Our Experienced Partners Handle Every Case

When you come to Godwin Hurley Donoghue, LLP, with your legal concerns, you can expect your case to be handled by one of our partners and not passed off to a paralegal or young associate. Our small yet capable and fully staffed firm in Buffalo, New York, offers clients the dedicated attention necessary for their individual cases. To learn more about our attorneys and how their skills, as well as their connections to the railroad industry, can benefit you, follow the links below:


Kathleen Kotarski

Kathleen Kotarski is a Paralegal specializing in litigation support. Kathleen has had many years of legal and trial experience joining Godwin Hurley Donoghue, LLP, in 2016. Kathleen is a graduate of Medaille College. First and foremost, she has focused her career on serving the needs of the clients by assisting the attorneys in the preparation of their cases so that the best possible outcome is achieved. Her valued paralegal experience includes accurately and efficiently managing the client’s case by assisting with the preparation of legal documents and in preparing the case for a trial. In the past, she has assisted attorneys in litigating high profile, complex cases, including personal injury cases, railroad cases, labor cases and toxic tort cases that have resulted in million-dollar settlements or verdicts.

Shelly Cieply

Shelly has been in the legal field for over ten years and understands a warm welcome relaxes others. Since joining the firm in 2011, she has learned even more about the legal field while helping injury victims. She loves the work atmosphere and knows she is part of a great team. Outside of the office, Shelly’s family time is prime time!

We Are Passionate About Taking Care Of Our Clients

With over five decades of experience between our three attorneys, we can offer clients not only a tough defense when needed but also personal and compassionate representation for those who have been injured. We are a firm that is truly passionate about taking care of the families who have built a life on and around the tracks, and we want to ensure that they understand their rights to compensation for injuries under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

Our highly experienced lawyers can also assist clients faced with criminal accusations, as well as those who have been injured because of construction accidents, motor vehicle crashes, unsafe premises and more.

Choose Trust And Knowledge. Choose Us.

Whether you are going through a hard time because of an injury or overwhelmed by a criminal charge, you can trust our attorneys to work in your best interest. At Godwin Hurley Donoghue, LLP, our attorneys will use their knowledge and background to fight for your rights to help you obtain the best outcome available. Use our online form to request your free initial consultation with us today or call 716-267-6258 at your earliest convenience.