Upcoming CLEs:

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Not a member?  Click the “Membership” link above to download our application!

Past CLEs:

6/21/18 – “Defending Against Reptilian Plaintiffs” – presented by Joseph Goergen, Kelly Phillips, & Shayna Gorski.

12/8/17 – “Coverage Issues & Indemnification, Part II” – a combined CLE with the New York State Bar Association’s TICL Section and Erie Institute of Law.

12/9/16 – “Coverage Issues & Indemnification” – a combined CLE with the BAEC’s Negligence Committee.

4/28/16 – “Labor Law and Risk Transfer” presented by David Adams

9/19/16 – Florina Altshiler presents her article in the New York Law Journal “False Eyewitness Testimony” – Avant Building from noon – 1 p.m. Thank you to our generous sponsor DIGITS, LLC – a Division of Avalon, and to Barclay Damon for providing the room!

4/20/17 – #SocialMediaEthics presented by Emeritus Liz Midgley.  Thank you to our lunch sponsor Corporate Consultants Investigations!

Upcoming Social Mixers:

The DTLA Summer Party is on June 21, 2018, immediately following the CLE!  (If you can’t make the CLE, the party starts at 5).  Soho Buffalo, 64 W. Chippewa Street, Buffalo.

Past Social Mixers:

12/6/17 – The DTLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

12/7/16 – The DTLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting 

6/21/16 – The DTLA/MBA Summer Party

Press Release November 2017

November 16, 2017

The Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York (DTLA-WNY) announces that local attorney Gerard E. “Jerry” O’Connor will be accorded the highest honor bestowed by that organization: the Robert M. Kiebala Memorial Award as the 2017 Defense Trial Lawyer of year.

The award is made to the attorney who best exemplifies the Association’s mission of “promoting the highest standard of trial conduct through member education and advocating the defense position in civil cases with the judiciary and where appropriate in the New York State legislature.”

Mr. O’Connor is a senior trial attorney at Lippmann O’Connor, an in-house law firm representing the policyholders and insureds of Selective Insurance Company of America.  He has defended employment law, civil rights, motor vehicle, products liability and other complex cases throughout the State of New York.  He is a past President of the DTLA-WNY and has also served as the Events Chair.  This year one of his two daughters graduated from his alma mater, the University at Buffalo School of Law.

The DTLA’s 2017 Sherwood Civility award is being given posthumously to Gregory T. Miller, a partner at Roach, Brown, McCarthy and Gruber, P.C., and past president of the Bar Association of Erie County who passed away in April 2017.  He exemplified the best in our profession, as set forth in his own words: “Being a lawyer alters your world view and perspective on matters big and small, because of the degree of responsibility that you have to others.”  The Sherwood Civility award is named in honor of attorney Neil Sherwood (b. 1959 – d. 2012), whose integrity, honor and courtesy in his profession and volunteer work as a fireman made him a model among his fellow defense trial lawyers.

These awards will be given at the annual meeting on Wednesday, December 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Mansion on Delaware.  In addition, the following board members will be honored as their term comes to a close:  Mark Forden, Meghan Brown, and emeritus/past president Elizabeth Midgley.  President Nicole Palmerton will turn over her duties to current vice-president Kevin O’Neill.  Ms. Palmerton will remain on the board for a one-year emeritus term.

The slate for the election of 2018 officers includes: Melissa Habberfield (vice-president/president-elect), Thomas Kawalec (treasurer), Michelle Parker (secretary) and new board members serving a three-year term: Kevin Loftus, Nancy Long, and Stephanie Mack. For information, contact any officer or director of the DTLA.


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P3264719 (1)The Mission of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association is to encourage fellowship among the civil defense attorneys in the Eighth Judicial District by facilitating the exchange of ideas, enhancing litigation and trial skills, and advocating for the civil defense bar to the administrators of the Eighth Judicial District and the Western District of New York. Representing civil defense attorneys of the 8th Judicial District.