John Kolaga is a partner and head of our environmental law practice group, and also lends his experience to our commercial real estate and banking and collections practices.

Within environmental law, he focuses his practice on the litigation of environmental issues, including negotiating consent orders and settlement agreements with state and federal regulators, as well as advising clients on environmental due diligence issues in the cases of acquisition or sale. He also counsels clients on the New York State Brownfields Clean Up Program, issues related to biosolids, and other public concerns.

John also practices general civil litigation and assists the Commercial Real Estate practice group and the Banking & Collections practice group on environmental issues which affect their clients.


Canisius College, B.A.

State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D.


New York State

United States District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of New York

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


New York State Bar Association

Board Member, Legal Aid Bureau

Past Board Member, Elmwood Village Association


Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2014

Who’s Who in Law as recognized by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2012

Named Legal Elite as recognized by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2013, 2014

William Faust Award for Distinguised Service to the Air & Waste Management Association, Niagara Frontier Section, 2006