Michael Charles Cimasi Esq.

Michael Charles Cimasi Esq.

Attorney & Founder since 2014
Amherst, New York

Dedicated advocate focused on DWI, criminal defense, and traffic tickets.

My practice pattern at the Cimasi Law Office is focused on DWI, criminal defense, and traffic matters (e.g. speeding, mechanical violations, unlicensed operation, etc.) in courts across Western New York.  I also represent clients on parole violations and landlord-tenant matters.  I am a highly meticulous and diligent practitioner who seeks to provide dedicated service to each client, regardless how big or small the matter.  I am always available by phone, and there is no fee for initial consultations.

I also teach courses in sociology and legal studies to undergraduates at the University at Buffalo ("UB") and Buffalo State College.  After years of direct involvement as the Director of the UB legal aid office, I still routinely assist and counsel  both domestic and international on legal issues. 

My recent service work has included pro-bono legal services through the Volunteers Lawyers Project, tutoring elementary school students through the Lawyers-for-Learning Program, serving on the Zoning Board or Appeals for the Town of Amherst, New York, serving on the Alumni Board of Governors for Canisius High School, and serving as School Board Secretary for, St. Benedict School.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Title IX And Administrative Hearings
  • Health Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evictions

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York


  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • Juris Doctorate magna cum laude
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude
    • Major: History
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
    • M.A., Master of Arts
    • Major: Sociology

Published Works

  • Michael Charles Cimasi & Charles R. Cimasi. “The Rumors of the Death of Private Practice are Greatly Exaggerated,” WNY PHYSICIAN MAGAZINE: Vol 4, October 2017.


  • SUNY Buffalo State College, Sociology Department – Adjunct Faculty, 2016 - Present
  • SUNY at Buffalo, Millard Fillmore College – Adjunct Faculty, 2011 - 2016
  • SUNY at Buffalo, Sociology Department – Adjunct Faculty, 2015 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Eviction Defense (Attorney of the Morning) 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Defenders Association, 2015 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • St. Thomas Moore Guild, 2014 - Present
  • American Sociological Association, 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc., Staff Consultant, 2006 - 2013
  • SBI Legal Assistance Office, University at Buffalo , Director, 2011 - 2016
  • Immigration Services Office, University at Buffalo, Law Clerk, 2012 - 2013
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review, Legal Intern, 2012
  • Student Health Insurance Program, SUNY at Buffalo, Asst. Director, 2008 - 2010
  • Sub-Board I, Inc., SUNY at Buffalo, Director, Planning & Development, 2003 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Amherst, New York, Board Member, 2015 - 2018
  • Pro Bono Criminal Defense in Western New York Justice Courts:, 2016 - Present
  • Attorney of the Morning Program, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project — Atty Volunteer, 2014 - Present
  • Lawyers for Learning, Erie County Bar Association — Tutor, 2012 - 2014
  • Mark Diamond Research Fund Policy Committee, UB Grad School — Chairman, 2015 - 2017
  • SUNY at Buffalo Hiring Committee, Office of Int’l Education (UUP / SL 2&3)
  • Student Relations Committee, UB Alumni Association — Committeeman, 2013 - 2015
  • Msgr. Adamski Polish Saturday School of Buffalo — Board Member, 2018 - Present
  • Canisius High School Alumni Board of Governors — Board Member, 2017 - Present
  • St. Benedict School, School Board — Board Secretary, 2013 - Present
  • St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church — Lector & Pastoral Councilmember, 2003 - Present
  • West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo — Coach & Volunteer, 2002 - 2006

Ancillary Businesses

  • Cynergy Consulting Services, Inc.Senior Vice President & In-House Counsel, Aug. 2013—Present