Orleans County, New York Family Lawyers

Emanuel N. Mouganis
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Orleans County, NY Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(716) 589-8033 27 N Platt St
Albion, NY 14411
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
Michael Francis Barrett
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Genesee County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(585) 479-3838 104 Bank St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Family and Bankruptcy
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Assisting individuals in filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Following a brief telephone call, I can arrange to meet with you for a free consultation in my Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Hamburg, or Batavia office. I will go over all the required information with you, so you will not need to fill out a huge packet of papers on your own. We can review all of your options so you can determine whether bankruptcy, or another...
Emanuel N. Mouganis
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer
(585) 637-2123 62 Main Street
Brockport, NY 14420
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Attorney Emanuel Mouganis has the accolades you and your family can trust, including being ranked by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New York. He is also ranked by the American Institute of Family Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in the State of New York and has a perfect rating by AVVO. He is also ranked by the American Institute of Criminal Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in the State of New York. Prior to becoming a...
Kristie L. DeFreze
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Genesee County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(585) 344-1994 18 Ellicott Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Michael Ranzenhofer
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Genesee County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(585) 343-0746 113 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14021
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
My name is Mike Ranzenhofer. I assist residents of the Buffalo and WNY area with their legal needs in three specific practice areas. They are: * Injury Law * Divorce and Family Law * DWI and other Crimes I am one of the managing partners of Friedman & Ranzenhofer. Our firm has been helping Buffalo and WNY area folks since the late 1950's so it's likely we've helped a family member or friend in the past. In fact, we're told numerous times weekly just that. Area residents come to us for help for...
Donna Haslinger
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Genesee County, NY Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(585) 479-3838 16 Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Family and Divorce
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Lisa Marie Kroemer
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Genesee County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(585) 343-3700 121 Washington Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020
Family, Divorce and Workers' Comp
Steven Gabin Wiseman
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Georgetown University Law Center
40 years experience, the last 25 of which have been devoted exclusively to matrimonial and family law, including appeals, division of retirement plans, and high net worth matrimonial matters. I have been a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for local and NYS Bar Association programs as well as for judges.
Kenneth Olena
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Business and Divorce
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Kenneth Olena has worked for the last 35 years as a family law practitioner. He specializes in divorce proceedings, ranging from small to multi-million dollar settlements. Since 1981, Kenneth has practiced across upstate New York and predominantly in the Western New York region, helping clients with over a thousand divorce cases; prior to his work at HoganWillig, Mr. Olena also provided excellent support to clients with Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn for more than 21 years. With expertise, he has handled actions of varying financial complexity involving difficult custodial battles, hardships regarding property ownership, and management of clients' personal businesses or...
Christine F Redfield Welch
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(585) 899-1404 400 Linden Oaks
Suite 110
Rochester, NY 14625
Family, Elder and Estate Planning
Syracuse University College of Law
As a Senior Associate at Tully Rinckey, PLLC, Christine is part of the Family and Matrimonial Law group, where she focuses on divorce and child custody cases. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in family and matrimonial matters, working as both a private practitioner and public defender. She is also a member of the Tully Rinckey Trust and Estates group, representing persons with a wide variety of estate planning and directives.

