2017 Continuing Legal Education Seminar-How Superfund Changed the World: Initial Response to a National Emergency and its Evolution

How Superfund Changed the World

Public welcome. Registration required. Donations appreciated.


8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

8:45 a.m. Robert H. Jackson & The Forbes Case

(NYS CLE Credit: 1.0 professional practice)

Mary Dee Martoche earned a B.A. in English at the University of North Dakota, and a J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School. She was admitted to the Bar in 1977. Ms. Martoche began her career in private practice, trying numerous cases throughout Western New York. In the 1980’s, she relocated to Washington, D.C., where she was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice after working as an attorney for the Department of the Interior.

After returning to Buffalo in 1999, Ms. Martoche was an attorney for the Erie County Family Court, dealing with children and families in crisis. She was the Chief Clerk for Erie County Surrogate’s Court until her retirement in 2010. Ms. Martoche has also been a lecturer at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School where she taught trial techniques.

Hon. Joseph Gerace is a retired justice from the 8th Judicial District, Supreme Court, Chautauqua County. A graduate of Denison University and Albany Law School, Judge Gerace was admitted to the New York Bar in 1952. He began his career in private practice for 23 years. He was the first County Executive of Chautauqua County. He served as NYS Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, director of the Office of Rural Affairs and the Office of Mandate Review.

In 1991, Joseph Gerace was elected as Supreme Court Justice and served through 2003 when he reached mandatory retirement age. In 2004, he was appointed and continues to serve as a Judicial Hearing Officer to resolve Tax Certiorari disputes and preside over one day Summary Jury trials for civil cases.

Gregory L. Peterson is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, serving as the Office Leader of the Chautauqua office. Mr. Peterson’s practice focuses in all areas of real estate, including development and financial transactions, areas of corporate counseling, including acquisitions, administration and strategic planning not‐for‐profit corporate formation, tax exemption and qualification with New York State administrative areas. Mr. Peterson has received numerous honors and awards, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and is a Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Program for Pro Bono Work for the years 2011 through 2015. Mr. Peterson is a member of the American, New York State, Jamestown, Northern Chautauqua and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Mr. Peterson is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his B.A. from Allegheny College and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He is co‐founder and past president of The Robert H. Jackson Center.

9:45 a.m. A Conversation With Hon. John LaFalce: Life & Times

(NYS CLE Credit: 1.0 professional practice)

Hon. John J. LaFalce is a former U.S. Congressman from New York. Born in Buffalo, New York, he graduated from Canisius High School, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York and Villanova Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, Rep. LaFalce served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era, leaving active duty with the rank of Captain. He returned from military service to practice law in Western New York with the law firm of Jaeckle, Fleischman & Mugel, and soon became active in public service.

Rep. LaFalce was a member of the New York State Senate, 1971‐1972; the New York State Assembly, 1973‐1974; and elected to the 94th Congress in 1975 until his retirement in 2003. Rep. LaFalce had numerous accomplishments as a legislator. He served as chair on the Committee on Small Business during the 100th to the 103rd Congress; he introduced the original Superfund bill in response to the cleanup of contaminated sites in 1980; and, he is credited with initiating the Competitiveness Policy Council, which advised the president and the Congress on more effective policies to promote U.S. competitiveness.

Gregory L. Peterson (see bio above).

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. How Superfund Changed the World: Initial Response to a National Emergency and Its Evolution

(NYS CLE Credit: 2.0 professional practice)

David P. Flynn is a Partner with Phillips Lytle LLP. Mr. Flynn is the Practice Team Leader for the firm’s Energy, Environment and Nanotechnology Practice Teams. Mr. Flynn’s practice is concentrated in the areas of environmental law and energy. With respect to environmental law, Mr. Flynn concentrates on regulatory compliance consultations and brownfield redevelopment. He has written extensively on environmental topics, including environmental issues relating to nanotechnology development. He was involved in the first successful conversion of a former industrial brownfield into a modern manufacturing facility in New York State. In addition, Mr. Flynn advises clients on business development issues and the regulation of energy before state and federal authorities. He also advises clients on the development and siting of renewable energy, merchant power generating facilities, licensing of hydropower projects, and drafting and negotiating Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements associated with solar and wind projects and related advice regarding the New York Real Property Tax Law 487 tax exemption. Mr. Flynn received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, cum laude. He is admitted in New York, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Flynn is a member of the American Bar Association, Bar Association of Erie County, Buffalo Law Review, Independent Oil & Gas Association, National Brownfield Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Hon. John J. LaFalce (see bio above).

Paul R. Neureuter is President of The Krog Group. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University and an M.B.A. from Canisius College. He began his career with the Siegfried Construction Company in the 1970’s. He held the position of chief estimator until Siegfried merged with John W. Cowper to form one of the largest general contracting firms in the United States. In 1989, Mr. Neureuter joined Ciminelli Construction upon its acquisition of Cowper‐Siegfried’s construction management group. As Senior Vice President at Ciminelli, he was involved with many of Western New York’s largest and most challenging projects; including lead executive for development of the Tops Distribution Center, a one million square foot facility in Lancaster, New York. Mr. Neureuter has led Krog’s efforts in Brownfield redevelopment. Krog has completed many brownfield and adaptive re‐use projects including hotels, manufacturing, medical office and retail developments, returning underused properties to productive operation.

Gregory L. Peterson (see bio above).

12:45 p.m. This continuing legal education seminar will conclude with a luncheon featuring Dennis J. “Denny” Lynch.

Denny Lynch has spent over 37 years in the Sports Administration field. He has worked in five different states at both the collegiate and professional level, and worked with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots before coming to Buffalo to serve as the Director of Public/Community Relations for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 until 2006. He continues to serve as a consultant for the Buffalo Bills as the liaison person for the Monday QB Club, the Buffalo Bills Booster Club, the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He is also co‐author of the recently published book “Olympic Team Members from Western New York.”

2:00 p.m. Adjourn


NYS CLE Accreditation:  Phillips Lytle LLP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. This program will be approved for CLE credit for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys for a total of four (4.0) CLE credit hours (areas of professional practice).

PA CLE Accreditation:  Approval by The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board is pending.



Please register below by April 17, 2017!

Thank you to our sponsors!


Chautauqua Abstract Company

County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

Lake Shore Savings

Northwest Savings Bank

Phillips Lytle LLP

Robert H. Jackson Endowment Fund at CRCF


Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame


Andreozzi Bluestein LLP

Colecraft Commercial Furnishings

Elegant Edibles

Fessenden Laumer & DeAngelo PLLC

Five Star Bank

Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council

Jamestown Bar Association

Heritage Ministries Management Co., Inc.

Howard Hanna

Lyle S. Peterson Lectureship Fund at CRCF

M&T Bank

Robo Enterprises

Safety Compliance

Turner Brokers, Century 21


Hall & Lee Yaw LLP

Senior Life Matters