Lori Ann Buza, J.D.

Chair and Professor of Accounting & Business Law

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About Dr. Lori Ann Buza

Lori Ann Buza, Esq., is a tenured, full professor of law and the Chairperson of the Accountancy & Business Law Department at Saint Peter’s University, instructing several law courses for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also serves the University in roles such as the Director of Women’s Advancement and Leadership, University’s Business Law Advisor, Freshman Advisor and Faculty Advisor to the University’s Business Law Association. Professor Buza has published several articles on mindfulness for lawyers, employment law, real estate law, school law, and numerous contemporary legal and business issues. More

Professor Buza is also an active attorney at law, admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey. She began her career practicing law with the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., in Woodbridge, NJ. While at Wilentz, she gained extensive experience as both general and special construction counsel to several boards of education, and also developed a specialty in both residential and complex commercial real estate cases and banking, including the representation of lending institutions, private entrepreneurs and businesses.

In addition, for several years Lori Buza has intermittently served as Of Counsel for the Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C., where she currently focuses on employment law matters, including sexual harassment training, employment policy drafting, and preventative and remedial defense counsel as well as alternative dispute resolution. Lori Buza also serves as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Dr. Buza has extensive experience lecturing on real estate law, school law, employment law, the advancement and retention of women in the law, women’s empowerment, public speaking, and career advancement. Further, Professor Buza has a diverse background in physical and mental well being, including over 25 years experience in martial arts, and certifications in personal training, group fitness training, kickboxing, body flow yoga, and mindfulness practice (levels I, II, III and master). Combining her passions for the law, the arts, and mindfulness principles, she has become an expert lecturer on “mindfulness for lawyers,” and a balanced-life coach for lawyers and business professionals.

Dr. Buza is very active in her community and devotes substantial time to public service. Appointed by the Raritan Township Council, she served as a Commissioner for the Raritan Township Municipal Utilities Authority, overseeing the municipal utilities for three towns, and working closely with several governmental units and agencies including the NJ DEP and the EPA. She is an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, the Hunterdon County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She has also been appointed as Co-Chair of the “Lawyer Wellness Committee,” and the “Membership Committee” of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Dr. Lori Buza earned her B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy from Rutgers College – New Brunswick and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School – Camden.

“My mission as an educator is to create a passion for ongoing learning and a wonder for all things… in an environment that is inclusive of all people and respectful of diverse ideas.”

Research Interests

  • Employment Law
  • Mindfulness for Lawyers and Business Professionals
  • Real Estate Law
  • School Law
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Business and Legal Ethics

Career & Accomplishments


  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D.

  • Rutgers College, B.A.


Conducting Effective Independent Workplace Investigation in a Post #MeToo Era
Alternative Resolution Journal, 2019

Holding Client Records For Unpaid Fees
July/Aug Issue 2019 in the New Jersey CPA Magazine, Law & Ethics Issue.

New Nonprofit Reporting Standard
New Jersey CPA Magazine, 2019

Mindfulness Practice for Successful Lawyering and a Peaceful Life
New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, No. 316, 2019

Use Mindfulness to Master Lawyering and Live a Balanced Life
New Jersey Law Journal, 224 N.J.L.J. 1747, June 18, 2018.

The Lawyer in the Black Leather Skirt Who Wore Several Hats
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Annual Journal – Women’s Initiative and Leaders in the Law, March 20, 2018.

SCOTUS Protects Offensive Trademarks Pursuant to First Amendment,
New Jersey Law Journal, 223 N.J.L.J. 2651, August 28, 2017.

Effective Measures in Harassment Cases: Have New Jersey Courts Established A Reasonable Standard of Care,
New Jersey Law Journal, Labor & Employment Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4 – July 2013.

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act: The Debate Continues
Westlaw Journal Insurance Bad Faith, Legal Commentary, Featured Article/ Expert Commentary, 8 No. 11 WJIBF 2, Copyright 2012 Thompson Reuters, October 2, 2012.

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act: The Debate Continues, Westlaw Journal Nursing Home, Legal Commentary, Featured Article/ Expert Commentary, 15 No. 6 WJNUR 11, Copyright 2012 Thompson Reuters, September 21, 2012.

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act: The Debate Continues, Thompson Reuters’ Westlaw Journal, Litigation, Legislation, Regulation and Commentary, Featured Article/ Expert Commentary, Vol. 22, Issue 48, September 7, 2012.

Third Circuit Establishes a New ‘Joint Employment’ Test: What is the Impact of the ‘Enterprise Test’ On Employment Law Practitioners.
New Jersey Law Journal, Employment Law Edition, Vol. 209 – No. 8, August 27, 2012.

Protecting Children With Severe Food Allergies: Schools Are Required to Address The Special Needs of Their Pupils,
New Jersey Law Journal, Schools and Education Edition, Vol. 204 – No. 6, May 9, 2011.

Effective Measures in Harassment Cases: Have the New Jersey Courts Established Care?
New Jersey Law Journal, Employment & Immigration Law Edition, Vol. 204 – No. 3, April 18, 2011.

Rule Changes Ease ADR Process For Cross-Border Attorneys
New Jersey Law Journal, Alternative Dispute Resolution Edition, Vol. 203 – No. 13, March 28, 2011.

Legislature Considers Further Expansion of LAD: New Legislative Proposals Create Definitions of What and How We Define Employment Discrimination
New Jersey Law Journal, Employment & Immigration Law Edition, Vol. CXCI – No. 11 – Index 881, March 17, 2008.

NJ Legislation Offers Protection for School Children with Food Allergies,
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association Voice, a publication by New Jersey Women Lawyers Association for Attorneys, Spring 2008 Edition.

The Requirements of the Home Inspection Licensing Act
Attorney’s Feature Article of the Middlesex County Bar Association Newsletter, September 1998.

A Child’s Entitlement To a Free Public Education
Attorney’s Feature Article of the Middlesex County Bar Association Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 5, Feb. 1998.