Arthur W. Wentlandt, a partner at Mackenzie Hughes and member of the
Firm's Executive Committee, joined the firm in 1979. Art served as Chair
of the Firm's Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007 and in the position
of Administrative Partner from 2001 through 2003. A trial lawyer, he helps
the firm's clients make better business and personal decisions through
his expertise in all aspects of personal injury and property damage litigation
as well as claimant's employment-related claims. Handling both plaintiff
and defense claims, Art has obtained million dollar-plus verdicts and
settlements in highway design and products liability cases while also
trying numerous defense cases involving instrumentalities such as complex
manufacturing machinery and agricultural equipment. His claimant's employment-related
practice has involved him in all aspects of workplace discrimination and
harassment litigation and with the federal and state agencies, which oversee
the civil rights regulatory process.
Art received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from Boston University.
He then went on to study at Syracuse University College of Law, where
he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 1979. He was admitted
to the New York Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of
New York in 1980. In 1984, he was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals,
Second Circuit and in 1986, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court,
Western District of New York.
Art is a member of the New York State, Onondaga County and American Bar
Associations. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association.
He serves as a Trustee of Cazenovia College, chairing that institution's
Audit Committee and serving on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees
as well as the Committee on Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Directors
of the Elmcrest Children's Center, a residential facility for troubled
children. He serves as a Vice-President of that board while chairing its
Insurance Committee and serving on the Building and Grounds and Human
Prior to attending law school, Art spent four years in the United States