James W. Smyton

Of Counsel
(716) 847-5466
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Mr. Smyton focuses in all areas of corporate counseling, including acquisitions, close corporations, shareholder disputes and related contract disputes.

Additional Areas of Focus

Closely-Held Entities; Corporate Contracts; Family Businesses

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2020
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
  • Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc., Volunteer Services Award


  • Kent College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1971
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1966

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Grievance Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Senior Lawyers Section

Present Activities

  • Buffalo Maritime Center, Board of Trustees, Vice President
  • Federal Court Mediator, Western District of New York
  • National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, Board Member
  • Zoological Society of Buffalo, Foundation Trustee
  • Presbytery of Western New York, Board of Trustees

Past Activities

  • Erie County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Chair and Board Member
  • Zoological Society of Buffalo, Chair and Board Member
  • Presbytery of Western New York, Board of Trustees, President
  • National Federation for Just Communities, National Board of Directors
    • Former Chair