Melissa A. Foti

Melissa A. Foti
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Melissa A. Foti

One of Melissa’s favorite quotations is, “Well-behaved women rarely make history,” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Melissa feels that movers and shakers change the world – while well-behaved women live lives of peace and tranquility, it is the women who thwart the status quo that go down in the pages of history books.



Ms. Foti’s clients are her number one priority and focus. Her experience and connections give her a unique perspective on how to best handle complex legal issues. It is her open and collaborative spirit that helps ensure that her clients trust her on a personal level as implicitly as they trust her legal experience.


Not only does Melissa tirelessly represent her clients, she is very active in the Western New York legal community. Melissa is strongly committed to the Women’s Bar Association and is a past president of the Western New York Chapter, and has served as the local director, state director and co-chair for the Nominations Committee and Judiciary Committee over the past several years. She is a former chair for the Young Lawyers Committee of the Erie County Bar Association and has sat on the Judiciary Committee of the Erie County Bar Association. She has also volunteered for the Volunteer Lawyers Project and has served as an attorney advisor and judge for the Erie County High School Mock Trial Tournament. Melissa continues to play an active role in a number of other professional organizations where she enjoys time spent cultivating relationships with current clients as well as meeting new clients.



  • B.A., Legal Studies, State University of New York, University at Buffalo
  • Pursued course work toward Juris Doctor at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • J.D., State University of New York, University at Buffalo Law School



  • University of Parma, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy
  • Rome, Italy



  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Justinian Society, Chicago, Illinois
  • Judiciary Committee of the Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Immediate Past President, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter
  • The Young Lawyers Committee of the Erie County Bar Association



  • New York State “Super Lawyer,” 2013-2017
  • Legal Elite of Western New York, 2015



  • New York State
  • Pennsylvania State Bar