Posted on Aug 27, 2009

Hupy and Abraham is committed to helping individual riders and their families. We do this in many different ways. Below is a sampling of three ways we helped riders during the first decade of this century.

Attorney Hupy Helps New York Firefighters Attend Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration

In 2003, Harley-Davidson celebrated its 100th anniversary. Michel Hupy donated tickets to the Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary lakefront events to four New York firefighters who were at the scene of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, and tickets for four of their friends.

A private reception for the firefighters drew about 120 riders to Tony Sanfelipo’s home in the Town of Vernon. Sanfelipo is the founder of ABATE of Wisconsin, a riders’ advocacy group, and an investigator for Hupy.

Hupy Law Firm Offered $5,000 Reward to Protect riders

On July 13, 2004, Daniel Buckel and Theresa Brzycky were injured by the kind of plastic wrap you keep in your kitchen. Mr. Buckel and Ms. Brzycky were traveling on Guthrie Road in Waukesha County on Mr. Buckel’s bike that night and Mr. Buckel did not see that someone had stretched a barrier of plastic wrap from traffic pole to traffic pole on opposite sides of the road. He was able to stop suddenly about ten feet from the potential death trap.

"It's appalling, and it's really frightening," Brzycky said. Buckel was driving 5 miles an hour under the 45 mph speed limit at the time of the incident.

Buckel announced that he would pay a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible. However, Attorneys Michael F. Hupy and Jason F. Abraham were so appalled by the incident and were so concerned about ensuring that this does not occur again, that our law firm offered a $5,000 reward in place of that offered by Buckel.

Hupy and Abraham Sponsored Fundraiser for Injured riders


Charlie Brechtel

Charlie Brechtel has been around for over 32 years, playing his music with
legendary greats like John Lee Hooker, Deacon Jones, Gregg Allman,
B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Miles, Aron Neville, Fog Hat and more. He plays
the major bike events, including The Redwood Run, Hollister, Sturgis
(house band for the Buffalo Chip since 2003), Las Vegas Bike Fest, Am Jam,
The Love Ride, opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Daytona Bike Week, opening
for Travis Tritt and Montgomery Gentry. Charlie's music defines the
legacy and brotherhood that comprise the soul of the American rider.

Jack and Patti Taaffe were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on May 28, 2007. Jack is a member of the CC Riders MC, based in Madison, Wisconsin. The club wanted to host a fundraiser for the couple to help offset some of the escalating medical bills.

Hupy and Abraham, attorneys for the Taaffe’s, agreed to sponsor the event by providing the Charlie Brechtel Band. Charlie Brechtel is a friend of Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo, senior investigator at Hupy and Abraham. Charlie enthusiastically agreed to help out at the fundraiser, saying that riders helping riders is what brotherhood is all about.

Hupy and Abraham is committed to helping riders and their families whether or not they are clients of the firm. Our commitment did not end in 2009. Instead, we remain actively involved in helping individuals within the biking community.