48 Years  of Accumulated Practice

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James M. VanDette

James VanDette founded the firm with Brittany Penberthy after gaining experience representing plaintiffs in one of the largest personal injury practices in Western New York.  He has extensive experience handling a variety of litigation matters, including automobile accidents, construction accidents, premises liability, and wrongful death matters.



  • St. John’s University School of Law - Juris Doctorate (J.D.) with honors

  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) magna cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • University of Leicester, England



  • State of New York

  • United States District Court, WDNY


Professional Organizations

  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New York State Defender’s Association

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • Former Chairperson - Admission to the Bar Committee, Bar Association of Erie County


Volunteer Work

  • Attorney Advisor, Maryvale High School, New York State High School Mock Trial Competition, 2011-2018