John Elmore

John Elmore is a graduate of Syracuse University College at Law who has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. While his primary focus is on helping people who have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident, he also has extensive experience in both federal and state criminal court matters, including white collar criminal defense.

John grew up in the Southern Tier and currently lives in the Buffalo area. He has dedicated his professional life to making sure that hardworking families are treated fairly by the legal system, including years of service with the New York State Attorney Grievance Committees, which oversee the discipline of lawyers accused of misconduct or neglect, and appointments by Governor Cuomo to serve on multiple judicial screening committees evaluating potential candidates for judgeships.

Honors and Awards

  • Buffalo News Citizen of the Year
  • Superlawyers – 2006 to present
  • Erie County Bar Association Criminal Justice Award
  • Minority Bar Association Community Service Award
  • Ebony magazine Phenomenal Father Award
  • Parents magazine Good Neighbor Award
  • N.A.A.C.P. Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award
  • Business First Forty under Forty recognition
  • Mansfield University Society of Honors
  • Olean High School Athletic Wall of Fame
  • Olean High School Academic Wall of Fame


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Appointed by New York Governor to serve on New York Judicial Screening Committee
  • Appointed by New York Governor as Chairperson of the 4th Department Judicial Screening Committee
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Inc., Past President
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Former Chairperson, Eighth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee
  • Former member, U.S. Magistrate Selection Committee for U.S. District Court, Western District of N.Y.
  • Syracuse University Law Alumni


Past Employment

  • Senior Trial Counsel and Managing Attorney, Brown Chiari LLP – 2009 to 2014
  • Partner, Harter Secrest and Emery LLP – 2006 to 2009
  • Owner, Law Offices of John V. Elmore – 1989 to 2006
  • Assistant Attorney General, N.Y.S. Attorney General’s Office – 1987 to 1989
  • Assistant District Attorney, N.Y. County District Attorney’s Office – 1984 to 1987


Community Activities

  • Appointed by New York Governor as a Trustee of Erie Community College
  • U.S.A. Boxing – certified boxing coach, referee and judge
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • N.A.A.C.P. – life member
  • Former member, New York State Commission on Indigent Defense