Daemen Adjunct Professor Cercone Among Legal Elite of WNY

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Business First of Buffalo and the Buffalo Law Journal have named Daemen Adjunct Paralegal Professor, Marco Cercone, Esq. to its honor roll of 2013 Legal Elite of Western New York. Cercone teaches Civil Litigation and Advanced Litigation in the Paralegal Studies Program at the College.

Being recommended by my peers for this award makes it extra special. I appreciate the opportunities that Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola, and Daemen College have given me to do what I love mostpractice law and teach, said Cercone in a statement from his law office in Buffalo. I want to thank Business First of Buffalo and the Buffalo Law Journal for, hopefully, recognizing the importance of my work in both professions.

Cercone was selected for the 2013 Legal Elite of WNY Award from among 1,700 nominees within the legal and business communities of Western New York. This tribute to Cercone comes on the heels of his selection to a list of 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

I knew since I was 8 years old that I wanted to go to law school and practice law, Cercone said in an interview at Daemen College on Tuesday. But if I wasnt practicing law, I would probably be a full time teacher.

Marco Cercone is a Partner at the Buffalo law firm of Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola LLC. where he has been practicing for the past ten years. Marco is a trial attorney with a concentration in his practice on insurance fraud and arson cases. He was the eight attorney hired at a firm that has grown to over 44 attorneys. More importantly, since 2003 Marco has developed a passion for mentoring the new lawyers coming into the firms practice.

Marco also serves on the Board of Queen of Heaven Elementary School and from 2002-2012 served as the coach of the Mock Trial Team at his high school Alma Mater, St. Francis High School just outside of Buffalo.

Marco Cercone received his undergraduate degree in English with a Minor in Theology, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and after a brief stint in Washington, D.C. returned to Buffalo to earn his Juris Doctor from SUNY at Buffalo Law School. Marco lives in West Seneca, New York with his wife, Kari, and their two children, Vincent, 8, and Marina, 5.

Marco confides that the traffic logjam and long commutes were a big reason why he moved back to the Buffalo area. Daemen College and the legal profession in Western New York are glad he did.

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