James J. Doody

Senior Associate Buffalo, New York City

James is a litigator with extensive experience in bet-the-company environmental and commercial litigation.

James has represented clients in a wide range of disputes with a particular focus on large environmental and commercial cases. This includes actions sounding in mass torts, product liability, breach of contract and business torts.

  • Represented Fortune 200 chemical manufacturer in a commercial dispute that resulted in a ten-figure recovery for the client.
  • Represents Fortune 200 chemical manufacturer in groundwater dispute with potential exposure in the nine- to ten-figure range.
  • Represents Fortune 200 chemical manufacturer in product liability action brought by a half dozen plaintiffs alleging personal injuries from exposure to certain chemical compounds.
  • Represented owner of property development company in business divorce involving abuse of company funds.

Education & Admissions

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2017
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 2011
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Legal Intern, New York State Attorney General’s Office, 2015-2016
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable William J. O’Brien, Nassau County Court, 2015
  • Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Associate Editor

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Environmental Law Committee
  • Monroe County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • New York State Bar Association

Articles & Publications


  • Author, “The Use of Extrinsic Documents in a Motion to Dismiss,” Beyond Dispute, Phillips Lytle Commercial Litigation Newsletter, February 2019