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Matt Chandler is a longtime Super Lawyers freelance writer and the author of more than 45 children’s books. His magazine writing has sent him from The White House, where he covered President Obama, to a Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball game, where he dressed up as a bucket of blue cheese to participate in the legendary Chicken Wing race. His writing has earned a number of state and national awards, including six New York Press Association Awards for his feature writing and weekly column, “Just a Thought.” The American Society of Journalists and Authors selected his book, Side-by-Side Baseball Stars: Comparing Pro Baseball’s Greatest Players as the 2015 Outstanding Young Adult Book.

Articles written by Matt Chandler

In the Custody Door, Out the Civilian Door

Don Thompson was fighting injustice decades before the Daniel Prude case

In March 2020, months before the world would know the name George Floyd, Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man in Rochester, suffered what his family termed a “mental crisis.” Police who were called to the scene took down Prude, who was naked; handcuffed him, placed a spit hood on his head and restrained him. Prude later died from his injuries.  Defense attorney Don Thompson, managing partner of Rochester’s Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin, had represented Prude’s brother, Joe, in an …

Prospering in a Pandemic

Culture is key for Albany law firm

It’s late on a Friday afternoon at the Albany office of Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr. Partner Adam Cooper is enjoying a cold beverage as he admires his WWE Championship Belt, earned as the reigning office champion of the dart board.  Fellow founding partner Jacob “Jake” Lamme delivers a crisp strike to the cue ball and scatters the balls across a pool table replete with the firm’s initials emblazoned across the gray felt.  Staff and attorneys mingle about the room, a sort of …

The Sweet, Not The Bitter

Kathleen Sweet reflects on her father, her practice and that nomination to the federal bench

It is an unseasonably warm Tuesday afternoon in April as attorney Kathleen Sweet strolls the Buffalo Waterfront. The lake is unusually quiet, the calm waters empty save for a few stray kayakers navigating down the Niagara River toward Lake Erie. The path that winds along the shores of the lake is a popular route for joggers, bikers and walkers; but today, it’s nearly empty.  Sweet, a medical malpractice attorney who represents doctors and hospitals across upstate New York, would typically be …

Estate Planning for Your Digital Presence

How and why New Yorkers should do it

For more than four decades, Donald Hamburg, an estate planning and probate attorney at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe in New York City, has worked with clients to protect their assets. His practice has centered on what to do with real estate, family business, cash and heirlooms. These days, there are two words he stresses to every client who comes through the door: username and password. What Are Your Digital Assets? The digital revolution has changed the way attorneys approach …

Still Bringing It

John Elmore doesn’t recount glory days. He keeps living them

At first glance, the three-story brick building tucked away in a neighborhood on Buffalo’s gritty East Side appears to be abandoned, another in a long line of derelict properties dotting the landscape of this Rust Belt city. For the most part, it is empty, save for a makeshift gym tucked away on the top floor.  It is here that Buffalo attorney John Elmore spends two nights a week, working with young kids, many from unenviable backgrounds in need of the discipline that comes with boxing and …

Northern Exposure

Florina Altshiler wanted to work high-level felonies. She found them in Anchorage

Florina Altshiler’s sixth-floor office is a shrine of sorts to her career.  One wall is adorned with uniform patches gifted to her from various law enforcement organizations she worked with as a prosecutor.  Another boasts a mix of commendations and media profiles. You’ll also find a dozen prints the self-taught photographer has taken, each accompanied by quotes taken directly from cases she’s been involved with or overheard while in court—the juxtaposition often stark and alarming. …

How Safe Are You From Being Fired on FMLA Leave?

The maternity and paternity laws at play in New York

A new mother is six weeks into her unpaid time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act when she receives a call from her employer. She is being terminated. A foreman at a manufacturing plant recovering from back surgery is out on FMLA leave when he is informed there is a layoff. Do these kinds of things happen? “All the time,” says Robert Ottinger, a plaintiff’s employment attorney at his eponymous firm in Manhattan. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t avenues for redress. When it was …

The Whole Show

How Peter Brann won by throwing away everything and starting over

Nearly 20 years have passed since Peter Brann stood before the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and argued Alden v. Maine. It is, he says, the crown jewel of his four-decade legal career—and the furthest thing from a normal day at the office. “If someone tells you it is just another case, they are either braindead or they are lying to you,” Brann says from his office at Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine. “This is the whole show.” Photos and television didn’t prepare him …

The Kids Are All Right

Personal injury lawyer Jim Scime came out on the other side of trauma and helps his clients do the same

As the lunch crowd filters out of Eddie Brady’s Tavern, a small Irish pub located a few blocks from the offices of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, Jim Scime settles into a seat on the sidewalk patio. His Italian sausage sandwich will have to wait—Scime is as busy as a groom in a reception line as he greets near everyone who passes the table by name.  A gentleman in a crisp white shirt and tie calls out, “Hey, J.T.S.!” and stops for a quick chat. Soon the bar’s namesake …

Unarrested Development

How Phillips Lytle is helping revitalize Buffalo

The eighth-floor balcony on the west side of the Phillips Lytle building in downtown Buffalo offers a prime vantage point to survey the city’s revival.  With Lake Erie as a backdrop, historic Canalside lies below, home to ice skating and paddleboats, depending on the season. It’s a symbol of optimism for a city that’s seen hundreds of millions in new investment in recent years.  Part of Buffalo’s renaissance is Phillips Lytle. Founded in 1834, the firm’s headquarters have remained …

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