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Harvard University, A.B., Cum Laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

Hugh resolves business disputes. As a trial lawyer, Hugh has argued more than 100 cases before juries in the last 30 years, and he has represented individuals and businesses in virtually all areas of civil litigation throughout New York and the Northeast. Hugh was appointed by the U.S. District Court to be plaintiffs' liaison counsel in the Continental Flight 3407 multi-district litigation. In addition to serving as lead counsel for all plaintiffs, he also represented seven families of victims killed in the crash.

Hugh has represented industries in environmental class action lawsuits. He has represented a major insurer in one of the largest environmental insurance coverage litigations in the nation, and he has represented international businesses in product liability cases.  Hugh has tried catastrophic personal injury cases, including those involving claimed medical malpractice.  Hugh also has substantial trial experience on insurance cases involving arson and fraud, on personal injury cases, in employment litigation, environmental litigation, and in shareholder and business disputes. Additionally, he has extensive experience in pro bono and civil rights work.

Now, Hugh devotes much of his time to alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation and arbitration.


  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys® Lifetime Achievement Member
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants) 2018 - 2020
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Listed, Top 10 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013 and 2014
  • Listed, Top 50 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2011, 2012, 2015 - 2018
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2019
  • Listed, New York Area's Top Lawyers
  • Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Pro Bono Award
  • National Conference for Community and Justice Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award
  • Former articles editor, Buffalo Law Review



Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Co-chair, New York Eighth Judicial District Pro Bono Committee
  • Bar Association of Erie County Professional Ethics, Judiciary, and Pro Bono Endowment Fund Committees
  • Board member and former president, Harvard Club of Western New York
  • Former regional director, Harvard Alumni Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • Director, Executive Committee member, and chair of the Audit and Corporate Compliance Committees
  • Roswell Park Alliance
  • Nichols School board of trustees
  • Director and vice president, Buffalo Renaissance Foundation
  • Western New York director, Make-A-Wish Foundation

  • Current member and former president, Compass House board of directors
  • Current member and former president, Neighborhood Legal Services board of directors