Bond Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Contributions

February 6, 2014

(Syracuse, NY): Seven Bond attorneys, Charles M. Guzak, James Holahan, George H. Lowe, Katherine S. McClung, Thomas E. Myers, Ingrid C. Palermo and Kate I. Reid achieved Empire Counsel status in 2013 by each providing over 50 hours of pro bono services benefiting poor persons. In general, these attorneys represented many persons financially unable to afford a lawyer in defending eviction proceedings, counseling parents and other relatives of Syracuse City School District students in the Say Yes to Education program, representing poor persons in federal court cases, and providing other legal services benefitting poor persons without compensation. Attorneys achieving Empire Counsel status were honored by the New York State Bar Association at its “Justice for All Luncheon” in New York City on January 30, 2014.

Charles M. Guzak is a litigation attorney who engages in a broad litigation practice and has represented individuals, corporations and public entities in a variety of matters that include commercial disputes, employment disputes, estate disputes, property disputes, personal injury claims and collections matters in state and federal court.

James Holahan is a labor and employment law attorney whose clients span the full gamut of private and public sector employers from a multi-national automotive manufacturer to a small municipality and from a large and organizationally complex not-for-profit agency to a cluster of family-owned proprietary nursing homes. His practice focuses on the duty to comply with the ever-changing and increasingly complex web of federal, state and local laws and regulations; the need for employers to be more than compliant, that is, to be tactical from a people resource standpoint; and the need to vigorously prosecute and defend labor relations and employment claims.

George H. Lowe is Of Counsel to the firm and concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex federal civil litigation. He also uses skills he developed on the bench to serve as a mediator and arbitrator. In addition, George continues to play a significant role in pro bono matters including supervising other Bond attorneys in representing poor persons in federal court.

Katherine S. McClung is a labor and employment law attorney who counsels employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including addressing wage and hour issues, responding to claims of employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and retaliation, drafting personnel policies and employee manuals, and dealing with unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining issues.

Thomas E. Myers is Bond's Pro Bono Coordinator. He supervises Bond's participation in pro bono clinics in Syracuse City Court, East Syracuse Justice Court and McKinley-Brighton School. Thomas is a litigation attorney who has successfully prosecuted and defended commercial and personal injury claims in the courts and private dispute resolution forums in New York. Over the years, Thomas has acquired special experience in the areas of business dissolutions, insurance errors and omissions, malpractice, professional discipline, professional licensing, psychiatry and suicidality in the New York state courts.

Ingrid C. Palermo is a business restructuring, creditors' rights and bankruptcy attorney who has both a local and a national practice representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, banking institutions and investment firms in a broad range of transactions, including out-of-court workouts, foreclosure actions, bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation and asset acquisition.

Kate I. Reid is a litigation attorney who represents individuals, corporations, insurance companies and school districts in civil litigation matters in New York state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with nearly 220 lawyers serving private and public sector clients, and individuals, in a broad range of practice specialties. Bond has nine offices in New York State, including New York City and Garden City, and offices in Naples, Florida and Overland Park, Kansas. When you partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, you will experience commitment to service and value from a local law firm responding to your unique needs.