Partners Chris Mattingly and Melissa Cavagnaro interviewed for Buffalo Law Journal Article

When the New York Court of Appeals issued a major ruling defining the parental rights of non-biological parents in a same-sex relationship, The Buffalo Law Journal reached out to Chris Mattingly and Melissa Cavagnaro for their insight into this pivotal legal ruling.

Mr. Mattingly and Ms. Cavagnaro have more than three decades of experience combined representing families in complex family matters including custody issues.

To read the complete article, click here.

Posted on September 21, 2016 .

Founding Partner Christopher Mattingly offers his insight into Family Court System

Mattingly Cavagnaro Founding Partner Christopher Mattingly was recently interviewed by The Buffalo Law Journal for an article examining the shift in Family Court when it comes to awarding equal time with parents in a custody case.

Mr. Mattingly has been a family law attorney for more than 20 years and has extensive experience dealing with all matters involving the complicated and often emotionally-charged issues surrounding family court cases.

Click here to read the Buffalo Law Journal article.

Posted on September 20, 2016 .

Mattingly Cavagnaro Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

All three of the attorneys at Mattingly Cavagnaro were honored by Super Lawyers.

Partners Christopher Mattingly and Melissa Cavagnaro were named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list in the category of Family Law and Associate Rebecca Brawn was name a "Rising Star" in Family Law.

For Mr. Mattingly, this is his tenth consecutive year being selected as a Super Lawyer. Ms. Cavagnaro was named for the first time after earning a spot as a Rising Star in the previous three years. For Ms. Brawn, this was her first time being honored by the legal publication.

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.  For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

Posted on August 15, 2016 .

Mattingly Cavagnaro LLP Continues Growth with Addition of New Attorney

Mattingly Cavagnaro LLP Founding Partner Christopher Mattingly is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Rebecca J. Brawn to the firm.

Ms. Brawn is an associate who will concentrate her practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned her J.D. and she is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Committee, New York State Bar Association, Bar Association of Erie County, Matrimonial and Family Law Committee, Bar Association of Erie County, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter.

To view Ms. Brawn's complete bio, click here.

Posted on September 1, 2015 .


We are proud and excited to announce that Christopher Mattingly and Melissa Cavagnaro have both been named to the Superlawyer's Top Rated Family Law Lawyers in Buffalo, NY!

Mattingly Cavagnaro Welcomes New Associate Attorney

Mattingly Cavagnaro, LLP is pleased to announce that Rebecca J. Brawn, Esq., has joined the firm as an associate attorney.  Ms. Brawn concentrates her practice exclusively to the areas of matrimonial and family law with a focus on Family Court and issues regarding custody disputes, paternity matters, visitation issues and child support matters.