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Canisius College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

University of Buffalo School of Law, J.D.

James J. Zawodzinski, Jr. is a member of the Business Litigation and Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Commercial Litigation practices. His practice primarily focuses on matters arising from commercial-related disputes and the winding down of both privately and publicly held companies, including matters arising as a result of a looming “business divorce,” company asset sales and transfers, and director, officer, and employee compensation. James has also counselled clients on significant commercial lease disputes, foreclosure and partition actions, partnership and joint venture issues, complex commercial landlord tenant disputes, and matters related to real estate development and land use, including the negotiation of significant judgments and liens held on real property.

James routinely represents debtors and creditors, including committees of creditors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, and lenders in cases arising out of Chapters 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. James’ broad experience stemming from his representation of both debtors and creditors alike provides the firm’s clients with the immediate benefit of having an attorney who understands the client’s position from both sides of the coin.

James is also a member of the Food & Beverage and Wine, Beer & Spirits practice groups and counsels clients on matters regarding compliance with the FDA’s, USDA’s, USPTO’s, and various state agencies’ requirements on food safety, food and beverage labeling and packaging, product development, and importing/exporting.

James also participated in the firm’s Summer Associate program.


  • Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty Award, 2022
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Business Litigation) 2021 - 2022
  • Editor-in-Chief, Buffalo Journal on Gender, Law, and Social Policy
  • Buffalo Moot Court Board, Charles Desmond Competition Co-Chair and Award Recipient
  • Hon. John T. Elfvin Alumni Scholar
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Harry A. Rachlin Award for Real Property Law & Real Estate Transactions

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