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I am a partner with the law firm of Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP in Olean, New York and have been pacticing law since 1999.  At our law firm we handle solely plaintiff's personal injury cases including car accidents, construction accidents, oil and gas site injuries, slip or trip and fall incidents, dog bites, medical malpractice claims, nursing home abuse and neglect matters and insurance disputes.  I am licensed to practice law in both New York and Pennsylvania and have handled hundreds of cases with excellent results for my clients.

I grew up in Sheffield, Pennsylvania and am now a resident of Portville, New York where I have lived since 2002. I have been married to my wife Barbara for fifteen years and I am the proud father of four children (1 son and 3 daughters).  I am extremely active in our community and volunteer my time coaching multiple youth sports teams.  In my free time, I enjoy basketball, golf, traveling and outdoor activities.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Slip and Fall: 20%
  3. Car Accident: 20%
  4. Dog Bite: 15%
  5. Other: 20%
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Contingent (33%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey Andrew Black

    I endorse this lawyer. Ethan is an extremely intelligent and compassionate attorney. He has extensive litigation experience both in New York and Pennsylvania in personal injury matters.


    Jeffrey Black Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kevin Marc Habberfield

    I endorse this lawyer. He's taught me a ton and is a great guy on top of that.


    Kevin Habberfield Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP

PO Box 648
129 North Union Street
Olean, NY, 14760


NYCurrently registered 200003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Upstate New York Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlack, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP2015 - Present
PartnerDwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP2002 - 2015
AssociateDwyer & Black, P.C.1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
8th Judicial District Attorney Grievance CommitteMember2013 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Association For JusticeMember1999 - Present
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Allegany County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationVice President2007 - 2008
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Denman-Rutar v. Ray$242,000 jury verdict and Judgment for Plainitff
Coffey v. PCDVerdict 15 times the pre-trial settlement offer
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Lock Haven University of PennsylvaniaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bar Association MeetingNew York Automobile Insurance Coverage2008