Charles A. Messina, Esq.

Mr. Messina concentrates his practice on Divorce, Family Law and related areas including Appeals.

Charles A. Messina, Esq.

Attorney Charles A. Messina is a Buffalo native who has lived, studied, and worked in the Western New York area all of his life. Growing up in Hamburg and Boston in the Southtowns, Charles also resided in Tonawanda for nearly 10 years and is intimately familiar with both the Northtowns and Southtowns. He has devoted his legal practice to matrimonial and family law and has established a reputation as a knowledgeable resource and effective advocate for his clients in all matters of divorce, child custody and family court proceedings.

Prior to law school, Mr. Messina served Western New York for approximately 8 years as a paramedic and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D'Youville College in 2001. He is a Registered Nurse and has represented numerous clients in EMS, Nursing, Emergency Services, Fire Services and Law Enforcement over the years. Mr. Messina received his Juris Doctor in June of 2004 from SUNY at Buffalo Law School and was admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York on March 3, 2005 after sitting for the New York State Bar Exam.

Following his graduation from UB, Charles initially concentrated in criminal law and served as an intern at the Erie County District Attorney's Office, after which he settled into divorce and family law as an associate attorney at the highly-acclaimed Buffalo law firm of Offermann, Cassano, Greco, Slisz & Adams, LLP. During his five years with the firm, Charles trained directly under trial lawyers Tom Cassano and Joan Adams, both of whom are Fellows of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and well respected by the Western New York Matrimonial Bar.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation Rights
  • Modification of Prior Judgments/Orders
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Relocation

Bar Admissions

  • New York State, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, 2005


  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law
      J.D. 2004
      Honors: Elected to The Order of Barristers, 2004
      Honors: Treasurer of Jessup International Moot Court Board, 2004
      Honors: Robert Connelly Trial Technique Award, 2003
      Academic Concentration in Criminal Law
  • D'Youville College
      B.S. Concentration: Nursing (Cum Laude) - 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Erie County Bar Association, Member, Matrimonial and Family Law Committees

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