Franklin W. Heller


The Avant Office
200 Delaware Avenue
Suite 1200
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: 716.858.3745


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Property Litigation
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Commercial Collections


  • Canisius College - BA, magna cum laude, 1970
  • Boston College - JD, 1973


Mr. Heller is a Senior Partner at Damon Morey LLP, practicing in the firm's Business Litigation and Insolvency Department. In his more than 30 years of commercial law experience, he has assisted institutional, business and individual clients in commercial collections, loan workouts, mortgage foreclosures, UCC Article 9 transactions, landlord and tenant disputes, litigation involving real property and representation of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Following law school, Mr. Heller served for four and one-half years as an assistant district attorney for Erie County, New York, and as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Buffalo.

Mr. Heller is a member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations. He is a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, including it's seminars on “Mortgage Foreclosures and Workouts” and  “Dealing with Residential Foreclosures: Defenses, Remedies and other Approaches to Resolution.” He has authored course materials for that organization in the areas of “Bankruptcy Proceedings as They Affect Mortgage Foreclosures” and “Defenses to Acceleration and Lender Liability Concerns.” He has also lectured for Lorman Education Services, the National Business Institute, and the Erie Institute of Law.

Mr. Heller was recently selected again by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law & Commercial Litigation, a distinction he has held since 2010. He was also named a 2014 Super Lawyer in Upstate New York for Business Litigation, as named by Super Lawyers magazine. Additionally, he has an AV Peer Review Rating® by Martindale Hubbell for Very High Ethical Standards and Very High to Preeminent Legal Ability.