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Monte and Marriott to Give Estate Planning Presentation

Buffalo, NY — On Wednesday, September 13, Rebecca Monte, Esq. and Eric Marriott, Esq. will be making an estate planning presentation at the Buffalo District Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to federal government employees. The presentation will cover such topics as basics of wills, intestacy, contents of a will, powers of attorney, and healthcare proxies. We will also have a question and answer session following the presentation.

This presentation is in conjunction with LifeSpan Services, Inc. LifeSpan Services has conducted strictly educational mid-career and retirement planning seminars since 1980. Each year LifeSpan does approximately 300 seminars for federal agencies throughout the United States.

If you would like information about this seminar, you can email either Rebecca Monte or Eric Marriott.

Loftus Successfully Argues Appeal at Fourth Department; Labor Law Case Dismissed

Buffalo, NY — On June 9, 2017, the Fourth Department dismissed the plaintiff’s Labor Law cause of action in the case of Berner v. Town of Cheektowaga.  The plaintiff in that case was a laborer who was making minor repairs to an abandoned property in the Town of Cheektowaga.  Attorney Kevin Loftus successfully argued for the Fourth Department that the Town of Cheektowaga was neither an “owner” nor a “general contractor” as those terms are defined under New York State Labor Law.  The Fourth Department agreed with Mr. Loftus’s position that the Town was not responsible for coordinating and/or supervising the plaintiff’s work on the site.  At most, the Town of Cheektowaga simply reviewed the end product to confirm that the work on the abandoned property was completed.  The Fourth Department dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety against the Town of Cheektowaga. 

The appellate brief was written by our associate, Nicholas M. Hriczko, Esq. The appeal was argued by partner, Kevin E. Loftus, Esq.

Loftus Successful with Summary Judgment Motion

Buffalo, NY — On May 26, 2017, attorney Kevin Loftus successfully argued a motion for summary judgment before Judge Paul Wojtaszek.  The plaintiff decedent in Green v. Konka, et. al. was critically injured while participating in Jeep “off-roading” at a campsite.  Kevin Loftus represented the driver of one of the involved Jeeps, which had become stuck in the mud.  One of the codefendants pulled Mr. Loftus’s client out of the mud, without incident.  Shortly thereafter, the plaintiff’s accident occurred when that second vehicle backed up to return to the campsite.  Plaintiff’s attorney argued that by getting stuck in the mud, Mr. Loftus’s client “invited rescue,” which ultimately caused the plaintiff’s death.  Mr. Loftus successfully argued before the Court that the vehicle getting stuck in the mud merely furnished the occasion for the accident, but did not actually contribute to it.  In addition, there were multiple intervening causes which severed any causal connection that may have existed as a result of Mr. Loftus’s client getting stuck in the mud.  Judge Wojtaszek ruled that Mr. Loftus met his initial burden on the motion for summary judgment and the plaintiff’s attorney failed to raise a question of fact.  The plaintiff’s complaint, and all cross-claims against Mr. Loftus’s client, were dismissed.. 

The motion papers and memorandum of law were written by our associate, Andrew D. Fiske, Esq. Oral argument of the motion was presented by partner, Kevin E. Loftus, Esq.

Speyer and Renda Win Appeal, Securing Dismissal of Products Liability Action

Buffalo, NY — April 2017 — In Pacy v. Cowen Holdings, Inc., et al, the plaintiff suffered injuries to her arm while using a commercial washing machine manufactured by our client, Alliance Laundry Systems. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that while attempting to remove a load of towels from the washer, her right arm became entangled and twisted.

The plaintiff alleged that the washing machine was defectively designed based upon a theory that the washer door was able to be opened while the drum inside the washing machine was still spinning. Firm member Thomas J. Speyer and senior associate Katie Renda initially secured an order for summary judgment from Honorable Paul B. Wojtaszek on the grounds that the machine was not defectively designed and the case was dismissed.

On appeal, the Fourth Department affirmed the decision of Justice Wojtaszek, holding that the defense met its burden by establishing that the washing machine at issue was a safe product because it was equipped with two safety devices. Plaintiff was unable to establish that industry standards required the additional safety device promulgated by the plaintiff’s expert and, as such, plaintiff was unable to raise a question of fact.

The Fourth Department also addressed plaintiff’s claims grounded in failure to warn, holding that the plaintiff’s deposition testimony established that she was aware of the danger of the moving drum inside the washing machine. Alliance therefore had no duty to warn the plaintiff of a danger of which she was already aware.

