The Wolford Law Firm, located in Rochester, NY, is a highly rated law firm, noted for our ability to successfully resolve civil and criminal disputes in both state and federal courts. Individuals, small business, and Fortune 500 companies alike trust us because we achieve results in all matters from simple disputes to complex litigation. We take pride in our firm and we give each case the personal attention it deserves.
The Wolford Law Firm LLP in Rochester has the experience you need with more than 80 years combined experience in providing exceptional legal counsel to individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies. We achieve results in the matters of commercial and business litigation; employment and ERISA; professional malpractice; personal injury; among many others. Our team vigorously protects the rights of our clients because we understand the seriousness of the situation for you, your family, and your business.
Mr. Wolford has successfully represented clients throughout New York State in civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts. He served as Assistant United States Attorney for three years in the 1970s before spending 21 years as an associate and partner at Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle. He established the predecessor firm of Michael R. Wolford & Associates in 1993.
Mr. Wolford was President of the Monroe County Bar Association for the 2004-2005 term. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and past chair of the College’s Upstate New York Committee, past president of the Rochester chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and past chairman of the Monroe County Board of Ethics.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for “Bet-The-Company Litigation,” as well as Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, Environmental Litigation and Municipal Litigation.
Mr. Wolford has served as an arbitrator and mediator of disputes submitted to him by judges and other attorneys and has lectured on trial practice to a number of community, business and professional groups.
Areas of Practice
It is important to have someone on your side that will represent you, as well as navigate you through the complicated legal system. The Wolford Law Firm is committed to protecting our clients’ quality of life and their reputation. Our team has a history of successfully advancing our clients’ best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
We Offer Services for the Following Matters:
COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS LITIGATION
The Wolford Law Firm LLP represents businesses that find themselves in these and many other types of business disputes:
Breach of purchase and sales contracts
Breach of partnership agreements
Violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
Misappropriation of trade secrets
Breach of fiduciary duty or negligence by a director or officer
Infringement of trademarks and other intellectual property and licensing disputes
Unfair competition disputes
Disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”)
Breach of construction contracts
Disputes regarding commercial real estate
TRUSTS AND ESTATES LITIGATION
We have extensive experience in handling the complex issues surrounding the administration or settling of a charitable or family fund. Below are a few of the types of these cases we have handled:
Disputes regarding a trustee’s fiduciary obligations
Actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duties
Actions seeking disgorgement of fees or commissions
Proceedings determining the rights of beneficiaries of complex family trusts
Disputes between beneficiaries, beneficiaries and executors, and between co-executors
Disputes involving guardians
We are ranked “Tier 1” by the U.S. News and World Report for our personal injury services. We will protect your rights and aggressively advocate for you. From the initial claim to settlement negotiations or jury verdict, you can trust our high-caliber team of trial attorneys to have your interests in mind.
Our experienced trial attorneys vigorously represent clients in legal, accounting, and other professional malpractice actions. These cases are often a result of a complex set of circumstances, and we work with our clients to understand their practice to provide the best defense in protecting your reputation. We also work with our clients to retain the appropriate expert witnesses.
At The Wolford Law Firm, our experience allows us to capably handle all types of complex environment litigation. We handle challenging and complex environmental matters. We defend clients in all types of environmental litigation:
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cost recovery actions
DEC enforcement actions
Grand jury investigations into alleged criminal violations of environmental laws
The trial attorneys at The Wolford Law Firm LLP put their experience to work in municipal litigation matters. We represent clients in disputes involving the following:
Zoning and land use decisions
Denial of permits or licenses
Condemnation and use of eminent domain powers
Article 78 proceedings
We represent clients in a wide range of securities-related criminal, civil and administrative disputes. Our experience allows us to handle all types of complex litigation, including securities fraud and other failures to comply with securities laws.
We represent businesses, corporations, and individuals in all types of employment matters including discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, and retaliation, under federal law or the New York State Human Rights law. We offer employment counseling in these areas, as well as the complex array of federal and New York state labor laws.
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) litigation can include claims against employers, fiduciaries, trustees, administrators and the plan itself, and can involve the administration of pension and welfare plans (including disability and life insurance plans).
In some of our recent ERISA cases, we:
● Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor on an ERISA-governed plan, including award of attorneys’ fees and prejudgment interest.
● Obtained dismissal of ERISA claims asserted against client in federal court.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE
We offer exceptional legal guidance for those charged with white collar criminal offenses. It is essential that individuals and corporations have experienced criminal defense attorneys who can properly advise them of their rights and obligations. Our attorneys have trial experience as both government attorneys and private counsel.