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

A.B., Princeton University

LL.B., Stanford University Law School

Jim concentrates his practice in complex estate planning for high-net-worth individuals and their families. He also has extensive experience counseling clients on structuring planned and estate gifts to charitable organizations and has represented numerous not-for-profit organizations. He was formerly the managing partner and chairman of the firm.

Honors

  • Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Man of the Year, 2013
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates) 
  • Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Red Jacket Award, 2005

Jim has represented numerous clients in connection with estate planning and estate administration and accounting matters in Surrogate's Courts. He has also provided advice and representation regarding estate tax matters with the IRS. In addition, he has served as executor of many estates and is trustee of numerous trusts for clients and charitable organizations.

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Professional Associations

  • Trustee, Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Trustee, Robert and Patricia Colby Foundation
  • Trustee, Mulroy Family Foundation
  • Trustee, the Carlos and Elizabeth Heath Foundation
  • Waste Technology Services advisory board
  • Society of the Buffalo board of directors
  • Buffalo Sabres Foundation board of directors
  • Chair, Buffalo Tennis and Squash Preservation Foundation
  • Chair, Shaw Festival Foundation
  • Former commissioner and vice chairman, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Community & Pro Bono

Jim is the chair of the largest foundation in the Buffalo area, the John R. Oishei Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of Launch NY, Calspan-University of Buffalo Research Center (CUBRC), and the Niagara Community Center. Formerly, Jim was a member of the board of governors of the Shaw Festival Theatre and a trustee of Nichols School and the Elmwood Franklin School. He was also a director of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo and Erie County, the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Institute for Arts in Education of Western New York, and the Stanford University Law School Board of Visitors.He is also former president and a member of the board of the Buffalo Club, the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, and Cherry Hill Club.