Mark Cantor heads the Buffalo headquarters. Mark has been an attorney since 1977 and has tried dozens of cases dealing with automobile negligence, medical malpractice, construction accidents, premises liability, among other kinds of cases throughout New York State.
As the senior member of the firm, he was one of the founding partners of Morris, Cantor & Barnes along with Cantor, Lukasik, Dolce & Panepinto and as such was instrumental in recovering in excess of thirty million dollars for injured victims. An innovator in the field of Personal Injury Law, Mark was responsible for gaining settlements and verdicts in some of the earliest cases in Western New York involving Section 240 (1) of the Labor Law (commonly known as the “Scaffold Law”) and one of the earliest cases involving the New York Dram Shop statute, which holds bars and restaurants liable for serving an intoxicated person. ( behind every bar in the state is a warning placard that came about as a result of this 1981 case).
A passionate advocate who believes in digging for the truth firmly believes that it’s not the lawyer that wins cases but the facts. Uncovering those facts is often the biggest challenge a lawyer has and it requires his tireless and creative effort to serve the interests of the helpless victim of a serious accident.
Mark Cantor is often sought out by other lawyers throughout the country who are aware of his reputation. He has been recognized by his peers in many ways from being elected to serve as a board member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and as a board member of the Erie County Bar Association by its 3500 members. He was one of the earliest members of the local chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization with very few members since its by laws require that its members try a significant number of jury trials to verdict. He was a past President of the local chapter.
Mark has frequently lectured on a variety of topics dealing with personal injury law to his fellow attorneys and has written on topics dealing with medical malpractice and various aspects of trying cases. His article “Jury Selection in a Civil Case” has been used for a number of years as a teaching primer at the local law school by the Honorable Thomas Franczyk, (a widely respected local judge) who teaches at the school. He has lectured on various topics such as “How to try a personal injury case”, Direct and Cross examination of a vocational rehabilitation specialist, Dram Shop Liability, practice tips in handling automobile accident cases, and has lectured to the Erie County Chiropractic Society on issues that relate to both the legal and chiropractic professions. Mark has also testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court on what constitutes attorney malpractice.
Mark is excited about helping people get justice in not only Western New York, but also any county in the State.