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Adam W. Perry

Partner, Employment Litigation Practice Leader
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  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits

Erie Community College, A.A.S., with highest honors

University at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Adam concentrates his practice in employment-related litigation and has represented a broad array of employers, including nonprofit organizations, governments, and businesses in complex litigation, with a primary focus on employer/employee disputes of every kind. Adam has a vast number of published opinions from state and federal courts demonstrating successful handling of high-risk, high-dollar employment litigations.

Adam also routinely handles a variety of other legal matters, including those concerning governments, educational institutions, and their officials on a variety of litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. His more than 25 years of experience serving businesses, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, public authorities, and educational institutions gives him a remarkable depth of experience counseling and representing a diverse and broad base of clients on their most significant matters. His practice includes serving a variety of the government relations needs of his clients.

Adam exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation) 2013 - 2024
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Employment Litigation: Defense) 2013 - 2023
  • Adam W. Perry Day proclaimed in the City of Buffalo, August 6, 2015
  • Minority Bar Association of WNY Legal Service Award, 2015
  • Community Action Organization of Western New York Corporate Leadership Award, 2015
  • Grassroots Inc. Cora P. Maloney Award, 2012
  • Community Action Organization of Western New York Agent of Change Award, 2011
  • Erie Community College President's Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2004
  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2000
  • Erie Community College Foundation's Distinguished Alumni Award, 1996

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  • Board member, New York State Cannabis Control Board
  • Chair of Aviation Committee and member, board of commissioners, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The only New York transit authority with bus and rail lines, two international airports, a large police force, and more than $1 billion in assets
  • Chair, Citizens Planning Council of the City of Buffalo Capital Budget
  • U.S. legal counsel, Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (the Peace Bridge Authority)
  • U.S. legal counsel, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (a bi-national transportation instrumentality with three vehicle crossings connecting the United States and Canada)
  • Past Vice-chair, board of directors, New York Council for the Humanities (New York's official National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate) (2010-2018)
  • Counsel to and former member of the board of directors, Buffalo Urban League
  • Former member, board of trustees, Erie Community College (a SUNY affiliate) (1998-2007)
  • General Counsel, Community Action Organization of Western New York, Inc.
  • Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Past President, Mayor Brown's Fund to Advance Buffalo (2008)
  • Board of directors, Buffalo Police Foundation
  • Past Chair, Erie County Advisory Committee on Reapportionment (2011)
  • Former board member, Planned Parenthood of Western New York