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  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, Western District of New York

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

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

Marissa represents clients in complex litigation in both federal and state courts. Her experience includes matters involving commercial contract disputes, intellectual property, insurance defense, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and labor and employment. Marissa has also handled several estate litigations.  

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Marissa was an associate at a Buffalo-based law firm. Before becoming a lawyer, she held a number of positions, including program manager at the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation in Washington, D.C. and coordinator of the U.S. arm of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines.


  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Secretary, Buffalo Moot Court Board
  • Overall winner, 2006 Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition
  • Regional competitor, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Judge Matthew J. Jasen Appellate Practice Award
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 - 2016

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • Hope for Two board of directors
  • Compass House board of directors