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Buffalo attorney touted for judgeship

Lawrence Joseph Vilardo

Lawrence Joseph Vilardo

Buffalo attorney Lawrence Joseph Vilardo is being recommended by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of New York.

Vilardo is a Harvard and Canisius College-educated, Buffalo-bred litigator and a founding partner of the law firm Connors & Vilardo LLP. Schumer laid out several reasons Vilardo would be an excellent federal judge, saying he has a tremendous legal background, proven commitment to serving the community and a lifetime of experience in the Buffalo area, including 30 years as a practicing lawyer.

Schumer also pointed to various other qualities that would make him an excellent choice for the Western District federal court, including his even-handedness, patience and analytical mind.

“I am honored to recommend Lawrence J. Vilardo, a true son of Buffalo and brilliant lawyer, to President Obama to serve on the Western District federal bench,” Schumer said. “Larry Vilardo is deeply committed to Buffalo — a city where he was born, raised, educated and has decided to raise his own family. He is erudite, experienced and deeply respected by every facet of the Western New York legal community. He has a tremendous resume and the expertise needed to fill the seat.”

Vilardo heads his firm’s appellate division and has written briefs and petitions to state and appellate courts at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. His expertise includes business litigation, personal injury civil litigation and crime investigation.

Vilardo also serves as a senior editor for the American Bar Association’s Litigation Journal. He is a frequent speaker on appellate practice and legal ethics, among other topics, at law school presentations and bar association seminars.

Prior to starting his own firm with his mentor, Terrence M. Connors, Vilardo served as an appellate practice faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School and as a constitutional law faculty member at Canisius College.

Before starting his own legal practice and working as a legal scholar, he served as an associate at Damon & Morey LLP. Following his graduation from law school, Vilardo clerked for the Hon. Irving L. Goldberg at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Dallas.

Vilardo received his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College, graduating summa cum laude. He then attended Harvard Law School and graduated with magna cum laude distinction. While in law school, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife, Jeanne Susan Vilardo, currently live in Buffalo. They have three children.

“I am confident he will be a fair, insightful, and well-respected judge, and I will work to make sure he is confirmed as quickly as possible,” Schumer added.

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