New Associate Eric W. Marriott Joins Firm's Municipal Law Group

Buffalo, NY — March 2017 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, PC announces that our newly hired associate, Eric W. Marriott, has joined the law firm’s Municipal Law Group. 

Marriott will assist the municipal law department heads, Kevin Loftus and Michael Chmiel, in the defense of its various clients. 

Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, PC, has historically represented countless counties, cities, towns and villages throughout Western New York.  At this time, the firm is proud to count Western New York’s three most populous municipalities as its clients. 

If you have any questions regarding the law firm’s municipal law department, please contact either Kevin Loftus or Michael Chmiel

Loftus Secures Dismissal of Case Against Contractor Under the Espinal Rule

Buffalo, NY — February 13, 2017 — On behalf of a local snow plowing contractor, attorney Kevin Loftus recently secured a dismissal from the Fourth Department.  In Waters v. Ciminelli (4th Dept. 2017), the Fourth Department held that the snow plowing contractor, JB Landscaping, did not owe a duty to the non-contracting third-party plaintiff.  It is well settled law in New York State that a contractual obligation, standing alone, will not give rise to tort liability in favor of a non-contracted third-party, unless it fits one of the three exceptions addressed by the Court of Appeals in Espinal v. Melville Snow Contractors, Inc. 98 NY 2d 136 (2002). 

            The plaintiffs argued that JB Landscaping’s activities fit under the third exception set forth in Espinal, “where the contracting party has entirely displaced the other party’s duty to maintain the premises safely.”  The Fourth Department agreed with Mr. Loftus’s argument that the contract between JB Landscaping and Ciminelli was not so comprehensive and exclusive that it entirely displaced Ciminelli’s duty to maintain the premises safely.  As a result, the Fourth Department overturned that part of the lower court’s decision and dismissed the case against the snow plowing contractor.

Eric Marriott Joins the Firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C.

Buffalo, NY — February 10, 2017 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., today announces that Eric Marriott has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He is a member of the firm’s Municipal Law Department.  Mr. Marriott will be working with the other members of the firm in handling the firm's litigation files as well as other general practice matters. 

A current resident of North Tonawanda, New York, Mr. Marriott earned his juris doctor from William & Mary Law School in 2016 where he was a graduate research fellow.  He participated in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

Eric Marriott completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science, minoring in philosophy in 2012.  He was also a member of Pi Alpha Sigma (National Political Science Honor Society), and a member of the UB Men’s 2012 NYS Collegiate Gold Medal Rowing Championship team.

Mr. Marriott now joins with the other associates of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. in serving the legal needs of the Western New York community.  Eric will work with the firm at its downtown office at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square, as well as practicing at the firm's branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. is a full service law firm practicing in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, corporate and business law, estate and estate planning, criminal defense, and matrimonial law.  The firm is headquartered at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square in Buffalo, with a branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga, New York.

Justina Potenzo Joins the Firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C.

Buffalo, NY — January 2017 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., today announces that Justina Potenzo has joined the firm as an associate attorney. She will be working with the other members of the firm in handling the firm's litigation files as well as other general practice matters.  In addition to working with the firm at its downtown office at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square, Ms. Potenzo will also be practicing at the firm's branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

A current resident of Tonawanda, New York, Ms. Potenzo graduated magna cum laude from both the State University of Buffalo Law School and Buffalo State College.  She earned her juris doctor in 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education in 2011, and taught at Buffalo Public School 66. Ms. Potenzo now joins with the other associates of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. in serving the legal needs of the Western New York community.

Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. is a full service Law Firm practicing in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, corporate and business law, and estate planning, criminal defense, and matrimonial law.  The Firm is headquartered at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square in Buffalo, with a branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga, New York.

Chmiel Wins Appeal with Regard to an Automobile Accident Involving a Stranded Vehicle on Bridge

December 2016 -- In Zbock vs. Brown, et al, we represented the defendant, Ronnie Brown. On the date of the accident, Brown’s vehicle became disabled near the top of the North Grand Island Bridge. He turned on his hazard lights in order to warn other drivers of his disabled vehicle. He then began walking down the Grand Island Bridge in order to get help.

Meanwhile, several vehicles moved into the left lane in order to avoid Brown’s disabled vehicle. However, a vehicle driven by one of the co-defendants did not see the disabled vehicle and was forced to come to a sudden stop in order to avoid an impact. Immediately afterward, a motorcycle driven by the plaintiff then ran into the rear of this co-defendant’s stopped vehicle. As a result of this collision, the plaintiff unfortunately died.

The plaintiff’s estate argued that Brown should have done more to warn other drivers of his disabled vehicle. For example, it was argued that he could have placed reflective triangles or flares on the road. We argued that this would have been incredibly dangerous given the traffic and location of the disabled vehicle.

