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Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz Achieves 175-Year Milestone and Celebrates Future Contributions to the Capital Region Community
Schenectady Mayor and President of Union College Endorse the Firm’s Strong Impact in the Capital Region and Beyond
February 2013 (Schenectady, NY) Higgins, Roberts, Beyerl and Coan, P.C., one of the oldest law firms in New York as well as the United States, announced its official name change to Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., at a press conference held at the firm’s offices in Schenectady, NY.
The new name reflects Michael Suprunowicz’s contributions to the firm. Suprunowicz has been the firm’s President and managing shareholder since 2003.
“Michael’s reputation in estate law is widely recognized throughout the region,” said Lawrence A. DeAngelus, Esq., a principal with the firm. “His major contributions to the firm and our community, as well as his leadership skills, have made him optimally suited to guide our 175-year-old company into the next era of its history.”
Suprunowicz, a native of Schenectady, has been with the law firm since 1980.
“Since our inception, we have been and remain committed to providing legal representation to families and businesses in our community, to the best of our abilities,” Suprunowicz said. “The firm’s motto has long been: ‘Not to be served, but to serve.’ This core value has been the cornerstone of our business philosophy and has helped our firm persevere for nearly two centuries.”
Political and business leaders attended the press conference in recognition of the firm’s 175-year milestone and to point out the importance of companies that make long-term commitments to the region.
“Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., has endured the test of time and has provided important contributions to the city of Schenectady and our surrounding communities,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. “Firms like Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., play a vital role in supporting families and businesses, such as SI Group, Inc. and Trustco Bank, which have chosen to make their home in Schenectady County.”
Since the 1960s, Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., has maintained a strong relationship with Union College, itself one of the oldest colleges in the country. Today the firm is general counsel for the higher education institution, and one of the partners, Richard Fuerst, chairs its annual business campaign.
“Similar to Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz P.C., Union College has celebrated a long and fruitful relationship with the Capital Region,” said Union College President Stephen Ainlay. “Since accepting my position at Union College, I have had the pleasure of interacting with several members of the firm in their support of our institution and am grateful for their volunteer service and legal contributions.”
The firm was also recognized by The Chamber of Schenectady County for its contributions to business and arts organizations in the community.
“I am fortunate to have experienced first-hand the dedication of Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., to our vibrant community,” said Chamber of Schenectady County President and CEO Charles Steiner. “The firm’s support of Schenectady County’s stalwart institutions and businesses illustrates its commitment to exemplary service.”
Partner participation in community organizations is a core initiative of the firm. Currently, the partners volunteer on the boards of the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Carlilian Foundation, the Joan Nicole Prince Home, Living Resources, the Schenectady Day Nursery, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, and on standing committees of both the Schenectady and Southern Saratoga Chambers of Commerce. Professionally, partners at the firm also serve in leadership positions of the Schenectady County Bar Association, including Michael Basile as the current Bar President.
“Since the Industrial Revolution, our firm has assisted companies in our community with transactions that have led to the strong and stable economic environment that we have come to enjoy,” Suprunowicz said. “Our region is once again redefining itself in areas such as nanotechnology and manufacturing. With a fond remembrance of our past, and gratitude for past attorneys of this firm upon whose legacies we seek to build, we are excited about the new opportunities before us as we thoughtfully continue our service to the Capital Region.”
About Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C.
Founded in 1837, Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C., is one of the oldest legal firms in the state of New York, as well as the United States. The firm offers a number of areas of practice, including estate planning and estate and trust administration; real estate, title insurance and banking; personal injury, malpractice, and discrimination litigation; family law; higher education law; criminal law; vehicle and traffic; and tax assessment.
Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, P.C. takes great pride in its heritage of accomplished attorneys and service to its clients. The firm considers its greatest accomplishment to be the standard of legal representation it has provided to the people, businesses and institutions of the Capital Region—from generation to generation.
The current attorneys of the firm are: Michael R. Suprunowicz; Charles J. Assini, Jr.; Michael E. Basile, Amy H. Robinson, Maura C. Mottolese, Lawrence A. DeAngelus, Richard A. Fuerst and Matthew T. Nowak.
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