Paul F. Jones, Phillips Lytle Counsel

Paul F. Jones

(716) 847-7063
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Mr. Jones’ areas of practice include the defense of personal injury litigation (product liability, chemical exposure, workplace accidents and other tort actions) and the prosecution and defense of general commercial litigation (contract, commercial tort, insurance and defamation actions).

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York, 2008 Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Buffalo Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2016
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law®
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2008-2017
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNYBusiness First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2014-2015


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1974
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S. (Physics), magna cum laude, 1971

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. Matthew J. Jasen, New York Court of Appeals, 1974-1976

Professional Associations

  • American Law Institute
    • Consultative Group for Restatement (Third), Torts: Apportionment of Liability
    • Consultative Group for Restatement (Third), Torts: Liability for Physical Harm
    • Consultative Group for Restatement (Third), Torts: Products Liability
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Lawyers’ Association of Western New York, Former Director and President
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Executive Committee
      • Toxic and Hazardous Substance Committee, Former Chair
    • Eighth Judicial District Representative
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Present Activities

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York, Inc.
    • Grant Review Committee, Member
  • Blessed Sacrament Church of Buffalo, Trustee