THOMAS CUNNINGHAM

Founding Partner

Insurance Defense Litigation

O: (716) 854-3400 x217
F: (716) 332-0336
E: cunningham@ruppbaase.com

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The mark of a true collaborator is a generosity of thought, talent, and time. As one of our firm’s creative, entrepreneurial founding partners—Tom Cunningham lives up to these standards in and out of the office. A founding partner, and committed trial attorney, as well as frequent author and guest lecturer, Tom concentrates on insurance defense litigation, insurance coverage, and business litigation.

He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has successfully argued appeals at all appellate levels, including the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit. Tom has also been a chair for statewide programs for the New York State Bar Association. In addition, Tom is also a frequent author and lecturer on New York State Labor Law, automobile and premises liability, products liability, and insurance coverage topics, and one of our firm’s most enthusiastic supporters of our annual Ride for Roswell team.

Education

Canisius College, magna cum laude

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

Admissions

New York State

United States District Court for the Western District of New York

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Affiliations

New York State Bar Association

Erie County Bar Association

Automobile Liability Committee Chair, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section

Past roles including Judiciary Committee, Former Chair of Negligence Committee, Former Chair of Insurance Committee

Western New York Defense Trial Attorneys Association, Member and Former Director

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Community Advisory Board, Member

UB Law Alumni Association, Past Member, Board of Directors

Awards

Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2019

Who’s Who in Law as recognized by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012

Legal Elite of Western New York as recognized by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2013, 2014