Longtime Rochester attorney is also Fringe Board Chair

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Business Journal recently created its ICON awards to honor local business leaders over the age of 60 who have had notable success and demonstrate strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. Among those recognized is Justin L. Vigdor.

“Justin has been a leading figure in business, the law, and in the not-for-profit sector for many, many years,” says Edward P. Hourihan, Jr., managing member of Bond Schoeneck & King, the law firm for which Vigdor is Of Counsel. “We are proud to see him recognized among this distinguished inaugural group.”

As an attorney, Vigdor’s resume is replete with impressive credentials: former president of both the New York State Bar Association and the New York Bar Foundation (from which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award), founder and chair of the New York State Bar Association Senior Lawyers Section, a founder of the Telesca Center for Justice, and former president of both the Monroe County Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Foundation. He is one of New York State’s Uniform Law Commissioners and has served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is also an Official Referee of the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct and a certified federal court mediator.

The Awards and Professional/Community Activities section of Vigdor’s resume is just as impressive with 13 additional philanthropy, leadership, and humanitarian awards. He is or has been a director, chair, trustee, or member of numerous local organizations – including founding chairperson of the Al Sigl and Mary Cariola Centers, and board president of AAA of Western & Central New York. In addition, he has chaired the board of the of non-profit Rochester Fringe Festival since its inception.

“The Fringe is so different from anything else with which I’ve been involved, and allows me to support and celebrate creativity in our community,” says Vigdor. “My involvement helps keep me young,” says Vigdor.

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is a no-holds-barred, multi-genre arts festival with a far-from-conservative reputation. The 2017 Fringe (September 14-23) attracted over 78,000 attendees to 500+ performances and events in more than 25 venues that ranged from parked cars to Parcel 5 to Kodak Hall. 

“Justin Vigdor is a living legend,” states Fringe Festival Producer Erica Fee. “Not only is he key to the success of our fast-growing Fringe, but he has been instrumental in the creation and success of a number of this community’s not-for-profit organizations. He is proof that one person can indeed made a difference.”

The ICON Honors awards will be presented Monday, December 18, at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Genesee Valley Club.

“Strong leadership, a commitment to mentoring and being an active community member are qualities shared by the ICON Honors recipients,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “(They) have committed many years to making our area a wonderful place to live and to work, and they truly deserve to be called icons.”

Other 2017 Honorees are:

Don Alhart, News Anchor and Associate News Director, WHAM-TV

Kate Bennett, CEO, Rochester Museum & Science Center

Thomas F. Bonadio, Managing Partner and CEO, The Bonadio Group

Vincent Buzard, Appellate Counsel, Harris Beach PLLC

Lauren Dixon, CEO, Dixon Schwabl

Richard Dorschel, President, Dorschel Automotive Group

Hilda Rosario Escher, President and CEO, Ibero-American Action League

Garth Fagan Founder, Garth Fagan Dance

Thomas Golisano, Founder, Paychex Inc.

George W. Hamlin IV, Chairman, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Nelson Leenhouts, Chairman and CEO, Home Leasing LLC

Giovanni LiDestri, CEO, LiDestri Foods

Sandy Parker, Former CEO, Rochester Business Alliance

Joel Seligman, President, University of Rochester

I C Shah, Founder, ICS Telecom Inc.

Albert Simone, President Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology

Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman, New York’s 25th Congressional District

Danny Wegman, Chairman, Wegmans Food Markets

Fran Weisberg, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester

Rochester Fringe Festival is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that exists as a means to connect venues, performers, artists, educational institutions and the audience. It was pioneered by several of Rochester’s esteemed cultural institutions, including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance, as well as up-and-coming groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine. The Board of Directors includes representatives from the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Boylan Code LLC, the Eastman School of Music, Mengel, Metzger and Barr & Co. LLP, PUSH Physical Theatre, and Writers & Books. The Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. It is also supported by a grant from Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

About KeyCorp: KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $136.7 billion at September 30, 2017. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with 250 lawyers serving individuals, companies, non-profits and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has nine offices in New York State as well as offices in Kansas City and Naples, Florida. For more information, go to www.bsk.com.

Media please note: A high-resolution photograph of Justin L. Vigdor is available upon request. 2017 Fringe media assets can be found at rochesterfringe.com/press. Interviews and photo/footage opportunities can also be arranged.

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