Mr. Blenk concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, including contract, construction, insurance, employment and property disputes, and governmental litigation, including civil rights litigation, Article 78 proceedings, and property tax certiorari cases. Mr. Blenk also advises condominium associations and owners.
While at Boston College Law School, he finished runner-up in the Grimes Moot Court Competition, won the Business Plan competition at the Carroll School of Management and counseled elderly individuals as part of the Law School’s Elder Law Project.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- New York
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- Boston College Law School, J.D., 2012
- University at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude
- Bar Association of Erie County
- Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
Honors & Awards
Upstate New York SuperLawyers®, Rising Star, 2022-2023
- Local Government Property Acquisition: In Rem Updates and Developing Solar Energy On Municipal Brownfield Sites
County Attorneys’ Association of the State of New York Annual Meeting, May 23, 2023
- Have Gavel Will Travel, Bar Association of Erie County CLE, October 27, 2022
- City of Buffalo 2020 Property Tax Assessment Revaluation, Erie Institute of Law CLE, November 15, 2019
- General Municipal Law §103 Bid Mistake – Case Study, Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference, March 21, 2017
- Represented Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in a successful challenge to the United States Treasury’s methodology for distributing more than $4 billion in CARES funds to tribal governments. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Yellen, 63 F.4th 42 (D.C. Cir. 2023)
- Represented business owners in successive litigation initiated by their former partner. Webber v. Webber, 145 A.D.3d 1499, 44 N.Y.S.3d 633 (4th Dep’t 2016); Blue Heron Commercial Grp., Inc. v. Webber, No. 19-12555, 2020 WL 1686824, (11th Cir. Apr. 7, 2020).
- Represented law enforcement officers at trial and obtained judgment in their favor on civil rights claims. Wierzbic v. Howard, 331 F.R.D. 32, 39 (W.D.N.Y. 2019).
- Represented a municipality in an Article 78 on a real property tax question of first impression. LAPC Lofts, LLC v. City of Buffalo Dep't of Assessment, Taxation, 155 A.D.3d 1539, 1539, 65 N.Y.S.3d 361, 362 (4th Dep’t 2017).
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