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Loren L. Bly
Lanny R. Sheffield
Mark L. Bargar
Peter A. Pillittieri
Lana M. Huston
Ashley E. Smith

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Loren L. Bly

Loren L. Bly has been a practicing attorney, serving Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties of western New York since his admission to the New York State Bar in 1965. He graduated from Albany Law School as a recipient of the high mark in Taxation and the National Commercial Bank and Trust Co. Award for Estate and Business Planning. A 1960 graduate of Bucknell University, he served as President of the Class of 1960 and as Assistant Director of Admissions following graduation. He is a past President and Director of the Cattaraugus County Bar Association.

His practice includes extensive corporate and commercial clients throughout the Southern Tier, commercial litigation, resource law (oil/gas, sand/gravel, timber and lumber products) and the reassessment of industrial and commercial real property. Currently a member of the American, New York State and Jamestown Bar Associations with memberships in the ABA Natural Resource, Business, Environment, and the Torts and Insurance Sections.

Mr. Bly is the past Vice Chairman of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District and a Life Member of the Busti Trap & Skeet Club and the Pine Grove Sportsman Association.

He and his wife, Jane, reside at 44 Nottingham Circle, W. E., Jamestown and at Ellicottville, New York during the winter months. They are members of Holimont, Inc., Moonbrook Country Club, the Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, New York. They are the proud parents of three children (3) and eight (8) grandchildren.

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

A—OIL & GAS LAW Mr. Bly’s considerable expertise in the Oil and Gas Industry includes his representation of clients’ interests and his personal interests in the following:

1-Class Counsel for 11 local producers of Warren Co., Pa and Chautauqua Co., N.Y. in Fed. Dist. Court-Western District of Pa.--Class action for alleged price fixing of refiners daily posted crude oil purchase price—LAZY OIL CO. vs PENNZOIL, WITCO/KENDELL, QUAKER STATE OIL REFINING CORP., recovering in excess of $575K of class settlement for clients.

2-Representation of local producer for Purchase of all 235 producing Medina gas wells and related leasehold collection/delivery equipment with assignment of over 325 related leases and rights of way situate in Erie Co. Pa. from NYSE original Developer.

3-Represented 4 producers in Columbia Gas Transmission Corp Fed Bankruptcy Court-Ohio to retain access to interstate transportation and recover value of prior natural gas delivered.

4-Negotiated the 1st Chau, Co, Producer to Industry Direct Gas Purchase Agreement which led to negotiation of Gas Supply agreements for direct supply of 2 Western N Y Gen Motors industrial plants and other local large industrial users.

5-Representation of numerous landowners and producers in: individual lease agreement negotiations; production, sales and supply contracts; accounting and sale issues requiring litigation in state courts for accounting, payment or termination.

6-Acted as Attorney and/or principal of corporate developers and producers that syndicated investment for development of over 450 oil & gas wells in Western New York and Pa. by Limited Partnerships, General Partnerships or Joint Venture or AAPL 610 Operating Agreements; including all subscription, operating and development agreements and required State Blue-Sky and SEC Registration Statements.

7-Negotiation and representation of the Larry’s Creek and Elbow Fish & Game Clubs and Landis 10,450 acre Lycoming Co, Pa. Prospect as closed 12/22/05 with Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

8-Cofounder and Co Managing Member of Appalachian Oil & Gas Advisors LLC with Robert D. Beyer, CPA for consultant and lease agent representation of Landowners and producers oil & gas interests.
Please call to review your concerns.

B—REDUCTION OF ASSESMT. OF INDUSTRIAL REAL PROPERTY.

Since l992 Mr. Bly has represented the ownership of more than 40 major industrial manufacturing facilities in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and Connecticut to reduce the real property assessment [ and resulting annual real property taxes] of the Land, Buildings and other improvements of small, intermediate and large complexes. He has achieved a 45% + overall average reduction of all cases handled to date by recognition of the dynamics of functional and economic obsolescence and the application of the Market Data approach of valuation as documented in most jurisdictions to be a more reliable measure of the dynamic loss of value that has resulted by the disintermediation of American Industry to more cost competitive areas of operation in the Worldwide Economy. Although resisted at the local level of the assessor/board of review, most jurisdictions ultimately recognize the fallacy of resisting a fair market valuation and grant a reduction of this local large fixed cost to ensure the economic retention of the operating industrial enterprise within their communities. Mr. Bly’s clientele consists of numerous NYSE Publicly Traded Companies and the large manufacturer that resides in the declining Industrial Hartland which range in size from 200,00 square feet to 900,000-1,000,000. Call for Client references and a preliminary review of potential savings.

