B'ville residents named 'Best Lawyers'

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (BS&K) has announced attorneys Kevin Bernstein and David Ferrara have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2011 in Energy, and Labor and Employment, respectively. Both men reside in Baldwinsville and work out of the Syracuse office of BS&K.

Bernstein's practice concentrates on regulatory compliance, permitting and litigation (including enforcement defense) in matters relating to energy projects (including power generation, gas and electric transmission facilities, and gas production, storage and mining), solid waste landfills, petroleum contamination, wetlands, wastewater treatment, hazardous substance and petroleum bulk storage tanks, environmental impact review (SEQRA), toxic torts, defending criminal investigations, zoning and land use matters and the environmental aspects of business transactions, including environmental due diligence. Bernstein also represents clients in defense of claims asserted by federal and state governmental agencies for cleanup costs, penalties, and other enforcement matters brought under federal and state Superfund statutes, New York State Navigation Law, and the Clean Water Act. In connection with this representation, he has negotiated a number of Administrative Orders on Consent and Consent Decrees with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Brockport and Vermont Law School.

Ferrara represents both private and public employers in employment discrimination litigation, National Labor Relations Board and Public Employee Relations board proceedings, labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns and negotiations. He has also counseled companies in Section 1113 modifications and rejections of labor contracts under the Bankruptcy Code. Ferrara has provided training to management and first line supervisors in sexual harassment, union avoidance, progressive discipline and proper documentation. His experience representing employers includes counseling manufacturers, municipalities, school districts, hospitals and long term nursing care facilities in a wide variety of legal matters.

Through prior experience as a human resource manager in both the steel and aluminum industries, Ferrara has extensive experience with legal issues affecting all facets of the human resource profession. He also serves as the secretary and general counsel of Anaren, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College, Michigan State University and Indiana University School.

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