Susan C. Roney

Susan Roney is a member of NP Trial. Her practice is focused on the representation of railroads and other businesses, including the news industry and hospitals and other health care providers, in commercial, labor and employment and personal injury litigation.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on the representation of railroads and other self insured businesses in commercial disputes, personal injury litigation, government and administrative investigations and hearings and labor and employment litigation. Having represented railroads for over 30 years, I have particular experience in the railroad industry and have won numerous verdicts and dispositive motions for my clients.

My labor and employment practice includes the defense of clients in connection with claims of race, gender and disability discrimination and harassment. My practice also includes the defense of class action litigation in both the health care industry and consumer affairs. This includes the defense of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims commenced against one of Buffalo’s leading hospital networks.

In addition to my work with clients, I serve on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. It’s here working alongside colleagues where I gain a broader insight into industry challenges and how we can best affect change.

What do you see on the horizon?

Industries are much more proactive in seeking to prevent the same issues that give rise to litigation from reoccurring in the future. Thus, we look to partner with our clients for long-term success and minimization of costly and disruptive lawsuits.


Susan C. Roney

Senior Counsel


Phone: 716-853-8101

Fax: 716-853-8109

University of San Diego, J.D., magna cum laude

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., summa cum laude

New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Susan was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Civil Rights Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation—Labor and Employment; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants; and Railroad Law. Susan has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2008, and was named 2018 and 2020 Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year” in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, and 2017 and 2019 Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year” in Civil Rights Law.

Susan has also been named a Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Litigation: General Commercial (New York (Upstate)).

Susan was also recognized with the President’s Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, and was honored for her “gracious and inspirational leadership” roles in numerous legal, educational, and not-for-profit organizations. Susan was also named to the Legal Elite of Western New York 2104, a supplement of Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal.

Her active involvement in key trial associations keeps Susan fully prepared to represent clients with the evolving dynamics of the courtroom. She is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, American and New York State Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute; International Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors); and National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Executive Committee). She has also served on court-appointed advisory committees for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, including Merit Selection Panels for the selection and reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, and a Task Force on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness.

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