Buffalo



Our Buffalo attorneys are uniquely positioned to serve companies in Western New York and tackle cross-border issues involving interests in Canada.

Given Buffalo’s roots in transportation and movement of goods, it is no surprise that we continue to serve companies addressing tomorrow’s needs in this area. But as Buffalo diversifies its economy to be fit for the future, we are partnering with financial institutions, universities and research centers that are making the city a hub for life sciences, banking and health care.

Our Buffalo office is both a resource for local business and a home to world-class litigators and corporate attorneys who serve clients around the world. Our strength is the capacity to bring top tier talent to the needs of local businesses. No other large law firm in Buffalo has the international and national resources of Nixon Peabody. Yet, we are local enough to provide government relations counsel that comes with significant local roots and to handle the city’s most significant infrastructure projects, like Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL Buffalo Bills.

Whether handling legal work locally or afar, our attorneys are embedded in the community and believe deeply in the future of Buffalo. We serve in leadership positions with a number of area nonprofits, including the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Heritage Centers Foundation, Aspire, The Aspire Foundation, United Way Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, Meals on Wheels and the Black Leadership Forum of Western New York. We actively provide pro bono services through a number of organizations and focus on community volunteerism at the city and town levels.

Victory as New York trans man granted legal name change at appeal

Pink News | December 20, 2016

Buffalo counsel Laurie Styka Bloom is mentioned in this article for her pro bono work on behalf of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) to help a transgender man obtain the right to legally change his name.

FedEx Ground must face NY drivers' misclassification suit

Law360 | December 07, 2016

Buffalo commercial litigation partner Susan Roney is noted as representing FedEx in a class action lawsuit involving the classification of independent contractors. 

Will ascertainability split finally be resolved?

Product Liability Law & Strategy | December 01, 2016

Buffalo commercial litigation partner Vivian Quinn and associate Tracey Scarpello co-authored this piece about how the federal appeals court has been divided over the significance and scope of the ascertainability requirement in litigation involving low-cost consumer goods.

Amherst woman battling town to keep pig as pet

The Buffalo News | October 28, 2016

A pro bono case of Buffalo commercial litigation department attorney Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer is featured. Lynnette represents a Buffalo-area woman who is fighting to keep a micro pig as her house pet.

Product Liability Regulation & Legislation: Midyear Report

Law360 | July 30, 2016

Buffalo commercial litigation associate Tracey Scarpello is quoted in this piece discussing FDA labeling with regard to nutritional facts and regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

New York's craft beverage industry moves forward

Buffalo Law Journal | July 04, 2016

Food, Beverage & Agriculture team members New York City associate Jackie Sudano and Rochester associate Joe Carello provide commentary in this in-depth feature article that looks at the current state of New York’s craft beverage industry.

EPA's aggressive environmental agenda gets boost

Buffalo Business First | April 25, 2016

Partner and leader of the firm’s Energy & Environmental practice Scott Turner is quoted in this feature story that discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s agenda moving forward.

Appeals Court Reaffirms FreshDirect's Bronx Move Subsidies

Law360 | April 07, 2016

The feature story notes a New York appeals court decision affirming a lower court’s order denying a community group’s attempt to renew a challenge to $84 million in city tax subsidies approved for FreshDirect LLC to move its distribution center to Harlem River Yard in the Bronx. Buffalo commercial litigation counsel Laurie Styka Bloom is noted as counsel for FreshDirect.

New Rules Make Court More Business Friendly

Buffalo Business First | March 18, 2016

Buffalo commercial litigation partner Sheldon Smith was quoted in this feature story about recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the rules of the Commercial Division of NY State.

Changing the Profession, One Lawyer at a Time

Law Practice Today | March 14, 2016

Buffalo commercial litigation partner Viv Quinn is a panelist in this roundtable piece discussing women in law. She provides commentary throughout about her background and career.

FDA takes steps to define ‘natural' on food labels

Rochester Business Journal | February 12, 2016

Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo associate Tracey Scarpello co-authored this column on steps the Food and Drug Administration is taking to define “natural” on food labels in the changing landscape of food ingredient and production.

Attorneys Thrive on Forward Thinking

Buffalo Business First  | December 07, 2015

Buffalo office managing partner Martha Anderson and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist Rekha Chiruvolu are featured in this story on progressive law firms. Martha and Rekha discuss the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Ascertaining Potential Plaintiffs

Product Liability Law & Strategy | December 01, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Vivian Quinn and Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Tracey Scarpello authored this column “ascertainability” developments to watch as the issue in all likelihood winds its way to the United States Supreme Court.

'Uphill Battle' Expected in Light for Statewide $15 Minimum Wage

Buffalo Business First  | October 23, 2015

Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman provides commentary in this feature story on the legal battle over the push for a $15 minimum wage in New York State.

3rd Circ. Reins In Damages for Disadvantaged Business Fraud

Law360 | October 05, 2015

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo, partner Mark Molloy and associate Emily Crandall Harlan authored this column on curtailing an aggressive loss theory that held defendants to more than the government’s loss in some fraud cases.

