John A. Pappano

Of Counsel Buffalo
John Pappano

With nearly 40 years of experience in all manner of real estate matters, John is known for his responsiveness, thoroughness, problem solving and ability to get the job done.

John focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, leases and easements. He is proficient in recognizing and resolving title and survey issues.


Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019-2023
  • Recognized as a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2013, 2020
  • Listed in The New York Area’s Best Lawyers®
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2013
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
Awards & Certifications

Education & Admissions

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Law Review, 1983
  • Boston College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


Representative Matters
  • Representation of one of the country’s largest self-storage companies, a real estate investment trust (REIT) publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), for over 30 years in hundreds of real estate transactions.
  • Representation of one of the world’s largest privately-held food companies for over 25 years in numerous real estate transactions.

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • St. Stephen’s School, Advisory Board, Past President
  • The Salvation Army of Buffalo
    • Advisory Board, Past Chairman
  • St. Stephen’s School
    • Boys Basketball Team, Coach

Past Activities

  • Cardinal O’Hara High School
    • Board of Trustees Member
    • President of Board

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Real Property Law Section