Michael McClaren

Managing Partner

Tel: 716.842.2800
Fax: 716.845.6709
Email: mmcclaren@websterszanyi.com

Years of Experience

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Law Enforcement Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Securities


  • Albany Law School, JD
  • St. Lawrence University, BA

Admitted to Practice

  • New York State – 1992
  • United States District Courts (NYS) – Western, Northern, & Southern
  • Western District of NY Bankruptcy Court
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations & Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute – Governmental Liability Committee, Commercial Litigation and Life, Health, Disability; and ERISA Committees
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Lecturer and Educator for law enforcement departments on police officer use-of-force and police department policies.
  • 2020 Best Lawyers Award – Commercial Litigation

Community Involvement 

  • Mr. McClaren is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and East Aurora Cooperative Market

Summary of Practice

Mr. McClaren has tried a variety of cases to verdict in both State and Federal Courts, including cases involving personal injury, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination matters.  He most recently obtained a defense verdict following a jury trial in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York on behalf of a commercial client in a Labor Law 240 case. The Plaintiff claimed to have suffered disabling injuries in a fall from a ladder.   The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Mr. McClaren’s client after a week-long trial.  Mr. McClaren also recently tried a case to a defense verdict on behalf of a local school district which had been accused of age and gender discrimination.  He has tried cases in the Federal District Courts in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.  He has also tried numerous cases in the New York State Supreme Courts.  Mr. McClaren regularly appears in both State and Federal Court and has been recognized by his peers and Martindale-Hubbell as “Preeminent” and as having the “Highest Level of Professional Excellence.”  Mr. McClaren has represented HealthNow New York, Inc. (d/b/a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York) for over 20 years in a variety of commercial and ERISA litigation matters.  He has argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division Fourth Department.