Have you been seriously injured by the intentional or negligent actions of another person and found yourself in a life-changing situation? With over 15 years of experience, James VanDette has helped many clients in similar situations get back on their feet after suffering life-altering injuries.

With extensive knowledge in handling a variety of litigation matters, including automobile accidents, construction accidents, premises liability, civil rights, and wrongful death matters - James is dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve.


James VanDette is equipped with the resources, relationships, and experience to help you obtain the recovery you deserve. As a result, Mr. VanDette has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients in settlements and verdicts. Examples of the results he has achieved include*:

    $1.4 M

    Animal Bite - A young girl was injured as a result of a dog bite (reflects proceeds of structed settlement).


    Motor Vehicle Accident - A worker who was injured in a motor vehicle collision, sustaining a fracture and scarring.


    Slip and Fall - The client tripped and fell resulting in a broken leg.


    Motor Vehicle Accident - A woman was rear-ended by a tractor trailer.


    Slip and Fall - A man required surgery as a result of soft tissue injuries after a slip and fall accident.


    Personal Injury - A police officer was injured during the course of an arrest.


    Slip and Fall - An eldery woman was injured resulting in a fractured hip and wrist.


    Animal Bite - A client suffered injuries due to a dog bite.


    Slip and Fall - A woman sustained an aggravation to a pre-existing back injury, resulting in surgery.


    Slip and Fall - A man was injured and required knee surgery due to a broken step.


    Slip and Fall - The client suffered from a back injury after a slip and fall accident.


    Motor Vehicle Accident - A man suffered a wrist ligament injury due to a motor vehicle collision.


    Motor Vehicle Accident - A woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident where she was rear-ended which resulted in a hip injury.


    Motor Vehicle Accident - A woman was injured in a motor vehicle collision and received full policy limits.


    Motor Vehicle Accident - An eldery pedestrian was injured in a motor vehicle collision and received full policy limits.


    Bicyclist Accident - A bicyclist was injured and suffered a broken finger.

*Past results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law


  • St. John's University School of Law, New York, New York
  • J.D.
  • Honors: With Honors
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A.
  • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Leicester, England

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Pi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Eta Sigma

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County, Member
  • St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Editor
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Defender’s Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Chairperson - Admission to the Bar Committee, Bar Association of Erie County

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York

Volunteer Work

  • Attorney Advisor, Maryvale High School, New York State High School Mock Trial Competition, 2011-2018