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February 16, 2017Attorney Ethan Lyle has won a $1,000,060.00 verdict (- 20% comparative) in McKean County after a 4 day jury trial with Judge Christopher Hauser. Client was a 51-year-old man who suffered a broken ankle and cervical injury in a motor vehicle crash. We believe this is the second largest verdict in the history of McKean County, Pennsylvania.

November 16, 2016 – Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Kimberly A. Harris, RN to our staff.  Kim was born and raised in Salamanca, New York.  In 1986, she graduated from the Ellicottville Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and earned her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree.  She then attended Jamestown Community College and obtained an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing (RN).  She has additional nursing education through the University of Phoenix, working toward her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).  To read more about Kim and the staff here at BLH, please click here.

October 6, 2016 – Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP is proud to report that all three attorneys in the firm have been selected by “Superlawyers”. To see their Superlawyers page, please go to their firm profile page under “Our Firm” and click on the Superlawyers badge, click here and search or look at the digital magazine here.

May 17, 2016 – Jeffrey A. Black was re-elected to the Allegany-Limestone Board of Education for a second full five-year term.

April 14, 2016 – Jeffrey A. Black was elected to the Board of Directors for Directions in Independent Living, a non-profit agency in Olean, New York, which provides services to persons with disabilities in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

January 4, 2016 – Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP is pleased to announce that we have hired Portville native and retired New York State Trooper John Ensell as our new investigator.  John brings decades of experience in investigations to our firm and we are very happy to have him as part of the team.  For more information on John, please click here.

December 1, 2015 – The longtime personal injury law firm of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is pleased to announce we are expanding.  We have added a second full time registered nurse and a new investigator to our firm. In addition, our office has relocated to 129 North Union Street in Olean, New York and will occupy the entire second floor of the Five Star Bank building.  Recognizing Kevin Habberfield, Esq. becoming a named partner, our firm has also changed its name to Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP.  Our firm will continue to exclusively handle personal injury cases in both New York and Pennsylvania and we look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our current and future clients at our new location.

July 31, 2015 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP again served as the Chairman of the SPCA Serving Allegany County’s 7th Annual Robert Hutter Memorial “Scramble 4 the Animals” Golf Tournament held at the Wellsville Country Club on Sunday, July 31, 2015.  The annual event was renamed this year after the passing of long time SPCA supporter and fellow Attorney Robert Hutter of Wellsville, New York.  This year’s event raised over $5,000.00 to support the SPCA.

April 12, 2015 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is named to the Super Lawyers 2015 New York – Upstate Rising Stars list.

April 12, 2015 – Attorney Jeffrey A. Black of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is named to Super Lawyers 2015 Upstate New York.

February 11, 2015 – Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is pleased to announce that we have hired our second Registered Nurse.  Cindy Resch, R.N. of Cuba joins the firm not only as a registered nurse, she has also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York.  We are honored to work with her.  For more information on Cindy, please click here.

November 31, 2014 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Bartlett Country Club. www.bartlettcountryclub.com

November 7, 2014 – Attorney’s Ethan M. Lyle and Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP once again both participated as presiding judges at the 2014 St. Bonaventure Mock Trial “Friar Face-Off.”

July 27, 2014 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP again served as the Chairman of the 6th Annual Robert Hutter Memorial Scramble 4 the Animals golf tournament raising almost $9,500.00 for the private animal shelter.  The SPCA Serving Allegany County also announced the donation of land and fundraising process for building a state of the art shelter in Belmont, NY.

June 26, 2014 – Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP named the “Most Spirited” business at the Southern Tier Corporate Challenge in Olean, New York. The entire firm participated in this great event.

April 12, 2014 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is named to the Super Lawyers 2014 New York – Upstate Rising Stars list.

February 4, 2014 – an Erie County jury awarded Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP clients’ Donald and Katherine Schultz over $8.5 million dollars for personal injuries Mr. Schultz suffered due to medical malpractice.  The case was tried by Jeffrey A. Black, Esq.

September 24, 2013 – Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Dawn M. Schwartz, RN to our team.  Dawn has many years of clinical experience in nursing and records review.  We are very happy to have her aboard.

August 18, 2013 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP again served as the Chairman of the 5th Annual Robert Hutter Memorial Scramble 4 the Animals golf tournament raising almost $5,000.00 for the private animal shelter.  The SPCA Serving Allegany County also announced the donation of land and fundraising process for building a state of the art shelter in Belmont, NY.

April 25, 2013 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is elected President of the Cattaraugus County United Way.

April 12, 2013 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is named to the Super Lawyers 2013 New York – Upstate Rising Stars list.

December 6, 2012 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP was a guest lecturer at the State University of Buffalo Law School teaching law students on the subjects of motions for summary judgment and litigation tactics.

December 2, 2012 – Attorneys Ethan M. Lyle and Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP both volunteered to judge the 2012 Friar Face-Off Mock Trial tournament at St. Bonaventure University.

November 30, 2012 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP was elected Vice-President of the Cattaraugus County Bar Association for 2013.

September 21, 2012 – A Cattaraugus County jury awarded Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP clients’ Robert and Sharon Monette over $1.3 million dollars for personal injuries Mr. Monette suffered on February 5, 2009.  The case was tried by Jeffrey A. Black, Esq.

June 1, 2012 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP has been appointed to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates as a representative of several counties in the 8th Judicial District.

April 26, 2012 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP was elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Cattaraugus County United Way.

April 25, 2012 – Attorney Ethan M. Lyle of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP, has been appointed to serve a three year term as a member of the Eighth Judicial District’s Attorney Grievance Committee by the Honorable Henry J. Scudder, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division Fourth Department.  The 21 member committee hears and reviews allegations of misconduct or ethical violations lodged against attorneys practicing within the Eighth Judicial District which includes Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genessee and Wyoming counties.

December 2, 2011 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Cattaraugus County Bar Association for 2012.

October 4, 2011 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP was a guest lecturer at the State University of Buffalo Law School teaching law students on the subjects of General Municipal and Education law, as well as the Civil Practice Law and Rules and its interplay with motions for summary judgment.

August 1, 2011 – Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP again served as the Chairman of the SPCA Serving Allegany County’s 3rd Annual Robert Hutter Memorial “Scramble 4 the Animals” Golf Tournament held at the Wellsville Country Club on Sunday, July 31, 2011.  The annual event was renamed this year after the passing of long time SPCA supporter and fellow Attorney Robert Hutter of Wellsville, New York.  This year’s event raised over $4,000.00 to support the SPCA.

June 6, 2011 – Attorney Ethan M. Lyle of the Olean law firm of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP has been elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County – (LVCC).  LVCC is a non-profit organization that provides free literacy services through the use of trained and supported volunteers.  Current services being offered by LVCC include adult one-on-one tutoring, English as a Second Language tutoring and conversation groups as well as computer tutoring.

May 18, 2011 – Allegany resident Jeffrey A. Black, Esq. has been elected to serve a 6 year term on the Allegany-Limestone School Board.  Attorney Black was previously seated on the Board due to a vacancy and was serving a 9 month term.  Attorney Black is the managing partner of the Olean law firm of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP and he and his wife, Mary Jo, have three children enrolled in the Allegany-Limestone School District.

May 2, 2011 – Jeffrey A. Black, Esq. and Ethan M. Lyle, Esq. of the law firm of Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Kevin M. Habberfield has been named a Partner with the firm effective immediately.  Attorney Habberfield, who resides in Scio, New York, was previously an Associate with the firm.  Dwyer, Black & Lyle will keep their current name and continue to limit their practice to plaintiff’s personal injury litigation in both New York and Pennsylvania.