Jeffrey Black

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Olean, NY

Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP
129 North Union Street, Second Floor
Olean, NY 14760-0648
Phone: 716-373-1920
Fax: 716-373-3110
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jeffrey Black is a partner with the Black, Lyle & Habberfield, LLP, law firm in Olean, New York. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 27 years of total legal experience, Mr. Black provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Monroe counties and beyond who are dealing with any of the following legal challenges:

  • Personal injury
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Black has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of those who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, earning his membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Moreover, he has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1990 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Mr. Black obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from The Dickinson School of Law. While there, he served as member of the Dickinson Law Review, and he published his case notes in the journal. He was also a member of the prestigious Woolsack Honor Society as a result of his outstanding academic achievements.

Mr. Black holds his license to practice in Pennsylvania as well as New York, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern and Western Districts of New York.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Black has served as president of the Cattaraugus County Bar Association and Chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Programs. He is also an active member of the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Allegany County Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

In support of his local community, Mr. Black is highly involved with the Olean Rotary Club, serving on its board of directors, and he has achieved the status of a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a former board member of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council and the Cattaraugus County United Way, and he is involved with various other charitable, civic and educational organizations in his area.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021

About Jeffrey Black

Admitted: 1994, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • Schultz v. Excellsior Orthopaedics, 129 AD3d 1606 (2015). Erie County Supreme Court, New York verdict of over $9,000,000.00 in a medical malpractice case where our client suffered a simple ankle fracture that ultimately resulted in an above-the-knee amputation. Case tried for approximately one month and affirmed in its entirety by the Appellate Division, 2015
  • Schifelbine v. Foster Wheeler, 4 AD3d 736 (2004), Over 23 million dollar verdict affirmed on appeal for client who fell through a roof suffering quadriplegia. Case tried in Allegany County New York and remains one of the largest damage verdicts affirmed on appeal

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Southern District of New York
  • Continuing Legal Education Programs, New York State Bar Association, Chairman
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1994
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1994
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, 1995
  • Member, Cattaraugus County Bar Association, 1994, (past president), Allegany County Bar Association, Present, New York State Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1995, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1994
  • New York, 1994
  • Pennsylvania, 1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, St. Bonaventure University on Legal Ethics
  • Member, Dickinson Law Review, Dickinson School of Law

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Challenger Learning Center, Former Board of Director
  • Directions in Independent Living Board, Elected Member, 2016
  • Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Former Board Member
  • Allegany-Limestone School Board of Education, Second-Term Member
  • Assisted, YMCA Fund Raising
  • Cattaraugus County United Way, Former Board Member
  • Paul Harris, Fellow
  • Allegany Limestone Board of Education 2008-present Directions of Independent Living Board 2016-present Paul Harris Fellow Olean Rotary Club Past Board Member Cattaraugus County United Way Past Board Member Cattaraugus County Arts Council Lector St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church
  • Board of Directors of the Olean Rotary Club, Former Member

Educational Background

  • Olean High School
  • St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, B.S., Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1990


  • Member, The Woolsack Society, The Dickinson School of Law
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers List, 2015
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Office Location for Jeffrey Black

129 North Union Street
Second Floor
Olean, NY 14760-0648

Phone: 716-373-1920

Fax: 716-373-3110

Last Updated: 3/31/2021

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