The plaintiff also argued that it was possible that Brown’s hazard lights were not on, as a result of the testimony of a witness who, two hours after the accident, observed Brown’s vehicle and did not see the hazard lights on. We argued that this testimony did not create a question of fact, given the amount of time that expired after the accident before the witness made these observations. Additionally, three other witnesses saw that the hazard lights were on at the time of the accident.

As a result, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, dismissed the claims against Brown. This appeal was argued by partner, Michael J. Chmiel, Esq. 

Chmiel and Josefiak Win on Appeal Regarding Assumption of Risk and Football

December 2016 --In the matter of Butchello vs. Herberger, the plaintiff Travis Butchello, suffered a serious injury (specifically, the loss of an eye) while playing junior varsity college football. Butchello argued that our client, Michael Herberger, was lined up across from him as a defensive end. Butchello was playing the position of offensive tackle. In a running play, Butchello fell to the ground. As he was getting up to his feet, but before the whistle blew to signify the end of the play, Herberger blocked Butchello by placing his hand in the vicinity of Butchello’s facemask. Unfortunately, he inadvertently injured Butchello’s eye.

The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, ruled that Herberger’s actions did not represent a “flagrant” infraction unrelated to the normal method of playing football. Specifically, it was found on appeal that Butchello assumed the risks of injury by voluntarily playing football.

This decision is significant in that it affirms the doctrine of primary assumption of risk. This doctrine holds that experienced participants in sports assume the risk of injury, providing they were caused as a normal part of the game. We argued to the court that, if it did not apply this principle to the matter before it, it would set a precedent whereby anyone could successfully sue for virtually any injury incurred in sports, so long as they could show even the slightest infraction of the rules. This could, of course, lead to additional lawsuits.

The appellate brief was written by our associate, Rebecca R. Josefiak, Esq. The appeal was argued by partner, Michael J. Chmiel, Esq.

Picture of the Buffalo Sabres Thunder Team and One other hockey TeamFirm Supports Special Hockey Tournament

December 2016 --For the third year, Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. supported the Fall Festival Hockey Tournament put on by the WNY Special Hockey Association, Inc. and their team The Buffalo Sabres Thunder.

The WNY Hockey Association is committed to promoting disability awareness by their presence in the community as they offer a hockey experience to special needs individuals. Their team, The Buffalo Sabres Thunder, travel to play other special needs teams in Canada and the US, but it's the scrimmages with many "typical" local teams and the tournament that create the opportunity for their players to demonstrate what individuals with special needs can accomplish when given the chance, and it is a fun and natural event for both teams to learn from each other.

Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. are proud to come alongside the WNYSHA in this inspiring and worthwhile endeavor.

Hedges Presents Trust Seminar at NBI CLE

November 2016 -- Senior Associate, Katy Hedges presented at the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar on November 7, 2016 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.  At the all day seminar entitled "Trusts from A to Z", participants gained knowledge in the areas of testamentary trusts, special needs trusts, grantor trusts, tax reduction with trusts and ethical considerations in preparing trusts. For more detailed information, go to www.nbi-sems.com.

Hriczko Successful on Motion to Dismiss

May 2016 — On May 12, 2016 and on behalf of Allstate Insurance Company, Nicholas M. Hriczko successfully argued a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the third-party complaint failed to state a cause of action upon which relief could be granted.  The motion was heard before the Honorable Mark Grisanti in Erie County Supreme Court. 

The court ruled that Mr. Hriczko had met his burden by establishing that the defendants/third-party plaintiffs maintained no contractual relationship with Allstate; and therefore, were not legally entitled to seek contribution from Allstate as the plaintiff's SUM carrier.  Therefore, the court granted Mr. Hriczko's motion in all respects and dismissed the defendants/third-party plaintiffs' complaint against Allstate Insurance Company in its entirety.

Michael M. Chelus and Richard Zielinski Standing at Screen Giving PresentationMichael M Chelus, Esq. and Richard J. Zielinski, Esq. Roll Out a Presentation on Motor Vehicle Litigation for the ECBA

April 2016 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., attorneys Michael M. Chelus and Richard Zielinski presented “The Basics of Litigating a Motor Vehicle Accident Case” as part of the Bar Association of Erie County’s CLE midday lecture series. The lecture focused on the essential law and procedure know-how required for litigating a motor vehicle accident case.

The lecture was given before a crowd of attorneys and other interested participants in the Sun Room at 438 Main Street in Buffalo, New York. Fielding questions from an active crowd, the two attorneys led the attendees through the complicated fields of no-fault law and serious injury with great aplomb.

