Auricchio, James Quinn Esq.

James Quinn Auricchio Esq.

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James Quinn Auricchio was born and raised in Western New York.  He earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his law degree from the State University at Buffalo.  He is one of several lawyers with offices located in the storied Cornell Mansion in Buffalo, New York.

Former State and Federal Prosecutor

Mr. Auricchio spent the first ten years of his practice as a State and Federal Prosecutor, earning distinctions from the New York State Police, Department of Homeland Security and Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation.  He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County before his appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. There, he was named Chief of the Revenue Crimes, Asset Forfeiture and Public Corruption bureaus in the Special Investigation Division.  

As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Auricchio was assigned to a number of high profile cases, primarily in the arena of Public Corruption. He piloted a state wide initiative to investigate financial crimes and reinvigorated the Asset Forfeiture bureau of the office.

Named a Special Assistant United States Attorney in 2008, he was ultimately named an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York.  There, he investigated and prosecuted matters ranging from White Collar Crime and Public Corruption to International Drug Trafficking conspiracies.

Criminal Defense

In 2010 he founded the Auricchio Law Offices, focusing on complex criminal investigations and litigation for individuals and business entities.  While he is perhaps best known for his work as a Criminal Defense Attorney, his roster of clients includes a variety of companies from local restaurants and bars to international corporations.  He is a popular legal commentator who frequently appears in publications including the Buffalo News.  He has also provided commentary for TSN, the Chicago Tribune and ESPN.

In 2011, his work was featured in the Buffalo News after he handled one of the State’s first cases under “Leandra’s Law”.  That story highlighted the disparity in results he obtained for his client from other cases. His client was alleged to have a lengthy criminal record, but was spared jail time after working collaboratively with her attorney and drug and alcohol counsellors.  

Shortly after striking out on his own, he was elected by his peers as a “Rising Star” on the list of Superlawyers.  He was named to the Superlawyers list again in 2020.

In 2012, his work led to the dismissal of charges filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York after he provided prosecutors with a comparison of his client’s voice with recordings alleged to have been made during drug transactions as well as evidence that his client was at work some thirty miles away from the scene of the crime.  A subsequent investigation by Prosecutors confirmed that the informant misled agents.   Prosecutors revealed that the informant had falsely accused his client and others of selling drugs.

In 2015 he served on the defense team for Josue Ortiz, a man wrongly convicted of a double homicide in the City of Buffalo. Mr. Ortiz was exonerated following an investigation and hearings before an Erie County Court.  Mr. Ortiz had been incarcerated for nearly nine years after he allegedly “confessed” to the crimes.  Mr. Auricchio was a part of the team that proved he had nothing to do with the gruesome crimes and that his alleged confession was the result of mental illness and suggestive interrogation.

In 2016, he was appointed as Deputy Administrator for the Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society, where he was tasked with creation and implementation of training programs for criminal lawyers in the Western New York region.  As a part of his duties, he provided training to lawyers and judges across Western New York.  He was also tasked with implementing updated procedures leveraging cloud technology, including advances in case assignment and billing procedures, saving the program and ultimately taxpayers, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Upon completion of those initiatives, he returned his focus exclusively to private practice.

Community Engagement and Honors

The following year he accepted nomination to the Board of Trustees for the Erie County Bar Foundation, and served in that capacity for three years until his term expired.  He has also served on the Boards of numerous not for profits and volunteered for agencies dedicated to the assistance of children with special needs such as autism.

In 2017, Mr. Auricchio was named as chairperson of the Practice Continuity Committee for the Bar Association of Erie County.

In 2018 Mr. Auricchio was named a chairperson of the Criminal Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. He continued to serve in that capacity until 2021.

In 2019 he was named to the “Top 100” list of the National Association of Trial Lawyers.

In 2020, Mr. Auricchio was elected by his peers to the “Super Lawyers” list (top 5% of practicing lawyers in Western New York).

Mr. Auricchio has presented lectures to the New York State Prosecutor’s Training Institute, the Erie County Municipal Police Training Academy, the Erie Law Institute, the University at Buffalo Law School and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. 

Mr. Auricchio is licensed to practice in the State of New York and is admitted to Federal Courts in the Western District of New York.   


  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
    • John Carroll University
      • Bachelor of Arts - 1996

    Classes & Seminars

    • Instructor, University at Buffalo Medical School
    • Instructor, Erie Institute of Law

    Pro-Bono Activities

    • Heritage Centers Foundation, Board of Directors
    • Saint Francis High School Alumni Association, Board of Directors
    • University at Buffalo Law School’s GOLD Alumni Board

    Past Positions

    • Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County
    • United States Attorney’s Office, Assistant served Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
    • Assistant District Attorney in New York
    • Assistant District Attorney in Erie County, New York
    • Special Assistant United States Attorney
    • Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of New York

    Professional Associations

    • Erie County Bar Association, Member
    • New York State Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of New York, Member
    • Bar Association of Erie County Foundation , Board of Directors
    • Erie County Bar Association’s Professional Continuity Committee, Chair
    • Erie County Bar Foundation, Member

    Current Employment Position

    • Attorney

    Practice Areas

    • Criminal Defense

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court Western District of New York


    • “Rising Star” by Superlawyers
    • Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell
    • The New York State Police presented a service commendation in recognition of Mr. Auricchio’s service as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County
    • Mr. Auricchio served in the Felony DWI bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office that was honored by MADD and STOP DWI
    • Named chief of the Crimes Against Revenue Program for Erie County
    • Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation’s Community Service Award
    • Department of Homeland Security Service Commendation
    • Client Distinction Award, Martindale Hubbell
    • Top 100 NATL
    • NYSDA
    • Selected To Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Best DUI Lawyers in Buffalo, 2020
    • Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation Service Award, Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, 2006