Paul J. Cambria, Jr. is recognized as one of the nation's preeminent attorneys. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, First Amendment law, zoning and land use, antitrust, and professional licensing defense.

Mr. Cambria has built a strong reputation for successfully representing individuals and businesses in complex, high-profile cases at all levels of the courts, including state, federal, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Cambria's practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm's offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson.

He is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is chairman of the Criminal Department.


Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of California
  • District of Columbia
  • State of Pennsylvania


Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association
  • First Amendment Trial Lawyers Association


Professional Activities

  • Member of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member and past president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member and past chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association and a current member of the Executive Committee
  • Member of the Office of Court Administration Criminal Law and Procedure Advisory Committee
  • Member and past president of the First Amendment Trial Lawyers Association


The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983. Named to Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense:Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, First Amendment Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation-First Amendment, and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating, signifying the highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics

Super Lawyers
Among the Top 10 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Named to Super Lawyers every year since its Upstate New York inception in 2007.

Power 250
Named to list of Western New York's 250 most influential people in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Business First
Naional Trials Lawyers Top 100

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Named to National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013
Named "Litigation—Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America

Nation’s Top One Percent
Selected to membership in the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for 2015

America's Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership

One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement
Who's who

Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's "Who's Who in Law" for Criminal Defense, including the final issue in 2012


Local and national media regularly turn to Paul Cambria to provide analysis on various legal matters in the headlines.  In addition, Mr. Cambria represents clients in high profile legal matters.  Below are links to some of the stories featuring legal analysis or comments from Mr. Cambria.

Bill Cosby Could Be Acquitted of Assault Charges, legal analysis for WBEN

Buffalo School District Legal Battle Costing Taxpayers Thousands, legal analysis for WGRZ

Investigation into Buffalo Billion and Cuomo Aide Continues, commentary for WIVB

Buffalo Police Officer Suspended for Social Media Posts, commentary for WGRZ

Apple Refusing to Create Decryption Software to Access San Bernardino iPhone Data, legal analysis for WBEN

Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Under Investigation in Alleged Assault, legal analysis for WBEN

Former Justice Kevin Dillon Dies at 65, WBFO

Cheektowaga Reaches Settlement in Harassment Case Against Judge, Town, commentary for WGRZ

DraftKings, FanDuel Will Fight Cease-And-Desists, commentary for WGRZ

Alabama 8-Year-Old Charged with Murder of 1-Year-Old Girl, legal analysis for WBEN

New Deflategate Developments as Brady Professes Innocence, legal analysis for WBEN

Secret Recording of BMHA Commissioner’s Racist Remarks Is Legal, analysis for the Buffalo News

Court Documents Include Admission by Bill Cosby of Drugging Women, legal analysis for WBEN

Amherst Police Assist in Investigation of Death in Delaware Park, commentary for WGRZ

Will Driver Responsible for Tragedy in Delaware Park Be Charged?, legal analysis for WBEN

Tom Brady’s Deflategate Appeal and the Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment, legal analysis for WBEN

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Historic Same-Sex Marriage Case, assessment of court’s likely decision for WBEN

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder, legal analysis for WBEN

WBEN requests analyusis from Paul Cambria on New York State’s possible change in the age of criminal responsibility

Paul Cambria and WBEN on the likelihood of a settlement in the civil wrongful-death trial of Dr. James Corasanti

Paul Cambria joins WBEN for two-part interview on Corasanti wrongful-death civil trial, Part I and Part II

Analysis provided by Paul Cambria for WBEN on James Corasanti’s civil trial

WBEN seeks reaction from Paul Cambria on the second-degree murder verdict for Jeffrey Basil

Paul Cambria discusses with WBEN accusations the Patriots’ underinflated championship-game balls and Basil trial developments

In-depth analysis provided by Paul Cambria to WBEN’s Tom Bauerle on the trial of Jeffrey Basil

WBEN requests commentary from Paul Cambria on prominent Ballowe and Basil cases

Paul Cambria provides legal analysis for WBEN on new developments in the cases of Jeffrey Basil and Chad Kelly

Paul Cambria discusses with WBEN aftermath of Ferguson grand jury verdict clearing Officer Wilson

Commentary from Paul Cambria sought on the only Flight 3407 crash death lawsuit that was not settled

WBEN 930 Radio’s LiveLine 2013 Year in Review ranks Paul Cambria as their number one contributor for 2013

Paul Cambria joins former District Attorney Frank Clark on WBEN 930 Radio to analyze the case of Anthony Taglianetti, who is on trial for murder.

Paul Cambria appears on WGRZ to discuss privacy issues related to E-ZPass reads outside of toll booths.

NBC News affiliate WGRZ reports on the shooting of an alleged robber with legal analysis from Paul Cambria on New York State self-defense laws.

Paul Cambria’s career out of the court room on the professional drag car racing circuit is profiled by WGRZ Channel 2.

Paul Cambria appears on WBEN 930’s LiveLine to provide legal analysis on the trial of George Zimmerman

WBEN 930’s radio segment on “Legal Issues for NFL Players Behaving Badly” includes legal insight by Paul Cambria

Paul Cambria discusses what recent United States Supreme Court decisions may mean for the Western New York community on NBC News affiliate WGRZ

Controversial tweets regarding Orchard Park schools draws media attention and Paul Cambria discusses First Amendment protection of the tweets for WGRZ

Paul Cambria joins WBEN 930 radio to discuss to prosecution of accused Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro

“Can the Boston Bomber Get a Fair Trial” segment on WBEN 930 includes legal analysis from Paul Cambria

Paul Cambria appears on WBEN 930’s LiveLine to discuss Dr. James Corasanti’s release from prison after his DWI charge

WBEN 930 discusses Gay Marriage case before Supreme Court with Paul Cambria

Paul Cambria provides perspective on the cost of a case before the Supreme Court with WBEN 930

“The Ethics of CPR; Do Not Resuscitates” segment on WBEN 930 with Paul Cambria

Paul Cambria discusses the First Amendment protection of a student’s Tweet on WBEN 930 radio