Excellence in Law 2019

The Daily Record selected Kathryn Lee Bruns and Lesley E. Niebel as winners in the 2019 Excellence in Law Awards in the categories of Top Women in Law and Up & Coming Attorneys, respectively.

The Daily Record's Excellence in Law program honors members of the legal community with three distinguished awards: Top Women in Law, Up & Coming Attorneys,  and Unsung Legal Heroes.

Top Women in Law awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community. The Up & Coming Attorneys category honors those who demonstrate professional accomplishment, community service and a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers.

Kathryn has been with the firm for almost twelve years and is a integral part of the team. Along with her tireless work at Faraci Lange, Kathryn is dedicated to make a positive impact on her community. She volunteers with Camp DayDreams, that develops, challenges and empowers Rochester's urban youth. She is also a board member of the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to ornithological research, education and conservation.

"I have had the pleasure of witnessing Katie always going the extra mile, whether it be while serving her clients, her profession or her community, " stated firm partner Hadley Matarazzo.

Lesley is the youngest, and also one of the brightest, attorneys at Faraci Lange. Her work ethic and drive to succeed are just some of the qualities that make her a deserving recipient of the Up & Coming Attorney Award. Along with her dedicated work at the firm, Lesley is also a part of several ethics committees in various legal organizations, including the Monroe County Bar Association's Ethics Committee, the New York State Bar Association's Attorney Professionalism Committee and Professional Discipline Committee, as well as the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Ethics and Professionalism Committee.

Firm partner Matthew Belanger stated, "Our firm is fortunate to have Lesley as part of our team. I strongly believe she will be a leading attorney in the Rochester legal community for many years to come."

This year's Excellence in Law honorees are exceptional. Not only are they professionally accomplished, but they are committed to making a difference in their community," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "The honorees, in the categories of Top Women in Law, Up & Coming Attorneys, and Unsung Legal Heroes, uphold the highest legal standards and improve communities throughout Western New York. It is an honor for The Daily Record to recognize their accomplishments."

Kathryn and Lesley will be presented with their awards on June 6th at a luncheon and awards reception at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.