Sujata is the Leader of the firm's Real Estate Leasing and Retail Practices. 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. Sujata's 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; structuring, development, and financing of public-private partnerships, including providing due diligence review, project structuring, negotiating and drafting of project agreements, crafting and implementing legislation, financing, and real estate and tax matters; and handling real estate financing matters, including nontraditional sale leaseback and ground-lease matters. Sujata regularly advices tax exempt entities, including colleges, universities and health care providers, on tax exempt, board governance, real estate development and leasing 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 
  • Representing a State University of New York university center on a major legislative initiative that ultimately became the basis for the NYSUNY 2020 legislation enacted into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, including development of comprehensive public-private partnership legislation to facilitate a multibillion-dollar expansion of the university center’s campuses
  • Acts as counsel to a $1 billion private foundation affiliated with a state university system

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. 

Sujata writes a column for Tax Notes State called “Real Assessment."

Sujata exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. 


  • Listed, Buffalo Business First, Power 200 Women, 2017 - 2023
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" (Real Estate Law) 2021, 2023
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law) 2013 - 2024
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, (Real Estate) 2017 - 2024
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Real Estate) 2013 - 2023
  • Recipient, ATHENA Leadership Award, 2021 
  • Listed, Buffalo Business First, Power 125 Women, 2018, 2019
  • NFJC Community Leader, 2018
  • Minority Bar Association Award, 2016
  • 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
  • Wall of Fame, Williamsville Central School District

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  • Board Member, University at Buffalo Foundation, 2021 - Present
  • Board Member, the Williamsville Education Foundation, 2017 - Present
  • Member and Former Chair, Dean's Advisory Council, University at Buffalo School of Management 2011 - Present
  • Emerita Board Member, WNY Women's Foundation, 2008 - Present
  • Emeritus Trustee, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, 2021 - Present
  • Former Vice Chair, Shea's Performing Arts Center, 2021 - 2022
  • Former Chair, Amherst Youth Board, 2008
  • Past Co-chair, "What She's Made Of," WNY Women's Foundation, 2012
  • Former President & Board Member, University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association


  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
  • Member, Commercial Leasing Committee, ACREL
  • Commercial Lease Law Insider board of advisors

  • Member, Advisory Board of the Real Estate Development
    Program at the University at Buffalo (  
  • Co-Chair, Leasing Committee of the Real Property Section, New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
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