center Mediators that govern mediators who provided dispute resolution services under the auspices of a Community Dispute Resolution Center. 

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December 14, 2011

Melissa Burke and Alison Odojewski to present Advanced Workers’ Compensation CLE, January 20, 2012

KSLN attorneys Melissa B. Burke and Alison L. Odojewski will be two of three faculty teaching an Advanced Workers’ Compensation CLE on Friday, January 20, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.  They will also serve as two of four faculty leading a similar Advanced Workers’ Compensation CLE in Syracuse, New York on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel. For complete information and to register for either CLE, go to: https://store.sterlingeducation.com/seminar/12NY01070


December 8, 2011

KSLN Partner Tim Delahunt Gives Seminar on Additional Insured & Indemnification Agreements

KSLN Partner Tim Delahunt presents a CLE seminar on “Additional Insured & Indemnification Agreements.”  For a comprehensive look at the salient coverage issues related to additional insured and indemnification or to obtain a copy of the complete CLE presentation, go to http://litigationconferences.com/?p=22233.


Partner Tim Delahunt Presents CLE Seminar on Insurance Coverage for Design-Build Construction Projects

Tim Delahunt presents CLE Seminar, “Insurance Coverage for Design-Build Construction Projects: Maximizing CGL, PLI and AI Coverage to Mitigate Risks for Contractors.”  For more information or to obtain a copy of the presentation, go to http://www.straffordpub.com/products/insurance-coverage-for-design-build-construction-projects-2011-09-15.


November 17, 2011

Jeffrey A. Carlino Joins Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP as Commercial Litigation Partner

Jeffrey A. Carlino has joined KSLN as a Partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice.  Jeff brings a wealth of experience in the areas of Creditors’ Rights, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance and defense litigation, Lender Liability defense litigation, and General Commercial litigation. He has developed a successful legal practice defending both large and small corporations in complex commercial disputes. MORE+


The Litigation Council of America Names Judith Treger Shelton a 2011 Fellow

Buffalo, NY  -- Judith Treger Shelton has been inducted into the prestigious Litigation Council of America (LCA), an invitation-only trial lawyer society MORE+


July 25, 2011

Partner Jim Nowak Featured in BNA’s Toxics Law Reporter

Partner Jim Nowak has been quoted in one of the nation's leading sources for timely news on regulatory, legistlative and legal issues, "The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc."  Their weekly publication the "Toxics Law Reporter" consulted Jim about the Supreme Court of Delaware's recent decision regarding employer liability for "take-home" exposure in alleged asbestos cases. BNA Article


July 20, 2011

Tom Liptak Summits Mount Whitney

Led by his sister Vic and son Tom, KSLN partner Tom Liptak summited Mount Whitney (elev. 14,504 - the highest point in the contiguous U.S.) on July 18 just after Noon, making KSLN the "top" firm in the lower 48 for at least the 20 minutes Tom was up there.  The 22 mile climb took the group just over 17 hours, starting in the desert and ending in the Whitney snowfields.  Reports that Tom billed 6.4 hours during the trek proved to be untrue.  As he said succinctly after returning to base camp: "my feet hurt".  Way to go Tom!


July 7, 2011

Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP Adds to its Buffalo Office

Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak (KSLN) is pleased to announce the addition of four attorneys to the firm. MORE+


March 30, 2011

Tim Delahunt Coauthors Book

The American Bar Association’s new book, “Construction Insurance: A Guide For Attorneys and Other Professionals,” features Tim Delahunt as coeditor and chapter coauthor. MORE+


January 6, 2011

We’re Moving

Our firm is proud to be moving into the historic, art nouveau Calumet Building. Located in the heart of Buffalo, our new office is minutes from the Erie County Supreme Court, Buffalo City Court, and United States District Court. MORE+