'I Demand a Refund'; Class-Wide Damages Models for Labeling Claims

Product Liability Law & Strategy | June 01, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Viv Quinn and associate Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer authored this column examining damages models for food-labeling class action complaints.

Reform Near for Chemicals Law

Buffalo Law Journal | May 25, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner John Weinholtz is featured throughout this article discussing potential future updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Sullivan, Nixon Peabody Attys Join New NY Discipline Panel

Law360 | March 30, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith is named among participants in a New York state court commission tasked to overhaul the system's attorney discipline procedures.

People on the Move

Buffalo Business First | March 05, 2015

This coverage highlights the arrival of Buffalo Labor & Employment counsel Sarah Ranni.

Area Law Firms Grow by Finding Faraway Clients

Buffalo News | January 25, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation counsel Laurie Bloom, president of the Erie County Bar Association, is quoted in this story on how Buffalo-area law firms are reaching beyond the local community in terms of their client base and work.

Not All is Well with Wellness Programs

Buffalo Law Journal | January 12, 2015

Partner and co-leader of Labor & Employment practice group Eric Paley is quoted in this article discussing the state of workplace wellness programs.

Retiree Benefits Burden Many Employers

Buffalo Business First | January 09, 2015

Partner and co-leader of Labor & Employment practice group Eric Paley is quoted in this article discussing issues employers encounter with retiree benefits.

Why the Rise of Ascertainability Signals the Fall of 'All Natural' Consumer Class Actions

Product Liability Law & Strategy | January 01, 2015

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Viv Quinn and Manchester Commercial Litigation associate Anthony Galdieri authored this column discussing consumer class actions have challenged the labeling of food and beverage products as "All Natural," "100% Natural" or some variant.

In Question: Health Benefits for the Retired

Buffalo Law Journal | December 15, 2014

Partner and co-leader of the Labor & Employment practice group Eric Paley is quoted in this feature story addressing medical benefits for retirees.

Attorneys of the Year 2014

The Daily Record (Rochester, NY) | November 06, 2014

Immediate past New York State Bar Association president Dave Schraver and Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith are featured within this special section honoring the 2014 attorneys of the year.

Five Questions With...

Buffalo Law Journal | November 06, 2014

This Q&A is conducted with partner Sheldon Smith. The profile notes Sheldon's practice and his community involvement including his Catholic Health System Board of Directors position. Sheldon also addresses the need to understand a client’s business, the importance of corporate diversity, and how attorneys can prepare clients for the future.

People on the Move

Buffalo Business First | October 21, 2014

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith’s appointment to the Catholic Health System board of directors is noted in this news brief.

Legal Elite of Western New York

Buffalo Business First | September 29, 2014

Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Susan Roney and counsel Laurie Bloom are listed among attorneys honored as the 2014 Legal Elite of Western New York.

Five Questions With…

Buffalo Law Journal | August 11, 2014

This Q&A focuses profiles Buffalo office managing partner Martha Anderson.

Volunteer Lawyers Project: Three decades strong

Buffalo Law Journal | July 28, 2014

Erie County Bar Association president and Buffalo counsel Laurie Styka Bloom discusses the bar’s pro bono program, the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Courts Line Up Behind 3rd Circ.'s Ascertainability Logic

Law360 | July 25, 2014

Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Tracey Ehlers, Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Viv Quinn, and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Janet Garetto discuss federal courts’ increased attention to the ascertainability of class members especially in the food and beverage industries where consumers do not typically retain receipts.

Bloom Sworn in as Bar Association President

Buffalo News | June 13, 2014

Buffalo Commercial Litigation counsel Laurie Bloom is featured in this article noting the new leadership of the Erie County Bar Association. Laurie is the 108th president of the Association.

Food Labeling Claims: Differing Approaches

Product Liability Law & Strategy | June 01, 2014

Buffalo Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation partner Viv Quinn and associate Tracey Ehlers authored this column discussing how courts are deciding whether and on what basis to certify class actions involving food and beverage products.

Rare Private Equity Self-Sale Raises Questions

Law360 | May 22, 2014

Partner John Koeppel discusses the implications of private equity firm EQT Partners making the unusual move of selling an investment company from one of its funds to another.

NLRB ruling not likely to have WNY impact

Buffalo Law Journal | May 13, 2014

Labor & Employment partner Dan Rizzi provides commentary on the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling to allow the Northwestern University football team to unionize.

Niagara County Transgender Woman Secures Name Change

Buffalo News | May 06, 2014

The pro bono work of Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer was featured in this article about a transgender woman who was able to secure a name change after being unable to pay the court filing fee.

Location

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Buffalo, NY 14202-2224

Phone: 716-853-8100

Fax: 716-853-8109

Key Contacts

Martha M. Anderson

Office Managing Partner

manderson@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 716-853-8105

Glenda Lusk

Regional Administrator

glusk@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 585-263-1699

Kimberlee Dumitrescu

Marketing Contact

kdumitrescu@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 585-263-1044

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