Before joining Tully Rinckey, Christine spent 10 years as a Court Attorney and Referee to the Hon. Patricia Gallaher, acting state Supreme Court Justice and Family Court Judge...
Patrick C. O'Reilly
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(716) 849-1333 42 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Family and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
Patrick C. O'Reilly focuses his practice on matrimonial litigation, handling all aspects of divorce and separation and representing clients in matters related to the modification or enforcement of existing matrimonial judgments and orders. He is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is chair of the Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Area. For more than 25 years, Mr. O'Reilly has served as a panelist and speaker on matrimonial and family law topic for numerous seminars, workshops, and symposiums sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York State Office of Court Administration, New York State Bar Association...
Alexander Korotkin
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(585) 419-5714 70 Linden Oaks, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14625
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
I have been practicing law in Rochester, New York, and nearby towns for the past 13 years. I concentrate my practice in matrimonial and family law. I counsel my clients on divorce, separation, custody, relocation, child support, adoption, premarital and postmarital agreements. More specifically, I assist my clients with such matters as: * Adoption * Alimony/Maintenance * Annulments * Child Abuse * Child Custody * Child Support * Child Support Enforcement * Dependency Proceedings * Divorce * Domestic Partnerships * Domestic Violence Orders * Family Court Proceedings * Family Law * Fertility and Surrogacy * Foreign Adoption * Foster Care * Grandparent Custody & Visitation Rights * Grandparent Rights * Guardianship * Name Change * Parental Rights * Paternity * Postnuptial Agreements *...
Jeannie D. Michalski Esq.
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Livingston County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(585) 351-2500 5579 E Avon Lima Rd
P.O. Box 172
Avon, NY 14414
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
University of Dayton School of Law
Jeannie D. Michalski, Esq., is a private attorney with offices in Monroe and Livingston County, as well as the Conflict Defender of Livingston County, NY. Ms. Michalski graduated magna cum laude from Nazareth College and attended the University of Dayton School of Law. She was awarded a community service scholarship. She began her legal career by serving as a judicial clerk and interning at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. Ms. Michalski has since practiced law in New York State for over ten years. Ms. Michalski served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County for seven years,...
Keli Iles-Hernandez
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Keli Iles-Hernandez is an attorney with HoganWillig’s Matrimonial & Family Law Department. She handles adoptions, divorce, custody, child support, child abuse and other related proceedings; with experience representing families with diverse family dynamics and LGBTQ legal matters. Ms. Iles-Hernandez also currently serves on the Attorneys for Children Panel (4th Judicial Department) representing children in child abuse, neglect and custody issues.

Keli Iles-Hernandez brings a vast variety of life experience with her to HoganWillig, having served in the U.S. Army for 4 years as an active-duty Medic and then as a Special Education teacher. Ms. Iles-Hernandez has earned a Bachelor’s degree...
Kevin Scott Mahoney
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Kevin Mahoney received his B.A., Ed.M and J.D. all from the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a member of HoganWillig's Family and Criminal Law Departments, Mr. Mahoney regularly assists individuals who are in a very difficult time of their lives. He believes it is his task to calmly offer skilled advice and perspective during what is often a difficult or emotionally charged situation.

In the area of family law, Mr. Mahoney and his colleagues assist individuals with family court proceedings which most commonly involve custody/visitation and/or paternity and support proceedings. They also assist individuals in all aspects of...
Dennis Charles Gaughan
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(716) 648-8000 6161 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Divorce
New York Law School
We chose to remain a small law office to provide personal, dedicated and aggressive service to our clients. My office costs a few dollars more but excellent service takes time and strategy. Offsetting our higher fees we have payment plans. We have seven lawyers working together to get the best solutions. As a small firm we call upon all areas of the law to form a comprehensive strategy and plan. As in a game making the right move determines the outcome of the case. A divorce case is often helped by a bankruptcy or our tax law knowledge. We create...
Dzifa Gan
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Road
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
University of Western Australia
Dzifa Gan is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Real Estate Law Department; handling all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Ms. Gan has varied legal experience having previously worked as a family and matrimonial attorney in London. Her priority across practice areas has always been her clients and ensuring that their needs are met.

Ms. Gan obtained her B.A. in Psychology and concurrently her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Australia in 2008. Ms. Gan is admitted to practice law in New South Wales, Australia; England & Wales, UK and New York State, USA.

Before joining HoganWillig,...
Jeffrey Francis Reina
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Erie County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(716) 849-1333 42 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Family, Business and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
Jeffrey Reina is a senior partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria and is the head of the Matrimonial Law Practice Area. He has experience handling a variety of matrimonial issues, including divorce, separation, spousal support, same sex marriage, prenuptial agreements, post-judgment, and complex high net worth divorce. Mr. Reina also oversees the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Area. He resolves disputes for clients involving contracts, employment agreements, trademarks, copyrights, and partnership and shareholder matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Reina spent nearly a decade working in the restaurant industry. For several years, he served as...
Danielle DeJoseph
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Danielle DeJoseph is an Associate Attorney practicing primarily in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. DeJoseph graduated summa cum laude from Buffalo State College in 2013 with a major in English Literature. She received her legal education at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she graduated with a J.D. in 2017. As a law student, Danielle worked for nearly three years as a law clerk in FELA litigation. Danielle also interned with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Organized Crime Task Force.

