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Daniel C. Oliverio Named Firm Chairman

June 3, 2011

Daniel C. Oliverio, a former federal prosecutor and long-time partner at Hodgson Russ, has been named chairman of the law firm, effective immediately. Gary M. Schober, president and CEO of Hodgson Russ, said, “We are delighted to have Dan join the firm’s management team. He is well positioned to help guide our firm forward, having served as the head of our False Claims Act and Business Crimes, Regulatory Offenses & Corporate Investigations Practice Groups and, in the community, as chair of the Erie County Fiscal Stability Board. Our firm will benefit enormously from the talent and energy he has utilized on behalf of his clients and our community.”

Mr. Oliverio said, "Like my predecessors, I look forward to continuing to advance the firm's long-standing and unwavering commitment to legal excellence and to the communities where we and our clients live and work."

Paul R. Comeau, who became chairman in 2005, will share the chairman’s duties with Mr. Oliverio until February 1, 2012. Mr. Comeau noted, “I look forward to working even more closely with Dan over the coming months and know he will do an excellent job for the firm and, more importantly, for its clients.”

Mr. Schober noted, “During his long tenure, Paul has proven himself to be an exemplary chairman for our firm, and we are grateful to have him continue in this role over the next eight months.”

Mr. Oliverio first joined Hodgson Russ in 1982 and left the firm to serve as an assistant United States attorney in Buffalo. He returned to the firm as a partner in 1995.

Mr. Oliverio will continue to practice law and serve the firm’s clients. He will also continue to lead the firm’s False Claims Act and Business Crimes, Regulatory Offenses & Corporate Investigations Practice Groups and to serve as a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Trained as an engineer and having earned an MBA as well as his law degree, he has counseled clients on intellectual property, litigation, and government investigations.

Paul R. Comeau has almost 40 years of experience as a tax attorney, focusing his practice on high-net-worth clients, tax planning, and multistate tax issues. He serves as co-editor of the New York Residency and Allocation Audit Handbook and New York Tax Service (both published by CCH), and has authored numerous articles on tax and estate planning topics. He is also a board member of the NYS Business Council, co-chair of its Tax Committee, co-chair of the New York State Income Tax Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, and former chair and co-chair of the Multistate Committee, New York Tax Matters Committee, and Sales Tax Committee. He also served as chair of the Tax Appeals Tribunal Subcommittee.