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  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Senior U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, 1997-99

B.A., cum laude, Harvard College

M.B.A., with high honors, University at Buffalo School of Management, State University of New York 

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

Jeff focuses his practice on business and environmental litigation. He has experience in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including federal and state court litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Jeff represents large and small companies, as well as individuals, in shareholder, accounting, health care, software and complex contract matters. Jeff also represents clients in various environmental matters, including litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Clean Water Act; Clean Air Act; and New York's navigation law. He also represents clients in PRP groups, and advises clients on various environmental compliance matters and regularly interacts with state and federal agencies. Jeff successfully worked with the U.S. attorney to obtain a several-million-dollar settlement for the government and his clients in False Claims Act (qui tam) litigation. Jeff also serves as local counsel for out-of-town clients, and has extensive experience representing clients in mediations and arbitrations, including before the American Arbitration Association under both the Commercial Rules and the International Rules.

Honors

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation)
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2016
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award
  • Laidlaw Law Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Commercial Law
  • Former executive editor and associate editor, Buffalo Law Review

Presentations

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County Federal Practice and Environmental Law Committees
  • Chair, Environmental Law Committee 2013-2016

Community & Pro Bono

Jeff was one of the five founding trustees and was the secretary of the Hull House Foundation. The Hull House is a historic stone residence and landmark built in Lancaster, New York circa 1810 that survived the devastation of the War of 1812. Jeff was instrumental in obtaining nonprofit status for the foundation, and worked in other ways to get the project off of the ground. He also currently serves as vice president of the Harvard Club of Western New York, for which he previously served as president for five years; is a member of the club's board of directors; interviews applicants seeking club membership; and formerly served as chairperson of the club's Schools Committee. An active alumnus, Jeff serves on the board of directors of the UB Law Alumni Association, is currently a member of the executive committee, and advises current students of SUNY Buffalo Law School and the University at Buffalo School of Management. He also founded and is the head coach of the Grand Island Royals travel baseball team, and the manager for the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles Pee Wee Major Hockey team. He is also former secretary and a former member of the board of trustees of the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier, now called Preservation Buffalo Niagara.