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Our Registered Nurse and Investigator

Dawn M. Schwartz, R.N.

Dawn M. Schwartz, R.N. joined our firm in 2013 as our full time registered nurse and medical consultant.  Dawn has been a resident of the Olean area for 23 years. She graduated from Jamestown Community College, Cattaraugus County Campus with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing and has additional nursing education through Daemen College.  Her clinical nursing experience includes inpatient acute and postoperative care, hemodialysis, and outpatient clinics including several years working with our area Veterans.

Dawn lives in Olean with her husband Dave, and her two children, Ed and Abby.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, painting and spending time with her friends and family.  She is also a certified USA Swimming Official and can frequently be found on the deck at area swim meets.

James N. Connelly, Investigator

Mr. Connelly was born and raised in the Olean, NY and graduated from Olean High School in 1970 with a regent's diploma.  Mr. Connelly was appointed to the City of Olean Police Department in September of 1971. Mr. Connelly graduated from the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Academy in 1972, receiving his basic training from the Municipal Police Training Council, Executive Department of the State of New York. In 1973 he received his intermediate training from the division of Criminal Justices Services of the State of New York and received his police Supervision certificate from Municipal Police Training Council in 1985.

Mr. Connelly is certified by the State of New York, Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Municipal Police Training Council as a Police Instructor. He attended and received additional police training in all aspects of law enforcement from the: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Homeland Security, New York State Police, Erie Central Police Services, New York State Fire Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Ohio Fire Academy. Additional education includes Jamestown Community College, Erie Community College and Medaille College.

Jim was a patrolman with the City of Olean Police Department from 1971 until being promoted to Sergeant in 1986. He served as both a Patrol Sergeant and was also assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit as a Sergeant Investigator. In 1990 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to supervise the Criminal Investigation Unit. In 1993 Jim was promoted to Captain and the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Unit until December of 2006.

Jim has been with the firm as their full time Investigator since January of 2007.

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