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Sujata Yalamanchili

Partner, Real Estate Practice Area Leader, Real Estate Leasing Practice Leader, Retail Sector Industry Leader
  • New York
  • Connecticut

B.S., summa cum laude, University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

M.B.A., University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

J.D., Cornell Law School

Sujata is the leader of Hodgson Russ's Real Estate, Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Area. She draws upon her extensive experience in business and commercial real estate development, commercial leasing, and real estate investment and financing to provide business-focused legal advice to help her clients reach their goals. Her experience includes structuring acquisition and development projects for office, distribution, and manufacturing facilities; advising retail sector developers and operators in development, acquisition, leasing, financing, and 1031 exchange matters; and handling real estate financing matters, including nontraditional sale leaseback and ground-lease matters.

Highlights of Sujata’s work include:

  • Acting as lead real estate counsel to a publicly traded financial institution, a nonprofit health care organization, and a UK-based retailer with more than 200 retail locations throughout North America
  • Advising companies entering into contracts with airport authorities, including structuring joint venture arrangements to qualify for minority- and women-owned business status
  • Assisting in the development of hospitality projects, including management contracts, leases, franchise agreements, and joint venture agreements 

Before attending law school, Sujata worked as a financial analyst for a Fortune 50 company, where her responsibilities included cost accounting, project analysis, budgeting, and forecasting.

At Hodgson Russ, Sujata previously served as a member of the firm's board of directors and is a former chair of its Committee for Attorney Recruitment, Development, and Diversity. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law)
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2016
  • Wall of Fame, Williamsville Central School District
  • University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Achievement Award for Service to the School, 2010
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2005
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1988
  • University at Buffalo Outstanding Undergraduate Award




Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Commercial Lease Law Insider board of advisors

  • Member, Advisory Board of the Real Estate Development
    Program at the University at Buffalo (www.ap.buffalo.edu/real-estate-development)  
  • Co-Chair, Leasing Committee of the Real Property Section, New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

Sujata currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Summit Educational Resources and the Williamsville Education Foundation; a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation; and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the University at Buffalo School of Management. She is a past chair of the Amherst Youth Board and a founding member and past board of directors member of the Amherst Conservation, Recreation, and Parks Foundation. Sujata was a 2012 co-chair of "What She's Made Of," an annual fundraising event benefitting the WNY Women's Foundation. She was a member of the board of directors of the WNY Women's Foundation, and University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association, where she also served as past president.