JHS Announces 2015 Commencement Speaker

Jamestown High School is proud to announce its 2015 Commencement Speaker, George Panebianco, Esq. Mr. Panebianco is a 1982 Jamestown High School graduate and long-time supporter of Jamestown Public Schools. He is currently the President and Managing Partner of Lewis & Lewis law firm. Mr. Panebianco manages five law offices located in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Batavia, Jamestown and Olean.

“I’m very pleased that the Class of 2015 chose George to be their graduation speaker,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “His name has come up many times for this honor, which is a testament to his impact on our students, school and community. I look forward to hearing his message to our graduates as I know it will be genuine, and I know it will come from the heart.”

Mr. Panebianco is a lifelong Jamestown resident. He has dedicated his over 25-year career to focusing on Jamestown’s ideals of a close-knit community and family ties and emulating those values in the way he practices law. Mr. Panebianco was also chosen to serve as City Court Judge in Jamestown from 2004 to 2014.

Mr. Panebianco currently is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Erie County Bar Association and Jamestown Bar Association. He also serves as an executive member of the New York State Bar Association’s Worker’s Compensation Committee, aimed at improving the lives of injured workers and accident victims.

In addition to managing five separate law practices, Mr. Panebianco takes great pride in serving his community on various organizations including: President of the National Comedy Center, Vice President of the Board of Directors at the YMCA of Jamestown, Committee Member of the Italian-American Charity Golf Committee, and Youth Baseball Coach for over 30 years, including the current Cal Ripken Baseball League.

Mr. Panebianco received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Economics from Allegheny College in 1986 and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School, in 1989.

“I am incredibly honored and privileged to have the opportunity to speak to the Class of 2015,” said Mr. Panebianco. “I cannot think of a more celebrated class of students. I have watched with great joy the accomplishments of this diverse student body and look forward to addressing them at graduation.”

Jamestown High School’s Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 26h at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. JHS Baccalaureate will be held on Thursday, June 25th at 7 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church.

posted on 06/19/2015 - filed under: Alumni, Community, Graduation, JHS, Spotlight