Michael Schiavone has provided legal guidance to businesses for 30 years. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, commercial real estate, and estate planning.

Mr. Schiavone is experienced in regularly counseling clients in a wide array of legal matters, including:

  •  Commercial lending and financial transactions
  •  Mergers and acquisitions
  •  Corporate, partnership, and limited liability matters
  •  Business formation
  •  Business succession planning
  •  Contract negotiation and dispute resolution
  •  Tax planning for businesses and their owners
  •  Commercial real estate financing and development
  •  Estate planning
  •  Sports law

Mr. Schiavone's clients come form a wide range of industries, including banks and financial institutions, hotel and hospitality chains, franchises, health care, manufacturing and distribution companies, and professional sports teams.

Mr. Schiavone is chairman of the firm's Business and Corporate Practice Area and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is fluent in Italian.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 1982


  • Syracuse University, J.D., 1981
  • State University of New York at Fredonia, B.A., 1978

Professional Activities

  • Member, Business Law Section and Estates and Trusts Sections of the New York Bar Association
  • Member, Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association
  • Former president, Estate Analysts of Western New York, Inc.
  • Member, Western New York Financial Planning Counselors
  • Member and past chair, Fredonia College Foundation board of directors
  • Member, School of Business advisory council, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Judging panel, Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award
The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 for Corporate Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law

Super Lawyers
Named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers for Business & Corporate and Sports Law. Named to Super Lawyers every year since its Upstate New York inception in 2007.

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Rated AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating, signifying his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for legal ability and ethical standards

Super Lawyers Cover Story
Featured as the subject of Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2013 annual magazine's cover story. Click here to read the feature.

Who's who

Who's Who in Law
Named to the final 2012 issue of Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's "Who's Who in Law" for Business & Corporate


  • Counsel to Buffalo Bills in connection with game day stadium operations, lease negotiations, sponsorship matters, intellectual property issues and employment matters
  • Represent clients in the hospitality industry in a multitude of legal matters including all aspects of construction and development, financing, franchise matters, purchases and sales
  • Advise automobile dealers in franchise and financing matters, including purchases and sales of dealerships
  • Counsel to several manufacturing and distribution companies; advising on matters including supply/distribution agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Counsel to several closely held family businesses; advising on numerous matters including facilitation of business succession planning and intergenerational transfers
  • Represent businesses in all facets of mergers and acquisitions
  • Assist corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in connection with the preparation of shareholder's agreements, partnership agreements and operating agreements
  • Advise clients in connection with all aspects of business formation, operations and disposition: including related tax matters
  • Represent clients in connection with zoning and site plan approval as well as financing for construction projects, which include new home subdivision approval, office buildings, hotels, retail operations and medical facilities