Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Beth Ann 
     Bivona

Beth Ann Bivona

Partner

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Beth Ann works primarily with corporations and other businesses and professional clients on a variety of commercial disputes and insolvency matters. Her work not only includes handling commercial, federal, and complex litigation, but also debtor and creditor counseling and representation in bankruptcy proceedings as well as financial workouts.

In addition to her business litigation practice, Beth Ann is co-chair of our Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Area and she actively represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy courts and appellate courts in actions involving preferences, fraudulent transfers, setoffs, dischargeability, claims objections, confirmation, relief from the stay, and other related bankruptcy matters. She has served as special counsel to various Chapter 7 Trustees and has represented Chapter 7, 11, and 13 debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Beth Ann handles and negotiates various workouts for both debtors and creditors.

An experienced equestrian rider, Beth Ann also handles equine matters, including contract negotiations, disputes, and litigation. Representing barn owners, horse owners, trainers, riders or lessors/lessees, Beth Ann assists with agreements to buy, sell, or lease a horse or a riding facility, insurance coverage issues, boarding contracts, landlord/tenant matters, property damage or injuries, employment contracts, and professional liability issues. She also addresses her clients’ corporate questions on matters such as partnerships, incorporations, show management, and the various sport governing bodies.

Beth Ann lectures on various business, bankruptcy, and equine matters. She has presented seminars for Lorman Educational Services, Sterling Educational Services, National Business Institute, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Beth Ann taught business law classes at D’Youville College and Bryant and Stratton. Additionally, she co-authored Effects of the Bankruptcy Act, a chapter in the New York State Bar Association’s publication “Collections and the Enforcement of Money Judgments” (2006 - present).


Practice Areas

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., cum laude, 1993
  • Michigan State University, J.D., cum laude, 1997

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Western New York
  • Delta Sigma Pi

Civic Activities

  • Girl Scouts of Western New York, Troop Leader
  • Upstate New York Turnaround Management Association, Board Member

Speaking & Publications

  • New York State Bar Association’s Collections and the Enforcement of Money Judgments, "Effects of the Bankruptcy Act" Chapter, 2006-Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County's Western New York Bankruptcy Conference, 2009-Present
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension's Horse Farm Legal Concerns, Ontario County, September 25, 2010
  • University of Kentucky Annual Conference on Equine Law, "Cause of Actions in Horse Sale Disputes from a Plaintiff’s Prospective," 2010
  • New York State Bar Association, "Bankruptcy (Preferences\ Fraudulent Transfers)," October 2008
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of South Central NY Ag Team and Broome County, "Legal and Insurance Issues in the Equine Industry," February 2003
  • Frequent lecturer for Lorman Education Services on topics such as bankruptcy law and litigation and debtor and creditors’ rights, 2001-2006

Honors

  • Girl Scouts of Western New York Women of Distinction, 2016
  • Business First of Buffalo, 2016, 2017 Legal Elite Leaders of Western New York
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer 2013- 2015 for Bankruptcy
  • Business First of Buffalo, 2013 Legal Elite of Western New York
  • Business First of Buffalo, 2007, 40 under Forty Award
  • Daily Record, named Western New York's Up and Coming Attorney
  • Delta Sigma Pi Golden Council Member

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Partner
  • United States Federal District Court, Judicial Internship Clerk