Tom Cannavo is an expert in civil litigation and trial practice. As an attorney in Buffalo, New York, Tom has been fortunate and successful. He credits his belief in continuing education.
For high school, Tom attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, an independent collegiate preparatory school for young men of diverse backgrounds. St Josephs is located in Buffalo, New York where Tom still resides today. Their focus on the education and nurturing of their students in a well rounded manner helped shape Tom for a life of service and accomplishment. During these formative teenage years, Tom was encouraged to explore a wide range of interests from rigorous academics, to athletics and the performing arts. In addition to a full load of honors and Advance Placement courses, Tom was a member of the varsity track and cross country teams, and captain of the varsity wrestling team. He also sang in the Glee Club, and sang and danced in the Swing Choir, a select co-ed ensemble involving 32 students selected by audition from numerous local schools. Tom is very proud of his time at St. Joe’s. He has remained active at the school, previously serving as Vice President of the alumni board. Tom’s young sons carry on the tradition as participants in St. Joe’s summer camps for baseball, volleyball, basketball and wrestling.
Tom continued his education by pursuing an undergraduate degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, continuing in the tradition of a Buffalo area Roman Catholic education. Canisius is a widely recognized school of excellence, being named a top 100 private University by Kiplingers. Tom was fortunate to receive an invitation to study in the college’s All College Honors Program, an invitation which was extended to only 40 incoming freshmen, 18 of whom completed the 4 year program. He was also awarded a 4 year Dean’s Scholarship, the Colucci Family Pre-Law Scholarship, a New York State Regents Scholarship, an ROTC Scholarship and was named a Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Scholar. Knowing he would eventually practice law, Tom studied Political Science with a minor in philosophy, eventually earning his bachelor’s degree with All College Honors in 1990.
Canisius has a rich tradition in athletics, and much of Tom’s appreciation for sport came from his time at Canisius. The school is a NCAA Division I University, and their athletes compete against some of the highest caliber athletes. Interestingly, they even hosted a professional football team in the 1920’s. Between his work in the community and professional life, Tom still finds time for athletic pursuits.
Tom decided to immediately pursue a law degree after earning his undergraduate degree from Canisius. Having a deep appreciation for the Buffalo, New York community, Tom made the decision to attend The State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. While at SUNY Buffalo Law School, Tom found success in the moot court programs. His team placed first in the International Fasken Competition, held in Toronto, Ontario. He also had the honor of representing the United States in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, held in Washington, D.C. In 1991 Tom studied European Community law and international business transactions at University College London Faculty of Laws in London, England. Tom graduated law school in 1993, and immediately started his career in Buffalo, using the network he built over his many years of education in the community.