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February 4, 2011

Collins taps Lancaster man as county attorney

— — Erie County Executive Chris Collins has tapped Jeremy A. Colby, a graduate of Niagara University, to be the next county attorney, replacing Cheryl Green, who resigned last year.

A resident of Lancaster, Colby is currently a partner at Webster Szanyi LLP in Buffalo, where he focuses on federal, appellate and complex commercial litigation. Colby has a track record of successfully defending municipalities and school districts.

Before joining Webster Szanyi, Colby was the confidential law clerk to John T. Elfvin, a member of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Within his first year clerking for Judge Elfvin, Colby reduced the motion backlog from 9 to 12 months to one to two months, Collins said.

During his federal clerkship, Colby was one of two American attorneys selected to participate in a six-week fellowship to observe the English legal system as part of the American Inns of Court’s Pegasus Scholar program. After graduating law school, Colby was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston.

“The position of Erie County Attorney is one of the most demanding and challenging in county government,” Collins said.

“With his impressive educational and professional background, I have every confidence that Mr. Colby will meet those demands and challenges with great success.”

“Being named Erie County Attorney will allow me to give back to my home community and put my legal experience to work for the taxpayers of Erie County,” said Colby. “I am grateful the county executive has placed his trust in my abilities and I look forward to leading the professionals working in the county Attorney’s Office.”

Colby was selected by Collins after being recommended by a search committee led by Jonathan Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations and Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “The search committee was immediately impressed by Mr. Colby’s background, skill set and commitment to our community,” Dandes said. “His strong candidacy made our difficult job that much easier.”

Colby graduated from Boston University School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Niagara University. While in law school, Colby was the executive editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He is a 2008 Business First 40 Under 40 award winner.

Colby is expected to start next month.

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