Pauline C. Will


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1996
    • Buffalo Law Review, Publication Editor
  • Canisius College, B.A. (cum laude), 1993
    • Canisius College Debate Team, Vice President
    • Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society

Admitted to Practice:

  • New York State, 1997
  • United States District Court,
    Western and Northern Districts of New York, 2003
  • United States Second Circuit, 2013
  • United States Supreme Court, 2013

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    • LP Women Rainmakers Board, Member
    • LP Women Rainmaker Peer Group, Co-Chair
  • Erie County Bar Association
    • Negligence Committee
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • NY Upstate Chapter Committee, Secretary
    • Transportation Committee
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Women in the Law Committee
    • Trucking Law Committee
    • Law Practice Management Committee
    • Diversity Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association of The State of New York,
    Western New York Chapter
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
    • Young Professional Committee, co-chair 2010-2013
    • Marketing and Industry Engagement, Co-Chair
  • Women in Trucking
  • Buffalo Claims Association
  • Defense Lawyers Trial Association of Western New York
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Civic Memberships:

  • Canisius College Alumni Board of Directors, Past-President
  • Canisius College Woman Leadership Council, Lifelong Learning & Fellowship Committee
  • Desmond Law Society of Canisius College, Mock Trial Liaison Committee
  • University at Buffalo Law School Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni, Past Board Member 2011 to 2017
  • Buffalo Pro Zoo Board, Past Member and Vice President 2007 to 2013

Practice Areas:

Direct Phone Number: (716)242-8105


Pauline Will is a founding partner of Bennett Schechter Arcuri & Will LLP and focuses

her practice on complex tort litigation including trucking and transportation law, toxic torts, products liability and insurance defense litigation.

Ms. Will started her career as a prosecutor with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.  She entered private practice in 2002 where she began representing insured and self-insured companies as well as insurance carriers and their policy holders in state and federal courts.  She has taken cases to jury verdict, and has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution.

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Ms. Will handles catastrophic and wrongful death matters from their investigation through all stages of litigation. Ms. Will has spoken on a variety of topics on the transportation and insurance industries and currently chairs the TIDA Marketing and Engagement Committee for the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).

In the area of toxic torts, Ms. Will has extensive experience with the defense of lead paint litigation throughout New York State.  She presented a national update on the current state of lead paint litigation in 2011.  Ms. Will spoke on the topic of Lead Paint Litigation and Emerging Toxic Torts at the US Casualty School in London, England in 2011. She also has experience defending asbestos and mesothelioma litigation.

Speaking Engagements/Honors:

  • Super Lawyer, 2016 to 2022
  • Canisius College DiGamma Inductee, 2013
  • TIDA 21st Annual Industry Seminar, “What You Need to Know About Coverage When Handling a Trucking Case” Orlando, FL – 2013
  • US Casualty School, “Lead Paint and Emerging Toxic Torts” London, England – 2011
  • HB Lead Litigation Seminary “A National Update” Amelia Island, Florida – 2011
  • Arkansas Trucking Seminar “FMCSA Rules and Rule Making: Driver’s Medical Conditions” Lydonville, Arkansas – 2011
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