Resume

Professional Experience

Attorney 

Wesley M. Brown, Attorney and Counselor at Law 2005-present

Solo practice focused primarily in the areas of real estate transactions, wills, trusts & estates, elder law & Medicaid planning, business & commercial law, consumer bankruptcy, adoptions & guardianships, and criminal defense.

Highlights: Successfully co-authored and argued Matter of Toporek, et. al. v. Beckwith, et. al, 32 A.D. 3d 684, 821 NYS 2d 685 (4th Dept. 2006); Jury Verdict of Acquittal, People v. McKithen, Cheektowaga Town Court, Nov. 2009.

Attorney Buffalo, New York

Rosenthal, Siegel, Muenkel & Maloney, LLP 2002-2005

Associate Attorney in charge of the Real Estate, Estates, and Bankruptcy department of an 11- member general practice firm. Revitalized department and realized 2004 profit after years of unprofitability. Evaluated and closed over 600 files, some dating from the mid-1990’s. Revamped and standardized all department forms/templates/materials. Updated caseload and billing management systems.

Attorney/Law Clerk Williamsville, New York

Stamm, Reynolds & Stamm 2001-2002

Legal research/drafting, client interviews, taking/defending EBT’s, and investigation for a plaintiff’s–side personal injury/medical malpractice law firm.

Attorney/Law Clerk Bowling Green, Ohio

Hanna & Hanna 1998-2003

Authored the following: Post-Trial Brief, resulting in $80,000 judgment against the State of Ohio. Appellate Brief in State vs. Van Meter (1998), 130 Ohio App. 3d 152, which overturned jury verdict and life sentence. Post Trial Brief resulting in additional $9500.00 of pre-judgment interest to enforce terms of building contract. Successful motion for summary judgment to enforce $24,000 equipment sales agreement.

 

Energy Crisis Worker Buffalo, New York

Erie County Department of Social Services-HEAP 2000-2001

Assessed applicants’ confidential financial/utility information, determined eligibility and awarded energy assistance according to agency regulations and standardized mathematical formulas. Represented agency in administrative hearings.

 

Law Clerk Toledo, Ohio

Cline, Cook & Weisenberger Co., LPA 1999-2000

Authored winning appellate brief defending lower court’s interpretation of Ohio Civil Rule 59 in Marx v. Marx, 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 6020. Authored winning motion for declaratory judgment in a client’s property dispute. Re-designed firm’s law library to maximize efficiency and reduce library update backlog.

Judicial Intern Toledo, Ohio

Lucas County Court of Common Pleas 1999

Authored civil opinions in the areas of insurance coverage, contract interpretation, municipal liability, annexation, and civil procedure for Common Pleas Judge Charles S. Wittenburg.

Interim Positions: State Farm Insurance (Disaster CAT Office)-1997; Ivoclar North America Inc.-1997; University Press & Copy Center, Inc. / Colortech Copy Center, Inc.-1996; Erie County Department of Social Services (HEAP)-1995; Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry-1990-1994

Education

Juris Doctor – University of Toledo College of Law-2000

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) – Niagara University-1994

 

Admissions, Affiliations & Honors

Ohio Bar- 2000

New York Bar-2002

United States District Court (Western District of New York)-2002

United States Bankruptcy Court (Western District of New York)-2002

Part 36 Qualifications – mortgage foreclosure referee, receiver, counsel to receiver, guardian ad litem, court evaluator, Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person

Erie County Bar Association – Member

  • Surrogate’s Court Practice & Procedure Committee – Member

  • Real Property Law Committee – Member

  • Closing Standards Subcommittee – Member

  • Title Standards Subcommittee – Member

Examining Counsel – Chicago Title Insurance Company

New York State Defenders’ Association – Member

Erie County Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society, Inc. – Misdemeanor panel

Evaluator- 2009 6th Annual Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Judge/Evaluator- 2010 7th Annual Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Judge – UB Law School Advanced Trial Technique class (J. Ogden) – Nov. 2010

Judge- UB Law School Research & Writing Competition – March 2012

Journal of the American Bull Moose Co-Founder/Writer– May 2009-September 2011

University of Toledo Law ReviewAssociate Member- 1998-2000

Niagara Indexstudent newspaper- Editor-in-Chief – 1993-94

ECC NorthstarEditor-in-Chief- 1991-1992

Computer Skills

 

Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, MS Office, Word Perfect, Instanet Forms, BestCase, HotDocs, Omni Form, Pro-Title

Teaching Experience

Life, Estate & Medicaid Planning– Fall 2005 & Spring 2006 – Parkinson’s Assoc. of WNY

How to Avoid Common Financial and Estate Planning Mistakes– Summer 2006 – M&T Bank, Blasdell, NY Branch

WHAT THE #@&% HAPPENED TO MEDICAID??? Summer 2007- M&T Bank, Blasdell, NY Branch

Business Entities – Buffalo State College – Health and Wellness Department – Fall 2007.

