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As head of the Hurwitz Fine P.C. Business and Commercial Litigation Department, Ms. Schillaci is a trial lawyer whose practice includes matters in all areas of business disputes including business divorce, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, employment litigation, and professional liability matters. She handles complex business and commercial matters including contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive trusts, and fraud. She has tried cases across New York State and brings a practical approach to litigation by focusing on the client’s goals and developing a strategic plan to achieve them. Her approach is to listen to her clients, prepare, and execute a plan to efficiently resolve difficult issues to the satisfaction of her clients.
Ms. Schillaci’s clients include public and privately held companies and individuals in businesses as diverse as governmental entities and agencies, law firms, accounting firms, architects and engineers, manufacturing firms, and cannabis growers, to name a few. She has represented product manufacturers and property owners in complex environmental claims including CERCLA cost recovery actions and disputes regarding riparian rights.
Ms. Schillaci has extensive trial experience in civil litigation in private practice, as well as having served as Senior Trial Counsel with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, New York Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, and Senior Trial Assistant in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. Her investigative experience has enabled her to successfully handle risk management investigations for public and private entities. She also represents healthcare professionals in licensing and credentialing matters and represents clients in investigations by regulatory agencies.
Listed among the Top 25 Female and Top 50 Attorneys in Upstate New York Super Lawyers Magazine, Ms. Schillaci is also listed among the Best Lawyers in America. She was named a Woman of Influence by Buffalo Business First in 2022. In 2017, Ms. Schillaci was awarded the Top Women in Excellence Award by the Rochester 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. She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and Commercial Law and Professional Liability Committees of DRI.
Ms. Schillaci is a Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Committee of The Harmonie Group, an international network of defense attorneys; past President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Buffalo Niagara Chapter; and a past member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). She is also a past President of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, and the Elmwood Village Association.