BIOGRAPHY

Biography

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER SERVING THE CHEEKTOWAGA & BUFFALO, NY AREA


PERSONAL

Andrew C. LoTempio was born, lives, and works in Buffalo, NY. MAKE SURE you call the right lawyer - The Real Trial Lawyer Andy LoTempio. Not Affiliated with the LoTempio Law Group. In his 28 year career, Andy is the attorney you have seen in the media actually trying cases in State and Federal Court.  From criminal attorney services to DUI/DWI lawyer services, LoTempio's Law Office is the firm to call when you need representation.
EDUCATION

A graduate from SUNY at Buffalo College in 1985 with a BA in Psychology, Mr. LoTempio received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Buffalo Law School. In law school, Mr. LoTempio was a recipient of the Connelly Trial Technique Award, Best of Class, and was a Moot Court Award winner.

After law school, Mr. LoTempio graduated from the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division Training Program in 1988. This included three months of classroom training in Criminal Procedure Law and Penal Law, and five months of in-court training in the Brooklyn Criminal Court as a Public Defender.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Private Practitioner
Andrew C. LoTempio, Attorney at Law, PC | 225 Delaware Avenue, Suite 10 | Buffalo, NY 14202 | Present

The practice focuses primarily on criminal defense work. However, Mr. LoTempio also represents Plaintiffs in accident and injury cases.
 
Mr. LoTempio handles a wide range of criminal matters: misdemeanors, DWI, and serious felonies.

The bulk of his cases are serious, high-profile felonies. On average, he takes on 3–4 murder cases per year, many of which are tried before juries. Furthermore, Mr. LoTempio has, on average, conducted 3 to 5 major jury trials per year during his career as a lawyer.
Judge
Buffalo City Court | 50 Delaware Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14202 | 1999-2003

As a Judge, Mr. LoTempio presided over criminal prosecutions, arraignments through trial, and/or other disposition (this includes constitutional and other suppression hearings) on misdemeanors and arraignments through preliminary hearing on felonies. Mr. LoTempio presided over 3,285 criminal cases in 2002.

During his tenure on the bench, Mr. LoTempio developed the Court’s Attendance Program. Working in conjunction with the Buffalo Public Schools, a program was developed to track and re-place individuals into schools.

Mr. LoTempio was elected to a 10-year term but left the bench after 4½ years to return to private practice defending in criminal cases which is what he calls his "a calling in life" and is "what I love doing."
Criminal Trial Attorney
Private Practice | 1366 Statler Towers | Buffalo, NY 14202 | 1991 – 1998

Sole Practitioner, Practice focused in the field of criminal law. Representation of criminal defendants in local, superior, and federal courts from arraignment through trial or other dispositions. During this first phase of Mr. LoTempio’s private practice, he tried over 90 felonies to jury verdict, including nearly 30 murder trials, many of notoriety. These cases involved all phases of criminal investigations and forensic sciences.
Public Defender
Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division | 175 Remsen Street | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | 1991 – 1998

Daily handling of caseloads of 90+ cases including misdemeanors, felonies, and all phases from arraignment to disposition including trials of misdemeanor cases and felonies. Mr. LoTempio learned his trade in one of the busiest criminal court systems in the country. He was trained by some of the best teachers in the business, at Legal Aid. He threw himself into the fire and learned on his feet. Legal Aid, located in Brooklyn, gave him more experience, alone, than most lawyers have in a lifetime career.
INSTRUCTIONAL/EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor: University of Buffalo Law School

Mr. LoTempio teaches a course at the law school entitled “Path of a Criminal Case.” Students in both the J.D. and L.L.M. programs are instructed on practical criminal procedure from arrest through disposition. In essence, the students are guided through the representation of a criminal defendant from arrest until sentencing or acquittal. Instruction is given on a variety of topics ranging from interviewing a defendant to reviewing criminal accusations, filing constitutional motions, plea bargaining and trial preparation. At the end of the class, each student is assigned an actual criminal file and required to detail their representation of a defendant.
Adjunct Professor: State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo State College) (2002 – 2004)

Undergraduate Criminal Justice 101 Class. Classroom instruction lecturing and testing of approximately 90 students on introductory criminal justice issues. Entry level course for criminal justice majors.
Instructor/Coach: Statewide High School Mock Trial Team at Depew High School (1999-2004)

Mr. LoTempio instructed approximately 20 high school students on evidentiary subjects, criminal law issues, and trial techniques. The students were coached and prepared to conduct a mock trial in a statewide competition.
Continuing Legal Education Instructor/Trial Technique Volunteer Instructor (1991 – Present)

CLE: Performs seminars for entry level attorneys on topics of criminal law. Instruction given on Constitutional and procedural law, motion practice, hearings, trial theories and techniques, criminal investigations, and forensic issues.
Technique Volunteer: University at Buffalo (1991 – Present)

Assist various trial technique instructors in class presentations and demonstrations, giving law students practical advice and critiques surrounding in-court practices (various articles and outlines have been authored and can be furnished upon request).
Training Instructor: Erie County Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society (Assigned Counsel) (Present)

Authored manual for practical criminal defense work. Training attorneys for participation in program providing criminal defense to indigent clients. Both classroom and practical instructions are given.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, New York State Defenders Association
  • Member, Legal Aid Society
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