Bond Elects Nine New Members

January 13, 2020

(Syracuse, NY): Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2020, nine attorneys have been elected as members (partners) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chair of the firm’s management committee, “this represents the firm’s continued growth, stability and recognition of individual talent within the firm.” Bernstein went on to say that “Each of them is an outstanding lawyer, has consistently performed at the highest level, and possesses the qualities we expect and value in our members.” 

The new members are Thomas Bezigian, Jr. (Trust and Estate – Syracuse), Nicholas J. Hoffman (Business – Buffalo), Emily E. Iannucci (Labor and Employment – Garden City), Curtis A. Johnson (Litigation – Rochester), Scott R. Leuenberger (Business – Syracuse), Adam P. Mastroleo (Labor and Employment – Syracuse), Kate I. Reid (School Law – Syracuse), Thomas K. Rinaldi (Litigation – Naples) and Brendan M. Sheehan (Litigation – Syracuse). 

Bond Member Bios:
Thomas Bezigian, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and taxation, corporate and business succession, probate, trust and estate administration, and elder law. Bezigian has experience as a trust officer administering trust and investment accounts for high net worth individuals at a private bank. He has lectured as an adjunct professor at the Yerevan State Linguistic University in Yerevan, Armenia.

Nicholas J. Hoffman represents domestic and international clients in many different types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. He regularly advises clients on complex business contracts, confidentiality agreements, government contracts, corporate governance, document retention, and other general corporate matters. Hoffman also has considerable experience in antitrust and consumer protection, including matters under the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, and other federal and state Antitrust and consumer protection statutes

Emily E. Iannucci is a management-side labor and employment law attorney who represents and counsels New York employers in both the public and private sectors. She advises clients in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including discrimination, workplace harassment, wage and hour issues, disciplinary action and more. Iannucci also conducts workplace investigations, negotiates collective bargaining agreements and represents employers in disciplinary hearings, discrimination claims, employment litigation and unfair labor practice proceedings before Federal and State agencies and courts.

Curtis A. Johnson is a litigator who focuses his practice on the representation of publicly traded companies, financial institutions, universities, as well as closely-held business. His work for these entities includes contract disputes, corporate ownership and control disputes, real estate disputes, construction and lien law disputes and government investigations. Johnson also has experience litigating the inter-family disputes of high-net worth individuals arising in the context of guardianship proceedings, will and gift contests and estate litigation. 

Scott R. Leuenberger is a business law attorney and member of the firm’s exempt organizations and tax law practices. Leuenberger works with not-for-profit clients on corporate formation, obtaining tax exempt status with the IRS, merger, consolidation and dissolution, along with various other transactional matters and the development of governance documents and policies. His not-for-profit experience also includes working with higher education clients on endowment fund reviews and complex merger and acquisition transactions and representing medical practices. Leuenberger also assists for-profit clients and individuals on transactional and tax-related matters.

Adam P. Mastroleo is an attorney in the firm's labor and employment practice with extensive experience representing employers in a variety of labor litigation matters. He focuses his practice on representing employers in matters involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the New York Human Rights Law and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Mastroleo has obtained favorable outcomes for his employer clients in federal and state courts, as well as before the New York State Division of Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kate I. Reid concentrates her practice in school law. Kate began her career at Bond in 2011, where she practiced in the areas of litigation and school district representation. In 2017, she served as General Counsel to Ithaca City School District. As a member of the Superintendent's Executive Cabinet, she counseled the District in all areas of its day-to-day operations and represented the District in litigated matters. Now in her role as outside counsel, Kate continues to provide timely, day-to-day counseling to Bond’s school district clients and acts as an advocate for them in adversarial proceedings before administrative agencies, and state and federal courts.

Thomas K. Rinaldi is a trial attorney concentrating his practice on general business and employment litigation involving contract disputes, business torts, and real estate disputes. He also handles landlord-tenant, personal injury, probate and trust litigation. Rinaldi also advises clients on a variety of cybersecurity issues. Throughout his career, Rinaldi has represented financial institutions, higher education institutions, insurance companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. 

Brendan M. Sheehan is a litigation attorney who has experience representing individual and corporate clients in a wide array of complex business litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Sheehan clerked for the Honorable Gary L. Sharpe, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York and worked as a litigation associate for an international law firm.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with 250 lawyers serving individuals, companies and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has eight offices in New York State and offices in Boston, Kansas City and Naples, Florida.