Jamestown Bar Association

President: Todd M. Thomas


Todd Thomas is a solo practitioner in Jamestown, New York, focusing on criminal defense, family law and housing cases. A 2004 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, he spent over ten years in public interest practice as a lawyer and manager. Prior to lawyering, he worked as a grassroots organizer for an Adirondack nonprofit, taught political science, wrote science fiction and advised political campaigns. He holds an MS from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a BA from SUNY Potsdam.

Program Director: Matthew R. Mazgaj


Mr. Mazgaj concentrates his practice in municipal finance, commercial and residential real estate, and commercial litigation matters. Among other clients, he represents industrial development agencies and is well versed in all areas of municipal financial assistance transactions, including straight-lease and bond transactions and structuring, as well as negotiating and documenting public-private partnerships. Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Mazgaj worked for an international law firm in Washington, D.C.

Vice President: Laurie M. Beckerink


Laurie lives in Clymer, New York, and she works in the Jamestown and Olean offices. Before joining Lewis & Lewis, P.C., Laurie was an Assistant District Attorney for Chautauqua County for 7 years. Laurie has extensive trial experience, and her practice is now focused on civil litigation and workers’ compensation. Laurie is a graduate of  St. Andrews Presbyterian College and SUNY at Buffalo-Law School.

Laurie likes to spend her weekends reading and camping with her husband and two sons.




Secretary/Treasurer: Kristen Lee Yaw



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