celani

John D. Celani

Associate
jcelani@dhpglaw.com
716-855-1111

“Let us guide you through the legal aspects of your next business opportunity or threat. Whatever your situation is, a careful, customized and practical approach will make sure your interests are both put first and legally enforceable.”

John regularly represents clients in a variety of transactional matters, including: the purchase and sale of all or part of their businesses; corporate governance; partnership arrangements; joint ventures; licensing; business entity formations; business succession planning; compliance; franchise law; financing transactions; internet privacy policies & terms of use; real estate purchase, sale, & lease; and the structuring and drafting of business-to-business contracts in a variety of industries, including without limitation manufacturing, entertainment, technology, construction, and healthcare.

John also acts as general counsel to entrepreneurs, closely-held businesses, and family businesses regarding the legal framework of all aspects of their operations and ownership, including start-up, financing, compliance, sale, succession, and contract disputes.

John makes it a point to understand his client’s business at the outset of representation in order to adequately protect their interests. His extensive educational and professional background serve his clients in doing so. He has earned a B.S. in Accounting, an M.B.A. with a concentration in Financial Services, a J.D. and an LL.M in Tax. His professional background include working as a logistics engineer in a closely held business and in various positions within the transportation industry prior to entering the legal field. There, John created solutions to challenges in supply chain management, managed client relationships, regularly conducted contract negotiations, and developed an understanding of the inner workings of closely held and family businesses.

John currently provides assistance to the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Practice Areas:

Business and Corporate LawCivil Litigation and Appellate Practice; Construction LawReal Estate and Environmental; Taxation

Industries:

Construction and Demolition; Energy and Environmental; Healthcare; Hospitality; Manufacturing; Small Business and Entrepreneurial

Organizations and Activities:

New York State Bar Association; Bar Association of Erie County; Woman’s Bar Association of the State of New York; John has also taught business law as an adjunct professor in the Canisius College accounting program.

Admissions:

New York; Florida; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States District Court for the Western District of New York; United States Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York

Education:

University of Miami School of Law, LL.M. in Tax
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Canisius College, M.B.A.
Canisius College, B.S., cum laude

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