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ICRH Partner Attends 2013 DRI Annual Meeting
Partner Josh Mackey attended the 2013 DRI Annual Meeting held October 16-20 in Chicago. DRI is an international membership organization of lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation. This year’s featured speakers included Dan Buettner, an accomplished explorer and author; Sal Giunta, a Medal of Honor recipient; and Pulitzer Prize winner and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. More than 1,100 attorneys and clients attended the annual meeting, which offered educational sessions on many areas of law, including law practice management, appellate advocacy, commercial litigation, medical liability and health care law, professional liability, trucking law, construction law, employment and labor law, government enforcement and corporate compliance, insurance law, electronic discovery, and technology. DRI’s fourth annual silent auction was held during the annual meeting, with this year’s proceeds benefiting the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE).
ICRH Partner Serves on Commercial Litigation Panel for Albany County Bar Association Seminar
Partner Robert Iseman served on a panel at the Albany County Bar Association’s commercial litigation seminar held on November 7, 2013. The seminar topic was “Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies For Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts.” Panel members included four distinguished judges, 12 prominent commercial litigators, and two in-house counsels for major area institutions. The seminar was divided into seven segments, each addressing a different topic. Lee Hessberg, senior vice president and general counsel for Albany Medical Center, and Joshua Toas, special deputy counsel and chief compliance officer for the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, served as panel members with Mr. Iseman for the segment on “The Client’s Perspective of Business Litigation.” For more than 35 years, Mr. Iseman has been engaged in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters for various clients, including many nationally known corporations. The litigated disputes involved such areas of the law as directors' and officers' liability claims, securities claims, real estate transactions, environmental contamination, insurance coverage disputes, breach of contract and personal injury claims.
ICRH Associate Volunteers at 23rd Annual “Make A Difference Day”
Omer Gil, an associate in the firm’s Poughkeepsie office, volunteered at the 23rd annual “Make A Difference Day” in Poughkeepsie on October 26, 2013. Omer is president of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC). He and his fellow board members, along with local volunteers, spent Make A Difference Day working on a home, painting and stabilizing the front porch and stairs. Other volunteers in Dutchess County took part in activities such as fixing up houses, sewing clothes for the needy, and donating food to charities. Make A Difference Day occurs every fourth Saturday in October, and is the largest day of volunteering across the United States.
ICRH Partner Presents at Affinity/Captive Resources Risk Control Workshop
Partner Brian Culnan was a speaker at the Affinity/Captive Resources Risk Control Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 3-4. Brian served as part of a team of three attorneys from the International Society of Primerus Law Firms on the topic of employment discrimination. He addressed approximately 120 attendees on “Current Trends in Disability Law After the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act.” Workshop participants included human resources personnel, risk managers and safety managers, and sessions were planned to help members learn how to improve their safety and claims management processes. In addition, the team participated in a mock trial with an audience of over 300 attendees. For the mock trial, Brian and the other Primerus lawyers presented a case focused on issues involved in the investigation and trial of a contested Workers’ Compensation claim.
ICRH Partner Named 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law
Partner Richard Frankel has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. Rich previously achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating of Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. For over a century, Martindale's Peer Review Ratings have provided authoritative information on the legal profession. Peer Review Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.
ICRH Supports Vassar Brothers Medical Center Event
ICRH attorneys Josh Mackey and Omer Gil and their wives attended the 24th annual Diamond Gala hosted by The Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Funds raised by the gala support VBMC’s goals of providing top-quality care and services to patients in its 365- bed facility. This year’s gala honored Drs. Jason Cohen and Stephen Katz, and Mr. Ira Effron, whose expertise and commitment to VBMC have been an important part of the medical center’s success. VBMC has been serving New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887, and is a member of Health Quest, the Hudson Valley’s largest integrated family of hospitals and health care providers. For more information on the gala event, please visit VBMC 2013 Gala.
