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My wife and I reside in Allegany with our three children. I am a member of the Allegany-Limestone School Board of Education and past Board member of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Cattaraugus County United Way and Olean Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.  My family are parish members and actively involved with St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church.  I am a member of the New York State and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer Associations and past president of the Cattaraugus County Bar Association.  I have been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Western New York and am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Mr. Black only handle personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, general litigation and insurance matters in Pennsylvania and New York and has extensive trial and appellate experience.


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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 25%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Defective Products: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (33%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ethan Matthew Lyle

    I endorse this lawyer. He is the best litigator I know and has taught me a lot about personal injury law. He has achieved many outstanding jury verdicts.


    Ethan Lyle Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kevin Marc Habberfield

    Great lawyer, great person, great partner and friend.


    Kevin Habberfield Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP

129 North Union Street
P.O. Box 648
Olean, NY, 14760


NYCurrently registered 199407/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Paul Harris FellowRotary InternationalN/A
Law ReviewDickinson School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBlack, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Directions for Independent LivingBoard Member2016 - Present
Allegany LImestone Board of EducationBoard Member2010 - Present
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationPast President1994 - Present
Allegany County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Pennsylvania Association for JusticeMember1993 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1993 - Present
Olean Rotary ClubBoard Member2008 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Schultz v Escelsior Orthopaedics, 129 AD3d 1606 (2015)Jury verdict in excess of $9,000,000.00
Hixson v. Cotton-HanlonTotal verdict with additur $225,000.00
Schifelbine v. Foster Wheeler$21,968,586.00 Verdict affirmed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Dickinson Law ReviewThe Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990: A Need For Change1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
St Bonaventure UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Examination Before TrialDepositions2010
NYSBA Continuing Legal Education ProgramThe Examination Before Trial-Honing Your Deposition Skills2010
NYSBA Continuing Legal Education ProgramGeneral Auto Liability: Use of Medical Experts2009