Andrea Schillaci

MEMBER / SECRETARY

716-849-8900

As head of the Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Business & Commercial Litigation Department, Ms. Schillaci’s practice includes matters in the areas of business disputes, employment litigation, healthcare, professional liability, and regulatory and compliance matters. She also has extensive experience in the directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, and environmental matters. She serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as Secretary.

Her practice includes the representation of governmental entities and agencies, publicly and privately held companies and of individuals in the prosecution and defense of civil litigation, administrative and regulatory matters. She handles all types of legal disputes in the business setting and has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal court throughout New York State.

Ms. Schillaci has extensive trial experience, having served as Senior Trial Counsel, Branch Chief and Staff Attorney with the U.S. SEC, Division of Enforcement. She previously served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, where she was responsible for the prosecution of civil and criminal environmental matters. She was also Senior Trial Assistant in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. She is regularly engaged in diverse complex litigation. Her investigative experience has permitted her to successfully handle risk management investigations for several public and private entities. 

Ms. Schillaci is extremely well versed in complex regulatory matters. She represents healthcare professionals in disciplinary actions, actions alleging Medicaid and Medicare fraud and abuse and licensing and credentialing matters. Ms. Schillaci represents clients in connection with investigations by regulatory agencies and entities.

Ms. Schillaci has spoken on the areas of discovery issues, sexual abuse and bullying, and class actions to national and international audiences. She has also represented product manufacturers, distributors, employers and property owners in complex environmental claims including CERCLA cost recovery, SEQR and riparian rights.

Ms. Schillaci is listed among the Top 25 Female and Top 50 Attorneys in New York Super Lawyers Magazine and is listed among the Best Lawyers in America. She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) and Commercial Law and Professional Liability Committees of DRI. In 2017, Ms. Schillaci was awarded the Top Women in Law Excellence in Law Award by the legal publication the New York Daily Record. The Top Women in Law awards “recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community.”

Ms. Schillaci is a member of the board and co-chair of the Professional Liability Committee of the Harmonie Group, a carefully vetted national network of defense attorneys who work to ensure top quality national coverage for their clients. She is also President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO”), Buffalo Niagara Chapter.

 

 

Court Admissions

Courts of the State of New York
United States District Court
- Western District of New York
- Northern District of New York
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted to Practice

New York

Education

University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1982)
Boston University (B.A., 1979, magna cume laude)

Professional Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer
Best Lawyers
Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 25 Women List
Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50
WNY Legal Elite

Professional Associations

Bar Association of Erie County
New York State Bar Association
Defense Research Institute: Commercial Law, Professional Liability Committees
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
The Harmonie Group – Board of Directors

Community Associations

NAWBO - President

Firm News

08/23/21: Firm News: 28 Attorneys Named to 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

08/19/21: Firm News: 21 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

06/15/21: Firm News: Andrea Schillaci Sworn in as President of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

05/24/21: New York Law Journal: "Protecting Your Business Against the Next Global Catastrophe: Contingent Business Interruption and Supply Chain Insurance"

04/04/21: The Harmonie Group: 2020 Significant Cases

10/05/20: Buffalo Business First: 2020 Legal Elite of WNY List

08/26/20: Firm News: 30 Attorneys Named to 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

08/20/20: Firm News: 21 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

05/18/20: Firm News: Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Announces New Leadership Team

3/27/20: Blog: Force Majeure: The Coronavirus Made Me Do It!

9/24/19: Business First: Seven Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Honored as 2019 WNY Legal Elite

8/15/19: Blog: 11 Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

8/12/19: Blog: 27 Attorneys Named to 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

6/27/19: Blog: Delay Bringing a Claim at Your Peril—a Lesson in Laches

3/15/19: Buffalo Law Journal: Clear and present – Andrea Schillaci and others discuss what they’ve learned over the years about how to conduct internal investigations

8/17/18: Blog: 25 Attorneys Named to 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers List

8/16/18: Blog: 10 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Honored in 2019 Best Lawyers

7/24/18: Blog: Andrea Schillaci elected to the Board of Directors of NAWBO

2/22/18: Blog: Discoverability of Facebook Entries

8/15/17: Blog: 10 Hurwitz & Fine Attorneys Honored in 2018 Best Lawyers

6/8/17: New York Daily Record: Schillaci Honored With Top Women In Law Award