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Michael Charles Cimasi

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Attorney & Founder, 2014



Buffalo, NY





Dedicated advocate focused on DWI, criminal defense, and traffic tickets.

My practice pattern at the Cimasi Law Office is focused on DWI, criminal defense, and traffic matters (e.g. speeding, mechanical violations, unlicensed operation, etc.) in courts across Western New York.  I also represent clients on parole violations and landlord-tenant matters.  I am a highly meticulous and diligent practitioner who seeks to provide dedicated service to each client, regardless how big or small the matter.  I am always available by phone, and there is no fee for initial consultations.

I also teach courses in sociology and legal studies to undergraduates at the University at Buffalo (“UB”) and Buffalo State College.  After years of direct involvement as the Director of the UB legal aid office, I still routinely assist and counsel  both domestic and international on legal issues.

My recent service work has included pro-bono legal services through the Volunteers Lawyers Project, tutoring elementary school students through the Lawyers-for-Learning Program, serving on the Zoning Board or Appeals for the Town of Amherst, New York, serving on the Alumni Board of Governors for Canisius High School, and serving as School Board Secretary for, St. Benedict School.


Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Title IX And Administrative Hearings
  • Health Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evictions


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York



  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: History
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
    • M.A., Master of Arts
    • Major: Sociology


Published Works

  • Michael Charles Cimasi & Charles R. Cimasi. “The Rumors of the Death of Private Practice are Greatly Exaggerated,” WNY PHYSICIAN MAGAZINE: Vol 4, October 2017.



  • SUNY Buffalo State College, Sociology Department – Adjunct Faculty, 2016 to Present
  • SUNY at Buffalo, Millard Fillmore College – Adjunct Faculty, 2011 to 2016
  • SUNY at Buffalo, Sociology Department – Adjunct Faculty, 2015 to Present


Honors and Awards

  • ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Eviction Defense (Attorney of the Morning) 2017


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Defenders Association, 2015 to Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, 2011 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association, 2011 to Present
  • American Bar Association, 2011 to Present
  • St. Thomas Moore Guild, 2014 to Present
  • American Sociological Association, 2015 to Present


Past Employment Positions

  • Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc., Staff Consultant, 2006 to 2013
  • SBI Legal Assistance Office, University at Buffalo , Director, 2011 to 2016
  • Immigration Services Office, University at Buffalo, Law Clerk, 2012 to 2013
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review, Legal Intern, 2012 to 2012
  • Student Health Insurance Program, SUNY at Buffalo, Asst. Director, 2008 to 2010
  • Sub-Board I, Inc., SUNY at Buffalo, Director, Planning & Development, 2003 to 2008


Pro Bono Activities

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Amherst, New York, Board Member, 2015 to 2018
  • Pro Bono Criminal Defense in Western New York Justice Courts:, 2016 to Present
  • Attorney of the Morning Program, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project — Atty Volunteer, 2014 to Present
  • Lawyers for Learning, Erie County Bar Association — Tutor, 2012 to 2014
  • Mark Diamond Research Fund Policy Committee, UB Grad School — Chairman, 2015 to 2017
  • SUNY at Buffalo Hiring Committee, Office of Int’l Education (UUP / SL 2&3), 2015
  • Student Relations Committee, UB Alumni Association — Committeeman, 2013 to 2015
  • Msgr. Adamski Polish Saturday School of Buffalo — Board Member, 2018 to Present
  • Canisius High School Alumni Board of Governors — Board Member, 2017 to Present
  • St. Benedict School, School Board — Board Secretary, 2013 to Present
  • St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church — Lector & Pastoral Councilmember, 2003 to Present
  • West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo — Coach & Volunteer, 2002 to 2006


Ancillary Businesses

  • Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc.Senior Vice President & In-House Counsel, Aug. 2013—Present