A pair of young attorneys - one of whom is the daughter of personal-injury titan Ross M. Cellino Jr. - has purchased the lakefront home of prominent Western New York businessman Angelo M. Fatta for $1.05 million.
Rafael F. Pignataro and his wife, Jeanna M. Cellino-Pignataro, bought a 5,702-square-foot ranch house on Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg last week, just a few houses down the street from where Ross and Anne Marie Cellino own a large home. The couple did not respond to a request for comment.
The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home sits on 2.6 acres, and was built in 1947, with views of Lake Erie from the living room, according to online listings. It features granite countertops, an eat-in kitchen, hardwood and tile floors, a fireplace and vaulted ceilings, as well as a four-car garage and outdoor patio.
Pignataro has been corporate counsel for Integer Holdings Corp. - formerly Greatbatch - since May 2016. He was previously an associate attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP, practicing real estate development law and banking and finance law for Buffalo's largest law firm. He has both law and business degrees from University at Buffalo.
Cellino-Pignataro is a third-generation personal-injury attorney in her family, now working at the Law Offices of Steve Boyd and John Elmore in Williamsville. She also earned her law degree from UB, after graduating from Boston University.
Her father, part of the driving force behind the success of the Cellino & Barnes personal-injury law firm, had wanted to hire her at their firm, but his partner refused, creating bad blood between the two partners. The elder Cellino is now engaged in a public legal battle with his partner, Stephen E. Barnes, over the future of the firm.
Fatta was the founder and CEO of ACTS Testing Labs, a global consumer products testing firm that specialized in toy safety. He grew the company from a startup in 1973 until he sold it in 1998 with more than 700 employees in 10 locations and six countries. Then he started Anseco Group in Buffalo in 2009, a similar lab focused on toys and children's products.
He is a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, served as the volunteer president of BuffLink Inc., and chaired the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra board from 2004 to 2008.