Michael R. Wolford, Partner




Phone: (585) 325-8008
Toll Free: (877) 394-8497

Mr. Wolford has successfully represented clients throughout New York State in civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts. He served as Assistant United States Attorney for three years in the 1970s before spending 21 years as an associate and partner at Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle. He established the predecessor firm of Michael R. Wolford & Associates in 1993.

Mr. Wolford was President of the Monroe County Bar Association for the 2004-2005 term. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and past chair of the College’s Upstate New York Committee, past president of the Rochester chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and past chairman of the Monroe County Board of Ethics.

Mr. Wolford was recognized in 2008 as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Upstate New York by New York Super Lawyers Magazine. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for "Bet-The-Company Litigation," as well as Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, Environmental Litigation and Municipal Litigation.

Mr. Wolford has served as an arbitrator and mediator of disputes submitted to him by judges and other attorneys and has lectured on trial practice to a number of community, business and professional groups.

Publications

Did election decide transgender restroom litigation?, The Daily Record, December 1, 2016

‘Deflategate’ may be pumped back to life, The Daily Record, March 5, 2015

Pre-action communications by attorneys are not cloaked with absolute immunity, The Daily Record, April 7, 2016

Hard cases may, indeed, make bad law, The Daily Record, April 7, 2014

NY Shield Law expanded geographically by COA, The Daily Record, January 2, 2014

Are attorneys for non-party witnesses ‘potted plants?', The Daily Record, June 6, 2013

Can an attorney confer with his client during a deposition?, The Daily Record, November 1, 2012

Stand-your-ground or license to kill?, The Daily Record, April 5, 2012

When is a Contingent Legal Fee Unconscionable?, The Daily Record, October 6, 2011

Bright line rule on judge recusal about to be visible, The Daily Record, April 7, 2011

Work Product Doctrine Given New Life, The Daily Record, October 7, 2010

What's Behind the 'Citizens' Brouhaha?, The Daily Record, February 4, 2010

Radical Activism from the Far Left, or Not?, The Daily Record, July 2, 2009

Can Teachers be Banned from Wearing Campaign Buttons?, The Daily Record, November 6, 2008

The Hetenyi Murder Trial: A Case for the Ages, The Daily Record, April 3, 2008

Robert H. Jackson the Man from Jamestown, The Daily Record, October 4, 2007

New OCA Rules on the Conduct of Depositions, The Daily Record, September 7, 2006

The Vanishing Trial – Can We Do something about it?, Voir Dire, Summer 2006

Vanishing Trials in Federal, State Courts: What Should the Legal Community Do?, The Daily Record, November 3, 2005

Standards of Civility, The Daily Record, December 4, 2003

Effective Cross-Examination, The Daily Record, May 8, 2003

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Arbitrations, Employment Law, Ethics, and a View From the Bench: Practical Considerations for In‐House Counsel, CLE presented by The Wolford Law Firm, April 2015

Moderator and Speaker, Justice Robert H. Jackson: Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg, the Connections to Rochester & Related Topics, CLE presented by the Monroe Country Bar Association, October 21, 2014

Moderator and Speaker, come Inequality: Fact or Fiction. If Fact, What, If Anything, Can We Do About It?, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, May 16, 2014

Speaker, To Draft or Not to Draft…That is the Capacity Question, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, May 8, 2014

Speaker, Evidence Institute Part V: Real & Demonstrative Evidence, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, November 14, 2013

Speaker, From Arbitrations to Investigations: Practical Considerations for In-House Counsel, CLE presented by The Wolford Law Firm LLP, June 12, 2013

Moderator and Speaker, Gun Violence in America - What can we do about it?, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, March 21, 2013

Speaker, Ethical Principles for the Practicing Attorney, CLE presented by The Wolford Law Firm LLP, December 2, 2011

Speaker, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Update, CLE presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers, March 9, 2011

Moderator and Speaker, The Critical State of Access to Justice, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, June 10, 2010

Speaker, Evidence Institute Part V: Real & Demonstrative Evidence, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, May 19, 2010

Moderator and Speaker, How to Reach Potential New Clients, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, October 22, 2009

Moderator and Speaker, Practice Development in a Down Economy, CLE presented by the UB Law Alumni Association, May 14, 2009

Speaker, Practical Skills – How to Commence a Civil Lawsuit, CLE presented by the New York State Bar Association, June 6, 2003

Speaker, How to Try Damages – Cross-Examination of the Economist, CLE presented by the New York Bar Association, December 6, 2002

Speaker, Practical Skills - How to Commence a Civil Lawsuit, CLE presented by the New York State Bar Association, November 14, 2001

Moderator and Speaker, New York Appellate Practice and Procedure, CLE presented by the University of Buffalo Law School and UB Law Alumni Association, October 19, 2000

Speaker, Jury Selection & Jury Impact – “How To Win With Juries” – Civil and Criminal Trials, CLE presented by the Monroe County Bar Association, March 10, 2000


Admissions

New York State Court

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

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

Education


Professional & Civic Activities

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Foundation
  • New York State Bar Foundation

Awards

  • The Daily Record Nathaniel Award – 1997
  • U.S. District Court Special Service Award – 2000
  • Monroe County Bar Association Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award – 2001
  • University at Buffalo Law School Distinguished Alumnus Award – 2003
  • Rochester Black Bar Association’s Award for Commitment to Diversity - 2005
  • University at Buffalo Law School Students of Color Trail Blazer Award – 2009
  • Monroe County Bar Association Humanitarian Award - 2014