Attorney Shannon M. Heneghan was sworn in Friday as a Buffalo City Court judge, filling the vacancy created by the election of Judge Susan M. Eagan to Erie County Court.
Judge Eagan begins her new term on Jan. 1.
Heneghan was chosen to succeed Eagan on City Court term through a selection process conducted by the City Law Department and she was deemed an "outstanding candidate" by the mayor.
“I am proud to appoint a candidate who not only possesses impeccable legal credentials, and has also demonstrated a commitment to the people of the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Byron Brown said in a statement. “I have every confidence Ms. Heneghan will be a jurist who serves on the bench with integrity and distinction.”
“Mayor Brown has made a strong appointment with his selection of Ms. Heneghan and I look forward to her joining the bench of Buffalo City Court in the new year,” said Chief Judge Thomas P. Amodeo.
Heneghan is a 1995 graduate of SUNY College at Buffalo State and a 1998 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. She has focused on litigation throughout her legal career, including prosecution and defense of commercial claims and contracts and criminal matters.
She was awarded the Robert J. Connelly Award of Excellence in Trial Advocacy in law school and was named to the Business First “Who’s Who in Law” in 2014 and to the “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” list in 2009, 2010, and from 2014-2017. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York and the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association.