William P. Johnson


William (Bill) Johnson’s practice focuses on commercial and residential real estate, title insurance, commercial loan transactions, and representing volunteer fire companies. In his real estate work, Mr. Johnson represents clients buying and selling business properties and homes as well as regional and national mortgage lenders. Further supplementing Mr. Johnson’s real estate work is his skill in examining title to real estate and his ability to write title insurance as an agent or examining counsel for title insurance companies. Mr. Johnson’s work in commercial loan transactions has provided him with several years of experience in representing regional and national lenders.

In representing a number of volunteer fire companies, Mr. Johnson has dealt with real estate and construction projects, internal governance, purchasing of firefighting vehicles and tax-exempt loan transactions. He also has prior experience in estate planning, estate administration, and representing secured lenders in state court and bankruptcy court.  For several years Mr. Johnson has served as Co-Editor of the New York Real Property Law Journal.

As a member of the Bar Association of Erie County Mr. Johnson is a member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee and for three years served as chairman of the Real Property Law Committee coordinating real estate practices and educational issues for local attorneys. Mr. Johnson has lectured for the Bar Association of Erie County, the New York State Bar Association and for the National Business Institute. He is also involved with various civic organizations and is married with three adult children.


  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (State and Local Government Law Program Award)
  • B.A., Canisius College, magna cum laude, All College Honors Curriculum


  • New York State, 1987
  • Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York


  • Bar Association of Erie County, former chairman of the Real Property Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law and Trusts and Estates, Elder Law Sections


  • Selected for Buffalo Business First's Top 100 Lawyers for Erie County in 2004
  • New York State Super Lawyers 2016-2019
  • Habitat for Humanity Key of Hope Award