Death & Taxes: The Final Certainties – M&T Bank, Blasdell, NY Branch – Fall 2007

Medicaid Update – Spring 2008- Parkinson’s Association of WNY

Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important – April 2010

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Probate Process from A to Z– April 2011

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Drafting Wills & Trusts – June 2011

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Trusts 101November 2011

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Estate Administration from Start to Finish – April 2012

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Top 10 Real Estate Title Traps- Cured – February 2013

National Business Institute CLE Seminar Buffalo, NY

Title Traps (mini-course) – March 2013

Bar Association of Erie County Real Estate Conference Buffalo, NY

The Probate Process from Start to Finish– April 2013

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Brief History of Western Jurisprudence – April 2013

Erie Institute of Law CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important-April 2014

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Resolving Title Issues: From Surveys and Liens to Restrictions and Authority-March 2014

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Brief History of Real Property Law – March 2014

Bar Association of Erie County Real Estate Conference Buffalo NY

Top Estate Planning Techniques – July 2014

National Business Institute CLE seminar Buffalo, NY

Published Writings

Article – Blade takes another stab at UT Law- No Holds Bar Review- UT Law- (Sept. 1997)

Article – Dead Certain – No Holds Bar Review – UT Law- (Feb. 2000)

Letter to the Editor – American Bar Association Journal – (Nov. 2000) – Response to “When Dad Won’t Pay”

Letter to the Editor – New York State Bar Association Journal – (July 2002) – Response to “President’s Message”

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (Jan. 2006) “Commending ‘A Defense of the Non-Lawyer Enterprise’”

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (Apr. 2006) “The Dialogue continues…”

Article – The Stergion Report (April 2006)

Article – The Stergion Report – Reader’s Rant (Sept. 2006)

Article – The Stergion Report – Buffalo and the Eightfold Path (April 2007)

Letter to the Editor – Hamburg Sun – (October 19, 2006)

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (Nov. 2008) – Commending dialogue on professionalism

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (May 2009) – Response

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (Jan. 2010) – Thank you to Paul Hurley

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (April 2012)

Letter to the Editor – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – (January 2013)

Article – County should focus on dollars, not cents – Buffalo Law Journal – February 2013

Article – Pro Athletes are Lords of the Rings – Buffalo Law Journal/ Business First – June 2013

Article – An In-Depth Analysis of Post-DOMA – Buffalo Law Journal / Business First – August 2013

Article – Same-Sex Marriage: Concerns for the Practitioner – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – October 2013

Article – Senior Pass – Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – September 2014

Articles/Essays – Journal of the American Bull Moose (www.americanbullmoose.com) – (May 2009 – August 2011) – The TARP Trap,; More of Who we are; How New York State Screws It’s Citizens #53: The New York Lottery; Jon & Kate plus the Nielsen Ratings; Lies Damned Lies and Love; Why Grandma Must Die; Welcome to GM Mart; We are so Damned Stupid; One Frog, Two Frog; Alfred Nobel and the Equal Opportunity Prize; If Doughnuts had Lobbyists; Turkey See, Turkey Do; In Praise of Bistro Europa; Trees are Stupid; 40 Acres and Two Oscars; The Fatifesto; The Most Expensive Chicken Wings ever Sold or Next Time Mr. President, Just Send us a Card; Shiny Happy Rainbow Puppy Munchies; On Wealth; Political Naïveté 101; Cliptatorship; Are Government Pensions a Scam?; Toward a Feminist Theory of Economic Development; Gifford, Loughner, et. al., v. U.S. Constitution; Allah Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun; Aw C’Mon…Another War? ; Oil=Freedom=Slavery; Stoners Don’t Make Drug Policy; OBL and the Sad Necessity; Roy and the Robots; Freaky Friday

 

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