Making News in Business, Oct. 21

  • Carol Cioe Klyman

  • Shelley Steuer

  • Tiffany Labrie

Published: 10/20/2021 4:26:35 PM
Shatz, Schwartz, and Fentin attorneys honored

Carol Cioe Klyman of Westhampton and Shelley Steuer of Northampton are two of eight attorneys from Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin named to the 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented, multiphase process that includes peer nominations and evaluations as well as independent research.

Shareholder Klyman concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law; estate planning and estate administration; special needs planning, including special needs trusts, trust and estates litigation; and guardianships. She’s been recognized in the field of elder law for 17 years.

Steuer, of counsel, was selected in the field of estate planning and probate for the fourth year. She is a recent addition to Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin’s after the firm acquired Etheredge and Steuer. Steuer has practiced in Northampton since 1990. Prior to that, she served as an attorney advisor for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and an assistant regional attorney for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Labrie promoted at Tighe & Bond

WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond Inc., an engineering, design, and environmental consulting firm, has promoted Vice President Tiffany Labrie of Southampton to be its next Water Business Line Leader.

Labrie is a civil and environmental engineer specializing in water and wastewater conveyance and treatment. She has led significant projects and successful teams within the Water Business Line for almost two decades and is currently a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters names new program director

AMHERST — Susan Nicastro, a leader with over 20 years of experience in not-for-profit youth development programming and fundraising, has been named the program director of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Hampshire County.

Nicastro, a resident of Florence, comes to BBBS after nearly two decades at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), a Somerville-based agency focused on leadership, mentoring and skills-development opportunities for young people with disabilities. At PYD, she directed transition focused programming for western Massachusetts youth and families, led the statewide Youth Leadership Forum, and served as the agency’s deputy director. She succeeds Jessie Cooley at BBBS of Hampshire County.

BBBS, a program of Springfield-based Center for Human Development (CHD), draws upon the goals and program model of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to create and support mentoring matches between young people ages 6-14 and mentors.

Nicastro holds a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research in New York and advanced degrees from Antioch and Northeastern universities. She previously held professional positions at Antioch New England Graduate School, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeastern University, the Center for Teen Empowerment and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Taub elected to law institute

SPRINGFIELD — Western New England University School of Law Professor Jennifer Taub of Amherst has recently been elected to the American Law Institute.

The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The organization includes judges, lawyers, and law professors from the United States and abroad, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law.

Taub will join 24 new members from across the country to advance the ALI mission to clarify the law through restatements, principles, and model codes.

At Western New England, Taub teaches Civil Procedure, White Collar Crime, and other business and commercial law courses. Taub joined the faculty of Western New England University School of Law in the fall of 2020.

An authority on the 2008 mortgage meltdown and related financial crisis, Taub is an expert in white collar crime. Her book, “Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime” (Viking) was published in 2020.

Taub was a cofounder and organizer of the April 15, 2017, Tax March where more than 120,000 people gathered in cities nationwide to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns.

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