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I joined Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP as an Associate attorney in 2008.  I was made equity Partner there in April of 2011. Prior to being an attorney I was a Diagnostic Technician with Mercedes-Benz.  I am from Scio, New York and a Scio Central School Graduate. I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and graduated cum laude from law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  I am admitted to practice law in both New York and Pennsylvania. 


I am a member of the American Association for Justice, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Allegany County Bar Association (Pro Bono Committee), Cattaraugus County Bar Association (Continuing Legal Education Committee, Secretary/Treasurer 2012, Vice-President 2013, President 2014, Immediate Past President 2015)), the University of Buffalo Alumni Association, New York State Bar Association (2012 - 2014 House of Delegates Representative - 8th Judicial District), Pennsylvania Association of Justice, Pennsylvania Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association.


Currently I reside in Hamburg, New York with my wife Melissa and I am a member of the Board of Directors of the SPCA Serving Allegany County, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Wellsville Country Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cattaraugus County United Way (Vice-President 2012, President 2013-2014, Immediate Past President 2015) and I am active in volunteering with the Saint Bonaventure University Mock Trial program. 


In my free time I play soccer, basketball, and as much golf as possible. I enjoy many outdoor activities and exercise as much as I can. I mostly handle personal injury, civil litigation and insurance matters in New York and Pennsylvania. 


Hopefully, you will never need a negligence attorney but, if you do, please give me a call. I will be happy to speak to you and answer any questions you may have at no cost and will not treat you like a number.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Car Accident: 25%
  3. Litigation: 10%
  4. Trucking Accident: 5%
  5. Other: 20%
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Contact info

Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP

129 North Union Street
PO Box 648
Olean, NY, 14760-3355


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Robert J. Connely Trial Technique AwardUniversity of Buffalo Law School2008
Cum LaudeUniversity of Buffalo Law School2008
Selected to ArgueWechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition, 2007.N/A
Buffalo Criminal Law SocietyMember, Moot Court BoardN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlack, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP2015 - Present
PartnerDwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP2011 - 2015
AssociateDwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP2008 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
SPCA Serving Allegany CountyBoard of Directors (Finance & Board Development Chair)2009 - Present
Allegany County Bar AssociationPro Bono Committee2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Association For JusticeN/A2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2008 - Present
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2015 - 2015
Cattaraugus County United WayImmediate Past President2015 - 2015
Cattaraugus County United WayPresident2014 - 2014
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2014
Cattaraugus County United WayVice President2013 - 2013
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2013
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2012 - 2012
New York State Bar AssociationDelegate - House of Representatives2012 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
New York State Bar AssociationSelecting the Medical Expert2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
State University of New York, College at BrockportCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AdvisorMock Trial Program2015
AdvisorMock Trial Program2014
AdvisorMock Trial Program2013
Critical Analysis in LitigationPlaintiff's Motions for Summary Judgment2012
Practical Applications in Legal Reasoning and WritingPassing the Bar Exam2011
Practical Applications in Legal Reasoning and WritingPassing the Bar Exam2010
Practical Applications in Legal Reasoning and WritingPassing the Bar Exam2009