Ryan A. Lema

(716) 504-5790
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Mr. Lema concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract claims, commercial torts and shareholder disputes. His practice also includes litigating products liability, workplace accident and insurance coverage matters. In addition, he represents clients responding to government investigations and provides advice on a variety of regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Lema has experience briefing and arguing appeals in both federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. 

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2014, 2015


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., cum laude, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

Representative Cases

  • WFE Ventures, Inc. v. Mills, 139 A.D.3d 1157 (3d Dep’t 2016)
  • People v. Wilcox, 134 A.D.3d 1397 (4th Dep’t 2015)
  • Willey v. Kirkpatrick, 801 F.3d 51 (2d Cir. 2015)
  • Vital Crane Servs., Inc. v. Micucci, 118 A.D.3d 1404 (4th Dep’t 2014)

Present Activities

  • Buffalo Collegiate Charter School, Board of Trustees
  • Buffalo Prep, Business Council Co-Chair
  • Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders, Class of 2019