When asked about his experience in presenting this lecture, Mr. Zielinski stated “lawyers are uniquely suited for teaching each other because we’ve studied the art of communication since day one. To be able to use those communication skills to educate others and foster growth is a truly enriching experience.”

Mr. Chelus and Mr. Zielinski can be reached at www.cheluslaw.com for any questions regarding the presentation or motor vehicle litigation. If you would like a copy of the written materials utilized in the presentation requests may be sent to rzielinski@cheluslaw.com.

Chmiel and Trank Present "Deposition Basics in Personal Injury Litigation" to Members of the Erie County Bar Association

March 2016 — On March 22, 2016, partner, Michael J. Chmiel, and associate, Ashley E. Trank, presented on “Deposition Basics in Personal Injury Litigation” to members of the Erie County Bar Association. Ms. Trank presented the legal underpinnings of performing depositions in New York at both the state and federal level. Mr. Chmiel presented the practical application of those legal underpinnings, as well as strategies to use when conducting depositions in practice. If you have any questions regarding the presentation, or would like a copy of the written materials, do not hesitate to contact Michael Chmiel at mchmiel@cheluslaw.com or Ashley Trank at atrank@cheluslaw.com.

Chmiel Wins Appeal, Affirming Dismissal of Case

March 2016 — In the matter of Roger Feller and Sherri Feller vs. Earth Leasing, LLC and Alliance Contracting, LLC, we represented the defendants in a case involving a construction accident. Although the accident took place in 2006, the plaintiffs did not commence the lawsuit against our clients until 2010; nearly fourteen months after the applicable statute of limitations had expired.

We immediately brought a motion to dismiss based upon the plaintiffs’ failure to commence in a timely fashion. The plaintiffs, in turn, replied by alleging that Roger Feller was “insane” such that he would be justified to an extension of the statute of limitations pursuant to CPLR §208.

Justice John Michalski ordered a hearing to follow so that this issue could be decided. We were able to introduce evidence that Feller, during the time that he was allegedly “insane”, was actually conversing with his attorneys on a regular basis. We also demonstrated that he was able to meet with and discuss his medical treatment with several physicians during the applicable time period. During the eventual hearing, Feller’s expert neuropsychologist was forced to admit on cross-examination that Roger Feller was capable of “answering anyone’s questions”, including that of an attorney.

In order to meet this standard, it was the plaintiff’s burden to demonstrate that his “insanity” rendered him “unable to protect his legal rights because of an overall inability to function in society”. Justice Michalski found that the plaintiffs failed to meet this burden and dismissed the case.

On March 18, 2016, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, unanimously affirmed Justice Michalski’s decision in a memorandum opinion. Specifically, the Appellate Division found that Justice Michalski’s determination was “well supported in the record”.

Michael J. Chmiel conducted the hearing, and eventually wrote and argued the appeal. If you have any questions regarding this case, do not hesitate to contact him at mchmiel@cheluslaw.com.

Loftus Successful on Serious Injury Threshold Motion

February 2016 — On February 17, 2016, Kevin Loftus successfully argued a motion for summary judgment on the serious injury threshold. The motion was argued before the Honorable Mark Montour in Niagara County. The court ruled that Mr. Loftus had met his initial burden on summary judgment by establishing that the plaintiff did not sustain a qualified serious injury under Insurance Law §5104. Mr. Loftus was able to sustain that initial burden by submitting the plaintiff's own medical records, her deposition transcript, and an independent medical examination report. In response to the defendant's motion, the plaintiff failed to raise an issue of fact. The court granted Mr. Loftus's motion in all respects and dismissed the plaintiff's complaint in its entirety.

The New Year Brings Two New Associates to Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C.

January 2016 — Richard Zielinski and Ashley Trank are the newest editions to the firm's associate attorneys. Mr. Zielinski received his juris doctor in 2015 from the State University at Buffalo Law School and holds Bachelor of Arts from the State University at Buffalo. He currently resides in the City of Buffalo.

Ms. Trank, a current resident of West Seneca, New York, received her juris doctor in 2015 from the State University at Buffalo Law School and completed her under graduate with a Bachelor of Science from Canisius College.

Richard Zielinski and Ashley Trank will be working with the other members of the firm in handling the firm's litigation files as well as other general practice matters.  Mr. Zielinski and Ms. Trank will be practicing at the downtown office at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square as well as at the firm's branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

Richard Zielinski and Ashley Trank look forward to working with the other associates of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. in serving the legal needs of the Western New York Community.