Ms. DeJoseph is admitted...
Brooke Barron
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Attorney
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Road
Lockport, NY 14094
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
American University- Washington College of Law
Brooke Barron is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. Barron obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, and received her Juris Doctor in 2018 from American University- Washington College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Barron was an Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition winner. Additionally, Ms. Barron was a law clerk for Commissioner Feldblum at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. and a student attorney for American University- Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic. Ms. Barron had also previously been employed at HoganWillig as...
Denis A. Scinta
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Attorney with 49 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Family and Juvenile
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Denis Scinta is a member of the Matrimonial & Family Law group at HoganWillig. Mr. Scinta has focused his practice exclusively in the area of Family Law, with particular expertise in Family Court matters, including: divorce, modification and enforcement proceedings, custody, child support, and more. Over an illustrious career, Denis also has specialized in other more atypical matters, such as adoptions, delinquencies, PINS affairs, and issues regarding the termination of parental rights. Given his diverse work, Mr. Scinta provides HoganWillig an abundance of experience in all sectors of Family Law.

From 1971-1997, Mr. Scinta worked as a partner for the law...
Lawrence Krieger
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(585) 773-1991 75 South Clinton Avenue
Clinton Square, Suite 510
Rochester, NY 14604
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Boston University
Highly Reviewed Family Court and Divorce Attorney.

I also brought the first lawsuit seeking to take down the City of Rochester's red light cameras system as an unconstitutional "cash grab". See: Lawrence Krieger vs. City Of Rochester. I am not afraid to take on City Hall or any opponent in court. I put that same passion and experience into fighting for my clients' legal rights in court.

I earned my Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University - School of Law (consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report).

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Jamie Griebner Leberer
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Erie County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(716) 218-8325 43 Court Street
Suite 810
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
A native of Buffalo, New York, Jamie Leberer attended University at Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Ms. Leberer received her Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been practicing exclusively matrimonial and family law since she became a member of the New York State Bar, and recently expanded into personal injury. Ms. Leberer opened the doors to her practice in October, 2017.

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Andrew S. Tabashneck
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Erie County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(716) 526-7405 5784 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal and Divorce
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Free Consultations 24/7. Affordable Payment Plans. Divorce and Criminal Lawyer in Buffalo NY. Call Andrew Tabashneck Esq direct at (716) 526-7405.
Charles A. Messina
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(716) 980-1959 3990 McKinley Pkwy, Suite 3
Buffalo, NY 14219
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Attorney Charles A. Messina is a native of Buffalo who has devoted his career to matrimonial and family law. He graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School (SUNY) in 2004 with honors and established his own family law practice in November of 2009. Today, Attorney Messina is recognized for his reputation as a knowledgeable resource on the topics of divorce, child custody, and family court proceedings.
Gabriella MacDonald
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Attorney
(585) 204-7330 2480 Browncroft Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14625
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Gabriella MacDonald, Esq. was born and raised in Monroe County. She is a graduate of the New York State University at Buffalo Law School, where she was presented with awards including a spot on the Public Service Honor Roll, and also the CALI award, which recognizes her outstanding achievements in trial advocacy.

