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ATTORNEY JOHN FEROLETO
John Feroleto’s commitment to Buffalo and Western New York runs deep. Born and raised on Buffalo’s west side, after attending the University of Buffalo Law School, SUNY, Feroleto chose to remain in Buffalo to raise his family and practice law.
John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile.
It shows in the results he gets for his clients.
Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ receovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are.
He is called on by national, state and local assocations in the United States and Canada to teach other trial attorneys.
Track-Record of Results
- More than $5 million for multiple fractures, brain injury in a construction site accident.
- More than $10 million to a man who suffered catastrophic injuries in a work place accident.
- A confidential amount to the family of a woman who froze to death after her heating gas was shut off.
- More than $1 million for injuries sustained by a truck driver in a wheel loss case.
- More than $1 million to a truck driver whose disabledr rig was struck by another tractor trailer.
- More than $1 million for a motorcyclist cut off by a tractor trailer driver.
- More than $3 million to a man who suffered multiple fractures, brain injury in a van rollover.
- Many other significant results
Educating Other Attorneys
Some of the topics are:
- Office Judo – Taking on the Big Firms
- How to Present Your Case At Trial
- Advanced Presonal Injury – Mastering Your Practice
- Advanced Depositions in New York
- Direct Examination and Cross Examination
- Applying the Rules of Evidence
- Proving Damages
- Witness Preparation
- Construction Site Accidents
- New York State Lawbor Law
- Finding and Dealing With Experts
- Eithical Considerations
Away from the Office
Outside of the office, John’s dedication is to his family. Married for more than 30 years, he and his wife, Paula, have three adult children – all of whom have chosen to remain in Western New York.
John is an avid runner, racing from the mile to the marathon, including the Boston marathon.
He also enjoys making his own wine – something his family has done for generations – and cultivating his own vegetable gardens, all of which he is happy to share with others.
John’s love of Buffalo runs deep; he loves the city and the people who live in it. Each year, he dedicates much of his time to charitable causes.
Charities Close to Home & Heart
John and his wife, Paula, founded a highly recognized program that offers inner-city youths the opportunity to work as a paid interns in various law offices in Western New York.
Winter Glove Drive
Each winter, John’s firm runs a winter glove program, donating winter gloves to those in need.
Raising Awareness for Marcena’s Miracles
John serves as the gold sponsor for Marcena’s Miracles’ Elephant Run, an event that benefits the Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund, awarded to transplant recipients, with priority given to candidates in Western N.Y. area. This combines John’s love of running and goal of raising community awareness of the importance of transplant donation.
John also helps with other community programs, such as sponsoring a Down syndrom walk/run event, offering presentations to volunteer firefighters, hosting a wine-tasting benefit for not-for-profits, educating people about the dangers of driving while distracted and working at neighborhood clean-up events.
Attorney Joel Feroleto
Joel Feroleto received his Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School. He is an alumni of Canisius College and Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. Prior to joining Feroleto Law, he worked at a large New York City based firm focusing in banking law and an upstate New York firm with a practice limited to catastrophic injury. He has appeared in various New York Courts from trial through the appellate level.
Mr. Feroleto has a passion for public service. After graduating from Canisius College he served as a legislative aide to two Buffalo Common Councilmembers and a New York State Senator. While a full-time student at the University at Buffalo Law School he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to a New York State Senator.
Outside of work Joel Feroleto is active in the Western New York community. He has served on the Board of Directors of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and is a member of the Good Government Club, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Association For Justice.
Away from the office Joel enjoys running and cycling and competes in events including the triathlon and marathons.
Attorney Carrie Zimbardi
Carrie Zimbardi gets results. Results by outworking the other side. When you get to know Carrie, you will understand. She started at the bottom and worked her way up. She began as a legal assistant in a personal injury firm, then a paralegal, and eventually she became office manager. After mastering those positions, she earned her degree at the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Remarkably, Carrie started law school while continuing to work, and caring for her two-year-old twin boys. She studied while her babies slept. As an undergraduate and law school student, she competed in multiple mock trial tournaments across the country, earning numerous “Best Attorney” awards for her trial skills.
In the legal community she is earning a reputation for her hard work and quality representation of her clients. She is a passionate advocate for the people she represents.
Carrie’s pride and joy are her twin boys, Benjamin and Brady. She loves spending time with them and their extended family, especially camping at their family campsite. She and her sons are enthusiastic Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fans and thoroughly enjoy watching the games together.
Megan Bechard was born and raised in the Buffalo, New York and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Buffalo State College. Shortly after graduating Megan started her career in the legal field working as a plaintiff personal injury paralegal. She wanted to extend her knowledge of law and has since come to us with two more years of defense personal injury litigation experience. Before working in the legal field, she worked in customer service as a shift manager at Pier 1 Imports.
Megan enjoys the close-knit atmosphere of working at Feroleto Law. She takes pride in being able to diligently focus on each and every case she helps to handle.
Megan understands the frustration and fear that people feel after they or their loved ones have been hurt by others and the lengths insurance companies will go to to protect their large revenues. She personally commits herself to professionally serve each client to the best of her ability. Being a paralegal and advocate for our clients is something that she holds in high esteem.
Megan enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé Mike. She is an avid football and Buffalo Bills fan. In her free time she also enjoys finding new and exciting things to do in Buffalo and is intrigued by its rich history. She loves to be in the kitchen cooking and baking as well as being outdoors hiking, fishing and camping.
They said it couldn’t be done. With five children, a job and maintaining her home, Jill Wnek said she planned to go to law school. Friends said it was impossible, wait until your kids are grown up. Not Jill. Not only did she go to law school, she attacked it with a passion. Jill earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School where she also competed for and won a spot on the highly regarded journal, the Buffalo Law Review and became an Associate Editor.
Before law school, Jill Wnek earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Buffalo. She joined Feroleto Law as a law clerk after her first year of law school and remained with the firm upon admission to the bar.
Jill volunteers. At her children’s schools, she provides help any way she can, whether it be in the classroom or coordinating large school events. She has a strong desire to help her community. Jill knew she could be a more effective advocate as a lawyer.
At the University at Buffalo Law School, she volunteered through the law school’s student Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, helping people who could not afford legal representation in Erie County, New York Family Court and Federal Court.