Anthony Adams has been named to the Government Relations Committee for the Associated General Contractors of New York State for 2021.
Adams is a construction and litigation attorney for Adams Leclair LLP in Rochester, New York and has volunteered to serve in this capacity to help AGC advance the interests of its members and contractors generally with New York State and its agencies and authorities that participate in the construction marketplace or that regulate the industry, including the Office of General Services, the Dormitory Authority, the State University Construction Fund, the Department of Labor and others. Additionally, there can be as many as 300 construction-related bills considered by state legislators each year. These bills address such issues as: prevailing wage and other labor law matter; bidding; state contracting, environmental issues and changes to the Transportation and Vehicle and Traffic Law. Adams will contribute his legal experience and expertise to AGC and its staff as needed to pro-actively push for legal and contractual changes to benefit the construction industry.
Adams has spent much of his 40+year career representing contractors and other construction industry participants in contract negotiations, claims, public works issues, labor relations, risk management and other general business matters.
Adams Leclair Achieves Ranking In U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” For 2021
Rochester, NY–Adams Leclair LLP is among the top law firms in the nation to be included in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”.
The litigation law firm has been named a Tier 1 firm in Rochester, NY for Commercial Litigation,
Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, and Litigation – Insurance.
“U.S. News has more than three decades of experience evaluating key institutions in society and their
service to consumers,”said Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News. “Law firms perform a vital role, and ranking them is a key extension of our overall mission to help individuals and companies alike make important decisions.”
The 2021 rankings are based on the highest lawyer and firm participation on record, incorporating 8.3 million evaluations of more than 110,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms. “For the 2021 ‘Best Law Firms’ publication, the evaluation process has remained just as rigorous and discerning as it did when we first started 11 years ago.” says Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers. “This year we reviewed 15,587 law firms throughout the United States – across 75 national practice areas – and a total of 2,179 firms received a national law firm ranking. We are proud that the ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings continue to act as an indicator of excellence throughout the legal industry.”
National and metropolitan tier 1 rankings will be featured in the physical edition of U.S. News – Best
Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, which will be distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel.
Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most-respected peer-review publications in the legal industry. To be selected for this honor, attorneys are nominated and reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. They must undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
Adams Leclair attorneys have been recognized in this publication as far back as 2001, indicating a long-standing commitment to their fields of interest and a dedication to advancing the legal profession.
Adams Leclair LLP recently celebrated its first anniversary as a law firm that concentrates its practice in commercial and construction advocacy in upstate New York. In September 2019, the construction litigation practitioners from Adams Bell Adams PC and the commercial litigators from Leclair Korona Cole LLP joined together to offer specialized counsel, honed by decades of experience in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level.
The attorneys who have been included in the 2021 list is below, followed by the areas of practice for which they are being recognized. The year in parentheses is the first year they were given this honor. Congratulations to all!
Stacey Trien (2021)
Employment Law – Individuals
Litigation – Insurance
Win on Expert Challenge and Summary Judgment in Breach of Warranty Case
In a Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act case concerning a motorhome, a Connecticut federal court granted the motion of Mary Jo Korona and Jeremy Sher to exclude the plaintiff’s expert appraisal and award summary judgment to the defendant. Read the decision here.
This was our second successful result in the case, after winning an earlier motion to dismiss two other defendants for lack of personal jurisdiction.
We regularly defend warranty and revocation cases in state and federal courts, as well as Lemon Law arbitrations. If your business faces these kinds of claims, let us know. We can help.
Ontario County property owner wins tax case with the expertise of Mary Jo Korona and Robert Yawman
After 12 years of litigation that included motions to dismiss the case, an appeal and a 3 day bench trial, Mary Jo Korona and Robert Yawman successfully obtained a judgment against Ontario County on behalf of a widow. State Supreme Court Justice John J. Ark determined that Ontario County failed to comply with the notice requirements of the Real Property Tax Law and that the foreclosure proceeding was legally invalid because the County commenced the foreclosure action against a deceased party. The Court awarded the widow monetary damages of almost $300,000. Read more in this article on Real Property Tax Law published by the Post papers found here.
