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Michael Anthony Rossi

also known as Rossi Law Firm

Practice areas:

Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Car Accidents

About Me

A tough, aggressive trial lawyer, Michael Anthony Rossi began practicing in New York in 1981 and went on to form The Rossi Law Firm. The Rossi Law firm is a “results oriented” criminal and civil litigation firm with offices in Downtown Buffalo & Midtown Manhattan.

In his 34 years of practice, Michael has focused his expertise in the areas of personal injury, divorce, and criminal and D.W.I. defense. Michael is a fierce advocate for his clients because he knows how important results are.

His long-standing reputation in the legal community has lead to unparalleled professional ratings and client reviews. Michael has received the preeminent AV rating in Martindale Hubbell, has an Avvo rating of a perfect 10.0 (Superb), and has been recognized by Avvo as a “Top Attorney” in Criminal Defense, D.W.I., Divorce, and Personal Injury. He has been named to Super Lawyers, Legal Elite of Western New York, and the lists of “10 Best” DWI Attorneys, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys” in the State of New York, among numerous other honors and awards during his stellar legal career.

Five Star client ratings have resulted in Michael receiving the Avvo “Clients’ Choice Award” in the areas of Criminal Defense, D.W.I., Divorce, and Personal Injury, in addition to a “5 Star” client rating from Super Pages.

The philosophy of the firm is quite simple. “We take on a limited number of cases, which allows us to provide an extremely high level of professional service and attention to each client. Clients need and deserve an attorney that is accessible when they call and responsive when they have questions.” - Michael Anthony Rossi

Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University with a B.A. in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He is licensed to practice in all New York State courts and the US District Court for the Western District of New York.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    35 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    35 years
  3. Criminal Law: 25%
    35 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    35 years
  5. Car Accidents: 10%
    35 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33%), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer for his dedication and commitment to clients.

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    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Rossi Law Firm

68 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY, 14202

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198103/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Nation's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of New YorkThe National Trial Lawyers2015
"10 BEST" Attorneys in NY in Client Satisfaction in DWI DefenseAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of New YorkAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Legal Elite of Western New YorkBuffalo Business First2014
Top 100 Criminal Lawyers in the State of New YorkAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
"10 BEST" Attorneys in NY in Client Satisfaction in DWI DefenseAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Criminal DefenseThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top Attorney in DWIAvvo2014
Clients' Choice Award in DWI DefenseAvvo2014
Top Attorney in Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Clients' Choice Award in Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Top Attorney in DivorceAvvo2014
Clients' Choice Award in DivorceAvvo2014
Top Attorney in Personal InjuryAvvo2014
Clients' Choice Award in Personal InjuryAvvo2014
Clients' Choice Award in Personal InjuryAvvo2013
Top Attorney in Personal InjuryAvvo2013
Clients' Choice Award in DivorceAvvo2013
Top Attorney in DivorceAvvo2013
Clients' Choice Award in DWI DefenseAvvo2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal InjuryAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2013
Top Attorney in Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Clients' Choice Award in Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Top Attorney in DWIAvvo2013
Universal Who's WhoUniversal Who's Who2012
AV Peer Review Rating - Preeminent (5% of US Attorneys)Martindale-Hubbell2011
Who's Who Among Executives, Professionals and EntrepreneursWho's Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs2009
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law1998
Who's Who of International ProfessionalsWho's Who of International Professionals1997
Two Thousand Notable American MenTwo Thousand Notable American Men1995
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1995
Two Thousand Notable American MenTwo Thousand Notable American Men1994
Who's Who Register of Rising Young AmericansWho's Who Register of Rising Young Americans1994
Two Thousand Notable American MenTwo Thousand Notable American Men1993
Who's Who Register of Rising Young AmericansWho's Who Register of Rising Young Americans1993
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law1992
Clients' Choice Award in DWI DefenseAvvoN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Civil and Criminal Trial AttorneyRossi Law Firm1981 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersMember2011 - Present
Grand Island, NY Mock Trial TeamAttorney Advisor2009 - Present
Chamber of Commerce of Grand Island, NYBoard of Directors2005 - 2010
Chamber of Commerce of Grand Island, NYMember2002 - 2010
Grand Island, NY Board of EthicsChairman2001 - 2011
Exchange Club of the Tonawandas2nd Vice President1998 - 2000
Exchange Club of the TonawandasBoard of Directors1996 - 1998
Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby Golf ClassicChairman1996 - 1997
Buffalo Sabre Brad May Golf ClassicChairman1994 - 1995
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1993 - Present
Exchange Club of the Tonawandas2nd Vice President1991 - 1992
DeGraff Hospital FoundationBoard of Directors1991 - 1998
Chamber of Commerce of the TonawandasPresident1990 - 1991
Exchange Club of the TonawandasPresident1989 - 1991
SUNY at Buffalo Law Alumni AssociationMember1989 - Present
DeGraff Hospital Corporate Advisory BoardBoard Member1988 - 1991
Exchange Club of the Tonawandas1st Vice President1988 - 1989
Exchange Club of the Tonawandas2nd Vice President1987 - 1988
Niagara County Legal Aid SocietyBoard of Directors1987 - 1988
Bar Association of the TonawandasPresident1987 - 1988
Bar Association of the TonawandasVice President1986 - 1987
Exchange Club of the TonawandasBoard of Directors1986 - 1987
Bar Association of the TonawandasSecretary1985 - 1986
Exchange Club of the TonawandasMember1984 - 2001
North Tonawanda, NY City CouncilMember1984 - 1987
Chamber of Commerce of the TonawandasLegal Counsel1984 - 1994
Chamber of Commerce of the TonawandasBoard of Directors1984 - 1994
Bar Association of the TonawandasTreasurer1984 - 1985
New York State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember - Negligence, Criminal Law, and Matrimonial Committees1981 - Present
Niagara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Niagara Falls Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of the TonawandasMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Benedetti v. Rho M.D.$2,260,000 Verdict in favor of Plaintiff
People v. A.B.All misdemeanor criminal charges were DISMISSED. Client allowed to plea to one disorderly conduct non-criminal violation.
People v. E.S.Both counts of DWI were DISMISSED. Client allowed to plea to one speeding violation and one failure to obey traffic control device violation.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Lawyers.com Law BlogNew York DWI and DWAI Penalties2011
Lawyers.com Law BlogNew York's "Tough" DWI Law - Ignition Interlock Device (IID)2011
Lawyers.com Law BlogNew York's No-Fault Divorce2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Niagara UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Bar Association of Erie CountyDWI Practical Tips and Traps - Part 42015
Bar Association of Erie CountyDWI Practical Tips and Traps - Part 32015
Bar Association of Erie CountyDWI Practical Tips and Traps - Part 22015
Bar Association of Erie CountyDWI Practical Tips and Traps - Part 12014
International WebinarTrial Attorneys: Dilemmas & Solutions2013
IMS Barter Networking EventDWI Law in NY: An Overview2011
Attorney Quoted in National News ArticleDebate Over Easing Teens Into Alcohol2011
Attorney Featured in News ArticleDWI: The $10,000 Offense2011
YWCA Public Service EventDivorce, Custody, and Support2010
Grand Island High School Attorney CoachHigh School Mock Trial CompetitionN/A