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TICL Members Honored for Their Service

On January 26, 2011 the TICL Section handed out its awards for service to the Section during 2010. The awards were announced during the Section's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Trial Lawyer's Section held at Cipriani's Wall Street.

Paul Suozzi of Hurwitz & Fine in Buffalo was awarded the John E. Leach Award for his outstanding service and distinguished contributions to the legal profession by a member of the TICL Section. Michael O'Brien of O'Brien & Jacobs, PLLC of New York City was awarded the Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the practice of law in the field of Insurance Law.

Honored as the Section Chair of the Year was Heath Szcymczak of Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP in Buffalo for his leadership of the Business Torts & Employment Litigation Committee. The District Representative of the Year was presented to Ronald Balter of Caruso, Spillane, Leighton, Contrastano, Ulaner & Savino, P.C. in Manhattan and Staten Island for his work as one of the District Representatives for the 13th Judicial District.

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Paul Edelman of Kreindler & Kreindler, LLP in New York City. Mr. Edleman was given this award for his years of service to the Section, most notably for his years of service as the Editor of the TICL Journal.

The final honoree of the evening was Laurie Giordano of Rochester's Leclair Korona Giordano Cole LLP. Ms. Giordano was honored for her year of dedicated service and leadership as the Chair of the TICL Section.

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