Bond Elects Six New Members

January 11, 2022

 (Syracuse, NY): Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2022, six attorneys have been elected members (partners) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chairman of the firm’s management committee, “These attorneys, all women this year, each have shown leadership, superior legal ability in their practices and a deep commitment to their clients. I am also looking forward to seeing this year’s class rise into leadership roles and to continue our efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive culture at the firm.” 

The new members are Kirsten J. Barclay (School Law – Rochester), Claire G. Bopp (Litigation – Rochester), Rebecca K. Kimura (Labor and Employment – New York City), Amanda Rosenfield Lippes (Intellectual Property – Buffalo), Lindsay M. McKenna (Trust & Estate – Buffalo) and Anna W. Richards (Business – Syracuse). 

Bond Member Bios:

Kirsten J. Barclay (Rochester) represents charter, district and nonpublic school clients, counseling school leaders, superintendents, and school boards on the full spectrum of school law issues they face. Prior to joining Bond, Barclay was the Senior Program Officer for a private charitable foundation leading strategic investments in education improvement, served as the lead education researcher and consultant at the Center for Governmental Research, and held key positions in the Rochester City School District as Assistant Counsel, Special Assistant to the Superintendent and Chief of Student Support Services.

Claire G. Bopp (Rochester) is a litigation attorney who represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, mediation and arbitration on a broad range of matters. She is well-versed in all phases of civil litigation, including investigations, pretrial discovery, depositions, motion practice, trials and appeals. Bopp has extensive experience defending hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses, nursing homes and other ancillary medical care providers in medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases as well as products liability, premises liability and statutory labor law claims.

Rebecca K. Kimura (New York) has extensive experience in all aspects of civil defense litigation and appellate work, with an emphasis on employment matters. She has defended employers in wage and hour class actions, and claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination in state and federal court as well as in arbitration. Prior to joining Bond, Kimura was an attorney at Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP and before that was an attorney at an employment litigation boutique in San Francisco, California, where she represented primarily Fortune 100 companies. 

Amanda Rosenfield Lippes (Buffalo) is an intellectual property attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lippes advises clients in developing cost-efficient and goal-oriented strategies to provide broad and comprehensive legal protection. Her practice is focused on the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and licensing. Lippes represents clients, from startups to multinational corporations, in all phases of patent prosecution, assists clients with all stages of trademark prosecution and advises them with patentability assessment, validity/freedom-to-operate analysis and portfolio management.

Lindsay M. McKenna (Buffalo) represents clients in estate planning, estate and trust administration and estate controversies. She provides solutions tailored to each client’s goals and objectives, including Tax planning, elder law and long-term care issues, medicaid planning, supplemental needs trusts and guardianship proceedings. McKenna strives to guide each client through the planning process by coupling her legal knowledge with her experience handling complex family issues faced by many clients.

Anna W. Richards (Syracuse) advises clients at every stage of a transaction to help them meet their business objectives, while mitigating risk. Richards has significant experience advising clients on commercial contracts, corporate governance matters and issues that arise in their day-to-day business operations. Richards also represents clients across multiple industries in mergers and acquisitions and loan transactions.  

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