Matthew J. Schnirel – In Memoriam
Matthew Schnirel, a beloved and respected associate attorney of Doran &
Murphy, died suddenly and tragically on April 28, 2009, as a result of
a plane crash that claimed both his, and fellow attorney Michael Doran’s lives.
Matthew was the oldest of four children, and was survived by his loving
parents, Kevin and Kathleen Schnirel, as well as his siblings: Amanda,
Rebecca and Eric. Matthew also left behind the love of his life, Lauren
Schilling. He will be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues within
the Buffalo legal community, especially by his family here at the firm.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Matthew was the oldest of his brother and sisters,
and every day exuded great care and a strong work ethic in his daily life
that was undoubtedly the product of his loving and supportive upbringing.
His parents, a salesman and an emergency room nurse, taught Matthew by
example the value of hard work, caring for others and the satisfaction
of a job well done. These were traits that Matthew carried with him throughout
his life, and were qualities recognized in him every day by his friends
Matthew worked his way through his undergraduate studies at the
University of Albany, where he excelled in both the classroom and the local community. After
earning his bachelor’s degree, Matthew returned to his hometown
to attend law school at the
University at Buffalo. Matthew received his Juris Doctorate from UB in 2008, again working his
way through school at a law clerk position with Doran & Murphy. Matthew’s
attitude and work product were so well received at the firm, that he was
offered a position upon his graduation in 2008.
Though Matthew’s legal career had only just begun, he had already
made a splash within the legal profession due to his extensive participation
in moot court trial competitions. Matthew faithfully and admirably represented
the University in competitions across the country, including New York,
Texas, and Michigan. This experience helped Matthew make invaluable contributions
later as an attorney with Doran and Murphy, where he worked in civil litigation.
Matthew was a counselor who was well known to both the legal community
of Buffalo, and also to his many and diverse clients. Never one to remain
in the background, Matthew prided himself on intimate client contact,
and zealous advocacy. His clients often lauded him for making the complex
and confusing legal process of tort and
asbestos litigation a much more manageable and understandable process from a layman prospective.
Matthew will be dearly missed by his friends and family, including and
especially those working here at Doran and Murphy. His contributions to
our practice have been invaluable and will doubtless prove to be irreplaceable.
The Buffalo community will be much poorer due to his loss.
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