Hoffman, Land, Marello, and Schaedler Elected to Partnership
We are pleased to announce that four of our attorneys: Matt Hoffman, John Land, Dave Marello, and Brian Schaedler have been elected as partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2022.
Matt has been practicing workers' compensation defense since he was admitted to New York Bar in 2014. He is expert in appellate practice and, notably, he successfully argued O'Donnell v Erie County, 35 N.Y.3d 14 (2020) before the New York Court of Appeals, reaffirming the obligation of partially disabled injured workers to demonstrate a nexus between their post-retirement reduction in earnings and their disability. Matt is also an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School where he teaches a course on appellate advocacy.
He is a member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations. Matt is resident in our Buffalo office.
John has also been practicing workers' compensation defense since his admission to the bar in 2015, following his graduation, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 2014. While in law school, John won “Best Oralist” at the Midwest Super Regional Round of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in February 2014. John's professional interests cover every aspect of workers' compensation claims from initial controversy to appellate court. He has also defended employers against illegal employment claims under WCL §120.
He is a member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations. John is resident in our Buffalo office.
Dave has been practicing law with Hamberger & Weiss LLP since his admission to the New York Bar in 2015. In addition to general workers' compensation litigation, Dave has developed a sub-specialty in representing our clients’ interests in third party actions before State Supreme Court and the Court of Claims. He also handles Loss Transfer arbitration hearings for our clients.
Dave is an Erie County native. Outside of the office, Dave enjoys playing sports and working on his golf game. He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association and is resident in our Buffalo office.
Brian is also a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where he not only served as a Publications Editor on the Buffalo Law Review, but graduated in 2014 with the honor of three separate awards: the Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award, the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law, and the Harold A. Dautch Memorial Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Brian is an expert litigator and has successfully defended our clients throughout the thousands of hearings and depositions he has handled.
When not in hearings, Brian can be found at the gym, playing sports, or watching the Buffalo Bills or Sabres. Brian is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is resident in our Rochester office.