Legal Development

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM EDT

There is no shortage of development taking place in Western New York right now and lawyers are playing a role in many projects. That's the focus of a report in this week's Business First, which looks at projects from the medical campus to Canalside. Many firms that specialize in environmental and land use issues are assisting with development projects. Insiders say growth in the area is thanks to a new wave of thinking. Buffalo has dropped the practice of looking for a silver bullet and is now focusing on a variety of different projects. Even startup companies are calling downtown home and many attorneys are guiding them along the way.

Expect to see more women in top roles at accounting firms. A report in this week's Business First shows how accounting firms want more female leaders. A national study shows that, on average, women make up about 19 percent of partners at CPA firms. But at area firms like The Bonadio Group, the number is higher about 29 percent for the partnership team. Studies show that women make up 48 percent of accounting graduates in recent years.

Business First is accepting nominations for its annual C-Level executives. Those are CEOs, CFOs and others, who stand out in the workplace. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 18. You can get more details at or at and find details on Twitter under #CLevelExecs.