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Legal Limelight #7

May 30, 2017

Legal Limelight, a weekly feature, includes a Q&A with one of our attorneys or valued employees. Keep reading to learn all about this week’s guest, Michael J. Colletta.

Q: How many years have you been with Tiveron Law?

A:  I’ve been with Tiveron Law for five and a half years.

Q: What is your area of practice?

A: I practice Matrimonial and Family Law.

Q: Where did you attend school?

A: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education from Ithaca College and I went to Brooklyn Law School for my law degree.

Q: Why did you become a lawyer?

A: I taught high school for a couple years after college. However, in order to continue teaching,  I was at a point where I needed to go back to school to get a master’s degree. Law School had always been in the back of my mind, so instead of going back to school for a graduate degree in history or education, I decided to apply to law school.

Q: Why did you choose to practice in Buffalo?

A: My wife and I are both from Buffalo, so it was always our intention to wind up back here.

Q: What’s the one thing you want your clients to know about you?

A: I want my clients to know that I truly have their best interests at heart and every decision I make in the course of the representation is geared toward obtaining the best long-term, overall result possible. Even if a client doesn’t like or agree with the advice I’m giving them on a particular issue, they need to understand and trust that it’s for a purpose, even if the purpose is not immediately obvious to them. Trust is absolutely key in any attorney-client relationship.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Buffalo?

A: My wife and I have two small children, so our favorite child-friendly restaurant would be Pizza Plant and our favorite date-night restaurant is San Marco on Kensington. 

Q: Where’s one place in the world you’d like to travel?

A:  I love traveling; I’d really like to go to South America. 

Q: Which is your favorite book?

A:  My favorite book is a nonfiction work, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond.

Q: If you hadn’t become a lawyer, which profession would you have chosen?

A: I would have probably stuck with teaching, or when I was a child, I wanted to be an architect.