Bond, Schoeneck & King and Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel Announce Combination to Form 51-Lawyer Office in Buffalo

September 30, 2015

Places Bond Among Largest Firms in All Major Upstate Markets

(Syracuse, New York): The law partnerships of Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC and Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP voted today to combine their firms which will create a 51-lawyer Bond office in Buffalo that will expand services available to clients, better position Bond to meet the legal needs of a growing Buffalo and Western New York economy, and place Bond among the largest firms in each of the four major Upstate markets.

The combination of the two firms will be effective January 1, 2016 and will practice under the name of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

The announcement culminates several months of discussions between the firms, spurred by compatible strategic objectives to better serve existing clients and to deepen and broaden the scope of their practice areas for clients representing a wider range of industries.

Based on the January 2015 rankings in Buffalo Business First, this combination places the Buffalo office of Bond as the fourth largest firm in Western New York. Buffalo would also become the second largest office for Bond, which has nine offices in New York State – including Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

“With Bond having been in Buffalo for nearly 20 years, we are truly excited about participating in the region’s resurgence and fulfilling our strategic objective of developing a full service office in Western New York by combining with such a highly regarded, talented and venerable firm as Jaeckle Fleishmann & Mugel,” said Richard Hole, chairman of Bond’s Management Committee.

 “The addition of their lawyers will enable us to provide a full range of services from the firm’s Buffalo office, further strengthen our capacity to provide services to our clients in all our markets, and help us to attract new clients seeking an array of high quality, reasonably priced legal services that are capable of being delivered anywhere in the state,” he said. 

Joseph Kubarek, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel managing partner, said the combined practices and industry-specific expertise of both firms will be very attractive for current and future clients desiring full service capabilities from their law firm.

“We complement each other in labor and employment law, litigation, and employee benefits and by combining, we will enhance Bond’s impressive capabilities in these areas not only in Buffalo but across New York State,” he said.

“Moreover, Bond’s considerable experience and deep teams in healthcare, higher education, intellectual property, public finance and corporate restructuring will be major assets to our hospitality and tourism, advanced manufacturing, municipal, healthcare, and higher education clients,” Kubarek said.

“Bond is delighted to have the ability to offer our Western New York clients local attorneys for business, tax, trust and estate, real estate and environmental services which Jaeckle attorneys will provide,” said Daniel Forsyth, who will be co-managing member of the Buffalo office with Kubarek. “These lawyers are highly regarded in our community and will be valuable additions to our office and our firm.”

Bond Buffalo will be located in Jaeckle’s office space in the Avant building.  Bond’s Buffalo office is currently located at Fountain Plaza.

According to recent published rankings, after the combination is effective, Bond, Schoeneck & King will have 265 lawyers, which would rank the firm in the top 170 nationally and top 35 statewide among law firms based on attorney population.


Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC was founded in 1897 and for over 118 years has counseled individuals, companies and public-sector entities in a broad range of areas.

With 230 lawyers and 11 offices, we represent clients in manufacturing; agribusiness; commercial lending and real estate development and construction; energy; health care and long term care; and municipalities, school districts, higher education, and other exempt and nonprofit organizations. We maintain nine offices across New York; one in Naples, Florida; and one in Overland Park, Kansas.

Bond is committed to understanding our clients’ needs and providing comprehensive, practical, high-quality and responsive solutions. We strive to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, and to provide leadership in community activities, pro-bono work and service to the Bar. For more information, visit

Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP is a full-service corporate law firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York with roots dating back over a century. The firm's clients include Fortune 500 companies, publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, governmental entities, universities, as well as individual business owners. For more information, visit