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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 the lease on the Bill’s stadium.

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.

Media Clips

  • 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.
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  • 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 1, 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 and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice 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 6, 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.
  • ‘Collaborative damage' a factor in wage boost
    Buffalo Law Journal | April 22, 2014
    Albany Labor & Employment partner Vincent Polsinelli discusses the impact of New York State’s minimum wage increase.
  • Potential Impact of "Ban the Box"
    Buffalo Law Journal | April 21, 2014
    Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephanie Caffera discusses the “ban the box” ordinance, which removes the criminal conviction checkbox from job applications and prohibits employers from asking about convictions prior to an initial interview.
  • 5 Ways a PE Firm Can Win a Packed Auction
    Law360 | April 11, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice John Koeppel discusses strategies that can boost a private equity fund's chances for success in a crowded market.
  • Is It Time To Recall The Term ‘Recall'?
    Law360 | February 18, 2014
    In this column, Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation partners Jim Weller and Barbara Lukeman and counsel Ben Dwyer discuss if the term recall is outdated and inaccurate.
  • Claims and Classes in Medical Monitoring Cases
    Law360 | January 22, 2014
    Buffalo partner and deputy leader of the firm’s Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation practice group Viv Quinn and Buffalo Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation associate Tracey Ehlers discuss the New York Court of Appeals decision in Caronia et al. v. Philip Morris USA Inc. to not adopt a new cause of action.
  • Overhaul Coming in July for Nonprofit Regulations
    Buffalo Business First | January 17, 2014
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney discusses the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act.
  • Attorneys Applaud Overhaul of Nonprofit Law for Cutting Red Tape
    New York Law Journal | December 20, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney, Rochester counsel Anita Pelletier, and Rochester partner and president of the New York State Bar Association Dave Schraver discuss the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
  • Millennials Want More Than a Paycheck
    Buffalo Business First | December 17, 2013

    Buffalo office managing partner Susan Roney discusses recruiting the millennial generation.

  • Good Privacy Practices Help Your Firm Survive and Thrive
    Rochester Business Journal | November 8, 2013
    Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation counsel Jacob Herstek discuss why and how companies should have a strong compliance plan in the event of a data breach.
  • Why Product Manufacturers Should Heed Privacy Trends
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | November 1, 2013
    Buffalo Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation counsel Jacob Herstek, a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team, authored this column discussing privacy as a touchstone issue for product manufacturers to keep in mind as they work to build and keep consumer trust.
  • State Changes How Hospitals Identify Community Needs
    Buffalo Business First | September 20, 2013
    Albany health services partner Laurie Cohen is quoted in this article about New York hospitals meeting community health needs.
  • WNY Businesses Face Post-DOMA Uncertainty
    Buffalo Law Journal | August 19, 2013

    Employee Benefits and Labor & Employment counsel Kate Saracene discusses the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act decision.

  • Public market improvements postpone secondary market pickup
    SNL Financial | August 7, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice John Koeppel discusses secondary market activity for the first half of 2013.

  • Hot market has private equity execs going back and forth
    Pensions and Investments | July 8, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice John Koeppel discusses the need for talented industry executives to run transactions in the private equity secondary market.

  • Contacting and Compensating a Non-Party/Former Employee Fact Witness; The Legal and Ethical Issues
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | July 1, 2013

    A Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation team of Buffalo partner John Weinholtz and Rochester associate Kevin Saunders authored this column discussing the legal and ethical rules of contacting and compensating a former employee fact witness.

  • Bar Association Elects New Slate of Officers, Board Members
    Buffalo Business First | June 18, 2013

    This coverage notes that Buffalo Products: Class Action, Industry & Trade Representation counsel Laurie Bloom has been elected vice president of the Bar Association of Erie County and will assume the presidency in June 2014. This news was also highlighted in the Rochester Daily Record.

  • Aggressive Agenda on Schraver's Mind
    Buffalo Business First | June 10, 2013

    This feature story highlights Rochester Commercial Litigation partner Dave Schraver as the new president of the New York State Bar Association. Dave discusses his goals for his term, including his focus on the future of legal education and the profession.

  • Judge Gives Green Light to FreshDirect in Bronx
    New York Law Journal | June 5, 2013

    This article notes that FreshDirect has been given the green light to build a new headquarters in the South Bronx. Buffalo Products counsel Laurie Bloom and Rochester Real Estate partners Jared Lusk and Tom Greiner are noted as FreshDirect’s counsel.

  • 2013 Rising Stars
    New York Law Journal | June 5, 2013

    Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith is profiled in this special section highlighting the 2013 Rising Stars, a group of attorneys 40 years old or younger who have made a mark on the New York legal community.

  • Rochester Attorney Heads NY Bar Association
    Associated Press | June 4, 2013

    This coverage notes that Rochester Commerical Litigation and Indian Law partner Dave Schraver has been named the 116th president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Annual Meetings Tip Toward Business, Less Pleasure
    Buyouts | May 10, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice John Koeppel and Albany Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Todd Tidgewell discuss the current state of annual meetings for limited partners in the private equity industry.

  • Law Journal Names 2013 Rising Stars
    New York Law Journal | April 22, 2013

    Buffalo commercial litigation partner Sheldon Smith is among the attorneys under the age of 40 named to the publication’s annual “Rising Stars” class. The program honors accomplished attorneys who are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

  • NY Anti-Corruption Legislation Could Be A Game-Changer
    Law360 | April 17, 2013

    Buffalo government investigations & white collar defense partner Mark Molloy, Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan and New York City associate J. Michael Smith co-authored this column discussing proposed legislation in New York, called the “Public Trust Act,” which would create a new class of public corruption crimes.

  • Questions Arise on Future of Domestic-Partner Benefits
    Buffalo Business First | March 15, 2013

    Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits partner Brian Kopp discusses if and how the expansion of benefits through marriage will impact domestic partnership policies among opposite-sex couples.

  • Big Firms Weigh Accredited Investors, but Will They Feel the Love?
    Dow Jones LBO Wire | March 15, 2013

    Partner and leader of the firm’s Private Equity funds practice John Koeppel discusses the current trend of private equity firms considering raising capital from accredited investors.

  • Superstorm Sandy: An Update and Look to the Future
    New York Law Journal | January 22, 2013

    Rochester Commercial Litigation partner Dave Schraver, president-elect of the New York State Bar Association, authored this column discussing the Bar Association’s efforts after Hurricane Sandy and how a report from the Bar Association’s Task Force on Global Warming can affect the future.

  • International Cooperation in the Regulation of Nanotechnology
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | January 1, 2013

    Deputy Litigation department leader and deputy leader of the Products: Class Action, Trade and Industry Representation group Viv Quinn and Buffalo Products: Class Action, Trade and Industry Representation counsel Ben Dwyer co-authored this column providing an overview of the approach taken by major countries in the field of nanotechnology.

  • Honor Roll
    Buffalo News | December 9, 2012

    This coverage notes that Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Sheldon Smith received a Pro Bono Award at the 2012 Western District Federal Court Dinner for his work representing an inmate at Wende Correctional Facility, who alleged various claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Good News for Defense in NY Asbestos Litigation
    Law 360 | December 5, 2012

    This column, discussing a significant ruling applicable to all cases pending in the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL), was authored by Long Island Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation counsel Santo Borruso, Buffalo Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation partner John Weinholtz, and Boston Litigation counsel John Stadler.

  • The Eureka Moment
    Law Technology News | August 1, 2012

    Boston and Buffalo products partner Sam Goldblatt provides commentary in this cover story on how six “Big Law” firms have embraced legal project management.

  • If You Have Clients in Canada, Its Privacy Law Applies to You
    Rochester Business Journal | July 20, 2012

    This “Law” column discusses how local organizations need to keep in mind Canada’s privacy law. Rochester Global Business & Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Buffalo Products counsel Ben Dwyer and Jacob Herstek authored the piece.

  • Off-Label Communications: The FDA's Proposed Approach
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | July 1, 2012

    This article, authored by Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk and Buffalo Products associate Tracey Ehlers, discusses the Food and Drug Administration guidance addressing how drug, biologics, and medical device manufacturers should respond to unsolicited requests for off-label information, including—for the first time—communications via the Internet and social media.

  • Judging the Jury: It's an art and science
    Buffalo Law Journal | June 18, 2012

    Buffalo office managing partner and Commercial Litigation partner Susan Roney provides commentary in this feature article discussing the importance of selecting the “right” jury.

  • Tracking Legal Costs with Task Codes: Different firms take different approaches
    Of Counsel | June 1, 2012

    Boston and Buffalo Products partner Sam Goldblatt provides commentary in this article that discusses the Uniform Task-Based Management System (UTBMS), which tracks the time spent on particular programs and tasks.

  • U.S. Companies and Canadian Privacy Law: Beware
    Privacy and Public Policy Law 360 | May 18, 2012

    Buffalo Products counsel Ben Dwyer and Jacob Herstek coauthored this “Expert Analysis” column discussing Canada’s privacy laws, which are more far-reaching than their U.S. counterparts and may apply to non-Canadian entities.

  • Privacy-Law Issues Coming to Forefront
    Buffalo Law Journal | April 26, 2012

    Buffalo Products counsel Jacob Herstek, a member of the firm’s Data Privacy team, is quoted throughout this article discussing privacy law issues.

  • Separate Accounts, Side Letters Open Rifts Among LPs
    Buyouts and Private Equity Hub | April 18, 2012

    Private Equity and Investment Funds partner Charley Jacobs provides commentary in this column discussing how big investors are driving down costs and building customized investment programs at an accelerated pace through separate accounts and side letters.

  • Facebook Access in Play for Prospective Employers
    Buffalo Business First | April 6, 2012

    San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Renée Jackson provides commentary in this article addressing instances when employers have asked potential employees for social media log-in information and what the consequences of these actions could be.

  • “On the Town”: RBBA Networking Event
    Daily Record | April 5, 2012

    This column highlights the Rochester Black Bar Association “Bridges to Success” event. The event was co-chaired by Buffalo and Rochester partner Sheldon Smith, who was pictured and quoted in the piece.

  • Smart Grid Data: Privacy Costs of the Information Jackpot
    Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives | March 15, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Buffalo Products counsel Jacob Herstek and Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman, discusses a federal case that considered the collection of personal information by the smart grid. The article addresses why a legal resolution is necessary to keep pace with the technology.

  • County Chooses Nixon Peabody to Handle Bills’ Lease
    Buffalo Business First | March 9, 2012

    This article notes that Nixon Peabody has been selected by the Erie County Executive to serve as the county’s outside counsel during its lease negotiations with the Buffalo Bills.

  • Law Firms See Decent 2011, But Deal Pace Slowing
    Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst | March 1, 2012

    Partner and chair of the firm’s Private Equity and Investment Funds group John Koeppel is quoted in this feature story discussing the private equity industry in 2011.

  • People on the Move
    Buffalo Business First | February 1, 2012

    This news brief notes that Buffalo Commercial Litigation attorney Sheldon Smith has been promoted to the firm’s partnership.

  • AG, NYS Bar Association Launch ‘Charity Corps’
    Albany Business Review & Buffalo Business First | December 1, 2011

    This article highlights the Charity Corps, a newly launched New York State initiative aimed at helping nonprofit organizations improve governance and legal compliance that will link organizations to volunteer attorneys. Nixon Peabody Pro Bono Partner Stacey Slater is among the members of the program’s leadership committee.

  • Q&A With Nixon Peabody’s John Koeppel
    Private Equity Law 360 | November 29, 2011

    This featured Q&A is conducted with John Koeppel, leader of the firm’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice.


New York's e-prescribing mandate: Are prescribers and pharmacies ready?
Health Care Alert | September 11, 2014

New York passes legislation protecting interns
Employment Law Alert | July 29, 2014

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Pared down privilege logs in New York State's Commercial Division: the future of more efficient logs?
Commercial Litigation Alert | July 10, 2014

Steve Nelson's law: New York legislature passes bill requiring installation of carbon monoxide detectors in restaurants and commercial buildings
Real Estate Alert | July 2, 2014

Relief in sight: bill eliminating annual wage notice requirement passed by New York legislature
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

What will New York's Medical Marijuana Law mean for employers?
Employment Law Alert | June 23, 2014

New York edges closer to legalizing medical marijuana
Health Care Alert | June 20, 2014

Should I Review My Estate Plan?
Private Clients Alert | June 18, 2014

New York's surprise medical bill law
Health Alert | June 3, 2014

2014 Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws Released
May 21, 2014

New York Court of Appeals eliminates requirement to allege specific law, rule or regulation violated by employer for whistleblower retaliation claims
Employment Law Alert | May 20, 2014

New York and several other states move closer to banning microbeads in personal care products
Products Alert | May 15, 2014

A new proposed Commercial Division rule on e-discovery from nonparties emphasizes cooperation, proportionality and easing the burden on nonparties
Electronic Discovery and Evidence Law Alert | April 29, 2014

NYS to issue grants for continued transformation of NY's health care delivery system – a funding opportunity for health care providers
Health Alert | April 15, 2014

New York court rejects claims against fund manager of a Madoff feeder fund, highlighting exculpatory terms in private fund agreement
Private Fund Disputes Alert | April 11, 2014

New York makes significant changes to its estate tax law
Private Clients Alert | April 7, 2014

The START-UP NY Program—New York State approves eight eligible "tax-free" zones
New York Law Alert | March 24, 2014

New York appellate court finds that Florida's non-compete law is "truly obnoxious" to New York public policy and renders a choice of law provision unenforceable
Employment Law Alert | February 14, 2014

