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Wayne L. Burton - Attorney Of Counsel
Richard M. Goldman - Attorney
Jillian Gordon
Rebeccah Kane
Timothy J. O’Connor - Attorney Of Counsel

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Jim Buckley – Partner

Jim Buckley is a lifelong resident of the Capital District and attended Colgate University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1966.

"I became interested in the law when I was in college and working construction in the summers as a laborer with Local 190 here in Albany. Seeing workers getting hurt on the sites where I worked, I got a firsthand look at the importance of getting quality legal representation. With my political science major and those work experiences, it was natural that I gravitated to studying the law and practicing in Workers’ Compensation."

He graduated from Albany Law School cum laude, in 1969 where he was the lead articles editor for Albany Law Review, 1968-1969, author of "Recent Decisions," Albany Law Review, 1968-1969, and a member of the Justinian Law Society. Jim was admitted to the New York Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, in 1969. He is a member of the Albany County, New York State and American Bar Associations, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; and Injured Workers’ Bar Association (President, 1997-1999). He has been with BMCQ since 1970, and his practice area is Workers’ Compensation.

"My view is that people who work for a living have a right to the same high-quality representation as insurance companies and employers. We put a lot of effort into giving our clients that high-level quality representation to which they are entitled."

Ira Mendleson – Partner

Ira Mendleson was born in Albany and attended Siena College, where he graduated with a B.A. in 1966. While in college Ira became interested in law and joined Siena’s pre-law Barrister’s Club. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1969, and was admitted to the New York Bar that same year. Ira was Assistant District Attorney in Albany County from 1970-1975 and in Rensselaer County from 1975-1978.

He has been with BMCQ for over thirty years, and for the past twelve years has practiced exclusively in the area of Social Security. Ira is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, Albany County, Rensselaer County and New York State (Member, Criminal Section, 1975-) Bar Associations and the Injured Workers’ Bar Association. He is an avid golfer and hones his fly fishing skills on trips to Montana.

"People ask me whether they should have an attorney in a Social Security case, and my answer is yes, because those who represent themselves at the hearing level, which is the critical stage of a case, win about 40% of the time, while those who have a representative win about 60% of the time. These figures are consistent year to year throughout the country. With a 50% better chance of winning with an attorney, it makes sense to have legal representation in Social Security cases."

John Criscione – Partner

John Crisione was born and raised in Albany. In high school he became interested in the law after joining the Law Club, led by a social studies teacher who was influential in instructing John about the importance of the courts, constitutional law, and people having their rights properly represented.

"Coming from a middle-class background where not many people I knew had legal issues, it was an eye-opener to learn about the law and how it affected average people. Pursuing a law career seemed like the best way to use my skills to help others and fulfill my potential." .

John graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in 1977 and from Western New England College School of Law J.D. in 1981. He was admitted to the New York Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York in 1982. John has been with BMCQ since 1985 and focuses on the practice area of personal injury litigation.

John is a member of the Albany County and New York State Bar Associations, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association. He has been the Board of Directors of Albany since 1986 and was President from 1995-1997. John also served as Plan Attorney for CSEA Legal Services in 2002.

"To determine if there is a third-party liability case arising from a Workers’ Compensation claim, BMCQ reviews every Workers’ Compensation case we are working on to find out as much information as possible about how the client was injured or how they attained their illness on the job. This review helps us to ensure that clients get everything they are entitled to through the legal process."

Brendan G. Quinn – Partner

Brendan Quinn was born on Long Island and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English in 1980. His father, who spent his life in public service, and local government and politics influenced Brendan’s interest in law.

"My father’s example gave me a strong sense of the value of the rule of law and public service that I have carried into my professional life."

He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law J.D. in 1986 and was admitted to the New York Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York in 1987.

He is a member of the Saratoga County and New York State Bar Associations and the Injured Workers’ Bar Association. Brendan has been with BMCQ for nearly twenty-two years and practices in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Longshoreman Litigation and No-Fault Litigation.

When it comes to Workers’ Compensation cases, Brendan is acutely aware of the consequences of any given case to the individual client, whose future and livelihood may depend on the outcome.

"For me, the most important case is the one I am working on right now, regardless of the value or the money at stake. I devote my utmost attention to every case, because I know for that particular client there is nothing more important."

Wayne L. Burton - Attorney Of Counsel

Wayne was born in Camden, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany where he earned a B.A. in 1969. He attended Albany Law School. Where he was a member of the Justinian Society and the Albany Law School Law Review from 1972-1973; he graduated with a J.D., cum laude, in 1973. After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1974, he served as Deputy Chief Clerk, Albany County Surrogate’s Court, 1974-1975. In 1980 Wayne earned an L.L.M. at New York University Graduate Law School.

