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John Petrone II, Esq.

As President of Petrone Risk, John implements corporate growth strategies and oversees legal risk management analysis, SAFETY Act initiatives, and emergency preparedness initiatives. The scope of his risk management practice includes professional athletic organizations, stadium ownership, stadium management, collegiate athletic facilities, event service contractors, security program technology solutions and vendors, municipal, governmental, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. 

He has overseen matters in both civil and corporate litigation that formed the basis of his law practice. His areas of expertise also include civil litigation encompassing commercial litigation, commercial transactions, areas of general insurance defense, including auto, general liability, malpractice, labor law, municipal law and property damage, professional liability litigation, managed care facility litigation, officers and directors litigation, employment practices litigation, environmental litigation/mass toxic torts in the areas of asbestos, lead, and mold, and risk management.

John is a current member of the SMA Emergency Preparedness Committee, IAVM COVID-19 Industry Advisory Group, and the Syracuse University Board of Athletics. Previously, he has served as Chairman of Fund Raising for SUNY-Marcy Athletic Complex, co-director and board member of the National Long Distance Runners Hall of Fame, and member of the Syracuse University College of Law Board of Visitors (1995-2005). John is a graduate of Manhattan College and attended Syracuse University College of Law where he attained his Juris Doctorate.

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Kathleen Lupia, Esq.

During the duration of her tenure with Petrone Risk, Kathy’s extensive knowledge allowed her to co-develop the infrastructure of the Legal Risk Management program. Since inception, she has been leading Petrone Risk’s work in support of professional and collegiate athletic facility and entertainment venue security programming and extraneous technologies (products and services) deployed in support of security programs. 

Kathy manages and directs Legal Risk Management initiatives on behalf of professional athletic organizations, facilities, facility ownership and management entities in support of security programs. Her practice is concentrated on the development of applicable plans, protocols, manuals and training materials, facilitation of table top exercises, preparation of SAFETY Act submissions, and resiliency services in conjunction with client projects. She has worked on a multitude of projects which have been accomplished on behalf of professional athletic organizations, professional athletic facilities, municipal entities, event service contractors, security program technology solutions and vendors, with ownership interests in like facilities, and secondary learning institutions. Each engagement is formulated in accordance with specific client needs and may incorporate SAFETY Act and/or emergency preparedness and safety and security elements.

Kathy is a graduate of Syracuse University and attained her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law through the Accelerated Liberal Arts/ Law Program. While in law school, she realized her interest in corporate law and participated in the General Counsel Certificate Program, which allowed her to focus on critical corporate issues at the outset of her career. Her years of experience as a civil litigator helped form the basis of her unique skill set essential to that of a Legal Risk Manager and has allowed her to develop a systematic approach to convey key Legal Risk Management safety, security and emergency preparedness strategies with other legal professionals, security personnel, corporate officers and directors, organizational thought leaders, administrative staff, business owners, and employees generally.

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Nicole Petrone, Esq.

Nicole focuses her area of practice on development and formation of Emergency Operations Plans (EOP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manuals, Business Continuity Plans and Training Portfolios at their inception, as well as formulation of companion training materials and development and presentation of Table-Top Exercises. Such projects include professional athletic organizations, stadium ownership, stadium management, collegiate athletic facilities, event service contractors, security program technology solutions and vendors, municipal, governmental, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition to emergency preparedness and security initiatives, Nicole supports SAFETY Act initiatives on behalf of Petrone Risk’s client-base.

Prior to joining Petrone Risk, Nicole served as an extern to the Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby, Chief U.S. District Judge, and First Judicial Department Justice Barbara Kapnick. Her tenure at these two placements spurred her interest in federal and state statutory and regulatory compliance, specifically within the commercial sector. 

Nicole is a graduate of Hartwick College and attended Syracuse University College of Law where she attained her Juris Doctorate.

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Brian Calame

After graduating from the University of Buffalo, Brian accumulated almost five years of public sector experience at various levels of county and federal government. Working to create and implement both policy and strategy, Brian developed a proficient insight to the legislative process from design through implementation and enactment. After moving to the private sector, he obtained an acumen for enterprise and business development. Collaborating with companies across all segments, he has continued to grow market share while implementing business and corporate growth initiatives. Brian has routinely helped to initiate entrepreneurial growth within the travel industry while building relationships and enhancing some of the largest corporate partnerships for a Fortune 500 company. He brings this knowledge and enthusiasm to Petrone Risk in support of their emergency preparedness projects and corporate development goals.

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Sara Petrone

Sara brings Petrone Risk extensive knowledge of corporate sponsorships, sales and marketing, and community and public relations accumulated from a decade of experience working in the professional sports and entertainment industries. She has worked directly with corporate leadership executives and business partners within professional sports organizations such as the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), National Lacrosse League (NLL) and the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL).

Embedded in the day-to-day operations of sports and entertainment companies, Sara has acquired an elevated awareness and detailed understanding of operational security and emergency preparedness first-hand. Her aptitude to implement corporate growth strategies and foster relationships given her experience managing multi-million-dollar partnerships, most recently at Pegula Sports and Entertainment will enhance business evolution opportunities for Petrone Risk.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing from St. John Fisher College. 

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