Bashian & Farber Sponsors Veteran’s Day event at the VA Hospital

On Veteran’s Day, Paralegal Caitlin Baranowski, Legal Assistant Elizabeth Troyano and James L. Hyer, Esq., attended an event sponsored by Bashian & Farber, LLP, at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY. The event provided Bingo games, prizes, and refreshments to elderly veterans living in the senior center. The firm sponsored and assisted the Westchester County Bar Association with this event to thank the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.


Bashian & Farber Participates in the New York State 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

The New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association and Pace Law School collaboratively held the New York State 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament last month. Students were provided with materials including rules of procedure, evidence and pleadings, pertaining to a fictitious case wherein they were assigned to represent one of the parties. Bashian & Farber was pleased to support the event by having James L. Hyer serve as a competition judge at the Westchester County Courthouse. Following the mock trial, Mr. Hyer noted that “It was remarkable to see how prepared the students were and they had worked to develop their advocacy skills. I can’t wait to participate again next year.”


Appellate Motion Practice

Bashian & Farber is pleased to announce that Andrew Frisenda, a Senior Associate and Appellate practitioner, was a featured lecturer at the Westchester County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee’s recent Continuing Legal Education seminar, “Appeals: What’s it all About?”

Held at Pace Law School, the event included several speakers who practice in both the State and Federal Appellate Courts. Mr. Frisenda spoke at length about Motion practice at the Appellate level, focusing on both practical and procedural considerations when before the Court. Andrew has practiced extensively in the Appellate Division, Second Department, the Appellate Court for Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and was recently involved in Motion practice before the New York State Court of Appeals which is New York State’s highest judicial authority.

This lecture was the first in a series hosted by the Westchester County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee regarding Appellate practice, offering guidance to the Westchester legal community about this unique—and often complex—area of the law. Please contact Mr. Frisenda if you have any questions about this Continuing Legal Education series or Appellate practice in general.


Westchester County Bar Association’s Past Presidents

(above: Association’s Past Presidents Peter Zeltner, Gary Bashian, and John Marwell)
(above: Association’s Past Presidents Peter Zeltner, Gary Bashian, and John Marwell)

Gary E. Bashian and James L. Hyer, two of the firm’s partners, attended the Annual Meeting and Past Presidents Dinner of the Westchester County Bar Association held on March 4, 2015. The event included many local attorneys, judges, the President of the New York State Bar Association, and the Dean of Pace Law School. Bashian & Farber is pleased to announce that following a vote at this meeting, Mr. Hyer was elected to become a Director on the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Bar Association.

As a past President of the Association, Mr. Bashian noted, “The time that I have spent throughout my career in providing service to the profession through the Association have been personally fulfilling to me, and I am delighted that James will continue that tradition by taking a leadership position within the Association.”


Announcing our Firm’s New Partner: James L. Hyer, Esq.

Bashian & Farber is pleased to announce that James L. Hyer, Esq., is now a partner of Bashian & Farber, LLP, joining Gary E. Bashian, Esq., and Irving O. Farber, Esq., who founded the firm.

“James’ experience and expertise handling full-service counsel is unmatched,” said Gary E. Bashian, Esq. “Adding an incredibly talented practitioner, like James, as a partner provides us with a significant advantage in this fast-paced environment.”

Mr. Hyer has worked for years as an Associate at Bashian & Farber, successfully assisting clients in a wide range of areas including matrimonial and family court actions, real estate transactions, housing issues, estate planning, estate and trust litigations, business and commercial law and litigations, personal injury claims, discrimination violations and LGBT issues.

Mr. Hyer has served in a number of leadership roles with outside organizations, including the Westchester Residential Opportunities Attorney’s Panel where he assists individuals facing housing discrimination.

He is actively involved in service organizations which benefit the community, and he frequently organizes service events with the Westchester County Bar Association, such as the most recent Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive for local veterans.

