At Weaver Mancuso Brightman PLLC, we strive to create a positive and comfortable environment in which we can identify and address the simplest to most complex legal concerns with smart, practical advice for real people. Understanding every legal concern matters to the person facing it, we aim to know our clients and understand their needs to find the best solution given the circumstances. Here, big-firm experience meets small-firm setting, offering the opportunity to develop positive and productive legal relationships in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, land use and zoning, and civil and appellate litigation.




Purchases, sales, and/or leasing of commercial and residential real estate, including new construction, development and/or redevelopment of real property.


Title litigation, property boundary disputes, land use and zoning litigation, including Article 78 proceedings, and appellate litigation in New York State Appellate Divisions and Court of Appeals.


Municipal law, zoning and planning board applications and land use matters, State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).


Residential and commercial lending, including foreclosures and REO sales and title.



Syracuse Office / / P: 315.303.3408 / F. 315.303.3409

Lisa (Maffei) Weaver is a native of Baldwinsville, New York. After graduating from Princeton University, she spent several years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast working in advertising and marketing for the casino/hospitality industry before attending law school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon graduating from Tulane, she began her legal career with Balch & Bingham, LP in Gulfport, MS, working on a variety of regional real estate and corporate transactional and litigation matters. Upon her return to Central New York in 2007, she spent ten years as an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse, NY, focusing on corporate, and residential and commercial real estate matters of all degrees of complexity, before opening her own practice. Ms. Weaver currently focuses on all facets of residential and commercial real estate transactions, further counseling clients in matters involving civil and real estate litigation.

Ms. Weaver resides in Baldwinsville with her family (daughter – Gianna, and son – Rocco) and is an active member of the community. She served as the President of the Baldwinsville Youth Soccer Association, a not-for-profit volunteer organization offering over 550 families a year a positive environment in which to learn and love soccer. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and finds solace in a good run.


  • New York Super Lawyers 2016®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate
  • New York Super Lawyers 2015®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate
  • New York Super Lawyers 2014®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate
  • Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 2016


  • New York State Bar Association,
  • Onondaga County Bar Association – Past CLE Committee Chair
  • New York State Commercial Association of Realtors
  • The Mississippi Bar


  • Tulane University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2006),
  • Princeton University (B.A., 1998)

John A. Mancuso received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. After graduation, Mr. Mancuso spent ten years as an associate and partner of Harris Beach PLLC in Rochester, New York, where, for the past several years, he led the Land Use and Zoning practice at the firm. Mr. Mancuso focuses his practice on municipal law, land use and zoning, including reviews undertaken pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and real estate and appellate litigation. Notably, Mr. Mancuso acted as land use and zoning counsel for del Lago Resort & Casino, a $425 million casino development in Tyre, New York. Mr. Mancuso also regularly counsels clients with respect to property, title and boundary disputes, lakefront boundary and access issues, and landlord/tenant disputes. Mr. Mancuso is special litigation and land use counsel to several municipalities in New York State and previously served as attorney for the Town of Rush in Monroe County.

While in law school, Mr. Mancuso served as an extern for the Honorable David G. Larimer, United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Mr. Mancuso also previously served as a lecturer of Real Estate Law at Ithaca College. Mr. Mancuso resides in Rochester, New York with his family (wife – Katie , son – Anthony , and daughter – Adelyn).            


  • New York Super Lawyers 2014-2019®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Land Use/Zoning, Civil Litigation: Defense, and Real Estate: Business
  • Co-Author, New York Appellate Practice (published by LexisNexis)


  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court, New York – Northern District
  • U.S. District Court, New York – Western District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit,
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2009),
  • Ithaca College (B.S., cum laude, 2004)

Kristy M. Brightman is a lifelong Central New York resident. She received her undergraduate degrees in biology and economics from Syracuse University and went on to attend Syracuse University College of Law. After graduating from SUCOL, Ms. Brightman went on to work for Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, New York focusing on corporate law and real estate law. In February 2017, Ms. Brightman took a hiatus from practicing law to manage the political campaign for Ben Walsh – the first independent mayor of Syracuse – where she led all operational and legal aspects of the campaign. After serving as the Executive Director of the Walsh Transition Team, Ms. Brightman returned to the practice of law, where she focuses on residential and commercial real estate law. Ms. Brightman also practices in the area of land use, zoning and municipal law, and served as a member of the City of Syracuse Board of Zoning Appeals. 

Ms. Brightman resides in the City of Syracuse and, in her spare time, enjoys cinema and running with her Australian Labradoodle, Moose. 


  • New York Super Lawyers 2019®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate
  • New York Super Lawyers 2017®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate
  • New York Super Lawyers 2016®, Upstate New York Rising Star, Real Estate


  • New York State


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association 


  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
  • Syracuse University (B.A. and B.S., 2005) 


  • Landmark Theatre – Secretary
  • Crouse Hospital Auxiliary – Board Member

Lauren Baron received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami (FL) and law degree from Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (formerly known as Pace Law School). Ms. Baron spent several years as an attorney of Harris Beach PLLC in Rochester, New York, where she focused her practice on municipal law, land use and zoning, and litigation.  For the past year, Ms. Baron served as a Municipal Attorney for the City of Rochester, where she was responsible for contract drafting and review, real estate transactions, and drafting legislation.    

While in law school, Ms. Baron served as an intern for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Ms. Baron resides in Rochester, New York, and in her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga and adding new indoor plants to her ever growing collection. 


  • New York State


  • Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (J.D., 2015)
  • University of Miami (B.A., 2012)


  • Monroe County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section Board Member (2019-20) 

Lucrecia brings extensive immigration experience to Weaver Mancuso Brightman. She has represented individuals, companies, universities and medical institutions on all aspects of complex and ever-changing employment-based and family-based immigration and I-9 compliance.  She has assisted employees in industries ranging from athletics, oil & gas, medicine, telecommunications, food & beverage, and information technology, to name a few. 

Lucrecia stays abreast of important developments in this ever-changing industry and has published numerous pieces, including an article in the Buffalo News on a rule helping entrepreneurs obtain visas. She has also presented on immigration topics at conferences, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Northern Border Conference, the New York State Bar Association U.S. Immigration Law Conference, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. 

Lucrecia is very involved in the community, serving as the elected Chair of the AILA Upstate New York Chapter, and as Co-Chair for the New York State Bar Association Immigration Law Conference. Lucrecia also served on the Board of Directors for Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, and currently serves on the organization’s Advocacy Committee.

While she grew up and began her legal career in New York City, she later moved to Upstate New York to be closer to her husband’s family. When Lucrecia is not practicing law or being a stellar mom to two kids and a dog, she enjoys running, which includes training for the Seneca Seven, a 77.7 mile relay race around Seneca Lake.


  • Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY, 2003


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Chair, Upstate New York Chapter
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice in New York 

Marli is a paralegal in the Syracuse office.  She is an integral part of the office assisting the attorneys and clients in connection with commercial and residential real estate matters. Marli lives in Fayetteville with her husband and two mischievous cats and enjoys camping and yoga in her spare time.




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