Craig R. Bucki, Phillips Lytle Partner

Craig R. Bucki

(716) 847-5495
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Mr. Bucki focuses his practice on litigation involving state and municipal government, public authorities, and other quasi-governmental entities. In this practice area, Mr. Bucki has experience in prosecuting disciplinary hearings against public employees, representing political candidates in election law disputes, challenging the constitutionality of state statutes and municipal ordinances, obtaining review of the decisions of state and municipal agencies in special proceedings pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, and advising governmental clients concerning issues of governance and compliance with state law. Mr. Bucki also devotes a portion of his practice to representing business entities in commercial disputes and homeowners’ associations in enforcing real property covenants.

Admitted to Practice

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

Honors & Awards

  • Bar Association of Erie County Liberty Bell Award, 2017
  • American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award, 2016
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2013-2018
  • Town of Amherst Conservative Party, Chairman’s Award, 2015
  • Am-Pol Eagle, 2014 Citizen of the Year, Legal Field
  • Jefferson B. Fordham Award for Advocacy, American Bar Association’s State and Local Government Law Section, 2013
  • Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for Best Oralist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition at Columbia Law School, Winner
  • Jerome Michael Jury Trial Competition at Columbia Law School, Finalist
  • Induction into Phi Beta Kappa
  • Induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society)
  • Ellsworth Prize for Best Senior Essay in the Social Sciences in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University, Winner
  • All-American Witness, 2003 American Mock Trial Association National Tournament
  • 2000 New York State Forensic League Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Brother/Sisterhood Youth Award
  • Youth Leadership Erie County, Graduate
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association 2011 Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • State and Local Government Law Section
      • Electronic News, Co-editor
  • American Law Institute
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • High School Mock Trial, Chair
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Municipal Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Law, Youth & Citizenship Committee, Chair
      • Mock Trial Subcommittee, Member and Chair
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Representative Cases

  • Gustke v. Nickerson, 159 A.D.3d 1573 (4th Dep’t 2018)
  • Accredited Aides Plus, Inc. v. Program Risk Mgmt., Inc., 147 A.D.3d 122 (3d Dep’t 2017)
  • State of New York Workers’ Comp. Bd. v. Wang, 147 A.D.3d 104 (3d Dep’t 2017)
  • The Gerry Homes v. Town of Ellicott, 145 A.D.3d 1652 (4th Dep’t 2016)
  • Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Certified Pub. Accountants, P.C. v. Dawson, 118 A.D.3d 1283 (4th Dep’t 2014)
  • Birdsong Estates Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. D.P.S. Sw. Corp., 101 A.D.3d 1735 (4th Dep’t 2012)
  • Robida v. Ziemba, 92 A.D.3d 1247 (4th Dep’t 2012)
  • Spaulding Lake Club, Inc. v. Jiang, 78 A.D.3d 1668 (4th Dep’t 2010)
  • Nuara v. State Workers’ Comp. Bd., 43 Misc. 3d 425 (Sup. Ct. Albany Cnty. 2010)
  • Held v. State Workers’ Comp. Bd., No. 2957-08, 2008 WL 9743139 (Sup. Ct. Albany Cnty. July 7, 2008), appeal dismissed, 58 A.D.3d 971 (3d Dep’t 2009)

Present Activities

  • Amherst Town Democratic Committee, Executive Committee Member, Election Inspector Coordinator
  • St. Gregory the Great Church, Finance Council
  • New York State Democratic Committee, Member and Executive Committee Member
  • Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, Member

Past Activities

  • Deborah Bruch Bucki for Amherst Town Board, Campaign Manager
  • Columbia Business Law Review, Survey Editor, 2005 – 2006, Staff Member, 2004-2005
  • Columbia Law School Trial Team, President, 2004 – 2005
  • Columbia Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS), Secretary, 2004-2005
  • Harlem Legal Outreach Mock Trial Coach
  • Yale University Department of Political Science Student Advisory Committee, Member
  • Yale Debate Association, Member
  • Yale Student Academic Competitions, Member
  • Yale Mock Trial Association, Executive Board Member
  • Buffalo Office of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, Intern
  • St. Gregory the Great School Board, Secretary
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee, Former Press Desk Official
  • Kosciuszko Foundation, Western New York Chapter
    • President
    • Secretary