The Erie County Department of Law is headed by Erie County Attorney, Michael A. Siragusa. Mr. Siragusa's appointment to the position of Erie County Attorney was made by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on January 1, 2012 and was unanimously confirmed by the Erie County Legislature. Mr. Siragusa is a Buffalo native and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to receive the degree of Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in 1992. He practiced as a commercial litigator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until returning home to Buffalo to join the New York State Attorney General's Office. Mr. Siragusa served as an Assistant Attorney General and then as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in-Charge of the Buffalo Regional Office through December 31, 2011.