Kevin E. Loftus Appointed Town Attorney

January 2016 — On January 4, 2016, Kevin E. Loftus was appointed Town Attorney for the Town of Lancaster, New York.  After spending the last two years as Town Prosecutor and Deputy Town Attorney, the Lancaster Town Board unanimously voted Mr. Loftus into the position of Town Attorney.

Mr. Loftus is a member of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. and has been with the firm since 2002.  He focuses his practice on civil litigation and municipal law.

Michael F. Chelus Receives the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York Civility Award

December 2015 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., today announces that former senior partner and of counsel attorney Michael F. Chelus has been presented with the Neil Sherwood Civility Award from the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York (DTLA), at the organization's annual dinner on December 2, 2015. This award is presented in honor of attorney Neil Sherwood, who passed away in 2012. Mr. Sherwood is remembered for his "commitment to his profession and volunteer work as a firefighter."

Admitted to the New York Bar in 1968, Mr. Chelus has been a longtime trial attorney, devoting his practice to defending personal injury litigation. He is also recognized for his commitment to serving as counsel to the Orchard Park and Colden Fire Districts. He began serving as counsel for the Orchard Park Fire District in 1971, and the Colden Fire District in 2003. Additionally, he is a United States Army veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam in the JAG Corps from 1968-1971.

Mr. Chelus receives this award based on his civility and dedication to the practice of law. Civility is defined as formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. He has maintained the utmost civility in a profession that is, by nature, extremely adversarial.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Chelus is a member of countless professional associations, including the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York, the American Legion, and the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.

Nicholas Hriczko Joins the Firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C.

September 2015 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., today announces that Nicholas Hriczko has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He will be working with the other members of the firm in handling the firm's litigation files as well as other general practice matters.  In addition to working with the firm at its downtown office at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square, Mr. Hriczko will also be practicing at the firm's branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

A current resident of Buffalo, New York, Mr. Hriczko received his juris doctor in 2013 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Hriczko holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Hriczko now joins with the other associates of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. in serving the legal needs of the Western New York Community.

Katy Hedges to be a Presenter at NBI CLE Seminar

July 2015 -- Senior Associate, Katy Hedges will be one of the presenters at the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar on September 1, 2015. The all day seminar is titled "Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions." Participants will gain knowledge in handling bad description measurents, curing title defects, gaining technical survey skills and more.

The seminar will be hosted at the Adam's Mark, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY on September 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. For more detailed information and/or to register, go to www.nbi-sems.com.

Andrew Fiske Joins the Firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C.

May 2015 — Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C., today announces that Andrew Fiske has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He will be working with the other members of the firm in handling the firm's litigation files as well as other general practice matters. In addition to working with the firm at its downtown office at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Tenth Floor, at Lafayette Square, Mr. Fiske will also be practicing at the firm's branch office at 2448 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

A current resident of Buffalo, New York, Mr. Fiske received his juris doctor in 2009 from the SUNY Buffalo Law School. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Fiske holds a Bachelor of Sciences from Clarkson University.

Mr. Fiske now joins with the other associates of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. in serving the legal needs of the Western New York Community.

Michael Chmiel Receives Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating

May 2015 - Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. has received notification from Martindale-Hubbell that Michael J. Chmiel has received a Martindate-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™.

Michael J. Chmiel was given an AV Preeminent Rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have the highest professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive this Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating evaluates lawyers based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte, P.C. is Buffalo's fifth oldest law firm. All seven members of the firm are rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Chmiel Presents CLE Program for Erie County Bar Association

April 2015 - On March 27, 2015, Partner, Michael J. Chmiel, presented on "Basics of Personal Injury Law" as a part of the Erie County Bar Association's annual "Life After Law School" continuing legal education program.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the presentation materials, please contact Michael J. Chmiel.

2015 Rings in Partnership for Two Associates

January 2015  –  Michael J. Chmiel and Michael M. Chelus have become the newest members of the Law Firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer and Monte, P.C.  Together they possess almost three decades of dedicated legal service to the Firm’s clients and the Western New York community. 

Michael J. Chmiel joined the firm in July of 2003 as an associate and Michael M. Chelus was hired as a law clerk in 2001.  Each earned his Juris Doctor at SUNY Buffalo School of Law.

Mr. Chmiel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Buffalo, and Mr. Chelus a Bachelor of Science degree in management from The Pennsylvania State University.  As associates with the firm they have diligently defended insureds through their insurance carriers.  They contribute to the legal knowledge of the firm with their experiences in other areas of the law such as criminal defense, matrimonial, corporate, and small business representation and intellectual property law.

 


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