Western New York's Premier Litigation Boutique Re-Brands as Connors LLP; Firm Co-Founder Lawrence J. Vilardo Appointed to Federal Bench

BUFFALO, NY, January 22, 2016 – Connors & Vilardo LLP, Western New York’s premier litigation boutique, is pleased to announce that the firm is renamed Connors LLP, following the confirmation of Lawrence J. Vilardo as United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.   

Connors LLP was founded in 1986 as Connors & Vilardo, when Terry Connors and Larry Vilardo left one of Buffalo’s largest law firms to fulfill their vision of a litigation boutique that drew on the nation’s top legal talent, and had the resources and ability to serve both local and national clients. Along the way they built a firm of national influence that came to embody the best qualities of Western New York itself: tenacious and adaptable, with an appetite for hard work and a commitment to important causes.

Over the years, the firm has handled many of Western New York’s most significant litigation matters, including representing the family of Alix Rice in their wrongful death lawsuit, many of the victims of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 disaster, as well as numerous political figures, the Diocese of Buffalo, judges, lawyers, medical professionals, the Kaleida Health System, and many of Western New York’s most prominent businesses, business executives, and community leaders.  

President Obama’s nomination of Vilardo to the federal bench and his subsequent unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate made a firm name change necessary.  

“We are extremely proud of Larry for his richly deserved appointment,” said Connors. “He will be a superb judge, and those served by the Western District of New York will be well-served indeed.  Our firm takes great pride in the fact that the work we’ve done together has contributed to his opportunity, and has resulted in the appointment of an exceptionally-talented legal mind.”

Connors LLP’s re-branding will include a new website (www.connorsllp.com) and logo that recognize its history, while reflecting a progressive future that mirrors the resurgence of the Buffalo region. The new website will incorporate video elements that convey the firm’s personality, vision and values, while closely connecting it to the Western New York region.

“Larry’s appointment provided us with the opportunity to refresh our brand and bring it in line with who we are today, and what we want to be in the future,” Connors said. “That is a progressive, modern law firm that’s flexible enough to evolve with the times, but never forgets the values and principles on which it was founded—namely, aggressive and committed client advocacy in high-stakes litigation matters.”

About Connors LLP
Connors LLP is not an ordinary litigation firm, because its work is far from ordinary. Recognizing that high-stakes litigation is never routine, Connors LLP was designed to adapt to whatever challenge confronts its clients—no matter the adversary, complexity of the case, or legal issue involved.  In every matter, Connors LLP’s primary objective is the development of legal strategies that win.