He has practiced with BMCQ for 25 years in the following areas of law: General Civil Practice and Litigation, Business and Commercial, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Professional Practices, Partnerships, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Contract, Taxation, Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Representation of Fire Districts.

Wayne is a member of the Albany County and New York State Bar Associations and a lecturer at various seminars and colleges courses

Richard M. Goldman - Attorney

Richard Goldman was born and raised in New York City, where he graduated from Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 1998 and Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A. in 2000. Before studying law, he taught individuals diagnosed with autism, taught reading and writing to students studying English as a second language, and practiced massage therapy throughout New York City and Long Island.

"Drawing on my background in education and health care, I became interested in law as a way to continue helping people in need."

Mr. Goldman graduated from City University of New York School of Law, J.D. in 2006. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007 and U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York in 2012. He practiced with Special Funds Conservation Committee before joining BMCQ, where he focuses on Workers' Compensation Law and Social Security Law.

He is Treasurer of the Injured Workers' Bar Association, and a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He has lectured on Anatomy & Physiology and Workers' Compensation Law. He also serves on the board of Canticorum Virtuosi, a not-for-profit organization that promotes and presents choral music.

"As a massage therapist, I treated individuals recovering from surgery and various soft tissue injuries. My background in medical massage has helped me immensely as an attorney representing the injured and disabled in their claims for Workers' Compensation and Social Security Benefits. My health care experience gives me a keen sense of what my clients are going through physically. It also helps me 'speak the language' of physicians during my battles with insurance companies, as I fight to get injured workers the benefits they deserve under the law," says Richard.

Jillian Gordon - Attorney

Jillian Gordon was raised in San Antonio, TX and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where she earned a B.A. in 2006. Before studying law, Ms. Gordon lived and worked in Spain where she taught English as a second language to Spanish students. Ms. Gordon graduated from Albany Law School in 2010 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011. Ms. Gordon lived and worked in Washington D.C. before returning to Albany where she began practicing in the area of Workers’ Compensation. She currently focuses on Workers’ Compensation Law and Social Security Disability Law. Ms. Gordon belongs to the Albany County Bar Association, Injured Workers’ Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Rebeccah Kane - Attorney

Rebeccah Kane was raised in Washingtonville, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2006 with a BA in Anthropology. She had always had an interest in pursuing a legal career and after an internship with Teamsters Local 237 Legal Services Plan she attended and graduated Villanova University School of Law J.D. in 2010. While attending law school, Rebeccah was an active member of the Pro Bono Society and was awarded the Dorothy Day Award in recognition of her pro bono service.

“I knew that I wanted to be in a profession where I could use my knowledge and skills to assist individuals in need. Pursuing a legal career seemed like a natural fit for me and I am glad to have found myself in a career where my time and energy are spent helping others.”

Rebeccah was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Injured Worker’s Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. She started with BMCQ in 2012 and practices in the area of Workers’ Compensation.

“The Workers’ Compensation claims process can be intimidating to an injured worker, inexperienced in complex procedures and medical terminology. The opportunity to help hardworking people who have been injured on the job with this process is what gets me out of bed every morning.”

Timothy J. O’Connor - Attorney Of Counsel

Tim was born in Albany, New York, and graduated from Middlebury College with an A.B. in Economics in 1980.

"My interest in financial markets led me to the practice of law in the financial regulatory system; there I could find exciting challenges helping people victimized by greed and fraud."

He graduated from the University of Denver College of Law, J.D. in 1984. Tim was admitted to the New York Bar in 1985; Florida Bar and U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York in 1986; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 1997.

Tim has been affiliated with BMCQ since 2005, and practices in Arbitration, Securities Brokerage Customer Claims, Financial Torts, Fiduciary Abuses, Personal Injury, Corporate and Private Company Shareholder Disputes, and Trusts and Estates. He is a member of the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.

He has been a Pro Bono Panel Member/Public Officer for the New York State Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled, Surrogate Decision Making Committee since 1986. He has served as a Securities Arbitrator -- American Arbitration Association, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD), and Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He was appointed “Founding Visiting Clinical Instructor,” “Investor Rights Project,” and “Securities Arbitration Clinic,” Albany Law School of Union University, 2004-2005.

Tim has been handling Securities Brokerage Customer claims since 1985. He utilizes the resources of nationally-recognized expert witnesses and professionals to analyze and calculate trading losses and monetary damages in the implementation of legal, professional and industry standards regarding investment professionals’ wrongdoing.

"Because every client’s case is unique, my approach to representation is ’one on one’ rather than ‘class action’ to better serve the interests of victimized investors. Clients who have suffered devastating financial losses or personal injury need caring, devoted counsel, unafraid of facing large corporations."

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