George W. Thorn Award

joseph hanna

JOSEPH HANNA, JD ’05, BA ’02 
While a UB student, Hanna was involved in a variety of organizations ranging from the Student Bar Association to the Lebanese Student Association and beyond.

While a UB student, Hanna was involved in a variety of organizations ranging from the Student Bar Association to the Lebanese Student Association and beyond. His career as a commercial litigator and legal adviser at Goldberg Segalla has been just as impressive—Hanna was the first associate the firm hired directly out of law school, and he soon became the youngest attorney to be named partner. He received Law 360's Rising Star honor in 2014, was named the youngest-ever Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of Erie County in 2015 and was placed on the American Bar Association's "On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyers" list in 2017. Since graduating, Hanna has served on the School of Law Board of Directors, mentored and spoken to hundreds of aspiring law students, and developed the Diversity Clerkship program in collaboration with the School of Law and Minority Bar Association of Western New York to provide minority students with clerkships throughout the region.

George W. Thorn Award

The Thorn Award is given to University at Buffalo alumni under 40 who have made outstanding contributions to their career fields or academic areas.