Wendy S. Lougnot
Ms. Reese joined the firm in August of 2002 and became a partner with the firm in 2014. A 1999 graduate of Clarkson University, Ms. Reese received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Accounting magna cum laude. She received her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2002. Ms. Reese practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Municipal Law, Business Formations and Transactions and Complex Business Litigation.
At Duke, Ms. Reese was named a recipient of the Taub Scholar Award. At Clarkson, she was named a Presidential Scholar; a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies; a recipient of the Jerome Barnum Memorial Award for Academic Excellence and interned in Washington, DC in the Office of the Corporation Counsel and in the New York State Court System- Fifth Judicial District.
Ms. Reese has represented numerous clients in real estate and financial transactions and related business matters including residential real estate closings, leasing issues, landlord-tenant matters and complex commercial closings. She has been intricately involved in commercial closings and transactions totaling, in the aggregate, over $1 billion. In recent years, Ms. Reese has been involved in more and more complex commercial transactions and litigation. Within the context of complex commercial transactions and litigation, Ms. Reese has experience working with purchasers, sellers, developers, lenders, and various other similar entities.
As a Trusts and Estates attorney, Ms. Reese has represented both estates and beneficiaries before various Surrogates' Courts throughout New York State, regularly acts as counsel to the Public Administrator of Onondaga County and has served as guardian ad litem for minors and other individuals under a disability. She has also represented numerous clients in their estate planning needs, including preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and various types of Trusts, including Supplemental Needs Trusts. In addition, as part of her Elder Law and Medicaid planning practice, Ms. Reese has advised and represented clients in asset protection planning, Medicaid qualification and the Medicaid application process.
Ms. Reese is also a member of the municipal law practice group, specializing in land use and municipal law issues including permits, regulatory interpretation and compliance, legislation, development, planning, zoning and environmental law. In addition, Ms. Reese has experience in Article 78 proceedings, representing municipal boards and drafting local laws.
Ms. Reese was admitted to practice in New York State in February 2003 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Ms. Reese was very active in various sections of these Bar Associations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Estate Planning Council of Central New York and the Onondaga County Bar Association Surrogate's Court Practice Committee. Ms. Reese is a frequent speaker at seminars and training programs, including the annual local Elder Law Fair, and volunteers at the local Surrogate's Court Clinic.
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Clarkson University, B.S., Accounting and Political Science, 1999
Speaking / Publications / Awards
Speaker - Elder Law Fair, 2012-2016
Presenter - Closing Real Estate Transactions Using the New TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), 2016
Onondaga County Bar Association (Currently on Board of Directors)
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)