John D. Celani
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 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 has been selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list as a Rising Star in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Construction and Demolition; Energy and Environmental; Healthcare; Hospitality; Manufacturing; Small Business and Entrepreneurial
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.
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
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