Craig R. Bucki

Firm: Phillips Lytle LLP
Location: Buffalo - NY

  • 125 Main Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203-2887
  • Tel : (716) 847-5495
  • Fax : N/A

Mr. Bucki focuses his practice on litigation involving state and municipal government, public authorities, and other quasi-governmental entities. In this practice area, Mr. Bucki has experience in prosecuting disciplinary hearings against public employees, representing political candidates in election law disputes, challenging the constitutionality of state statutes and municipal ordinances, obtaining review of the decisions of state and municipal agencies in special proceedings pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, and advising governmental clients concerning issues of governance and compliance with state law. Mr. Bucki also devotes a portion of his practice to representing business entities in commercial disputes and homeowners’ associations in enforcing real property covenants.

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • Bar Association of Erie County Liberty Bell Award, 2017
  • American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award, 2016
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2013-2020
  • Town of Amherst Conservative Party, Chairman’s Award, 2015
  • Am-Pol Eagle, 2014 Citizen of the Year, Legal Field
  • Jefferson B. Fordham Award for Advocacy, American Bar Association’s State and Local Government Law Section, 2013
  • Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for Best Oralist in the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition at Columbia Law School, Winner
  • Jerome Michael Jury Trial Competition at Columbia Law School, Finalist
  • Induction into Phi Beta Kappa
  • Induction into Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society)
  • Ellsworth Prize for Best Senior Essay in the Social Sciences in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University, Winner
  • All-American Witness, 2003 American Mock Trial Association National Tournament
  • 2000 New York State Forensic League Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Brother/Sisterhood Youth Award
  • Youth Leadership Erie County, Graduate
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association 2011 Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003


Phillips Lytle LLP

At Phillips Lytle, we know only one approach to client service. It’s practiced by every one of our attorneys in each of our eight offices. It’s why we’ve been doing what we do for more than 185 years. It’s ingrained in who we are. It’s The Phillips Lytle Way.

We’re fully dedicated to our clients and our work on their behalf. We learn how each defines success, and then help identify how to get there. We learn all there is to know about a client’s business and industry, formulating strategies aimed at the best decisions that fit within defined goals. And we prove our worth as go-to members of the team at every turn.

We take great pride in working this way for our clients both big and small. We work with some of the top businesses in the country – companies on the FORTUNE 500 and FORTUNE Global 500 lists. We are also proud to support startups, entrepreneurs and family-run businesses that help shape the economic climate of our country and create jobs in our communities.