John is the firm's Municipal Finance & Special Districts Practice leader as well as co-leader of the Bond Counsel Practice, representing counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts, utility districts, underwriters, and trustees on a wide range of general obligation bond financings. He has worked on complex refunding matters, tax and revenue note financings, and large capital project financings. He is also heavily involved in the planning of school and municipal projects and works closely with municipal advisors, architects and engineers, bond insurers, verification agents, escrow agents, and other market professionals.

John carries on the tradition of the public finance practice started by his father, Richard D. Alessi, who represented a large number of municipal issuers in Western New York for 40 years.


Canisius College, B.S., magna cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.


  • New York


  • 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2011

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  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • New York State Association of School Business Officials
  • Association of Towns of the State of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County: Municipal Committee and School Law Committee (former Secretary)
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