To celebrate our members and their accomplishments, we have started a Member Spotlight blog series.
This month, Partnership Member Hodgson Russ LLP discusses opportunities to get involved in the firm, the recent development happening in Buffalo, and the diversity of our membership.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Vallone, Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, to learn more about why they’re proud to be a Partnership member.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Paul. I know that you are a recent member of our board, so I was eager to hear more about how you got to be involved and what your role is like as Partner at Hodgson Russ.
Paul Vallone, Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP
A: Hodgson Russ has always been involved in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and we were looking for a new person to step in on the board of directors. My practice is general corporate and business transactions, and a lot of my clients are working on (or wrestling with) a lot of the same issues that the Partnership deals with in regard to business development and economic development in the area.
Joining the board was a good opportunity to be around people that are interested in the same economic development and business issues that are important to my clients and our practice.
Q: Definitely, as the board represents so many different industries. What is the firm’s mission statement or slogan?
A: We are a single integrated law firm with entrepreneurial lawyers who have developed practices that create opportunities for us to serve clients regionally, nationally and even internationally, and whose skills and attitude make us the “go-to” law firm for any significant project or case in Western New York.
We believe that we have accomplished this within a culture of excellence, collegiality, and professionalism.
Q: That’s great. As I’m sure you know, the services that we provide have changed since Hodgson Russ became a member in the 1940’s. As a current member, and board member, what benefits have you most enjoyed through your involvement with the Partnership?
Guaranty Building (Hodgson Russ offices are located)
A: I was struck by the breadth and depth of the members of the Partnership. I was impressed by who is involved and how willing they are to spend their time on Partnership issues. Everyone you see at the meetings has a lot going on, and we are all busy, but they put the time in because they see the importance of working on these critical issues.
I have also been impressed with Dottie Gallagher-Cohen and her leadership. Dottie has the ability to get in contact with local, regional, and state politicians, as well as business leaders, to help further advance the Partnership’s causes. Dottie is uniquely positioned to reach out to the people that can actually make a difference.
Q: Thank you for sharing that, as we are proud to advocate and speak up for the issues that affect not just our members, but the region as a whole. So, does Hodgson Russ currently face any challenges or opportunities that you think the Partnership might be able to assist in?
A: I think that every law firm faces challenges, as the legal and business environment is constantly changing. I think that being a part of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and being able to work with so many different leaders will only benefit our firm.
Q: That’s great to hear. Have you had any recent accomplishments that you’d like the community to be aware of, or are there any special initiative you are working on?
A: It was recently announced that I was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for my work in the corporate sector. Fifty-two other attorneys at Hodgson Russ are likewise recognized by Best Lawyers.
Hodgson Russ’s Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Litigation, and Health Practices were also recently bestowed the honor of being listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual referral guide that ranks law firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and interviews with clients, attorneys, and corporate counsel. Aside from professional recognition, the firm is proud to be approaching its 200th anniversary.
Q: Wow, that’s a lot! Congratulations. As I’m sure you know, our members benefit from the ability to work together in various capacities such as collaboration on projects or procurement. Do you currently have any opportunities to do business with fellow Partnership members?
A: In regards to collaboration, just by the nature of our practice, we do business with a number of current Partnership members. Similarly, the Partnership events and forums give us ample opportunities to grow those relationships or build new ones.
Q: That is great. Providing the avenues for business leaders to connect and build relationships is definitely a main goal of our events. Are there any other current opportunities for employment or involvement with Hodgson Russ?
A: There are always opportunities for employment. We are always looking to fill various needs and to add talented people to the firm.
Q: Looking ahead, what would you say you’re most looking forward to as a member of the Partnership?
A: I think it is mostly continuing to see the growth in Buffalo that the Partnership has been a part of.
I also look forward to continuing to grow and expand the relationships that I have started to make, as well as working on strengthening relationships I already have through attendance and participation in Partnership events.
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