John J. Marchese
  • Shareholder
Buffalo, NY


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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

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. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • 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, 09/27/2014 to 09/27/2014
  • Litigation Basics, Investigation, and Communication, Housing Authority Insurance Group, 04/25/2014 to 04/25/2014
  • Reasonable Accommodations in the Public Housing Authority, Niagara Falls Housing Authority, 03/18/2015 to 03/18/2015
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: What to Know and How to Succeed, Housing Authority Insurance Group, 05/26/2015 to 05/26/2015

Honors and Awards

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

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