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Nancy W. Saia

Nancy W. Saia, a 1981 summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College’s All-College Honors Program and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School, was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1985. She served as Chair of the Real Property Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County (“BAEC”) from 1995-1998 and has also served on the various subcommittees of the Real Property Law Committee which drafted and revised the residential real estate contract and related forms approved by the BAEC. Nancy is also an active member of the BAEC’s Unauthorized Practice of Law (“UPL”) Committee and its real property liaison subcommittee, the latter of which has been instrumental in providing information to attorneys and lenders as to the proper role of paralegals and settlement agents in real estate transactions and has spearheaded efforts to create UPL committees across the state. Nancy is currently a Director of the BAEC. She has been a frequent lecturer on real estate law topics, is an instructor for the Erie Institute of Law, the New York State Bar Association, the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors and the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 US News - Best Lawyers® 2018 "Best Law Firms"
  • 2016 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent(TM) Rating
  • 2016 US News - Best Lawyers® 2016 "Best Law Firms"
  • 2015 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent(TM) Rating
  • 2014 US News - Best Lawyers® 2014 "Best Law Firms" Tier 2 - New York State - Real Estate Law
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent(TM) Rating
  • 2014 Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law
  • 2013 AVVO Superb Rating
  • 2013 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • 2013 Top-Rated Lawyer in Real Estate Law by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association speaker 2013
  • Best Lawyers® 2013
  • AV® Preeminent status in Corporate Real Estate Law
  • America's Most Honored Professionals - 2011
  • New York Area's Top Lawyers
  • 2012 AVVO Superb Rating
  • Best Lawyers - New York
  • AV® Preeminent status - Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers - highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards
  • Client Distinction Award - Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate - 2013
  • Best Lawyers - Best Law Firm - Real Estate - US News & World Reports 
  • Special Service Award - Bar Association of Erie County 2007
  • Special Service Award - Bar Association of Erie County 1998
  • Who’s Who in Law - Business First 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
  • Director of the Bar Association of Erie County 2008-2010
  • Past Chairman of the Real Property Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County
  • Vice President 2007-2009 and President 2009-2011 of the Women’s Buffalo District Golf Association

Past Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • New York State Bar Association: “Practical Skills – Purchases and Sales of Homes”
  • New York State Bar Association: “Real Estate Titles in Changing Times”
  • Author: “Residential Contract Fine Print and Contingencies – Protections a Real Estate Lawyer Can Provide” – NY Real Property Law Journal
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Short Sales and Foreclosures
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Annual Real Estate Conference”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Survival Strategies for Life After Law School”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “A Brave New World The New Contract”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “New Contract, New Title Standards…New Ideas”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Unauthorized Practice of Law”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “New Developments and Old Reminders in the Practice of Real Estate Law”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Property Condition Disclosure Act”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Title Examination Basics”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “Real Estate Practice Pointers”
  • Bar Association of Erie County: “The People’s Law School”
  • Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors – Certified Instructor for Salespersons Qualifying Course