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Paul J. Vallone

Partner, Family Business & Succession Planning Practice Leader
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  • New York

Franklin & Marshall College, B.A.

University at Buffalo, M.B.A.

Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., Cum Laude

A significant portion of Paul’s practice involves representing private companies, both domestically and internationally, in complex acquisitions and disposition transactions such as mergers, joint ventures, asset and stock sales, and private equity investments. These transactions have involved companies operating in a variety of industries, such as wood flooring sales and distribution; hardwood and lumber sales and distribution; specialty chemical manufacturing;  the manufacture and sale of polyurethane products; the manufacture and sale of drink coasters; the rent-to-own industry; the waste management industry; and the distribution of confectionary, chocolate, and specialty products.

Paul also provides general corporate and contract advice, including distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, license agreements, and employment agreements, both domestically and internationally, for clients involved in various industries, including specialty chemical manufacturing, third-party health care providers, and several tool and die manufacturers. In addition, he advises numerous closely held companies in a variety of areas, including succession planning, shareholders agreements, ownership transfers, estate planning, and exit strategies.

Paul is a member of Hodgson Russ's board of directors and previously served on Hodgson Russ's Committee for Attorney Recruiting, Development, and Diversity.

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


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" Buffalo (Corporate Law) 2022
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law) 2014 - 2022
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2007
  • Former member, Albany Law Review 

Presentations & Events

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Former chair, Bar Association of Erie County Corporation Law Committee, 2000-02

Community & Pro Bono

  • Center for Elder Law & Justice Board of Directors
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership Board of Directors
  • Junior Achievement of Western New York Board of Directors (2001-2017)
  • Mathewson McCarthy Baseball Board of Directors