ICRH Firm and Partner Robert Iseman Selected by Best Lawyers in America For 2014
Iseman Cunningham Riester & Hyde, LLP has been selected as a Tier 1 law firm in the practice area of commercial litigation by The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). In addition, partner Robert Iseman was named a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of commercial litigation, health care law, antitrust litigation, and regulatory enforcement litigation.
ICRH Partner Serves as Judge in Mock Trial for Local High School Students
Partner John Queenan served as the judge in the Mock Trial Tournament that took place in Albany on March 13, 2013. Mr. Queenan presided over the mock trial for the fact patterns, in which different area high school teams represent the plaintiff and defendant. The mock trial materials were prepared by the Law, Youth & Citizenship Program (LYC) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The LYC Program promotes citizenship and law-related education in schools throughout New York State, and assists educators in creating opportunities for students to learn how to become effective citizens. Additional information on mock trials and the NYSBA can be found on their website.
ICRH Partner Supports Animal Rescue Organization
On April 21, partner Joshua E. Mackey and his family attended the second annual sponsorship drive and silent auction to benefit the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (LOHR) at La Puerta Azul in Millbrook, New York. LOHR is a non-profit organization established in 2005 to offer permanent sanctuary to unwanted, abused, or neglected horses. The founder of LOHR, Deanna Mancuso, is a well-established member of the local professional equine community. Starting out as an exercise rider for various farms, she successfully moved up to barn management, eventually transitioning to business owner of Equine Escape Stable. Within a few years of opening Equine Escape, Deanna started receiving a growing number of inquiries regarding unwanted horses and how to report abuse and neglect. The SPCA began to ask Deanna’s stable to foster seized horses which were outnumbering available spaces at the SPCA facilities. Determined to be part of the solution, Deanna established Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, where the horses have a safe haven and will never again experience the situations that led them to LOHR in the first place. For more information, visit LOHR.
ICRH Partner Attends CLM Conference
Partner Joshua E. Mackey attended the annual conference for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) in San Antonio, Texas, from April 9 - 12. At the conference he participated in various classes on the latest developments in insurance law, technology, claims handling and litigation management. CLM is the only national organization created to meet the needs of professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. For more information visit CLM.
ICRH Supports National Rebuilding Day
Omer Gil, an associate in ICRH’s Poughkeepsie office, participated in National Rebuilding Day on April 27, 2013. National Rebuilding Day is a project of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that rehabilitates homes in order to revitalize communities. Omer is the president of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC). On April 27, 70,000 volunteers across the country restored homes for hundreds of low-income Americans, including military families. RTDC assisted eight local families in Wingdale, Staatsburg, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Hopewell Junction and Beacon. For more information on RTDC’s involvement, please visit this link.
ICRH Volunteers at Regional Food Bank
On April 23, 2013, a group of 18 ICRH partners, associates, staff and friends volunteered at the warehouse of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank collects donations of food and other items from wholesalers, retailers and others and distributes them to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties stretching from the Canadian border to Rockland and Putnam counties. The group’s assigned tasks included sorting through an assortment of toothpaste, shampoos and other personal care items to be distributed to shelters and other agencies in need of such supplies. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to give back by helping the community’s food bank!
ICRH Lawyers Named to List of 2013 Super Lawyers for Upstate New York
Partners Robert Iseman, Michael Cunningham, and Carol Hyde have been selected as 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Bob and Carol were selected in the health care practice area, and Mike was chosen for personal injury defense. Super Lawyers is a rating service that rates attorneys in more than 70 practice areas. Honorees are selected by independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Bob Iseman has been selected in the health care practice area continuously since the inception of the Super Lawyers designation. Mike Cunningham and Carol Hyde were first honored as Super Lawyers in 2010 – Carol for health care and Mike for construction law.
In addition, using the same selection criteria, associate Michelle Almeida has been named as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Rising stars are chosen by lawyers who are asked to nominate those they consider to be the best attorneys under the age of 40, or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.
