Matthew K. Pelkey


Matthew K. Pelkey

Matthew Pelkey is a partner with Colligan Law LLP—a law firm focused on providing legal services to entrepreneurs and cutting-edge businesses. Matthew’s practice relates primarily to counseling startups, entrepreneurs and businesses on entity structures, transactions, and financing. He also devotes a significant amount of his practice to commercial real estate, land use and regulatory compliance. Matthew is an active member of the Western New York startup ecosystem. He is a correspondent and author for Upstate Venture Connect,  co-founded the monthly #LaunchHour entrepreneur twitter chat in partnership with Launch NY, and serves as a member of the 43North #WemakeBuffalo Team. He also teaches Startup Law at the University at Buffalo Law School and was a co-founder and co-director of the Buffalo chapter of Startup Grind. Until recently, Matthew served on the advisory board of the ECIDA Venture Capital Fund (Bridge Capital Fund), a board responsible for making recommendations to the ECIDA Board of Directors on how to form and operate a ten-year, $7-10MM early stage venture fund focusing on local emerging companies with high growth potential. Outside of the startup community, Matthew is also a strong advocate for sustainable community development where he serves on several boards and committees for local nonprofits dedicated to regeneration of Western New York.


  • J.D., cum laude, University at Buffalo Law School, 2010, finance transactions concentration
  • B.A., University at Buffalo, 2007, public law concentration with independent study in fair housing

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of New York District Court Western District of New York
  • Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York
  • Registered New York Part 36 Foreclosure Referee and Commercial Receiver

Memberships & Community Involvement:

  • Co-Founder of Startup Grind Buffalo
  • Co-Founder of Black Squirrel Distillery LLC
  • Co-Founder of #LaunchHour
  • Co-Founder & President of WNY Craft Beverage Alliance
  • 43North WeMakeBuffalo Team
  • ECIDA Venture Capital Advisory Group
  • Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Member of Public Policy Committee
  • Advisory Board and Chair of Emerging Business Leaders
  • FIKA Buffalo
  • Professional Panel, Cancer Legal Resource Center
  • Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Smart Growth Committee
  • One Region Forward Land Use & Development Group
  • Volunteer, B-Team Buffalo
  • Volunteer, Parkside Community Association


  • Specialties on LinkedIn: The Ethics Rule that All Many of You are Violating, Erie County Bar Bulletin, Vol 53 No. 2, October 2013

Matthew K. Pelkey

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