Bond Elects Twelve New Members

January 20, 2023

(Syracuse, NY): Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2023, 12 attorneys have been elected members (partners) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chair of the firm’s management committee, “This year’s member class is one of our most diverse classes ever, representing multiple practices from seven of our offices. These attorneys have demonstrated the highest level of legal experience and client service. I congratulate each one of them on reaching this level in their profession and look forward to all the contributions they will continue to bring to their clients and to the firm.”

The new members are Samuel P. Burgess (Health Care – Syracuse), Jacqueline A. Giordano (Labor and Employment – Garden City), Jeffrey P. Gleason (Business – Buffalo), Jonathan L. Gray (Intellectual Property – Syracuse), Terria P. Jenkins (Intellectual Property – Rochester), Riane F. Lafferty (Labor and Employment – Buffalo), Liza R. Magley (Litigation – Syracuse), Barbara M. Maisto (Litigation – Garden City), Mary P. Moore (Business – Rochester), Emma L. Osborne (Trust and Estate – Naples), Ayanna Y. Thomas (Labor and Employment – Westchester) and Peter H. Wiltenburg (Labor and Employment – Buffalo).

Bond Member Bios:

Samuel P. Burgess (Syracuse) assists clients with current legal issues and provides advice on business matters to obtain maximum operational efficiency. He represents and advises a wide variety of business clients, including health care and other professional entities, with general corporate transactions and governance, including business structuring; mergers and acquisitions, employment, shareholder, management and buy-sell agreements; and affiliations.

Jacqueline A. Giordano (Garden City) is a management-side labor and employment attorney representing public and private sector employers in arbitration, litigation and matters before federal and state administrative agencies, including the NYS Public Employment Relations Board, the NYS Division of Human Rights and the EEOC. Giordano frequently negotiates collective bargaining agreements, conducts workplace investigations and provides clients with advice on day-to-day employment issues.

Jeffrey P. Gleason (Buffalo) advises his clients with respect to mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions; public and private securities offerings; licensing agreements and issues; employment agreements and employee benefit and equity plans; federal and state securities laws and regulations; New York insurance company regulation; state and tribal gaming regulatory regimes; private and public company corporate governance; and other general corporate and contracting issues.

Jonathan L. Gray (Syracuse) is an intellectual property and registered patent attorney, with an emphasis on patent prosecution, patent litigation and trademark portfolio management. Gray represents clients seeking to protect their inventions and their brands before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. As a litigator, he provides technical analysis and guidance through all phases of litigation from initial pleadings to claim construction and settlement.

Terria P. Jenkins (Rochester) is a seasoned trademark and copyright intellectual property attorney who works closely with her clients to optimize, protect and leverage their brands and expand their impact in the market. Jenkins has an exceptional range and wealth of knowledge in trademark portfolio development, strategic brand management, brand counseling and brand licensing, having overseen large multinational trademark and copyright portfolios.

Riane F. Lafferty (Buffalo) is a labor and employment attorney counseling clients on workplace policy administration, discrimination, harassment and retaliation issues, managing employee leaves of absence and wage and hour compliance. Lafferty conducts internal workplace investigations and litigates matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues, contract disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement and class action lawsuits. She also represents management clients in traditional labor law matters including labor arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Liza R. Magley (Syracuse) is a litigator who counsels and represents clients in commercial, intellectual property, employment, and civil rights disputes arising in federal and state courts. She has tried cases to jury and bench, argued before appellate-level courts, and assisted clients in alternative dispute resolution. Magley is also a member of the firm’s Pro Bono committee and has served as a pro bono advocate in both federal and state court.

Barbara M. Maisto (Garden City) handles multiple aspects of commercial litigation in both the state and federal courts, including the defense of nationally recognized insurance companies, product manufacturers and businesses. She has defended some of the country’s largest manufacturers and also works closely with school districts involving civil litigation matters, including the defense of employment discrimination, contract and general liability claims.

Mary P. Moore (Rochester) enjoys working with regional business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs to accomplish their business goals. She advises her clients on various matters, including business structure and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and business succession. She is experienced in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements, as well as advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues and commercial disputes.

Emma L. Osborne (Naples) concentrates her practice on trust and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Osborne utilizes a wide range of sophisticated techniques to protect assets, minimize taxes and provide practical approaches to accomplish her clients’ personalized family goals, including long term financial security and the preservation of wealth for the next generation. Osborne also works with executors and trustees in administering estates and trusts.

Ayanna Y. Thomas (Westchester) concentrates her practice in school law and represents public, private and charter school clients, as well as colleges and universities. Thomas provides day-to-day counseling and represents school clients in adversarial proceedings before administrative agencies and in state courts. She has extensive experience in matters that impact the operations of schools.

Peter H. Wiltenburg (Buffalo) is a litigator in Bond’s labor and employment group, representing employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in all phases of claims from initial investigation through trial and appeal. He handles matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, state and federal wage and hour issues, contract disputes, and restrictive covenant enforcement. Peter also serves as a trusted advisor to private and public sector employers on a wide range of issues, as well as traditional labor relations matters such as arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with 285 lawyers serving individuals, companies, nonprofits and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has 10 offices across New York as well as offices in Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts and New Jersey.