Michael G. Wolfgang, Esq. 1929 – 2016
We mourn the passing of our firm founder Michael G. Wolfgang on October 29, 2016. A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 1. Read his obituary in The Buffalo News.
Michael G. Wolfgang started the practice of law in 1955, and served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office from 1964 through 1979, capping his state service as Chief of the Regional Office covering Western New York. While heading the Attorney General’s Office, he represented the State in Eminent Domain matters in the New York State Court of Claims. Mr. Wolfgang tried well over 500 cases to verdict.
After retiring from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Wolfgang entered
private practice, concentrating in the areas of tax assessment challenges and Eminent Domain. During this period, he tried approximately 100 cases to verdict and settled more than 400 cases before trial.
Mr. Wolfgang was a former elected member of the Niagara Falls Board of Education and former Assistant District Attorney of Niagara County. He was also Chief Counsel for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Construction Division, supervising the construction of the subway in the City of Buffalo.
He received his undergraduate degree from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, and his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School.
Mr. Wolfgang lived in Williamsville with his wife, the Honorable Penny Wolfgang. They were
married more than 50 years.
Peter Allen Weinmann
Peter Allen Weinmann has been successfully representing corporate, industrial, and high-end residential taxpayers in challenging their tax assessments since 2000. He has litigated thousands of cases throughout the 12 counties of Western New York, and has saved property owners millions of dollars.
Mr. Weinmann has been a practicing attorney for over 34 years.
He has been recognized by his peers for his professional achievement through publication in both Super Lawyers magazine and Business First’s Legal Elite. He is a former Chair of the Erie County Bar Association’s Committee on Eminent Domain and Tax Certiorari; a former Vice Chair of the City of Buffalo’s Human Rights Commission (Commission on Citizen’s Rights and Community Relations); former Trustee, Network of Religious Communities; and chair of the Judicial Screening Committee of the Erie County Democratic Committee.
He is a past president of the American Jewish Committee, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter; Trustee, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies (assets in excess of $200M); past member Development Committee, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; member, Leadership Buffalo Class of ‘99; and member, Board of Trustees, Elmwood-Franklin School.
Mr. Weinmann graduated from Nichols School, and received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, with his junior year spent at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. After college, Mr. Weinmann was an entrepreneur, founding and managing his own importing and distributing business.
He received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he was an editor of the law journal.
Mr. Weinmann also possesses a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Weinmann held a judicial clerkship with the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester, New York.
Before entering private civil practice, Mr. Weinmann was a prosecutor for 10 years in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. While there, he prosecuted general felonies before being promoted to the Special Victims Bureau, where he prosecuted rape and child abuse cases. He culminated his criminal practice as Chief of Narcotics in the District Attorney’s Office and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of New York.
He lives in Buffalo with his wife and family.
Trevor P. Duffy
Trevor P. Duffy has been with Wolfgang & Weinmann, LLP since 2009.
He attended St. Lawrence University, where he was on the dean’s list, played club hockey, and was a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society. Mr. Duffy also participated in the study abroad program for half a year with James Cook University in Australia. Mr. Duffy graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2006.
Mr. Duffy then went on to attend the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he participated in the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Environmental Law Journal, and was a member of the Irish American Law School Association. Mr. Duffy graduated cum laude in 2010.
Currently, Mr. Duffy is an active participant in the Erie County Bar Association Hockey League.
He lives in Amherst with his wife and family.
Marcus R. Catlin
Marcus R. Catlin is an attorney with a keen business sense, having started out as an entrepreneur while still in college. Marcus started a recycling company that grew to 5 employees by the time he sold it. Marcus continues to work on matters involving all aspects of real property taxation on behalf of developers and owners of high-end residential property. Additionally, Marcus is an adjunct professor at Erie Community College teaching courses on business law.
Marcus graduated at the top of his class from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned a B.A. in economics and political science Summa Cum Laude. He earned his J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo law school.
Samuel L. Newman
Sam Newman has been with Wolfgang and Weinmann ever since he was a student intern. He is a trial associate, also handling motions and appeals, besides representing residential and commercial property owners in challenging their tax assessments.
Sam graduated with honors from Binghamton University, State University of New York, School
of Management where he earned a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He later earned his J.D. from University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Law cum laude.
He lives with his wife in West Seneca, New York.
Ryan Parisi joined Wolfgang & Weinmann with an extensive and diverse legal background. Most recently, he worked for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office where he served as Chief of the office’s Grand Jury Bureau. During his time at the District Attorney’s Office, he prosecuted and tried thousands of cases from misdemeanors to homicides, and eamed a wealth of courtroom experience.
Mr. Parisi has also previously represented municipalities in a variety of legal matters,
including defending Article 7 Tax Assessment challenges. His other legal experience includes
representing nationwide lenders and banks in default proceedings, representing small businesses, and general litigation.
He is a graduate of Clarence High School, and received his undergraduate degree from
the University at Buffalo where he graduated with a dual major in History and Political Science
with a concentration in American Politics and Public Affairs. He was a member of Phi Alpha
Theta, the American History Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science
Thereafter, he attended the University at Buffalo School of Law where he graduated in 2010 with a concentration in Labor and Employment law. While in law school he was an active member of the Jessup Moot Court Board, and served on the Student Bar Association’s Institution Location Committee.
As a lifelong resident of Western New York, Mr. Parisi has taken an active role in the community. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association in Niagara County; a past member of the Board of Directors of the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association’s GOLD Group, where he served as Secretary and President; and currently serves as a Trustee for the Buffalo Presidential Center.
Mr. Parisi resides in Lockport with his wife, four kids and three dogs. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, collecting local and presidential political memorabilia, and coaching youth sports.