John J. Marchese

Buffalo, New York

Mr. Marchese devotes most of his practice to litigating municipal liability, sports and entertainment and complex construction and environmental matters including cases arising under CERCLA, the New York State Navigation Law, the Clean Water Act and cases involving common law toxic torts. He has litigated civil rights and constitutional tort claims, business and commercial disputes and construction accident and product liability claims. Additionally, Mr. Marchese counsels several municipal clients, governmental entities and health care providers regarding risk management, legislative and administrative issues, and regulatory matters. Mr. Marchese also regularly represents several municipal housing authorities, the Buffalo Zoo, and the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation. He has argued extensively in federal, state and administrative trial courts, and before appellate courts throughout New York State and Pennsylvania and still maintains an active practice in Pennsylvania. At Colucci & Gallaher, John served as the firm's legal recruiting coordinator for more than 10 years.

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial/Entertainment/Recreation Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2001


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. cum laude - 1992
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Commerce, Executive Editor, 1990 - 1992
  • Buffalo State College, New York
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: Theater
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • M.F.A - Concentration: Directing - 1987


  • Navigating Representation of Public Housing Authorities: Board of Commissioners, Executive Directors, Employees, Contractors . . ., Housing Authority Defense Attorneys Group, September 27, 2014
  • Litigation Basics, Investigation, and Communication, Housing Authority Insurance Group, April 25, 2014
  • Reasonable Accommodations in the Public Housing Authority, Niagara Falls Housing Authority, March 18, 2015
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: What to Know and How to Succeed, Housing Authority Insurance Group, May 26, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C., Associate, 1992 - 1994
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