“I’m proud to carry on our firm’s tradition of effective legal assistance and will continue to achieve the best outcomes for my clients. As partner, I plan to further develop the firm’s projects geared towards charitable community projects,” said Mr. Hyer.

James L. Hyer, Esq. (above)
James L. Hyer, Esq. (above)


WCBA Hat, Scarf & Glove Drive for Local Veterans

Bashian & Farber, LLP, is pleased to announce that 2014 marks the second annual Westchester County Bar Association (“WCBA”) Hat, Scarf and Glove Drive, which was again organized by James L. Hyer, Esq., an attorney with Bashian & Farber, LLP. Collections boxes have been placed and will remain within Courts and town halls throughout Westchester as well as other locations, including our office, until late December. The items collected from this drive—including hats, scarves, gloves and winter coats—will benefit local veterans as all items will be presented to the FDR Veteran’s Hospital in Montrose, New York.

The WCBA Diversity Committee believes that this drive will be even more successful than last year’s drive, which collected hundreds of items for Neighbor’s Link, a not-for-profit community service organization located in Mount Kisco, New York.

To donate items, simply drop them off in a donation box or call Mr. Hyer at (914) 946-5100.


B&F Attorneys Join Strategic Plan Committee

The Westchester County Bar Association (“WCBA”) is a professional organization including over two thousand attorneys as well as hundreds of other affiliate members involved in the legal community. A Strategic Plan Committee has been formed by the President of the Association to develop a blueprint for the future of the organization, including fundraising, membership, programs and services, as well as other key issues pertaining to the long-term goals of the organization. Bashian & Farber, LLP, is happy to announce that its attorneys, Andrew Frisenda and James L. Hyer, have been appointed to this Strategic Plan Committee.

The first meeting of the Strategic Plan Committee is scheduled for September and Bashian & Farber, LLP, is pleased to have Mr. Frisenda and Mr. Hyer participate in this very important committee which will help to plan the future of the Bar Association.


James L. Hyer, Keynote Speaker at Law Day

James L. Hyer (far right) with WCBA President-elect P. Dan Hollis III, WCBA Executive Director Donna Drumm, County Clerk Timothy Idoni, and WCBA Board Member Tejash Sanchala.
James L. Hyer (far right) with WCBA President-elect P. Dan Hollis III, WCBA Executive Director Donna Drumm, County Clerk Timothy Idoni, and WCBA Board Member Tejash Sanchala.

In the continuance of a tradition which began in 1958, each year the President of the United States has annually recognized Law Day, during which citizens around our nation gather to recognize the struggles of workers in their fight for better wages and working conditions, as well as to honor the rules of law and judicial system we have developed in the United States.

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Westchester County Bar Association Leadership Awards

On May 21, the Westchester County Bar Association held its Annual Leadership Award’s Ceremony at the Westchester Hills Golf Club. One of the honorees was James L. Hyer, a Senior Associate at Bashian & Farber, LLP.

At Bashian & Farber, LLP., our attorneys have a long tradition of participating in professional associations within the legal community, including the Westchester Bar Association, Senior Partner Gary E. Bashian having served in many roles including President, and Senior Partner Irving O. Farber having served in many roles including one of the Judicial Screening Committee Chairs. The associates in the firm have sought to continue that tradition and as such, Mr. Hyer currently serves as the Co-Chair of the LGBT Sub-Committee. He has worked on many projects with the Westchester County Bar Association benefiting the Neighbor’s Link in Mt. Kisco which serves the immigrant community with events including a Glove, Hat and Scarf Collection during this past winter.


June 19th CLE Program with Gary Bashian

On June 19 in White Plains, the Westchester County Bar Association hosted a CLE program titled, “Motions for Summary Judgment in Probate Proceedings.” Senior Partner Gary E. Bashian was selected to speak as one of the three event Moderators. Mr. Bashian discussed Pre-Discovery, Motion for Summary Judgment, Discovery, depositions, document demands, interrogatories, non-party witnesses, and the use of experts. More information about this program can be found on: