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Buffalo, NY 14202-2224

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Glenda Lusk, Regional Administrator
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Phone: 716-853-8106

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Phone: 585-263-1460

 

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 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

  • 'I Demand a Refund'; Class-Wide Damages Models for Labeling Claims
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | June 1, 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.
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  • People on the Move
    Buffalo Business First | March 5, 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 9, 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 1, 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 6, 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 6, 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 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 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 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.

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

    Partner 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 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 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.

Ideas

New York narrows the availability of real property tax exemptions for nonprofits
Nonprofit Organizations Alert | July 28, 2015

NY legislature passes bill requiring nonprofits to create workplace violence prevention programs
Employment Law Alert | June 22, 2015

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New York's top court rejects choice-of-law provision, endorses "blue pencil" doctrine in non-compete case
Employment Law Alert | June 19, 2015

New York poised to enact law standardizing sexual assault policy on all college campuses in the state
Higher Education Alert | June 18, 2015

Quality assurance requirements coming to NYS office-based surgery practices
Health Care Alert | May 20, 2015

NYS changes requirements for physician profiles
Health Care Alert | May 13, 2015

NYSERDA announces MW block incentive program for commercial and industrial grid-connected solar energy systems
Environmental Law Alert | May 13, 2015

2015 Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws Released
May 13, 2015

NYS Commissioner of Health granted new authority to appoint temporary operators of general hospitals
Health Care Alert | May 6, 2015

Will the New York Court of Appeals expand the class of individuals to whom providers owe a duty of care?
Health Care Alert | April 24, 2015

Court "hits the brakes" on lawyer's retaliation claims against his client's former employer
Employment Law Alert | April 17, 2015

OMIG reminds providers that compliance officer must be an employee of the provider
Health Care Alert | April 17, 2015

New York attorney general scrutinizing employers' use of on-call shifts
Employment Law Alert | April 14, 2015

Update: NYSLA marketing permit advisory postponed
Beverage Alcohol Alert | April 10, 2015

Amendment to New York's telehealth legislation
Health Care Alert | March 27, 2015

New York State Liquor Authority proposes advisories
Beverage Alcohol Alert | March 20, 2015

NY to raise tipped minimum wage to $7.50 per hour
Employment Law Alert | February 25, 2015

New York joins the rest of the nation in allowing LNG facilities
Environmental Alert | February 9, 2015

New York's Surprise Medical Bill Law: three things health care providers need to know before March 31
Health Care Alert | January 28, 2015

When Duty Calls: New York enacts labor law requiring leave for first responders
Employment Law Alert | January 7, 2015

New York health insurers and state Medicaid program to cover telehealth services
Health Care Alert | January 5, 2015

Governor Cuomo signs bill relieving all New York employers of burdensome annual pay notice requirements
Employment Law Alert | December 31, 2014

NYS mandates coordination between campus safety and local police
Higher Education Law Alert | December 22, 2014

So close, yet so far — the bill amending the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act still not signed
Employment Law Alert | December 12, 2014

Lawyers as a protected class? Lawyer "spins" client's retaliation claim and files lawsuit to lift ban from cycling studio
Employment Law Alert | November 26, 2014

New York beverage producers get a boost from the Craft New York Act
Beverage Alcohol Alert | November 13, 2014

Proposed New York ACO regulations: What you should know about becoming a certified ACO
Health Care Alert | October 17, 2014

Will NY DSRIP program's impact extend beyond the state Medicaid program?
Health Care Alert | October 17, 2014

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

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

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Events

Buffalo Employee Benefits Breakfast Briefing
May 27, 2015 | Buffalo, NY

Nixon Peabody's Semi-Annual CLE Program
May 15, 2015 | Rochester, NY

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May 14, 2015 | Buffalo, NY

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