Greta K. Kolcon


At A Glance

Greta K. Kolcon is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department. She chairs the Environmental Law & Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Kolcon is a certified federal court mediator, and serves on the neutral panel for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. She focuses on efficient and effective risk management and dispute resolution.


Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, B.A., with honors

Bar Admissions

State of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York

Key Representative Matters

  • Regularly defend energy company in litigation involving claims of environmental contamination under New York's Navigation Law, as well as RCRA and other claims.
  • Regularly defend residential landlords against claims of lead paint poisoning allegedly suffered by tenants and others.
  • Regularly defend employment discrimination claims and other workplace-related claims against employers.
  • Defend and prosecute claims against fiduciaries of employee retirement plans, such as trustees and investment managers.
  • Litigate enforcement of shareholder agreements in connection with buyouts and separations from business enterprise.

Professional Affiliations

  • President-Elect of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)
  • Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)
  • Past President of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA)
  • Member of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Rochester Women's Network


  • Recipient of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys' (GRAWA) Crennel-Branch Award
  • Recognized by the Rochester Business Journal as a "Forty Under 40" honoree
  • Recognized by The Daily Record as one of Rochester's “Up and Coming Attorneys"

Community Involvement

Ms. Kolcon is a former Trustee for the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York. She is past Vice President and Council Member for the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word and is actively involved in a variety of local community organizations.

Practice Areas

Appellate Litigation
Business Litigation
Construction & Surety Law Litigation
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Education & School Law
Employment & Labor Litigation
Employment & Non-Competition Agreements
Environmental Law & Litigation
Securities & Shareholder Litigation
Securities Arbitration
Products Liability / Mass & Complex Torts
Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation


Direct: 585-987-2812
Fax: 585-987-2912


Woods Oviatt Gilman Labor Alert - Important New Changes to New York Labor Law
Women's Bar Association of the State Of New York Installs Greta K. Kolcon, Esq. as President
Greta K. Kolcon, Esq. will be a featured speaker at the NYSBA's Basics of Environmental Law 2018 Seminar in Buffalo April 18th, 2018.
5-17-17 Women's Bar Association of New York Announces Installation of the 2017-2018 Officers. Greta K. Kolcon, Esq. of Woods Oviatt will be installed as President-Elect.
11/14 & 11/16 Greta K. Kolcon to be present at NBI's Seminar - Human Resource Law from Start to Finish
Greta Kolcon, Esq. Installed as Vice President of WBASNY.
2016 Labor and Employment Update: Employers Beware! Navigating the Employment Minefield
Greta Kolcon to Present at "Cool Women/Hot Jobs" at Young Women's College Prep Charter School
11-12-15 As Seen in the Daily Record - Greta Kolcon of Woods Oviatt is interviewed regarding her involvement in WBASNY.
Greta K. Kolcon, Esq. To speak at NBI's Employment Law Seminar in Rochester and Buffalo
10-14-2015 Greta K. Kolcon, Esq. to Speak at MCBA CLE presentation "Learning from Environmental Horror Stories."
8-24-15 New York Brownfield Law
Legislation Watch: The Proposed "Microbead-Free Waters Act"
Lake Shore Living & Coastal Erosion Permits
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