Favorable Ruling for Clients in Estate Administration Dispute
Adams Leclair attorneys, Paul Leclair and Jeremy Sher, obtained a favorable ruling from Monroe County Surrogate’s Court regarding ownership of more than $300,000 in contested funds the executrix held jointly with the decedent in area banks. Granting our clients’ motion, the Court held the accounts were jointly held for the convenience of the decedent during her lifetime, and were not intended to provide the executrix a right of survivorship in those funds. The funds were estate assets to be shared evenly among the decedent’s three children, and did not belong exclusively to the executrix of the estate.
Adams Leclair hosts seminar to discuss recent trends in employment law
On November 8th Adams Leclair hosted a seminar for CPAs, financial planners and managers from Allied Financial Partners. Stacey Trien, Jared Cook, and Rob Yawman discussed recent trends in employment law in New York, including ways to avoid discrimination claims and employment litigation, and best practices to follow if an employee does make a complaint for discrimination or sexual harassment.
If you would like to discuss such matters with our attorneys, please call (585) 341-4100 or email us at info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)adamsleclair.law.
Two of Western New York’s Finest Civil Litigation Firms Merge to Create Adams Leclair LLP
Rochester, N.Y.—Adams Bell Adams, PC and Leclair Korona Cole LLP have joined practices and will continue their focus on civil and construction litigation as Adams Leclair LLP. Both Rochester law firms have seasoned litigators who are experienced in business and construction disputes, employment law, property tax litigation, and providing counsel to municipalities and educational institutions.
“Combining makes sense because we have complementary practices that together, will create a depth of talent to serve current clients, while becoming more attractive to potential new clients who are more accustomed to dealing with larger firms,” said Tony Adams, a name partner.
Adams has an extensive background representing contractors and handling land use and estate litigation for almost 40 years. From 2013 through 2018, “Best Lawyers” has named him a “Lawyer of the Year” in either construction law or construction litigation.
Leclair has more than 30 years of experience in commercial matters involving a wide range of contract, real estate, insurance coverage and partnership disputes. He has been recognized twice for his advocacy and service in the US District Court.
“I am pleased to call Tony a partner. We had a trial against one another when I was a young attorney—which was a long time ago,” Paul Leclair the other name partner, said chuckling. “I never forgot Tony’s fairness and decency –even though we were adversaries.”
Steven Cole is the Managing Partner for Adams Leclair. Cole began his career as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice and has continued to focus on cases in the financial services industry and involving enforcement of employment restrictive covenants.
“This merger will enable us to litigate aggressively for our clients as we expand and continue to influence key practice areas such as employment and construction law,” said Cole. “We are bringing together an incredible amount of litigation experience. It is the perfect foundation for building a new law firm.”
Daniel Adams adds to the wealth of experience having started his career as a construction laborer who worked his way up to project manager for mechanical contractors in the Hudson Valley. After law school, Daniel Adams focused on construction litigation and surety law. Richard Bell has dedicated significant time to real property tax litigation and is an experienced appellate practitioner, having successfully argued numerous appeals before the State Appellate Division and having participated in matters before the State Court of Appeals.
The combined firm features seven founding partners: Anthony J. Adams, Jr., Paul L. Leclair, Steven E. Cole, Richard T. Bell, Jr., Daniel P. Adams, Jeremy M. Sher, and Stacey E. Trien; three senior counsel: Mary Jo S. Korona, Hon. Thomas A. Stander (Ret.), and Ernest F. Ferullo; two associates: Robert P. Yawman, Jared K. Cook; and two attorneys of counsel: Alice L. Messina and Erin F. Casey.
The physical merger of the two Rochester law firms was completed over Labor Day weekend when the Adams Bell Adams team moved from the sixth floor of the First Federal Building to where Leclair Korona Cole LLP was established, on the 15th floor. Adams Leclair LLP is conveniently located on East Main Street, near the state and federal courthouses in the heart of downtown Rochester, New York.
With decades of legal experience and construction expertise, the lawyers and staff at Adams Leclair LLP are prepared to advocate for their clients. According to Adams, “Our primary goal is to establish this as the community’s ‘go-to’ firm for commercial litigation and, simply, to provide superior client service.”
US News Includes LKC as 2019 Best Law Firm!
For the 9th time, US News has named LKC as Best Law Firm in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Bankruptcy/Insolvency and Reorganization.