Bond Rochester Attorney Cressida Dixon Named Monroe County’s First Female Public Administrator

January 28, 2021

Cressida A. Dixon and Matthew W. Taylor

(ROCHESTER, NY): Monroe County Surrogate’s Judge, Christopher Ciaccio, has announced the appointment of attorneys Cressida A. Dixon and Matthew W. Taylor to serve as Public Administrator and Deputy Public Administrator, respectively, for Monroe County. In this role, Dixon and Taylor will assume the administration of the estates of deceased residents that would otherwise remain un-administered for lack of proper representation.

Dixon and Taylor are Rochester attorneys with the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, and will continue to serve their private practice in addition to the Office of the Public Administrator.  Notably, Dixon is the first woman to serve as Public Administrator in the history of Monroe County.

“With the aging of the Baby Boom generation and the tragic loss of lives from the pandemic, serving the public interest with a qualified public administrator is critical,” Ciaccio said. “These attorneys will serve the best interests of estates for our deceased residents and their loved ones.”

“Cressida and Matt are well respected and experienced practitioners in the Surrogate Court,” said Bond, Schoeneck & King Rochester Office Managing Member Edward Hourihan.  “We are pleased that Judge Ciaccio has chosen them to serve in these important roles.”

Dixon is the deputy managing member of Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Rochester office where she supervises its trust and estates practice. Her clients range from successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives to multigenerational families with a vast array of estate planning needs to serve their business, personal and philanthropic goals. A 1996 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, she is recognized by peers as a top lawyer in Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

 “I am honored to be entrusted to lead this delicate and important service for those residents of our County and their families that are in need,” said Dixon.  “I look forward to serving in this role with the same level of integrity and care I’ve given to my clients throughout my 25-year career as a Trusts & Estates attorney.”

Taylor joined Bond in 2019 and is an associate in the Trusts and Estates practice.  He is the 2018 recipient of the Judge William J. Regan Award for his demonstrated “proficiency in estates and surrogate’s law”, and motivation rooted in ” a strong concern for public service and public welfare.”

 “I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity to work under Cressida – one of my biggest role models both professionally and personally – while also providing such a valuable service to the community that I cherish,” said Taylor.

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.