Andrea Schillaci



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.


Andrea Schillaci
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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


University at Buffalo School of Law (J.D., 1982)

Boston University (B.A., 1979, magna cume laude)

Professional Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer

Best Lawyers

Buffalo Business First's 2022 Women of Influence

Top Women in Excellence Award

Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 25 Women List

Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50

WNY Legal Elite

Professional Associations
Community Associations

NAWBO - Past President, Buffalo Niagara Chapter

Supportive Services Corporation - Board of Directors

Firm News

09/16/22: Business First: Andrea Schillaci Honored at 2022 "Women of Influence" awards

08/23/22: Firm News: 35 Attorneys Named to the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

08/18/22: Firm News: 22 Hurwitz Fine Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™

03/09/22: AM Buffalo: Andrea Schillaci Featured on AM Buffalo for International Women's Day

04/01/22: The Harmonie Group: 2021 Significant Cases 

03/09/22: AM Buffalo: Celebrating women in business with NAWBO

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