Elizabeth A. Kraengel
“Each client’s problems are uniquely challenging – and there is often more than one way to arrive at the desired result. One of our most important roles as attorneys is to understand all of the available options, explain them to the client and chart the most effective and efficient course to get from point A to point B.”
In 2006, Elizabeth started at Duke Holzman as a law clerk and then joined the firm as an associate after her graduation from law school in 2007. In January 2013, she became a partner in the firm. Elizabeth’s fast-track to success is a testament to her passion and dedication for her chosen career. Her approach is modeled after the straightforward, results-oriented practicality of the senior partners with whom she has worked. She achieves her clients’ objectives by pursuing the most practical and effective course of action.
Elizabeth handles a variety of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, construction litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, first party insurance claims, employment disputes and personal injury cases. She also practices in Surrogate’s Court, where she represents parties in matters such as will probates and accountings, and where she also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem appointed by the court to represent infants, unknowns, and adults under disability in estate proceedings. She has experience in mediation, arbitration and administrative proceedings in local, state and federal court. Elizabeth has worked on cases relating to a number of industries, including construction and demolition, labor and employment, insurance and real estate.
Her experience further includes:
- Achieved verdict following bench trial in favor of general contractor against asbestos remediation subcontractor for breach of contract relating to a state public improvement project
- Represented restaurant owner in litigation against insurance company to obtain first-party benefits after suffering a fire loss and achieved seven figure settlement following mediation
- Reached favorable resolutions in representing employers against complaints alleging employment discrimination filed with the NYS Division of Human Rights
- Achieved significant settlement for client in personal injury lawsuit against Niagara Frontier Transportation Association resulting from a car/bus collision
Elizabeth is the Immediate Past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) Western New York Chapter, and has served on the organization’s board of directors at the state and local levels since 2009. She is co-chair of WBASNY’s Equal Opportunity in the Profession Committee, and chairs WBASNY WNY’s Nominations Committee.
She serves on the board of directors for the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association. Elizabeth also serves on the Women in Construction Committee of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY. She has volunteered for the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project and has served as an attorney adviser for the Bar Association of Erie County’s High School Mock Trial Tournament.
Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at the Law School where she teaches New York Practice to upper class law students. She has presented at continuing legal education seminars on topics including The Policyholder’s Perspective: Coverage, Claims and Litigation and Demonstrating How Evidence Falls Under Hearsay Exceptions. In addition, she has presented at construction industry seminars on topics including Legal Issues on Construction Projects and The Nuts & Bolts of Your Construction Contract. She is a faculty member of the National Business Institute.
Outside of the legal profession, Elizabeth is a proud supporter of The Ride for Roswell, where she is a member of the Extra Mile Club and has served in a number of ride related roles over the last twelve years, including committee member, ambassador, riding marshal and team captain.
In 2016, Elizabeth was named a Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 honoree. She has been selected to the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. She is ranked in the Top 25 Women Attorneys by the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.
Construction & Demolition; Education; Hospitality; Manufacturing; Professional Services
Organizations and Activities:
New York State Bar Association; Bar Association of Erie County; Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
New York; Massachusetts; United States District Court for the Western District of New York; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Supreme Court; Pro Hac Vice, State of Georgia
SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D.
Northeastern University, B.A., summa cum laude