Main Menu Main Content
Photo of Benjamin M. Zuffranieri, Jr.

Benjamin M. Zuffranieri, Jr.

Partner, Business Litigation and Construction Practices Leader
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions:
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Justice Reid S. Moule, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, 1983-85

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

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

Mr. Zuffranieri, Jr. has extensive experience and active involvement in commercial, construction and international law matters. His engagements include trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations, both domestic and international. His cases generally involved complex matters with substantial sums in dispute, including bet-the-company litigations.

Mr. Zuffranieri is the Leader of the Business Litigation and Construction Practice Groups. For many years, he was the Chair of the Hodgson Russ Litigation Practice and he has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution processes. Among other things, Mr. Zuffranieri is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, National Roster of Neutrals, Commercial Panel. Additionally, he has participated as counsel and as a mediator in numerous arbitrations and mediations involving commercial, international, and construction disputes.

Mr. Zuffranieri was a lecturer at the University at Buffalo Law School from 1987 - 89 and at the State University of New York College at Buffalo from 1984 - 86.

Honors

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2013-present
  • Best Lawyers' 2016 Buffalo Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Construction, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants) 2018, 2019
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2018
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow, 2018
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal Who’s Who in Law, 2008
  • Buffalo State College President's Distinguished Service Award
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Moot Court Board
  • Winner, Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition (Best Speaker Award)
  • Winner, Albert R. Mugel National Tax Competition (Best Brief Award)
  • Matthew J. Jasen Appellate Practice Award for academic achievement and appellate advocacy

Experience

Mr. Zuffranieri has personally handled numerous trials, injunctions, and arbitration proceedings.  He has argued approximately 50 appeals and has successfully brought hundreds of cases to conclusion.

Representative matters include:

Lead counsel for employer in ERISA arbitration challenging multiemployer pension fund assessment of withdrawal liability in excess of $180 million, including representation at multiple mediations and at over 30 days of hearings;

Lead negotiator for private developer of sports and entertainment complex, successfully resolved through negotiation a high seven-figure dispute involving construction delays, inclement weather, and interference claims;

Lead counsel in litigation for general contractor in connection with substantial breach of contract and fiduciary duty litigations involving a public works project exceeding one billion dollars;

Lead counsel for public authority in complex environmental and construction litigation involving multiple contractors and insurers, successfully achieved multi-million dollar settlement in mediation;

Lead counsel in products liability litigation involving product explosion causing serious personal injuries and death;

Party-appointed arbitrator in substantial international arbitration involving franchise termination and trademark disputes;

Lead counsel in international arbitration involving dispute over the transfer of restricted shares, successfully obtained preliminary injunctive relief;

Lead counsel in corporate dissolution proceeding involving shareholder disputes and valuation issues involving several closely held businesses;

Lead trial counsel in substantial insurance coverage dispute involving claims exceeding $100M. Obtained a no-cause jury verdict after seven-week trial, later affirmed on appeal;

Lead counsel in mediation and arbitration on behalf of project sponsor against contractor involving reconstruction of steam turbine used in cogeneration power plant;

Lead counsel in litigations, involving fraud and contract claims involving product manufacturer and distributor, successfully mediated claims to conclusion;

Sole arbitrator in construction dispute involving defective work and delay in connection with new construction;

Lead counsel in successful mediation of unfair competition and non-compete claims against former corporate officer;

Lead counsel for school district, successfully resolved in mediation complex commercial/construction disputes involving both general contractor and architect;

Lead counsel in multi-million dollar construction arbitration involving differing site condition claims in connection with the construction of a warehouse distribution center;

Lead counsel in commercial arbitration involving asset purchase and employment agreements executed in connection with the sale of medical practice.

News

Publications

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • Director Emeritus and long-time Legal/Audit Committee chair, Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc.