James J. Contino

Of Counsel Buffalo

James concentrates his practice in commercial and residential real estate development, including conveyancing, financing, condominiums, property owners’ associations, planned unit developments (PUDs), leasing and title matters. James also maintains examining counsel relationships with title insurers.


Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2017
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2012-2013, 2017-2018

Education & Admissions

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • State University of New York College at Buffalo, B.A., 1976
Admitted to Practice
  • New York

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc.
    • Development Committee, Member
    • Nominating and Governance Committee, Member
    • Board of Directors, Former Member
  • St. Thomas More Guild, Inc., Board of Directors, Member
  • The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Board of Trustees, Member

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Real Property Committee
  • Buffalo Niagara Builders Association
  • Community Associations Institute, Western New York Chapter, Member
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Real Property Section