Attorneys at Law


Advocating for our clients since 1989.

Headquartered in downtown Buffalo, Hagerty & Brady represents clients across New York State.  Small but sophisticated, our firm handles a wide scope of legal services in a hands-on, effective, and efficient manner.  We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. 

Hagerty & Brady was formed in 1989 by Michael A. Brady and Thomas V. Hagerty, but our firm traces its roots to Hagerty & Hagerty, where Thomas V. Hagerty worked with his father, James J. Hagerty. James J. Hagerty had followed in the footsteps of his father, Leo J. Hagerty, who began his legal career as Assistant District Attorney in Erie County, served as District Attorney of Erie County, and finally as a Supreme Court Justice in the Eighth Judicial Court.  We take pride in a legacy of professionalism and client service.

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69 Delaware Ave, Suite 1010
Buffalo, NY 14202


(716) 856-9443


Areas of Practice

commercial litigation

Hagerty & Brady has represented clients throughout New York in commercial disputes and claims that vary from simple to sophisticated issues.  We pride ourselves on zealously representing our business clients while never losing focus on their business priorities and needs.  Our focus includes:

  • Contract and Other Business Disputes
  • Securities Claims against Brokers
  • Construction Claims
  • Environmental Claims

Appellate work

Our firm has handled appeals in the appellate divisions of New York State, the New York Court of Appeals, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  If you are interested in learning more about our appellate experience and approach, please contact us.

Municipal defense

Our firm has extensive experience representing municipal defendants in all types of litigation.  We are sensitive to the vulnerability of municipal clients to frivolous claims and expensive litigation.  We use our deep knowledge of the unique defenses available to municipal and government defendants to minimize the litigation costs incurred by municipalities and, where possible, return money to municipal coffers. 

probates, estates, & wills

Hagerty & Brady has extensive experience in probating decedents' estates. We represent our clients' interests fully from initial consultation and appointment of the estate representative through final distribution and accounting. Our firm is experienced in preparing wills and testamentary trusts, handling guardianship proceedings, and representing estates, distributees, and beneficiaries in the course of probate proceedings and administration. We also represent clients in matters involving probate litigation, such as will contests and objections to accounting.

insurance Defense

Our firm has provided legal services to some of the largest insurance carriers in the industry, both domestic and foreign, as well as many businesses on liability insurance issues. We handle a wide variety of claims on behalf of insurance companies and their insureds, successfully bringing even the most contentious issues to a close.

Hagerty & Brady stands ready to provide legal advice regarding coverage issues and disputes. Just as important, Hagerty & Brady's attorneys include members certified in arbitration and mediation, capable of handling client matters in the most cost-effective way.


Michael Brady was selected to serve on the panel of mediators for the Western District of New York’s ADR Program, for which he received extensive mediation training by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.  Mr. Brady has mediated well over 100 Federal Court lawsuits, including wrongful death actions, commercial disputes, trademark litigation, admiralty disputes, personal injury actions, FDCPA actions and numerous other matters.  Mr. Hagerty has also served as a mediator for private parties, especially in the area of health care disputes.

In addition to mediation, members of our firm have extensive experience serving as arbitrators.   Together, Mr. Hagerty, Mr. Brady, and Mr. Hunter have arbitrated hundreds of matters.  Mr. Hagerty is one of the few attorneys certified to sit as an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York.

business formation and commercial real estate

We assist clients in selecting a business entity appropriate to their objectives, tax purposes, and the nature of business operations, as well as minimization of their risks and liabilities. We also advise and draft documentation for businesses in transactional matters.   We also handle real estate matters for our business clients, including commercial leasing, purchases and sales of real estate, and construction loans.

Toxic tort/asbestos

Hagerty & Brady has long been engaged in the defense and handling of claims at the request of major manufacturers in the chemical and asbestos industries. We have worked closely with corporate counsel at some of the country's top companies and served as local counsel to some of the country's top national trial firms and national coordinating counsel. 

Mr. Hagerty's career over the past thirty years has involved the defense of diverse entities in asbestos litigation. He has represented major insulation manufacturing companies, employers, and manufacturers of floor tile, friction products, pumps, valves, automotive and trucking equipment and premises owners.

Aviation law

Hagerty & Brady has been involved in the defense of numerous general aviation accident cases and other aviation related litigation, in both state and federal courts, on behalf of aircraft component manufacturers and major air carriers.  We have worked with many aviation experts from across the country in the defense of our clients.  Most recently, our firm served as local counsel for one of the central defendants in the Flight 3407 litigation.

General Civil litigation

Hagerty & Brady has concentrated its practice in general civil litigation, and has long and broad experience in state and federal courts - both in New York State and elsewhere. Our firm has represented clients as plaintiffs and defendants in civil claims that cover a wide range of legal areas, including personal injury, subrogation actions, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, defamation claims, and intellectual property.  We have also provided local counsel work for major firms in New York City, Boston, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., in these areas throughout upstate New York.


The law no passion can disturb. ‘Tis void of desire and fear, lust and anger. ‘Tis mens sine affectu, written reason, retaining some measure of the divine perfection. It does not enjoin that which pleases a weak, frail man, but, without any regard to persons, commands that which is good and punishes evil in all, whether rich or poor, high or low.
— John Adams, Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, Dec. 4, 1770


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