Partner Biography


     William Ilecki is a partner in the firm of Chiari & Ilecki, LLP, practicing in the areas of retail/commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, real estate, foreclosure, regulatory compliance, and bankruptcy.  A 1989 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, he received his undergraduate education at Canisius College, graduating in 1986 (magna cum laude, All-College Honors Program).  Since 1990, Mr. Ilecki has been admitted to practice law in the States of New York and Pennsylvania.  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York, and Peacemaker Court for the Seneca Nation of Indians.  He is a former President and Board Member of the Erie County Bar Foundation.  He is a member of the Erie County Bar Association (Banking and Commercial Law Committee), New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Commercial Law League of America, New York’s Creditor’s Bar Association, and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA).

     After attaining the David and Edith Goldstein award in law school for proficiency in bankruptcy/debtor-creditor subjects, he served as in-house counsel for a collection agency in Pennsylvania.  In 1991, he became associated with the firm, Horwitz & Frankel, and in 1997, he became a partner, representing various credit unions, banks, finance companies, landlords, medical service providers, business and other credit institutions.  He has frequently lectured on collections and bankruptcy law before attorneys, Credit Union, Banking, and other creditor groups; and for the National Business Institute’s “Consumer Debt Collection” Seminars.  He also served as President of the Western New York Credit Association.

     He is the author of the Procedures chapter in the New York State Bar Association’s 2008 publication Debt Collection and the Enforcement of Money Judgments.  He is also the co-author and author of the What is a Debt Collection Case? and Enforcement of Money Judgments chapters, respectively, of the New York State Bar Association’s 2016-2017 publication New York Lawyer’s Deskbook, Second Edition.

Chiari & Ilecki, LLP
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Buffalo, NY 14217
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