Jody E. Briandi

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Buffalo, New York

Hurwitz Fine P.C.
Jody E. Briandi
Hurwitz Fine P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Professional Liability; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1997

Education: New England Law | Boston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Hurwitz Fine P.C.

424 Main St
Suite 1300
Buffalo, NY 14202 Visit website


Jody E. Briandi is President/Managing Partner of Hurwitz Fine P.C., a business, litigation and insurance law firm, with offices across New York State and Connecticut. She leads the firm’s Board of Directors and chairs the firm’s Premises Liability, Retail & Hospitality Liability, and School District Litigation practice groups. She has extensive experience representing retail, corporate, insurance, commercial transportation and municipal clients in the full range of litigated matters and liability claims. She also represents a number of self-insured corporate clients for whom she handles all of their litigated matters ranging from premises and product liability to transportation negligence and for whom she has conducted extensive in-house training on litigation preventative measures, strategies, and legal updates. She has significant experience in professional liability, most specifically in the area of legal malpractice.

An experienced trial attorney who regularly handles cases in state, federal and appellate courts across New York State, she has experience in Indian Law and is admitted to the Seneca Nation of Indian Courts. Ms. Briandi also perfects, writes and argues all of her own appeals. Ms. Briandi helped develop the Firm’s 24-Hour Emergency Response Team where she developed a protocol to rapidly respond to vehicular and industrial accidents to promptly investigate the causes of the accident, put forensic experts on the scene to preserve and analyze evidence, and lay the foundation to mount the best possible defense.

She has been honored as a WNY Legal Elite member by Business First and selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers and Top 25 Women lists. Ms. Briandi received the 2020 Excellence in Law – Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community. She also received the 2021 Business First Women of Influence – Corporate Executive Award and the 2022 C-Level Executive Award. In 2023, Ms. Briandi was an ATHENA Leadership Award finalist, which honors an exceptional individual who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributed time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assisted others—particularly women—in realizing their full leadership potential.

Ms. Briandi is an advocate on diversity, equity and inclusion. She leads the firm’s internal DEI committee and the Forum for Women Lawyers, a newly formed employee resource group intended to provide the firm’s women lawyers with social and professional opportunities to build sustaining careers and strengthen relationships among colleagues and peers in the community. She also leads the firm’s national Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification program, in which Hurwitz Fine was the first Western New York-based law firm to participate. Ms. Briandi was a featured Business First diversity panelist in 2021 and 2022 and at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s DEI Symposium in 2023. 

Ms. Briandi is an active member of several local and national legal and organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association

In the local community, Ms. Briandi is a member of the Board of Directors for:

  • Amherst Chamber of Commerce
  • Buffalo State University Foundation, Inc.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project 
  • WNY Women's Foundation

Ms. Briandi also frequently speaks and writes on law firm management best practices, and is editor of the firm’s national monthly electronic newsletter, Premises Pointers, which covers cases, trends and developments involving premises liability and general litigation matters.

Ms. Briandi earned her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing Arts and Communication Studies.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Defense, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Professional Liability: Defense

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Legal Malpractice, Medical Devices, Personal Injury - Defense, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Defense
  • 20% Professional Liability: Defense

First Admitted: 1997, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • Premises Pointers covers current cases, trends and developments involving premises liability and general litigation. Our attorneys provide updates on new cases and trends across New York in both State and Federal Court, and share their insight and analysis. This publication covers a wide range of topics including retail, restaurant and hospitality liability; slip and fall accidents; snow and ice claims; storm in progress; inadequate/negligent security; inadequate maintenance and negligent repair; service contracts; elevator and escalator accidents; recreational accidents; negligent supervision; assumption of risk; and tavern owner and dram shop liability., Premises Pointers
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Lawyers Projects, Board of Directors
  • Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • WNY Women's Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Buffalo State University Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Member; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Section, Member
  • Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • FDCC
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of New York State
Educational Background:
  • State University of New York at Oswego, B.A., English Writing Arts and Communication Studies, 1992
  • Power 150 Women, Buffalo Business First, 2020
  • , Upstate New York Top 50, Super Lawyers
  • , Upstate New York Top 25 Women List, Super Lawyers
  • ATHENA Leadership Award Honoree, ATHENA Awards, 2023
  • Hurwitz Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi was honored by Business First as a 2022 C-Level Executive. This year’s honorees are composed of business leaders from some of WNY’s largest companies and nonprofit organizations, who have been nominated as innovators within their company, trailblazers who effectively navigate the complexities of their field, role models for their staff and among their peers, and standard-setters within their industry, C-Level Executive, Business First, 2022
  • Woman of Influence - Corporate Executive, Buffalo Business First, 2021
  • , Power 200 Women, Buffalo Business First
  • Best Lawyers: Litigation – Insurance; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Excellence in Law - Top Women , The Daily Record, 2020
  • WNY Legal Elite, Buffalo Business First, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • School District

Office location for Jody E. Briandi

424 Main St
Suite 1300
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-849-8900

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