Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP Partners Gardiner “Tad” Barone and Richard J. Shapiro have once again been included on the New York Super Lawyers list in the fields of business litigation, and estate planning and probate respectively. This is Barone’s fourth and Shapiro’s second consecutive recognition by Super Lawyers. Austin F. DuBois, an associate with the firm, was recognized for a second year in a row as a Rising Star in the field of elder law.
No more than five percent of the lawyers in New York State are selected to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent receive the honor of Rising Star.
“We are proud that these three talented attorneys are once again being recognized for the great work they do,” said BSR&B Managing Partner Michael Blustein. “We know that all of the attorneys at our firm are second to none, but it always feels great to receive positive recognition from our peers.”
Super Lawyers is a national and independent third-party rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
Rising Stars are selected through the same process as Super Lawyers, but must be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
A graduate of Albany Law School, Barone joined the firm 2004 and was named partner in 2005. He has more than 25 years of civil trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts, in addition to experience in land use, development, and planning. Barone represents several local municipal planning boards, and represents and advises developers in land use and zoning matters. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar.
Richard Shapiro attended University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania bar associations. Shapiro has received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has a perfect 10.0 rating at www.avvo.com. Shapiro frequently writes on estate planning topics for local and national publications. In addition, he is actively involved in community affairs.
DuBois, a graduate of Rutgers University Law School, joined the firm in 2011 after practicing in South Jersey and Philadelphia for three years. He focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, business formation, and business succession planning. DuBois was named “Top Attorney for Estate Litigation” by SJ Magazine in 2009 and 2010, and has received South Jersey Magazine’s “Awesome Attorney” award for estate litigation. DuBois hosts a weekly radio show, “It’s The Law,” on WTBQ (93.5 fm/1110 am). The show airs Fridays at 10 a.m., and focuses on discussing legal issues in plain language.
Barone, Shapiro, and DuBois’s profiles will appear in Super Lawyers Magazine, which is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.