Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Attorneys Recognized On 2016 Upstate NY Super Lawyers List

Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Attorneys Recognized On 2016 Upstate NY Super Lawyers List

Once again, Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP Partners Gardiner “Tad” Barone and Richard J. Shapiro have been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. Barone was recognized in the field of Business Litigation for the fifth straight year, while Shapiro was named in the field of Estate Planning & Probate for the third straight year.

Joining them is Austin F. DuBois, the firm’s newest partner, who was recognized for the third year in a row on the Rising Stars list, this year in the Business/Corporate field.

Recognition on the Super Lawyers list is limited to no more than 5 percent of attorneys, while only 2.5 percent are selected for the Rising Stars list.

“The firm is very fortunate to have these three attorneys – who are continually recognized for the outstanding work they do – as partners,” said BSR&B Managing Partner Michael Blustein. “It’s especially satisfying in the case of Super Lawyers, where the recognition is coming from peers in the legal profession.”

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.

While the selection process is similar to Super Lawyers, those nominated as Rising Stars are required to be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Barone devotes his practice to the trial of complex commercial, corporate, and municipal litigation cases, and in advising clients with respect to resolving business disputes and corporate affairs.  He represents several local municipal planning boards, and represents and advises developers in land use and zoning matters. He has been admitted to the New York Bar and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Federal District Courts.

Shapiro is head of the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Department. He has received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as a perfect 10.0 rating at He is a member of the Middletown, New York, and Orange County Bar Associations.

DuBois focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, business formation and structuring, business succession planning, and general representation. Austin is a member of the New York and Middletown Bar Associations, and has been admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Bars, and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

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.