Attorney John V. Elmore has been Named  “Lawyer of the Year” by the Bar Association of Erie  County 

Attorney Elmore,  along with several other  awardees, will be honored at the organization’s 133rd annual awards ceremony Oct. 22 at the Transit Drive-In theatre in Lockport.   

Born and raised in Olean, N.Y., John  received his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University. He  has more than 35 years experience in the criminal justice system  and has seen the system from many perspectives. Prior to entering private practice, John, a former New York State Trooper, served as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and New York Assistant Attorney General. Currently a personal injury attorney, he  is a senior partner of  the Law Offices of Steve Boyd/John Elmore. He has served as a member of the New York State Attorney Grievance Committees, which oversees the discipline of lawyers accused of misconduct or neglect. 

He is an accomplished personal injury attorney in private practice, and is  currently co-proprietor of the Buffalo-based Steve Boyd & John Elmore law firm.

Elmore has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: NAACP Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award; Ebony Magazine’s Phenomenal Fathers Award; the  Buffalo News Citizen of the Year;  and the Olean high school Academic Wall of Fame.

He is the author of Fighting for Your Life: the African American Survival Guide, which addresses the issues of Blacks, especially young people, and the criminal justice system. It has received national recognition. 

In 2018 Attorney  Elmore became the first African- American attorney in history to convene a convention of the 8th Judicial District of New York State. He was nominated for this role by the eight Democratic county chairs of the 8th district, which cover Western New York.

Last year he graced the cover   the  prestigious “Super Lawyers”  magazine,  where he was cited  as a 2019 Super Lawyer for his outstanding legal accomplishments as well as his work in the community with a  youth  boxing program.

This summer he teamed up with the Stop the Violence Coalition to conduct a voter registration drive which resulted in the registration of 1,000 new voters. The effort was largely financed by the offices of Boyd  and Elmore.

Most recently he serves as a co-chair of the  Minority Bar Association of WNY  Task Force which completed, and delivered, seven Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations  which were delivered to the City of Buffalo in hopes that it will be part of the police contract which is currently being negotiated with the Buffalo Police Department.

Arthur O. Eve Jr.’s  comment on  Attorney Elmore’s  historic nomination to convene the convention of the 8th Judicial District of New York State, was a fitting tribute which continues to hold true. Said Eve : John embodies the very best of our community and the legal field, and he is a true son of Buffalo who brings distinction to us, to this city, and to this region.”                 

Congratulations Attorney Elmore