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Lanny R. Sheffield

Lanny R. Sheffield graduated from Jamestown Community College and from the State University of NY at Buffalo. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1977, after completing a New York State accredited four-year clerkship. Mr. Sheffield is one of a very small number of attorneys to be admitted to practice law in the State of New York without attending law school. Mr. Sheffield’s practice varies from matrimonial, wills, trusts and estate planning, both residential and commercial real estate closings, including representation of mortgage lenders such as Wells Fargo, business and corporate law, personal injury claims and bankruptcy matters.

Lanny, a dedicated family man, enjoys golfing, bowling, daily exercising and is an avid poker player in Las Vegas. He and his wife, Marie, who have been married for over 40 years, reside in Henderson, NV and Falconer, NY. He is the father of two married daughters, Tiffany and Crystal and has two beautiful grandchildren. Lanny has served as past President of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown, the Town Club of Jamestown, the Board of Trustees of Epworth Christ United Methodist and Christ First United Methodist Churches and on the Board of Directors of Moonbrook Country Club. He was also active in the parent organization for the Junior Guilders of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown during the years his daughters were members of the troupe, serving as sound coordinator for many Junior Guilder Productions and on the Fund-raising Committee for the Junior Guilder trip to Florida to perform at Disney World. He is currently a member of the Jamestown Bar Association as well as a member of the Elder Law Section, Matrimonial Section and the Trust and Estate Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Mark L. Bargar

Mark Bargar attended law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987. Mr. Bargar’s practice is concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate with an emphasis on representing mortgage lenders. Some of the lending institutions he represents include PNC Mortgage, IMC Mortgage, WMC Mortgage, Centex, Optimal Funding, Source One , Alliance and Long Beach Mortgage. Mr. Bargar also counsels clients on business and corporate law, estate and succession planning, wills, trusts and elder law issues. Mr. Bargar handles personal injury claims and has achieved substantial settlements for numerous clients in his career. He believes law should be practiced the "old-fashioned way" by taking a sincere and personal interest in a client’s case. Mr. Bargar also believes in the value of professional and community service. He is a member and past House of Delegate Representative to the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Jamestown Bar Association, Mount Moriah Lodge and past President of the Town Club of Jamestown, New York. Mark resides in the lakeside community of Bemus Point, New York, with his wife and two daughters where he enjoys golf, boating and Lake Chautauqua.

Whether it is a simple house closing, or a complex commercial transaction, a will for an elderly parent or a serious personal injury case, you can always count on the utmost service from Mark Bargar and from the entire staff of dedicated professionals at the law firm of Bly, Sheffield, Bargar & Pillittieri.

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Peter A. Pillittieri

Peter Pillittieri was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1993. Mr. Pillittieri earned his Associate Degree from Jamestown Community College, his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in May of 1992. His areas of practice consist of: criminal law, family/matrimonial law, general litigation, personal injury, mortgage foreclosure and real estate.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Jamestown Bar Association and is also admitted to practice in the United States Federal Courts. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Blind Association, the Jamestown Area Midget Football Mediation Panel and is a committee member of the Italian-American Charity Golf Tournament. Mr. Pillittieri also serves as an Attorney Coach for the New York State High School Mock Trial Program. Living in Jamestown, he is a member of Moonbrook Country Club and the St. James Roman Catholic Church.

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Lana M. Huston

Lana Huston was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2005. Ms. Huston graduated summa cum laude, from Saint Bonaventure University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Business. In 2004, Ms. Huston earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Her areas of practice consist of Estate Planning, Administration and Probate of Estates, and Business and Corporate Law.

Ms. Huston is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Jamestown Bar Association. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua County Arts Council and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, where she is co-treasurer, and is a member of the St. John Roman Catholic Church. Ms. Huston is a lifelong resident of Jamestown.

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Ashley E. Smith

Ashley Smith was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009. Ms. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gannon University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Pre-Law. In 2008, Ms. Smith earned her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Her areas of practice consist of Matrimonial and Family Law, Bankruptcy, and General Litigation.

Ms. Smith is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Jamestown Bar Association. Ms. Smith is a member of the United Methodist Church in Cattaraugus, New York, and is also a life-long resident of Cattaraugus.

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