Alisa Lukasiewicz has practiced law for over twenty years and has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. She served in both County and City governments, represented both public and private sector clients, and handled the defense of over 500 cases in both State and Federal Courts.
As the Chief Legal Counsel to the City of Buffalo, she represented and counseled the Mayor, the Common Council, the Buffalo Board of Education, and all Departments and Boards. While serving as Corporation Counsel for the City of Buffalo, she was responsible for monitoring and expediting the resolution of hundreds of matters including tax assessment challenges, labor and employment issues, police matters such as alleged false arrest and civil rights violations, contract disputes, and the sale of the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Having served as both Corporation Counsel and an Assistant Erie County Attorney, she is mindful of budget considerations and taxpayer accountability. As a former member of the City of Buffalo Board of Ethics, she provided advice and counsel relating to conflict of interests issues and unethical conduct complaints. In addition to teaching at college, Ms. Lukasiewicz has advised and counseled colleges and universities on a wide range of issues that include employment contracts, affiliation agreements, student discipline issues, and general risk management. She has provided training to both educators and administrators with respect to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and the implementation of distance learning. She has published various articles on a wide range of issues including FERPA, DASA and anticipated legislative changes.In addition to her municipal experience, Ms. Lukasiewicz has extensive employment and business litigation experience. Having previously worked as a Partner in a midsize firm and Special Counsel in one of the area’s largest firms, she has represented many businesses and corporate clients in providing counsel and advice on employment and personel issues as well as complex commercial litigation. As a result of this knowledge and experience, she is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at Buffalo State College where she teaches Workforce Diversity, International Management and Human Resource Management in the Business School.
Ms. Lukasiewicz was honored when selected for the Am-Pol Eagle Citizen of the Year in Law Award, the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award for the Advocates Club, and Who’s Who in the Law. Previously, she was selected by Business First of Buffalo as “40 under 40” and “Up and Coming Attorney. She is a cum laude graduate from the State University of New York School of Law and summa cum laude graduate from Canisius College.