ABOUT

Dennis J. Bischof began his legal career in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. He’s been a solo practitioner since 2005.

Over the course of his career Mr. Bischof has tried a significant number of cases to jury verdict. He is a trial attorney, primarily. He has appeared in New York State Supreme Court, the New York Court of Claims, and U.S. Federal District Court. He has handled a number of appeals at the Appellate Division, Fourth Department together with appeals to New York State's highest appellate court, the New York Court of Appeals.

Mr. Bischof is active in his state and local bar associations. He is currently the Chairman of the Negligence Committee for the Bar Association of Erie County. He also serves on the Law Practice Management Committee for the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Bischof was appointed to the Supreme Court (Civil) Advisory Committee on E-Filing which advises New York’s Chief Administrative Judge on E-Filing in civil courts of superior jurisdiction.

A musician, Mr. Bischof is a committee member, contributing musician, and contributing artist with Lawyers for the Arts. Lawyers for the Arts gathers an all lawyer cast of musicians and artists to raise funds for local arts groups. Lawyers for the Arts raised more than $34,000 in grants in 2016 to be awarded through Give for Greatness. The event was held at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Bischof created, organizes, and participates as team captain in a semi-annual exhibition ice hockey game "Sabres v. Esquires" - a team of attorneys from the Bar Association of Erie County who competed against a team consisting of Buffalo Sabres Alumni. The charity event raises money for the Erie County Bar Foundation and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association. The Sabres Alumni remain undefeated.

Elected to the Board of Directors for the Bar Association of Erie County in June 2007, Mr. Bischof served as Treasurer 2008-2009 and as Deputy Treasurer 2007-2008. Mr. Bischof is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County's Negligence Committee, Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, and the Committee for Veterans' and Service Members' Legal Issues.

Mr. Bischof received a Special Service Award from the Bar Association of Erie County in 2006. The Special Service Award was given in recognition of Mr. Bischof's dedicated efforts in creating and chairing the Bar Association's annual admissions program to the United States Supreme Court. April 2016 marks his 23rd year of helping attorneys become admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. The Bar Association of Erie County presents special service awards to persons who have contributed to the welfare of the Bar Association and its members in an exceptional manner.

Mr. Bischof was elected President of the Buffalo Chapter for the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as Chapter President for 2009 and 2010. Mr. Bischof previously served a one year term as Chapter Vice President in 2008. The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I Section 2 of the New York State Constitution.

He was Board President for Tonawanda's Council on the Arts for the Carnegie Art Center from August 2000 through August 2006. He actively participates in the University at Buffalo Law School's mentoring program for first year law students. An Eagle Scout, Dennis J. Bischof was also a member of the Eagle Scout Recognition Day Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America.

A 1986 graduate of Canisius College, Mr. Bischof received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1989, where he was Associate Editor of the Syracuse Law Review. Dennis J. Bischof is licensed to practice in all courts in New York State. He is also licensed to practice law in the State of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Mr. Bischof is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the Western and Northern Districts of the U.S. Federal Court.