Alumni named to '40 Under 40' list and 'Women of Excellence' nominee

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We celebrate several Albany Law School alumni who are being recognized for their incredible work in their respective fields. Three Albany Law School alumni were named to the Albany Business Review’s 2024 40 Under 40 list, and another was named a Chamber Women of Excellence honoree.

Alumni named to the Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 list:

Brianna Pearce

Brianna Pearce ’12

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Prime Group Holdings

“I’m honored to be inducted into the Albany Business Review’s “40 under 40” class for 2024. As a lifelong resident of the Capital Region, I’ve been inspired by past recipients of this award throughout my professional career. I feel privileged to be recognized among such an amazing group of individuals and to join the ranks of such distinguished alumni.”

In her role at Prime Group Holdings, “Pearce implements and monitors the activities, policies, and protocols of the company and its funds, runs its compliance division, and oversees the legal affairs of Prime Group."

Mark J. Wagner

Mark J. Wagner ’13

Partner, The Wagoner Firm

Mark Wagner, who was named a Rising Star in the Upstate New York area, is a partner at The Wagoner Firm, where he “assists clients with general business matters, including selection and formation of business entities, drafting shareholder and operating agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and all aspects of commercial transactions, including due diligence, negotiation of terms, and drafting transactional and financing documents.”

Paul J. Buehler III ’16

Paul J. Buehler

Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King

“I am incredibly honored to be included in this year’s Albany Business Review 40 under 40 class. It was a wonderful surprise to be recognized with such an accomplished group of people. My goal as an attorney has always been to provide the highest quality of work I can and ensure my clients a positive experience working with me,” Buehler said. “To me, this award means I am on the right track toward that goal. I also have to give a shoutout to my wife, Chelsea, for all her support and to my colleagues here at Bond, who have taught me so much about the practice of law over my time here. Without them, I would not be where I am today.”

Paul Buehler III was named New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2021, 2022, and 2023. At Bond, Schoeneck & King Buehler “represents clients in a variety of complex labor and employment matters and in proceedings before federal and state courts and various government agencies, including the New York State Division of Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

Alumna entering the Capital Region Chamber’s “Women of Excellence” as an honoree:

Brenda T. Baddam ’17

Brenda T. Baddam

Assistant Attorney General, State Attorney General’s office

“Being considered a Woman of Excellence: Emerging Professional means recognition for volunteerism and advocacy, oftentimes accomplished without recognition. As attorneys, I believe we have an obligation to stand in the gap for marginalized communities when there is an opportunity to do so. In the Capital Region, young attorneys should be encouraged to show up authentically in spaces of influence while making a positive impact in our community. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been nominated.”

In 2020, Baddam began her role as assistant attorney general in the State Attorney General’s office, where she works on alleged constitutional violations by agents of the state brought by incarcerated individuals. Baddam and five other successful women will be honored at the 33rd annual “Women of Excellence” awards program on Friday, May 10, at Marriot Albany.