Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession, has honored both the law firm of Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina, P.C. and six of its partners with inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The firm is listed in the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers list for 2015 as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the country.

“We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report. It is a credit to all of the hardworking attorneys that have been members of the firm for the past ninety years. They have created a legacy of exemplary legal service that I believe is still very evident today,” said Firm President, Lou Cristo about the recognition of the firm and attorneys.

Bill La Forte was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in New York State real estate law. This is a rare honor because only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is given this recognition. Additionally, Bill, Larry Andolina, Lou, Mike Harren, Karl Salzer and Don Twietmeyer have each received “Best Lawyer” honors. Karl and Larry have each been on the Best Lawyer list since 1983, Mike has been honored since 1986, Don has been listed since 2007, Bill has been on the list since 2010 and Lou has been included since 2014.

“We have a very highly skilled, collegial and respectful group of real estate practitioners in our community and it’s a pleasure to work with them,” Bill said about his Lawyer of the Year listing. “I am humbled to have been chosen as lawyer of the year by my colleagues.”

A listing in Best Lawyers , which has a collaborative ranking partnership with U.S. News & World Report, is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Listings of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Lawyers and law firms are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the Best Lawyers lists.

Bill La Forte has concentrated his practice in real estate development since the mid1970s.He is the firm’s principal attorney in representing real estate developers. He has worked extensively in counseling them in all types of development projects, including numerous major commercial leases and planned unit developments, which include condominium and townhouse projects. Bill counsels and represents clients in all aspects of obtaining municipal approvals for the development of a client’s parcel of real estate. He regularly appears before municipal boards seeking zoning and site plan approvals for the development of real estate.

Lou Cristo focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, personal injury, products liability, and environmental,commercial, corporate and business litigation. Among his other awards are being designated a Top Rated Lawyer inInsurance Law, Top Attorneys in Upstate New York, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and Upstate New York Personal Injury Defense Super Lawyer.

Larry Andolina applies 40 years’ experience to the rights of members of the law enforcement and public service community. His practice includes the areas of criminal defense, general litigation, civil rights litigation, public sector labor union law, and personal injury. Larry has been recognized as a Best Lawyer for 31 years. He has also been honored as an Upstate New York Criminal Defense SuperLawyer, is a Fellow of the New York State Bar Association,and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Don Twietmeyer’s practice focuses on business and corporate law, estates and trusts, taxation, estate planning, business succession planning and tax planning. He has been recognized as an Upstate New York Estate Planning andProbate Super Lawyer, is the recipient of the 2008 Raymond J.Pauley Award from the Monroe County Bar Association’s Center for Education, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.

“What distinguishes our practice is that we consistently provide individual attention tailored to individuals’ life circumstances,” Don said. “We pay attention to our client’s specific goals, and keep in contact with each of them throughout a representation with the aim of an efficient resolution for all involved.”

Mike Harren has been listed as a Best Lawyer for 28 years. He is a noted workers’ advocate, with more than 40 years’ experience advocating for their rights with a focus on employee benefits funds and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). As a senior member of the Trevett labor & employment team, he represents employees, their unions and employee benefit funds, and provides a range of individual and collectively bargained contract, discrimination, wage & hour, litigation, ADR and related services. The clients he serves include teachers, transit workers, social workers, police officers, deputy sheriffs and corrections officers, firefighters, civil service workers, diverse service and manufacturing workers, building trade crafts professionals, freight drivers and warehouse workers, and many others.

“I am honored that I was again named primarily because it comes from an evaluation by my peers with whom I work or am across the table from on a regular basis,” said Mike.

Karl Salzer has been recognized once again as a Best Lawyer in the areas of both white collar and nonwhite collar criminal defense. He has long experience in these areas, as well as general litigation, having practiced since the 1970s. In addition to Best Lawyers, Karl has been repeatedly listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

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