There may be a place for investment by publicly traded entities in New York health care facilities after all
Health Alert | February 7, 2014

New York State considers expanding office-based surgery rules to office-based anesthesia
Health Alert | February 3, 2014

Governor's budget seeks to implement recommendations adopted by NY State Advisory Committee regarding delivery of ambulatory care services
Health Alert | January 24, 2014

New York State will again consider allowing private equity investment in health care facilities
Health Law Alert | January 22, 2014

NY State's highest court finds health care clinic is not liable for nurse's disclosure of patient information
Health Alert | January 13, 2014

The trend towards increasing minimum wage continues–this time in New York
Employment Law Alert | December 20, 2013

No reason to deviate and create new "medical monitoring" cause of action in New York
Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation Alert | December 19, 2013

Reminder to complete OMIG compliance program and DRA compliance certifications
Health Law Alert | December 9, 2013

New York State providers should implement emergency regulations for insurance coverage of applied behavior analysis
Health Law Alert | November 20, 2013

START-UP NY: overview of implementing regulations and next steps for colleges, universities and businesses
New York Law Alert | November 1, 2013

New York State DOL Publishes Final Regulations Regarding Permissible Wage Deductions
Employment Law Alert | October 22, 2013

New DOH regulations promote accountable care in New York
Health Law Alert | September 30, 2013

Paving the way for enhanced collaboration, New York DOH proposes antitrust exemptions
Health Law Alert | September 27, 2013

Volunteers as employees: Considerations for nonprofit institutions
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | September 25, 2013

Second Circuit ruling narrows double jeopardy protections in honest services prosecutions
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | August 21, 2013

DOH requires surgical masks for unvaccinated health care workers
Health Law Alert | August 9, 2013

Neighboring states, similar issue, different holdings: What does it mean for insurers analyzing their duty to defend?
Insurance Law Alert | July 18, 2013

The START-UP NY Program — Developing College Campuses as Engines of Economic Expansion
New York Law Alert | June 28, 2013

New NY alcohol manufacturing licensing system proposed
Beverage Alcohol Brief | June 5, 2013

Are you a covered provider?
Get Ready: Executive Order No. 38 Effective July 1

Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveils major economic development initiative offering tax benefits to businesses operating on or near select college and university campuses
New York Law Alert | May 30, 2013

New York State DOL publishes proposed regulations regarding permissible wage deductions
Employment Law Alert | May 17, 2013

Drill, maybe, drill: New York appellate court upholds right of municipalities to prohibit oil and gas development
Energy Alert | May 8, 2013

Text of Governor Cuomo's "Public Trust Act" unveiled
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | May 2, 2013

The New York SAFE Act of 2013 and its profound effect on mental health care providers and their patients
Health Law Alert | March 22, 2013

Critical hydrofracking cases advance through New York courts
Energy Alert | March 22, 2013

Implementation of New York State executive compensation and administrative expense caps has been postponed
Health Law Alert | March 18, 2013

Opportunity to affect design of future NYS Certificate of Need and health facility licensing systems
Health Law Alert | March 8, 2013

New York adds new restrictions on the use of social security numbers
Employment Law Alert | October 26, 2012

Extension of tax exemption for New York redevelopment companies
Affordable Housing Alert | October 2, 2012

Attention NY employers: Governor Cuomo signs New York Labor Law amendments expanding permissible wage deductions
Employment Law Alert | September 12, 2012

New York attorney general offers proposed amendments to state's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 30, 2012

Proposed New York State DOH regulations limit use of state funds for executive compensation and administrative costs
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | May 22, 2012

Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws (2012)
April 17, 2012

New York Federal Court sends Title VII suit against hospital by physician with staff privileges to trial, holding that staff privileges may create "employee" relationship
Employment Law Alert | April 12, 2012

What's next for nonprofit executive compensation in New York?
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | April 2, 2012

New York State Department of Financial Services releases report on out-of-network billing
Health Law Alert | March 8, 2012

New York Court of Appeals affirms limited duties for banks in counterfeit check scams—and provides a cautionary tale for lawyers
Banking and Financial Services Litigation Alert | February 6, 2012

Reimbursement Cap for Provider Executive Compensation in New York
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | January 23, 2012

New alternative legal structures for businesses engaged in nonprofit or charitable activities
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | December 29, 2011

Attention New York employers: reminder to issue annual wage notices to all employees between January 1, 2012, and February 1, 2012
Employment Law Alert | December 29, 2011

The Newest Deputies on Wall Street: Private Citizens—Private Actions No Longer Precluded under New York's Martin Act
Banking and Financial Services Litigation Alert | December 28, 2011

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