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Laura A. Linneball - Managing Partner
Born Buffalo, New York, August 19, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, New York; 1997, U.S. District Court, Western and Northern Districts of New York; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and 2006, U.S. Supreme Court.
An attorney since 1992, Ms. Linneball practiced law at Paladino, Cavan & Quinlivan (1992-1996), at Falk & Siemer, LLP (1996-2000), where she became a partner in 2000, and at Wilder & Linneball, LLP (2000-present), where she is currently Managing Partner. During her career, Ms. Linneball has appeared as counsel in complex civil litigation and commercial real estate transactions. Through this experience, she has been able to counsel clients in a variety of substantive legal issues.
Ms. Linneball's primary litigation experience has been in the representation of utilities, one call centers, product manufacturers, hospitals and health insurance companies. These cases involved wrongful death, personal injury, property damage, ERISA claims, coverage disputes, claims for denial of benefits and product liability. She has also counseled clients in matters of employment, landlord/tenant issues, commercial real estate and business law. During her career, Ms. Linneball has represented most of the major gas and electric utilities in New York State, nationally known hospitals such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and major health insurance companies such as BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Community Blue, in addition to many closely held businesses.
She also has experience in challenging the conduct of state and local governments in state and federal court. These cases involve contesting the denial of permits and licenses, as well as violations of constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Ms. Linneball's cases at the appellate level have been noteworthy. Some of her published cases include Jericho Water District v. One Call Users Council, Inc., 10 N.Y.3d 385, 858 N.Y.S.2d 84 (2008) (holding that water district must contribute its equitable share of cost of operating one call center); Dorato v. BlueCross of Western New York, 163 F.Supp.2d 203 (W.D.N.Y. 2001) (upholding health insurance company's denial of benefits under ERISA); Geraci v. National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, 255 A.D.2d 945, 680 N.Y.S.2d 776 (4th Dep't 1998) (upholding defendant's right to broad disclosure of plaintiff's medical records in personal injury suit); and Woods v. Alexander, 270 A.D.2d 850, 705 N.Y.S.2d 768 (4th Dep't 1999) (holding plaintiff has a right to discover documents regarding prior criminal activity in negligent security action). She has been a co-author of "Pleadings and Motions Directed at Their Faults," revised and republished every two years by the New York State Bar Association from 1997 through 2001. She spoke in November of 2001 and May 2007 on this topic at a New York State Bar Association seminar based on the publication.