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Downtown Office

Main Court Building at
Lafayette Square
438 Main Street, Tenth Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 852-3600
(800) 724-8519
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Suburban Office

2448 Union Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
(716) 852-3600
(800) 724-8519



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Michael F. Chelus

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phone (716) 852-3600

fax (716) 852-0038

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Areas of Practice


Bankruptcy Related Matters

Business Collections and Financing

Business Formation, Sale, Merger & Acquisition

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Environmental Compliance

Estate Planning

Family Law

Firematics Law

Insurance Law

Labor Law


Municipal Obligations

No-Fault Arbitration

No-Fault Workers' Compensation Liens

Product's Liability

Real Estate

Bar Admissions

New York 1968

Judge Advocate General's Corps. (U.S. Army), 1970

U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 1970

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1975

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York, 1975

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1991

U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York, 1968

State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Business, Buffalo, New York, 1965
B.S. in Administration and Organization
Honors: Dean's List
President's List of the University

Published Works

"Disaster Awaits: Worker's Compensation Liens vs. No-Fault First Party Benefits", New York Bar Journal, Volume 62, December, 1990

"Liquor Liability of Fire Companies and Municipalities", Fire District Affairs Bulletin, Volume 20, No. 19, No. 10, March 1993

Chapter 29 - "Fire Insurance and Property Insurance", Insurance Law Practice, Second Edition, published by the New York State Bar Association, 2010

Chapter 26 - "Exceeding the No-Fault Threshold: Serious Injury" Insurance Law Practice, Second Edition, published by the New York State Bar Association, 2010

Classes/Seminars Taught

Overall Planning Chair, Contributor and Lecturer on Article 16 CPLR Joint and Several Liability, Erie County Bar Association

Noonday Lecturer on Labor Law, Workers Compensation Liens and the No-Fault Law, Erie County Bar Association

Lecture and course material on Supplementary Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Buffalo Claims Association Education Day

Lecture and course material on Buying and Selling Real Estate, Town of West Seneca Adult Education Seminar

Guest Appearances on "The Law and You", WNED Buffalo Public Radio

Honors and Awards

"Who's Who In Insurance and Risk Management", 2002 - 2013

Defense Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Civility, 2015

Professional Information

United States Army, 1968 - 1971
Commissioned Officer, Combat Engineer
 ▪  Graduated from the United States Army Engineer Officer Candidate Regiment Fort Belvoir,
     Virginia, Honor Review Board.
 ▪  Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Combat Engineer, September 12, 1969.
 ▪  Assigned as Officer in Charge of Courts and Boards, Fort Polk, Louisiana.
 ▪  Assigned to Republic of Vietnam 1970-71 serving in Central Highlands with 35th Engineer Group HG
    Cam Ranh Bay as Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel in Court Martial and board proceedings.

Engineer Group HG Cam Ranh Bay as Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel in Court Martial and Board proceedings.

Counsel for Orchard Park Fire District, 1971 - present

Counsel for Colden Fire District, 2003 - present

Counsel for River Road Fire District No. 3, 2010 - present

Serves as an Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and New York State Office of Court Administration.

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Arbitration Association
National Panel of Arbitrators

American Bar Association, 1978 - 2016
Bus Law, Law Practice Mgmt and Tort & Insurance Practice Sections

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996 - 2013
Charter Member, Western New York Chapter

American Legion, 1972 - 2016

Arbitrator - New York Office of Court Administration

Buffalo Claims Association, 1972 - 2013

Buffalo-Niagara Partnership
                Chamber of Commerce [Council of Small Business Enterprises, Vanguard Roundtable,
                Buffalo Development Council, Public Relations Commitee, CEO Roundtable]

Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, 1990 - 2013

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, 2007 - 2013

Defense Research Institute, 1978 - 2013

Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York

Erie County Bar Association, 1972 - Present

Negligence Committee [Chairman 1984-1987]

Special Committee on Code of Evidence [1985]

Special Committee on Legal Specialization [1986]

Bench-Bar Committee for Eighth Judicial District [1984-1987]

Frequent Lecturer and Speaker on various legal subjects at regional professional, social, philanthropic and charitable organizations.

New York State Bar Association, 1978 - Present

Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section

Trusts, and Estates Law Section

St. Thomas More Guild, 1978 - 2013

University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association, 1968 - Present

Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, 1976 - 2013

Experience Highlights

Firematics Law

Represents 13 Fire Districts, fire companies and non-profit ambulance companies regarding many aspects of firefighting and emergency medical services.

Business Organizations

Represents many small and medium-sized corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies regarding organization, management, personnel, collections, and transactional practice.

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