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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 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.

Media Clips

  • Will ascertainability split finally be resolved?
    Product Liability Law & Strategy | December 1, 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.
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  • New York's craft beverage industry moves forward
    Buffalo Law Journal | July 4, 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 7, 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 7, 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 1, 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 5, 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 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.
  • 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.


Empire State employers beware: salary basis and minimum wage for New York employers scheduled to increase as of December 31, 2016
Employment Law Alert | December 28, 2016

Second Circuit takes a stance on cumulative liquidated damages for violations of federal and New York State wage and hour laws
Employment Law Alert | December 21, 2016

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Webinar Recording: New York Nonprofits and the Law
Originally recorded October 18, 2016 | October 19, 2016

New York employers using direct deposit or payroll debit cards to pay their employees are subject to additional notice, consent and other requirements
Employment Law Alert | September 22, 2016

New York updates hospital patients' bill of rights
Health Care Alert | September 1, 2016

New York State cooling tower regulations move from "emergency" to "final"—with new requirements added
Environmental & Health Care Alert | July 20, 2016

Court of Appeals confirms common interest doctrine in New York viewed narrowly, requiring pending or anticipated litigation to attach to pre-merger communications
Commercial Litigation Law Alert | June 21, 2016

Active New York State Division of Human Rights prohibits "associational" discrimination
Employment Law Alert | June 14, 2016

Renewed focus on managed care, program compliance in the OMIG's newly released 2016–17 work plan
Health Care Alert | May 12, 2016

2016 Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws Released
May 2, 2016

Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group announces recommendations
Beverage Alcohol Alert | April 28, 2016

What's trending in Affordable Housing
April 18, 2016

New York passes landmark legislation raising minimum wage and mandating paid family leave
Employment Law Alert | April 6, 2016

NYS health commissioner uses discretion to issue blanket waiver to e-prescribing mandate in "exceptional circumstances"
Health Care Alert | March 18, 2016

New York State e-prescribing mandate effective March 27, 2016; no further delay is expected
Health Care Alert | March 2, 2016

New York takes aim at preventing transgender and gender identity discrimination in the workplace
Employment Law Alert | February 5, 2016

"Ban the Box" laws in New York—is your company compliant?
Employment Law Alert | February 3, 2016

New York's highest court expands medical providers' duty of care
Health Care Alert | January 8, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoes bill requiring New York nonprofits to create and implement workplace violence prevention programs
Employment Law Alert | December 10, 2015

New York: broker's license may be required for property managers
Real Estate Alert | December 2, 2015

The vagaries of cy pres — a New York court follows Virginia in supplanting the judgment of college trustee
Higher Education Alert | October 28, 2015

New York physicians prevail in suit alleging "surprise" bills
Health Care Alert | October 23, 2015

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

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

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

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Webinar: New York Nonprofits and the Law
October 18, 2016

Buffalo Employee Benefits Breakfast Briefing
October 12, 2016 | Buffalo, NY

IPED Conference: Transforming Communities with Affordable Housing: Buffalo and New York
July 28, 2016

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