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Cecelia R.S. Cannon

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Direct Dial: 315.701.6320
Mobile Phone: 315.552.8642
Direct Fax: 315.423.2861

Cecelia R.S. Cannon

Cecelia R.S. Cannon

Member
ccannon@bhlawpllc.com
Direct Dial: 315.701.6320
Mobile Phone: 315.552.8642
Direct Fax: 315.423.2861
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Cecelia R.S. Cannon

Cecelia’s practice focuses on dispute resolution in the commercial context and related to the formation and administration trusts and estates. She brings strategic thinking paired with strong advocacy to bear on your case.

The personalities and relationships among family members and the partners in closely held businesses greatly affect the dynamics of any dispute in both of these areas.  Cecelia understands that the legal theories advocated in the courtroom have real world consequences for your business, your family, and your life.  In each case, she works with the client to consider those consequences, risks, and benefits, and form a strategy that takes those factors into account.

In the trust and estates area, Cecelia has worked on numerous trust administration issues, representing both trustees and beneficiaries of those trusts.  She has litigated a broad array of issues , including lack of capacity to execute legal documents, as well as issues of undue influence in the creation of wills and trusts.  She has successfully defended trustees against challenges by beneficiaries to distributions and sophisticated tax planning strategies.  She serves as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for those unable to adequately represent their own interests.  She is a frequent speaker on trust and estate administration issues and litigation.

In the commercial context, Cecelia has frequently represented clients in negotiations and litigation with respect to challenging & defending business valuations, disputes among partners regarding management of the company, enforcing and challenging non-compete disagreements, and other issues that frequently arise in the context of closely-held businesses.

Cecelia appears in front of a wide variety of judicial forums on behalf of her clients, including federal court, Surrogate’s Court, other state trial courts, state appellate courts, administrative forums, and in arbitration.  She has also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on a consumer rights – consumer protection case.  Despite her comfort with courtroom advocacy, however, Cecelia knows that for many individuals, the courtroom is the last place they want to be.  Therefore she is just as persistent in advocating for you behind the scenes in settlement negotiations as she is in the courtroom

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  • Joseph Kassis and Kassis Superior Sign Co., Inc., v. The Ohio Casualty Insurance Company , assisted in appellate brief preparation on behalf of the plaintiff in this New York State Court of Appeals case regarding an insurance coverage dispute on a general liability policy.
  • Litigated a case regarding economic development incentives from the initial Article 78 proceeding through a successful appeal to the New York Court of Appeals in cooperation with the senior members of the firm’s litigation team
  • Conducted a five day jury trial in state supreme court resulting in an award for our client.
  • New York State Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section, CLE Committee member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Central New York, Member
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Academy of Trial Attorney
  • Super Lawyers Upstate NY Edition – Rising Star 2015, 2016
  • Probate and Administration of Estates, New York State Bar Association, “Accounting and Settlement of the Estate”, October 2016
  • Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers, National Business Institute, “Agricultural Use Valuations” and “Non-Tax Estate Planning Considerations”, August 2016
  • The Probate & Administration of Estates, New York State Bar Association, November 2014, Speaker on “Accounting & Settlement of Estates”
  • Probate Process, National Business Institute Seminar, August 2014 - Speaker on “Litigating the Case in Probate Court” 
  • Discovery Proceedings for Trusts and Estates Practitioners, New York State Bar Association, May 2014 - Speaker on “Turnover Phase, Discovery & Trial”
  • Contested Accounting Proceedings in Surrogate’s Court, New York State Bar Association, May 2013 - Speaker on “Mock 2211 Examination” and “Trial”   

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County, Treasurer
  • Cornell Alumni Association-Central NY Chapter – Board of Directors
  • AmeriCorps, Volunteer 2003-2004

Education

  • J.D., Cornell University Law School, 2008, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Cornell University, 2003, Cum Laude

Admissions

  • New York


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