FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2015

Contact:
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
716-847-5444

PHILLIPS LYTLE ATTORNEYS JAMES D. DONATHEN AND COLLEEN E. LAMARRE TO BE PANELISTS FOR “HR ISSUES RELATING TO NONPROFIT MERGERS AND OTHER AFFILIATIONS” PRESENTATION AT UNITED WAY OF BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY

Buffalo, N.Y. – James D. Donathen and Colleen E. Lamarre, attorneys with Phillips Lytle LLP, a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence, will participate as panelists for the “HR Issues Relating to Nonprofit Mergers and Other Affiliations” presentation at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. The panel will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., 742 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

Local discussions continue about nonprofit mergers and other affiliations. Often such conversations cannot overcome real or perceived difficulties related to human resource issues. Other times, mergers go full speed ahead, without proper planning around the myriad of activities needed to fully integrate two work forces in a thoughtful, respectful manner. The Employee Relations Association of Western New York is partnering with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to provide knowledge to help surmount these real or perceived difficulties.

Mr. Donathen has practiced in the area of workplace law and litigation for over 30 years. Mr. Donathen handles federal and state discrimination lawsuits and agency charges under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and the N.Y. Human Rights Law, and investigates and litigates employee disloyalty matters, including covenants not to compete, trade secrets, confidential information and theft of product.

Ms. Lamarre concentrates her practice in corporate law, particularly tax planning, executive compensation and employee benefits (ERISA). She counsels employers regarding the design, documentation and administration of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation plans, including the compliance of such plans with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and the unique tax rules that apply to non-profit organizations.

Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, D.C., and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit www.phillipslytle.com.

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