Of Note

  • 2017 - Selected as an Upstate New York Rising Star by Super Lawyers a Thomson Reuters publication

Community Service

  • Attorney Instructor for the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Healthy Homes Legal Practicum

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Mr. Woods served as a presenter at the 2013 HB Lead Litigation Conference in Naples, Florida.

Biography

Zachary James Woods is a trial and appellate attorney, who primarily focuses his practice on representing children injured by exposure to lead-based paint. He has successfully argued hundreds of motions before New York State’s trial courts. As a direct result of Zachary’s motion and appellate work, it has become increasing difficult for local landlords to ignore hazardous lead paint conditions at their rental properties. Zachary’s representative appellate decisions include: 

Moore v. Del-Rich Properties, Inc., 151 A.D.3d 1817 (4th Dept. 2017)

Ortiz v. Lehmann, 118 A.D.3d 1389 (4th Dept. 2014) 

Jackson v. Vatter, 121 A.D.3d 1588 (4th Dept. 2014).

Zachary has also successfully represented his clients at trial. In November 2013, Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Michael A. Ponterio, Keith R. Vona and Zachary Woods obtained a $525,000 verdict on behalf a Rochester, New York, child for injuries resulting from exposure to lead-based paint. In October 2014, Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Joseph T. Kremer, Anne Joynt and Zachary Woods obtained what is believed to be the first jury verdict on behalf a lead poisoned plaintiff in Erie County’s history.

Zachary’s experience extends beyond the arena of childhood lead poisoning litigation. In the past, Zachary has been called on to consult on insurance coverage matters. Recently, Zachary successfully defended a local small business in a lawsuit alleging breach of warranty. 

News & Insights

Community/Civic Activities

  • Attorney Instructor for the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Healthy Homes Legal Practicum

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Mr. Woods served as a presenter at the 2013 HB Lead Litigation Conference in Naples, Florida.

Education

Education

  • J.D., 2011, cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School

- Finance Transactions Concentration

  • B.A., 2008, cum laude, Psychology and Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

Admissions

  • 2012 - New York State