Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Networking
6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Dinner & Awards reception
Tickets available here: ereg.biz/a/regm/AOY2018
Sherman F. Levey
Lifetime Achievement Award
A natural problem solver who was equally gifted with words and numbers, the late Sherman F. Levey demonstrated a lifelong interest in helping others. His friends and colleagues cite Levey’s brilliance when it came to tax and estate planning.
Levey practiced law in Rochester for nearly 60 years; he died in April 2018. Early in his career, he and his friend, Sydney R. Rubin, created the tax law firm of Rubin and Levey. They later merged with Harris, Beach, and Wilcox to form a new firm called Harris, Beach, Wilcox, Rubin, and Levey. Most recently, Levey was Of Counsel at Rochester’s Boylan Code LLP, where he assisted with estate planning.
“During those many years in which he worked and served the community he loved, Sherm was known by many and loved by all,” says Brianna DiPilato, marketing specialist at Boylan Code LLP. “He was a lawyer, a mentor, a partner, and a friend.”
In addition to serving on countless not-for-profit boards, Levey found great joy and purpose in founding the Syracuse University College of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, helping those that couldn’t afford to help themselves. At his own expense, he traveled to tax clinic conference and met with experts to gather information needed to found such a clinic.
Robert Nassau, clinic director, says it would not exist without Levey’s leadership. “He recognized immediately that not only could such a clinic provide an invaluable practical learning experience to students, but it could also provide vital and necessary legal services to an unserved population of taxpayers in Western, Central and Northern New York,” Nassau says.
Levey also was supportive of programs in Monroe County. His commitment to the region was obvious through his support of local organizations such as Jewish Senior Life, the Memorial Art Gallery, the George Eastman Museum, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and WXXI.
“Even after death, there’s no doubt that Sherm’s impact, accomplishments, and overall commitment to Rochester and the legal community lives on,” DiPilato says.