Mr. Townsend is managing partner of the Buffalo office, where he focuses attention on the day-to-day management of the office’s operations. He also manages the Harris Beach relationship with a national Canadian law firm. Through this relationship, both law firms share several practice synergies and offer clients counseling on a variety of cross-border matters.
Mr. Townsend has a strong background of more than 25 years in representing major institutional lenders across New York state in their residential mortgage transactions.
Mr. Townsend was a registered agent with the National Hockey League Players Association and has represented professional athletes in the area of sports law.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Townsend is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. He was a member of the Amherst North Rotary and served on the Board of Directors for three years and was treasurer for two years. He was a member of the Village of Williamsville Planning Board and served as chairman of that board for two years. Mr. Townsend has also been active in the Town of Amherst Hockey Association and was manager for the Pee Wee Minor and Major Travel Team. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Park Country Club in 1998 and completed his term as President in 2000. Mr. Townsend also served on the advisory group for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County not‑for‑profit resource center during 2000 and 2001.
Mr. Townsend lives in Amherst, New York with his wife, the Honorable Sharon S. Townsend, former Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial District.