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Benjamin M. Zuffranieri, Jr.

Partner, Business Litigation and Construction Practices Leader

Industry Groups

  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions:
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Justice Reid S. Moule, State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, 1983-85

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

J.D., cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Ben is the leader of Hodgson Russ's Business Litigation and Construction Practices. He is also the litigation representative of the firm's International Cross-Border Practice. His experience spans the full range of civil litigation matters, including general business, construction, and cross-border litigation. As a senior trial and appellate attorney, he handles complex matters with substantial financial exposure to clients.

Ben has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution processes. Among other things, he is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, National Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel. He also has participated as counsel and as a mediator in numerous arbitrations and mediations involving construction, international, and commercial disputes.

Ben was a lecturer at SUNY Buffalo Law School from 1987-89 and at the State University of New York College at Buffalo from 1984-86.


  • Best Lawyers' 2016 Buffalo Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Construction, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2016
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal Who’s Who in Law, 2008
  • Buffalo State College President's Distinguished Service Award
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Moot Court Board
  • Winner, Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition (Best Speaker Award)
  • Winner, Albert R. Mugel National Tax Competition (Best Brief Award)
  • Matthew J. Jasen Appellate Practice Award for academic achievement and appellate advocacy

Ben has personally handled numerous trials, injunctions, and arbitration proceedings, including many before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has argued more than 50 appeals and brought more than 100 cases to conclusion.


Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • Director and Legal/Audit Committee chair, Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc.
  • Nardin Academy board of trustees