James J. Contino, Phillips Lytle Partner

James J. Contino

(716) 847-5492
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Mr. Contino concentrates in commercial and residential real estate development including conveyancing, financing, condominiums, property owners’ associations, planned unit developments (PUDs), leasing and title matters. Mr. Contino also maintains examining counsel relationships with title insurers.

Additional Areas of Focus

Condominium Development; Real Estate Title and Conveyancing

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

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


  • 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

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

Present Activities

  • Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors
  • St. Thomas More Guild, Inc., Board of Directors