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Businesses today operate in a competitive environment increasingly complicated by sometimes overlapping contractual and regulatory obligations. As the Business Litigation Practice Group Leader of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP, I strive to assist our clients in the successful resolution of all aspects of business disputes arising out of such varied relationships as manufacturing, sales, product distribution, services, joint ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, franchising, licensing, leasing, acquisitions and sales of businesses, real and personal property, lender liability, fiduciary relationships and governmental regulations.


We have established a record of success in protecting and advancing the legal rights and interests of our business clients in dispute resolution in State, Federal and Bankruptcy Trial and Appellate Courts as well as before alternate dispute resolution forums, including arbitration.


We follow a results-oriented approach that calls for the client to be directly involved throughout the handling of the case. Our clients benefit from our attention to detail, efficiency,  deep experience, and our goal of achieving optimum results at the lowest practicable cost.


My experience includes the successful prosecution and defense of large and complex business dispute cases, including trials and appeals of such cases, in Federal, State and Bankruptcy courts and before alternate dispute resolution tribunals. My full profile can be accessed by going to and clicking on my professional link.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    44 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 20%
    44 years

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Contact info

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

700 Crossroads Bldg
2 State Street
Rochester, NY, 14614-1327


NYCurrently registered 197303/07/2016
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2011
President's AwardMonroe County Bar Association2011
New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2005
Heritage AwardGilda's Club of Rochester (Cancer Action, Inc.)2004
AV highest ratingMartindale-Hubbell1994
Carlos Alden AwardBuffalo Law Review1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Business Litigation Practice Group LeaderWoods Oviatt Gilman, LLP2004 - Present
PartnerShapiro Rosenbaum Liebschutz & Nelson, LLP1973 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2011 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationChair, Judiciary Committee2007 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationFederal and Commercial Litigation Section Member1990 - Present
Monroe County (NY) Bar AssociationTrustee1980 - 1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1970
University of ToledoN/AB.B.AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York State Bar AssociationBankruptcy Litigation for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney1991