An Albany-based law firm owned by two military veterans has relocated and expanded its Buffalo-area office after just a year in the market, continuing its rapid growth across the state that began two years ago.

Tully Rinckey PLLC moved from Niagara Street in downtown Buffalo to a new, larger office building at 5488 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, where it is leasing 5,090 square feet – about five times what it had before. The firm currently employs about six people locally but is “gearing up for substantial hiring,” with plans for 23 local employees within three years, said spokesman James A. Schlett.

“Our firm continues to find that the Western New York legal market is ripe for business growth and development,” said Mathew B. Tully, founding partner and a former lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard, who founded the firm in 2004 with former Army Capt. Greg T. Rinckey, a fellow Reserve Officers’ Training Corps graduate.

The fast-growing, full-service law firm serves individuals, families and businesses, with more than 50 attorneys in six offices in upstate New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The firm works in family and matrimonial, criminal defense, labor and employment law, personal injury, estate planning, Social Security, bankruptcy, military and appellate law.

Tully Rinckey began expanding across the state in August 2012 with a full-service office in Syracuse, followed by Buffalo in January 2013 and Rochester in July 2013.

Tully was a paralegal at Morgan Stanley & Co. on the 65th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew hijacked passenger jets into the two towers. He escaped after the first plane struck.

He has served in the military since 9/11, including three overseas deployments. Most recently, he was assigned to Afghanistan in April 2012.

Tully was wounded during a suicide car bomb attack Aug. 7, 2012, and retired from the Army after recovering from his wounds. He received a Combat Action Badge in May 2012, a Purple Heart in September 2012 and a Bronze Star in February 2013.

His partner, Rinckey, served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or JAG, and was later assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.