Lipsitz & Ponterio is dedicated to improving Western New York, the community where we live and work and where many of our attorneys were born and raised. We donate money to a long list of nonprofit organizations, including the world-renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). Over the last several years, we have built a strong relationship with the lung cancer and mesothelioma team at RPCI, and we proudly support their lung cancer screening initiatives. We are the sole sponsor of Breath of Life, an annual event that brings together lung cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones to learn about the latest advances in screening, research, treatment, and more. We also sponsor Taste for Life, an event designed to support groundbreaking lung cancer research. Both events directly benefit Dr. Mary Reid’s lung cancer screening program at RPCI. The firm has also held a Facebook campaign that raised $5,000 for mesothelioma research at RPCI and has sponsored RCPI’s All Star Night, an annual gala benefiting cancer research and patient care.
We care about our clients and are committed to their health and safety. In addition to raising money for cancer research, we are proud supporters of groups that safeguard our environment, such as the Clean Air Coalition, and organizations, such as Western New York Area Labor Federation and the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), which protect workers' rights.
In March 2015, we held a forum on health issues for the residents of the neighborhood surrounding the former Durez Plastics facility on Walck Road. The forum, which was free and open to the public, was held at the Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall on Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda, New York.
Lipsitz & Ponterio also supports art and culture in Western New York. The firm's clients and their guests were recently treated to a private reception and tour of a Cathleen Chaffee-curated mixed-media exhibit, “The Art of Work,” at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
We are committed to women's rights and support our state and local women’s bar associations. We also help senior citizens gain access to legal services through our support of Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY. Our firm and some of our attorneys belong to professional organizations, such as the American Association for Justice, the American Association for Trial Lawyers, and the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association.