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Marcellus man named 'Lawyer of the Year'

Alfred Popkess of Marcellus was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" for real estate law in the Syracuse market for 2011.

According to Best Lawyers, only one lawyer in each of the 14 practice areas in Syracuse was recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 and those selected received "particularly high ratings from most of their peers" in the legal community.

"It is truly a great honor for Al to receive this award and be praised so highly by our peers in the legal community," said Steve Helmer, partner and chairman of the executive committee at Mackenzie Hughes. "It says a lot about the dedicated work and expertise in real estate law that he provides for our clients. Al is very deserving of being honored with this first-ever award from this renowned legal guide."

An attorney at Mackenzie Hughes LLP for 40 years, Popkess' specializations range from commercial lending and commercial real estate transactions to general real estate and development. He has financing and real property experience in the development, finance, leasing and sale of multi-million dollar office buildings, affordable housing non-profit development, and traditional and commercial industrial financing.

Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Popkess received a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a doctorate in law degree from St. John's University School of Law. While attending law school, Popkess was class president for a year and was chosen as the Law School Representative at the National Moot Court Competition. Popkess was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1970 and the U.S. District Court and Northern District of New York in 1976.

Popkess is currently a member of the Onondaga County, New York State and American Bar Associations. In the past, he has served on the executive committee of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) as president of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation and as chairman of several United Way divisions and the WCNY Tel-Auc. Popkess is a former member of the NYSBA Special Committee on Specialization.

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