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

Jody E. Briandi serves as the President/Managing Partner at Hurwitz Fine P.C., a law firm specializing in business, litigation, and insurance law, with multiple offices in New York State and Connecticut. Within the firm, she holds the position of Board of Directors leader and heads the practice groups for Premises Liability, Retail & Hospitality Liability, and School District Litigation. Ms. Briandi possesses extensive expertise in representing a diverse clientele, including retail, corporate, insurance, commercial transportation, and municipal clients, across a broad spectrum of litigated cases and liability claims. She is especially well-versed in professional liability, particularly in legal malpractice cases.

As a seasoned trial attorney, Ms. Briandi routinely handles cases in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout New York State. She also boasts a unique admission to the Seneca Nation of Indian Courts and personally manages her own appeals process. She is a driving force behind the development of Hurwitz Fine’s 24-Hour Emergency Response Team, responsible for creating a rapid-response protocol to address vehicular and industrial accidents. This approach involves swift investigation of accident causes, the involvement of forensic experts for evidence preservation and analysis, and establishing a strong foundation for the best possible defense.

Ms. Briandi’s exceptional contributions to the legal field have earned her numerous accolades. She has been recognized as a WNY Legal Elite member by Business First and has been featured on the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers and Top 25 Women lists. Additionally, she received the prestigious 2020 Excellence in Law – Top Women in Law Award from The Daily Record, honoring her remarkable achievements in the legal profession and her positive impact on the community. Her dedication to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in her leadership of the firm’s internal DEI committee and the Forum for Women Lawyers. She also spearheads the firm’s national Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification program. Ms. Briandi has participated as a diversity panelist in several prominent events, including Business First and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s DEI Symposium.

Beyond her legal career, Ms. Briandi actively engages with various local and national legal organizations, such as the 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, and Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association. In her community involvement, she serves on the Board of Directors for organizations like the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo State University Foundation, Inc., Volunteer Lawyers Project, and WNY Women’s Foundation.

Ms. Briandi also shares her expertise through speaking engagements and written contributions on law firm management best practices. She serves as the editor of the firm’s nationwide monthly electronic newsletter, Premises Pointers, which covers noteworthy cases, trends, and developments in premises liability and general litigation matters.

Ms. Briandi’s educational background includes a Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing Arts and Communication Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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