Jody E. Briandi
PRESIDENT / MANAGING PARTNER
716-849-8948 (24-Hour Emergency Response)
Ms. Briandi is President/Managing Partner of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. She leads the firm’s Premises Liability, Retail & Hospitality Liability, 24-Hour Emergency Response Team, Trucking & Commercial Transportation practice groups, and also the Firm’s Board of Directors. She has extensive experience representing retail, corporate, insurance, commercial transportation and municipal clients in the full range of litigated matters and liability claims. She also represents a number of self-insured corporate clients for whom she handles all of their litigated matters ranging from premises and product liability to transportation negligence and for whom she has conducted extensive in-house training on litigation preventative measures and strategies. She has significant experience in professional liability, most specifically in the area of legal malpractice.
She is editor of the firm’s national monthly electronic newsletter, Premises Pointers, which covers cases, trends and developments involving premises liability and general litigation matters. She was also the 2018 Chair of the New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education program on Premises Liability: Issues and Considerations.
An experienced trial attorney who regularly handles cases in state, federal and appellate courts across New York State, she has experience in bankruptcy matters and is admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York where she has handled several matters protecting creditors’ rights. Ms. Briandi also perfects, writes and argues all of her own appeals.
Ms. Briandi helped develop the Firm’s 24-Hour Emergency Response Team where she developed a protocol to rapidly respond to vehicular and industrial accidents to promptly investigate the causes of the accident, put forensic experts on the scene to preserve and analyze evidence, and lay the foundation to mount the best possible defense. Her defense arsenal includes relationships developed with engineers, investigators and accident reconstruction experts.
She has been honored as a WNY Legal Elite member by Buffalo Business First and selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers and Top 25 Women lists. Most recently, Ms. Briandi received the Excellence in Law – Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community.
An active retail and hospitality defense advocate, Ms. Briandi is a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA). She was also recently nominated to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. Ms. Briandi is also a member of the American Bar Association; the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Section of the New York State Bar Association; the Erie County Bar Association; the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association; and the Defense Trial Lawyers Association.
Ms. Briandi earned her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing Arts and Communication Studies.