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B.S., with distinction, Cornell University

M.B.A., with distinction, University at Buffalo School of Management

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

Ralph focuses his practice on commercial real estate, finance, and other business transactional matters.  He represents clients in large-scale development projects, including sports facility leasing and development, construction law matters, as well as public and private buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and developers in other real estate and corporate matters, including the finance and/or purchase of retail, industrial, and office space; residential developments; and other investment properties and 1031 Exchanges.

Ralph also has significant experience in complex liquor license and hospitality-related matters, regularly representing owners of bars and restaurants in acquisitions, leasing and alcoholic beverage applications with the New York State Liquor Authority.

Ralph started his career at Hodgson Russ, where he participated in the summer associate program and spent several years as an associate.  Ralph then served as in-house counsel for a large, publicly-traded medical device company, a local tech-startup company, as well as a privately-held logistics company before returning to Hodgson Russ.


  • Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty Award, 2015.
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2015 Rising Leaders Program.

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