Four Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Partners Recognized on 2017 Upstate NY Super Lawyers List

Posted on: August 15th, 2017

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 sixth straight year and Shapiro was selected for his fourth consecutive time, this year for his work in the field of elder law.

Partner Austin F. DuBois was recognized for the fourth year in a row on the Rising Stars list, the second time in the field of business/corporate law. In 2014 and 2015, he was recognized in the field of business/corporate law.

New to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list was Partner William A. Frank, who was recognized in the fields of state, local, and municipal law.

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

“The firm is pleased to have another attorney join the Upstate New York Super Lawyers List this year,” said BSR&B Managing Partner Michael Blustein. “We are thankful for our consistent recognition and are proud of the outstanding work that our partners put forth.”

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 annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

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. This year, Shapiro authored Secure Your Legacy: Estate Planning and Elder Law for Today’s American Family, a book tackling the daunting aspects of estate planning and elder law.

Frank focuses his practice on municipal law, banking, commercial transitions, real estate, and litigation, and is recognized regionally for his extensive experience and knowledge of municipal law. Frank represents a number of Hudson Valley municipalities and serves as General and Primary Lending Counsel to a multi-branch regional bank.

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, Frank, 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.

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