BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – High-profile attorney Steve Barnes died in a plane crash in upstate New York on Friday.

Barnes’ small, personal plane went down between Rochester and Buffalo in Genesee County on Friday afternoon.

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For years, Barnes and former law partner Ross Cellino settled major personal injury cases, including in New York City.

A recent split between the two law partners made national headlines.

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Cellino released a statement saying Barnes was on the plane with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.

Both died. No one else was on board.

The crash is under investigation.

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