Lifetime Achievement Award
Attorney of the Year
Ernest Dorchester Buff, Attorney, Chair and Managing Partner for Ernest D. Buff & Associates LLC, has recently been selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding dedication and commitment to the legal profession.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members are selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, the contributions they have made to society, and the impact they have had on their industries. Mr. Buff will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala, being held at the iconic NYC Plaza Hotel, for his selection as a Lifetime Achievement recipient where he will receive the award on stage.
An accomplished professional in the legal field, with over 45 years of professional experience in domestic and foreign Intellectual Property Law, Mr. Buff has certainly proven himself as a worthy candidate for this top honor. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, he has demonstrated success not only as an Attorney but in every position he has ever held. Mr. Buff has extensive knowledge of the formation and administration of patent estates, including patent and trademark prosecution, patent litigation, licensing, and business agreements for the development and exploitation of proprietary properties.
His impressive repertoire of prior roles has included working for Allied Chemical- now Honeywell, for over 30 years, and as an attorney for the law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Since 1998, Mr. Buff has served as Chair and Managing Partner of Ernest D. Buff & Associates.
At Ernest D. Buff & Associates, focus and practice areas include Intellectual Property, Patent Practice, Trademarks, Copyright, Filing and Enforcing Patents, Patent Litigation Defense, Trademark Infringement Defense, and Enforcement Litigation, Intellectual Property Infringement Defense and Copyright Infringement Defense.
Mr. Buff concentrates his technical practice in the chemical, mechanical, electrical, and metallurgical industries, encompassing amorphous and microcrystalline metals, electromagnetic components, Internet and E-Commerce software systems, and business methods.
Before embarking on his professional career path, Mr. Buff attended Syracuse University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1966. He furthered his education at the Boston University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1969. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Buff has held licenses in the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. He was also admitted by the Patent Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated “Choosing Mr. Buff for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is passionate about his work, brilliant at what he does, and has a long history as a highly regarded lawyer. We are looking forward to honoring him at the Annual Awards Gala being held at the magnificent Plaza Hotel.”
Throughout his remarkable career, Mr. Buff has received many awards, accolades and has been featured in publications for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal industry. In 2020 he was featured on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square NYC, graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine, and was chosen as Attorney of the Year by the International Association of Top Professional (IAOTP). In addition to these awards, Mr. Buff was recognized for success with the Chicago Tribune Silver Medal Award, the Attorney of the Month Award from National Firm, and the William Berry Award. He has also been listed with Marquis Who’s Who as a dedicated Lawyer.
Aside from his remarkable practice, Mr. Buff has maintained memberships with the American Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association, the DC Bar Association, and the Patent Bar Association. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Small Business since 2003.
Looking back, Mr. Buff attributes his success to his love and interest in his work as well as the support and cooperation of his family. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children, and his grandchildren. For the future, he hopes to continue his excellence at the law firm and to reconnect with his passion for music by writing a symphony.