Partner Josh Mackey Attends Planning Board Course
On March 26, Partner Joshua E. Mackey attended a course on “Planning Board and Subdivision Overviews” at the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Dutchess County Farm and Home Center in Millbrook, New York. Josh currently chairs both the Town of Washington Planning Board and the Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee. CCE Dutchess County, a subordinate governmental agency associated with Cornell University and its land-grant mission since 1869, provides research-based resources, tools and education for the residents and officials of Dutchess County. For more information visit www.ccedutchess.org
ICRH Partner Attends Dutchess Land Conservancy Event
Partner Josh Mackey attended a luncheon reception on March 26 for community leaders involved in zoning and planning at the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), Millbrook, New York. Discussion focused on land conservation and planning techniques. Ideas were shared among attendees and further cooperation with the DLC was agreed upon. DLC is a private, non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to preserving for present and future generations the scenic, agricultural and environmental resources of Dutchess County, New York, including open spaces, forests, water resources and wildlife habitats. DLC carries out its mission by obtaining conservation easements on privately held land and monitoring these easements in perpetuity. In addition, DLC provides technical land planning assistance, educates the public on matters of land conservation and works with government organizations to encourage environmentally sound planning. For more information visit www.dutchessland.org.
ICRH Blog Entry Makes Top 10
The firm’s recent blog entry on encryption of portable electronic devices made LexBlog’s list of Top 10 blog entries for April 16, 2013. The entry, prepared by Associate Linda Terner, discusses the severe consequences for loss of portable devices containing personal health information (PHI). Read the entry at Just Do It: Encrypt Portable Electronic Media Devices.
ICRH To Sponsor Eighth Annual “Forty Under 40” Shaker Awards in Poughkeepsie
ICRH is proud to again serve as one of the major sponsors of the annual “Forty Under 40” Shaker Awards for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The eighth annual event will take place on April 23, 2013 at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, and will honor the top forty future leaders of the Hudson Valley under the age of 40. This year’s honorees range in age from 18-39 and encompass a wide variety of professions. Three ICRH attorneys are past recipients of the award: Partner Joshua Mackey (2009) and associates Michelle Almeida (2009) and Omer Gil (2011). For a full list of the 2013 recipients or to find out more about the event, please visit the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce website at Forty Under 40.
ICRH Partners Attend Pattern for Progress Event
On March 4 partners Joshua Mackey and David Wise attended the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Annual Kick-Off Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. At the event, business and civic leaders from around the region participated in a panel discussion concerning the regional economy and government’s role in facilitating growth and recovery. Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy and research organization. Its mission is to promote regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of New York’s Hudson Valley. For more information on the initiative, visit Pattern For Progress.
ICRH Partner Addresses Albany Law School’s “2012 CLE Program for Recent Graduates”
Partner John F. Queenan was a recent speaker at Albany Law School’s “2012 CLE Program for Recent Graduates.” The program was sponsored by the law school and supported by alumni, and was designed to assist recent law school graduates obtain required New York State credits for continuing education. Mr. Queenan’s topic was “Witness Interviews and Expert Selection.” The program was attended by approximately 150 recent graduates. Mr. Queenan is chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and has more than 15 years of experience as a litigator.
ICRH Partner Elected to Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY
Partner Carol Hyde has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY). The Girl Scouts have been serving girls of Northeastern New York since 1916, but GSNENY itself was established in June 2007 from the union of four Girl Scout councils, and now serves 15 counties. The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GENENY’s “ToGetHerThere” initiative is aimed at empowering girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.gsneny.org and www.togetherthere.org.
ICRH is pleased to announce that David Wise joined the firm as a partner on January 14, 2013.
ICRH Partners Named 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Health Care
Robert Iseman, Carol Hyde and Richard Frankel, partners in the firm, have each been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. The complete list of Top Rated Lawyers will be highlighted in the February 2013 issues ofThe American Lawyer and Corporate Counselmagazines.
Bob, Carol and Rich have all previously achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating of Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. For over a century, Martindale's Peer Review Ratings have provided authoritative information on the legal profession. Peer Review Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.