Lancaster resident appointed Erie County Attorney
A resident of Lancaster, Colby is a partner at Webster Szanyi LLP in Buffalo where he focuses on federal, appellate and complex commercial litigation and has successfully defended municipalities and school districts.
Colby, who replaces Cheryl Green, who resigned last year, is expected to start his new job in March.
“Being named Erie County Attorney will allow me to give back to my home community and put my legal experience to work for the taxpayers of Erie County,” Colby said. “I am grateful the county executive has placed his trust in my abilities and I look forward to leading the professionals working in the County Attorney’s Office.”
Before joining Webster Szanyi, Colby was the law clerk to John T. Elfvin, a member of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Within his first year clerking for Judge Elfvin, Colby reduced the motion backlog from between nine to 12 months to one to two months.
He also was one of two American attorneys selected to participate in a six-week fellowship to observe the English legal system as part of the Pegasus Scholar program. After graduating law school, Colby was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston, Mass.
Collins said Colby’s extensive educational and professional background will serve him well in his new position.
“Mr. Colby will be a tremendous asset as my administration continues to pursue policies that are in the best interest of taxpayers,” Collins said.
Colby was selected by the County Executive after being recommended by a search committed led by Jonathan Dandes, president of Rich Baseball Operations and chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
“The search committee was immediately impressed by Mr. Colby’s background, skill set and commitment to our community,” Dandes said. “His strong candidacy made our difficult job that much easier.”
Colby graduated from Boston University School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Niagara University. While in law school, Colby was the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.