Bond Attorneys Honored For Pro Bono Contributions

January 30, 2013

(Syracuse, NY):  Three Bond attorneys, David M. Hayes, George H. Lowe and Thomas E. Myers, were honored at the Twelfth Annual “Justice for All Luncheon” in New York City on January 24, 2013 during the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting.  The honors were extended to those attorneys participating in the 2012 Empire State Counsel Program which recognizes annual pro bono contributions in excess of 50 hours to expand “access to justice for low-income, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals. on behalf of individuals.“  Typical matters include: landlord-tenant cases, mortgage foreclosures, benefits, divorce, child custody, neglect and abuse cases, immigration, asylum, re-entry, debtor-creditor law, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Hayes is a Business Law attorney and is Of Counsel to the firm. He advises clients on a broad range of corporate and business law matters including antitrust, cooperatives, corporate governance and insurance. Mr. Hayes is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Chair, Audit Committee; Business Law Section; Former Member, Executive Committee, Antitrust Law Section; Past Vice President, Fifth Judicial District; Former Member, House of Delegates; and 2010 President's Pro Bono Service Award, Fifth Judicial District), Onondaga County Bar Association's Past President and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Mr. Hayes is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

Judge Lowe is Of Counsel to the firm and concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex federal civil litigation. He also uses those skills he developed on the bench to serve as a mediator and arbitrator. In addition, Judge Lowe continues to play a significant role in pro bono matters and other service to the Bar.

Judge Lowe was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York in February 2004. Before taking the bench Judge Lowe was a partner at Bond for twenty-one years, concentrating his practice in white collar criminal defense and federal court civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Judge Lowe served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, and before that appointment he was an Assistant United States Attorney for five years.

Judge Lowe is a past President of the Onondaga County Bar Association and a former Chair of the Fifth Judicial District’s Committee on Character and Fitness. He has served on the boards of Legal Services of Central New York and the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. While in practice Judge Lowe received numerous honors for his service in pro bono cases and he is currently co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Access to Justice.

In 2007, Judge Lowe received the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award. In 2012 the Northern District of New York's Federal Court Bar Association presented Judge Lowe with its James R. Duane Award for commitment to public service.

Mr. Myers is a Litigation attorney and the Firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator. He has successfully prosecuted and defended commercial and personal injury claims for both individual and institutional clients from the health care, higher education, hospital, insurance, medical, real property rental and transportation industries, in the courts and private dispute resolution forums in New York. Over the years, Mr. Myers has acquired special experience in the areas of business dissolutions, insurance errors and omissions, medical malpractice, professional discipline, professional licensing, psychiatry and suicidality in the New York state courts. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Rated and New York Super Lawyers 2012®.

As Pro Bono Coordinator, Mr. Myers supervises the law firm's commitments to eviction defense clinics in Syracuse City Court and the Village of East Syracuse Justice Court, SAY YES to Education pro bono law clinics, and various other pro bono activities, which were recognized with a 2012 President's Pro Bono Service Award from the New York State Bar Association

Mr. Myers is currently Vice President of the New York State Bar Association for the Fifth Judicial District (CNY), and a member of its House of Delegates, Executive Committee, CLE Committee, CPLR Committee, Committee on Court Structure and Operations, Committee on Judicial Nominations, and Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. He is Past President of the Onondaga County Bar Association and currently serves as Chair of the Onondaga County Bar Association / Fifth Judicial District Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.