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January 2008

1/31/08 Gary Maas, Susan Benz and Brian Gwitt Named Damon & Morey Partners

1/15/2008 Attorney John "Mr. Cornell" Kirschner Dies at Age 81

1/31/08 Gary Maas, Susan Benz and Brian Gwitt Named Damon & Morey Partners


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Damon & Morey LLP is pleased to announce that Gary R. Maas, Susan A. Benz and Brian D. Gwitt have been named Partners.

Gary Maas concentrates his practice in the areas of health law, tax exempt bond transactions and finance. He is a member of the Business & Corporate and Real Estate & Banking Department, and a member of the Health Care Practice Group.


Within the health care field, Mr. Maas focuses on finance and development of health care projects, mergers and acquisitions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas, fraud and abuse, anti-trust and other compliance issues. Much of his litigation experience is in the areas of construction contract, development and eminent domain law. Much of his litigation experience is in the areas of construction contract, development and eminent domain law.


He is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County and the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Maas received his BA, with honors, from Union College and his JD, cum laude, from Suffolk University.

Co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, Susan Benz is a member of the firm’s Business & Corporate Department. Her health care practice focuses on regulatory, reimbursement, and compliance matters. Ms. Benz represents skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living and adult care facilities, hospices, pharmacies, emergency transportation providers, and health care professionals. She also represents not-for-profit organizations that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues.

Ms. Benz received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1981 from Harpur College, University of Binghamton, and her J.D. degree in 1986 from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ms. Benz is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Health Care Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. Ms. Benz is also a member of the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

A frequent lecturer, Ms. Benz has also authored numerous articles on health law issues. In 2007, she was named to Business First of Buffalo's "Who's Who in Law List".

Brian Gwitt practices in the Business Litigation and Insolvency Department. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, including contract disputes, Uniform Commercial Code, corporate governance, intellectual property/trade secret litigation, bankruptcy litigation, real estate litigation, and debtor/creditor matters. A large part of Mr. Gwitt’s practice involves handling critical matters for businesses, including seeking/defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, and handling other forms of emergency relief.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Erie County. He is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of New York and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

A frequent lecturer on business litigation, trial and procedural issues, Brian has authored many articles including: “UCC § 1-102(c): Under Certain Circumstances, It Might Make Out-of-State Commercial Decisions Controlling Precedent”, UCC Bulletin, September 2001, and “Section 2-716 And The ‘Liberalized` Remedy of Specific Performance”, UCC Bulletin, March 2004.

Prior to joining Damon & Morey, Mr. Gwitt was a partner at the law firm Ice Miller LLP, located in Indianapolis. He was also an attorney advisor to the Honorable Michael B. Thornton of the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Gwitt received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and Pre-Law from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

Founded ninety-one years ago, Damon & Morey LLP is a full-service law firm calling on the knowledge and experience of eighty-four attorneys. The firm’s major areas of practice include Business and Corporate Law, Business Litigation and Insolvency, General Litigation, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Probate, Trust, & Estate, and Real Estate & Banking. Employing nearly two hundred people in Western New York, the firm currently maintains four offices - Buffalo (firm headquarters), Clarence, Batavia and Rochester. For complete information, visit the firm’s web site at www.damonmorey.com.

1/15/2008    Attorney John "Mr. Cornell" Kirschner Dies at Age 81

October 6, 1927 - January 13, 2008

John L. Kirschner served as Of Counsel practicing in Damon & Morey's Corporate and Real Estate Departments.  His legal practice focused on the areas of real estate and condemnation law.  Previously, he served as a senior partner at Saperston & Day and as of counsel at Hiscock & Barclay.

He was an active member of the New York and Erie County Bar Associations. In April of 2007, John was selected as the recipient of the Bar Association of Erie County's Charles H. Dougherty Civility Award.

Known throughout Western New York, John was actively involved with many charitable organizations.   He served on numerous organizations' boards including Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Buffalo Prep, and the Arthritis Foundation of Western New York.   In addition, John held volunteer leadership roles for the United Way, Catholic Charities, the Diabetes Association, and Canisius High School. He also served as a past president of the Erie County Bar Foundation and the Central Referral Service.  

A native of Lowville, New York, John was a World War II veteran who served in the United States Army from 1945-1947 (Caribbean Defense Command and Panama Canal Zone). 

He went on to received his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell in 1951 and his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1953.

"Mr. Cornell", as he was known, was honored on numerous occasions by the University.  Most notably, he was awarded Cornell's prestigious Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award in 2002, the title of Foremost Benefactor of Cornell in 1998, and the honor of lifetime member of the University Council in 1996.  Active in Cornell admissions for over fifty years, John was an ardent ambassador for the University.  Feeling that financial support for students was essential, he was an enthusiastic fundraiser.  He chaired the Mabel Merritt Scholarship Committee in Buffalo for many years.  

His other Cornell activities included a variety of leadership roles for the Cornell Club of Buffalo and The Law School's Dean's Advisory Council. He was a past president of the Law School Alumni Association, a member of the Cornell Law Quarterly and the College of Human Ecology's  Advisory Council.  As a member of the Cornell University Council, John also served on the Arts Council, the Real Estate Council, and the National Estate Affairs Committee.

As a charter member of the Real Estate Council, he helped create the first courses ever offered in that specialty.  Over the years, the program has continued to grow, and now, the university offers an advanced degree in this area.

John was a long time member of the Buffalo Club who also served as a past director.

John is survived by Mary Alyce (Blanco), his wife of forty years, his step-daughter, Logan Blanco of Charlottesville, Virginia, 2 cousins, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Amigone Funeral Home (1132 Delaware Ave.) on Friday, January 25th from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm.  Funeral Services will be held at the Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Ave.) on Saturday, January 26th at 10 am.  Mr. Kirschner will be laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum in Kenmore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to the Erie County Bar Foundation and the Cornell Law School Foundation.


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