Paul J. Cambria, Jr. is recognized as one of the nation's preeminent attorneys. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, First Amendment law, zoning and land use, antitrust, and professional licensing defense.
Mr. Cambria has built a strong reputation for successfully representing individuals and businesses in complex, high-profile cases at all levels of the courts, including state, federal, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Cambria's practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm's offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson.
He is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is chairman of the Criminal Department.
•New York State Bar Association
•First Amendment Trial Lawyers Association
Honors And Achievements
The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983. Named to Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense:Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, First Amendment Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation-First Amendment, and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating, signifying the highest recognition in legal ability and professional ethics
Among the Top 50 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers
Named to list of Western New York's 250 most influential people in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Business First
Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Who's Who in Law for Criminal Defense, including the final issue in 2012
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Named to National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013
Named Litigation-Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
Nation's Top One Percent
Selected to membership in the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for 2015
America's Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership
One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement
In The News
Local and national media regularly turn to Paul Cambria to provide analysis on various legal matters in the headlines. In addition, Mr. Cambria represents clients in high profile legal matters. Below are links to some of the stories featuring legal analysis or comments from Mr. Cambria.
Bill Cosby Could Be Acquitted of Assault Charges, legal analysis for WBEN
Buffalo School District Legal Battle Costing Taxpayers Thousands, legal analysis for WGRZ
Investigation into Buffalo Billion and Cuomo Aide Continues, commentary for WIVB
Buffalo Police Officer Suspended for Social Media Posts, commentary for WGRZ
Apple Refusing to Create Decryption Software to Access San Bernardino iPhone Data, legal analysis for WBEN
Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Under Investigation in Alleged Assault, legal analysis for WBEN
Former Justice Kevin Dillon Dies at 65, WBFO
Cheektowaga Reaches Settlement in Harassment Case Against Judge, Town, commentary for WGRZ
DraftKings, FanDuel Will Fight Cease-And-Desists, commentary for WGRZ
Alabama 8-Year-Old Charged with Murder of 1-Year-Old Girl, legal analysis for WBEN
New Deflategate Developments as Brady Professes Innocence, legal analysis for WBEN
Secret Recording of BMHA Commissioner's Racist Remarks Is Legal, analysis for the Buffalo News
Court Documents Include Admission by Bill Cosby of Drugging Women, legal analysis for WBEN
Amherst Police Assist in Investigation of Death in Delaware Park, commentary for WGRZ
Will Driver Responsible for Tragedy in Delaware Park Be Charged?, legal analysis for WBEN
Tom Brady's Deflategate Appeal and the Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment, legal analysis for WBEN
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Historic Same-Sex Marriage Case, assessment of court's likely decision for WBEN
Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder, legal analysis for WBEN
WBEN requests analyusis from Paul Cambria on New York State's possible change in the age of criminal responsibility
Paul Cambria and WBEN on the likelihood of a settlement in the civil wrongful-death trial of Dr. James Corasanti
Paul Cambria joins WBEN for two-part interview on Corasanti wrongful-death civil trial, Part I and Part II
Analysis provided by Paul Cambria for WBEN on James Corasanti's civil trial
WBEN seeks reaction from Paul Cambria on the second-degree murder verdict for Jeffrey Basil
Paul Cambria discusses with WBEN accusations the Patriots' underinflated championship-game balls and Basil trial developments
In-depth analysis provided by Paul Cambria to WBEN's Tom Bauerle on the trial of Jeffrey Basil
WBEN requests commentary from Paul Cambria on prominent Ballowe and Basil cases
Paul Cambria provides legal analysis for WBEN on new developments in the cases of Jeffrey Basil and Chad Kelly
Paul Cambria discusses with WBEN aftermath of Ferguson grand jury verdict clearing Officer Wilson
Commentary from Paul Cambria sought on the only Flight 3407 crash death lawsuit that was not settled
WBEN 930 Radio's LiveLine 2013 Year in Review ranks Paul Cambria as their number one contributor for 2013
Paul Cambria joins former District Attorney Frank Clark on WBEN 930 Radio to analyze the case of Anthony Taglianetti, who is on trial for murder.
Paul Cambria appears on WGRZ to discuss privacy issues related to E-ZPass reads outside of toll booths.
NBC News affiliate WGRZ reports on the shooting of an alleged robber with legal analysis from Paul Cambria on New York State self-defense laws.
Paul Cambria's career out of the court room on the professional drag car racing circuit is profiled by WGRZ Channel 2.
Paul Cambria appears on WBEN 930's LiveLine to provide legal analysis on the trial of George Zimmerman
WBEN 930's radio segment on “Legal Issues for NFL Players Behaving Badly” includes legal insight by Paul Cambria
Paul Cambria discusses what recent United States Supreme Court decisions may mean for the Western New York community on NBC News affiliate WGRZ
Controversial tweets regarding Orchard Park schools draws media attention and Paul Cambria discusses First Amendment protection of the tweets for WGRZ
Paul Cambria joins WBEN 930 radio to discuss to prosecution of accused Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro
“Can the Boston Bomber Get a Fair Trial” segment on WBEN 930 includes legal analysis from Paul Cambria
Paul Cambria appears on WBEN 930's LiveLine to discuss Dr. James Corasanti's release from prison after his DWI charge
WBEN 930 discusses Gay Marriage case before Supreme Court with Paul Cambria
Paul Cambria provides perspective on the cost of a case before the Supreme Court with WBEN 930
“The Ethics of CPR; Do Not Resuscitates” segment on WBEN 930 with Paul Cambria
Paul Cambria discusses the First Amendment protection of a student's Tweet on WBEN 930 radio
(Also at Los Angeles, California Office)