While attending law school, Ms. MacDonald also spent time as a teaching assistant, she was a member of the UB Law Mock Trial Team, and she was a member of the Erie County Woman’s Bar Association. She also volunteered to coach mock trial students at a local...
David Richard Addelman
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(716) 856-4118 69 Delaware Ave. Suite 602
Buffalo, NY 14202
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Immigration
Since 1984, David R. Addelman, Esq. has represented both individual and corporate clients in various areas of law which include criminal and civil litigation (personal injury, accident cases), divorce, real estate, immigration, estates and bankruptcy. Applying energy, experience, and resourcefulness to every project we accept, we are dedicated to your success. Mr. Addelman is experienced in handling Immigration court cases (removal and/or deportation proceedings) as well as criminal defense representation (in State and Federal courts).
Susan Kathleen Duke
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Livingston County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(585) 346-3220 3407 Rochester Road
Livonia, NY 14480
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas Jefferson School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Attorney concentrating in family law and bankruptcy, including divorce, child custody, child support, and spousal support.
Julie Vaughn Mersereau
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(585) 377-5487 95 Allens Creek Rd, Bldg 2 Ste 123
Rochester, NY 14618
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Syracuse University College of Law
JULIE V. MERSEREAU, ESQ. focuses her practice on Collaborative Family Law and Divorce Mediation. MEDIATION provides assistance to couples as they negotiate towards the resolution of divorce, separation, reconciliation, parenting and other family issues. Mediation is a cooperative settlement process entered into voluntarily. The mediator acts as a neutral professional who helps the participants make practical, informed decisions to resolve their differences. This process encourages the participants to reach a voluntary agreement that is mutually satisfactory. The goal is to accomplish a “win – win” outcome wherein both parties have their needs and goals addressed and are “okay”...
Gregory Franklin
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(800) 442-0504 Rochester, NY 14618
Family and Real Estate
Fordham University School of Law
Ninety percent of my practice involves adoption and assisted fertility matters. I have represented adoptive parents or birth parents in more than 2,500 adoption and assisted fertility matters. I have successfully represented many LGBT clients in the creation of their families.
Paul W Wolf
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(716) 633-1400 392 Evans Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
A licensed attorney for 27 years, Paul Wolf concentrates his practice in Divorce/Family Court matters; preparing and reviewing QDROs. Although located in the Buffalo, NY area, Paul can handle QDROs no matter where you are located. Paul's fees are frequently lower than many attorneys, especially in the expensive New York City area.Experienced in handling military pensions, state pensions, federal pensions, private pensions and 401ks.
Jennifer P Stergion Esq.
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(716) 536-5971 500 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
Jennifer P Stergion, Esq. was the founding Chair of the Erie County Bar Association's Committee on Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Issues. She is the current Secretary of that Bar Association Committee and a member of the Bar's Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee. Jennifer has a Bacheolor's degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Criminal Justice, and a J.D. with dual concentrations in International Law and Civil Litigation. She is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, is a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney, and admitted to the Appellate Division, 4th Department of...
Jennifer Fazio
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(585) 486-4800 20 Wildbriar Road
Suite D
Rochester, NY 14623
Family and Divorce
Syracuse University College of Law
Ms. Fazio is a partner with the law firm of Dentino, Cammarata & Fazio, LLP and is well respected in the legal community for her skills in the areas of matrimonial and family law. For nearly twenty-five years, she has assisted clients through the difficult transition of divorce, separation and other sensitive family law matters. Ms. Fazio offers compassionate yet effective legal services on the issues of premarital and post marital agreements, separation, divorce, support of children and spouses, division of marital assets and debts, custody and visitation, same sex marriage issues and dissolution of civil unions.

Although...
Frank Stephen Ieraci
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(716) 832-7777 2140 Eggert Rd
Buffalo, NY 14226
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School, Mr. Ieraci has been a practicing attorney in the Buffalo/Niagara region since 1988. A lifelong resident of western New York, he has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals with common legal issues.
Michael Anthony Rossi
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(716) 854-5555 68 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
A tough, aggressive trial lawyer, Michael Anthony Rossi began practicing in New York in 1981 and went on to form The Rossi Law Firm. The Rossi Law firm is a “results oriented” criminal and civil litigation firm with offices in Downtown Buffalo, representing clients throughout NY State.

In his 37 years of practice, Michael has focused his expertise in the areas of serious personal injury claims, complex divorce and custody matters, and criminal and DWI defense. As senior trial counsel of the firm, Michael is a fierce advocate for his clients because he knows how important results are. He has demonstrated...
Carolyn Chase
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(585) 662-8836 2480 Browncroft Boulevard, Suite 126
Rochester, NY 14625
Family and Divorce
Syracuse University College of Law
Since 2002, Carolyn L. Chase, Esq.’s practice focus has been on Family and Matrimonial Law. Her extensive advocacy for children, her experience handling domestic violence issues, paternity, adoption, neglect and abuse, and her familiarity with the courts in Monroe and the surrounding counties are just a few of the reasons why clients seek her out.
Michael James Ingham
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Niagara County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(716) 531-1639 150 Payne Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Landlord Tenant
Michael J. Ingham is a seasoned courtroom attorney with over twenty years of trial experience. He has served as a trial attorney/prosecutor on both the county and state levels. His practice includes all federal, state and local courts. Areas of focus are criminal defense, personal injury, DWI defense, traffic offenses and all family court matters.
John Edmund Abeel
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Erie County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(716) 510-4886 300 International Drive, Suite 100
Williamsville, NY 14221
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Denis Kitchen
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Erie County, NY Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(716) 631-5661 8899 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14221
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Denis has been a lifelong resident of Western New York, a graduate of Kenmore West, High School, a U.S. Naval Aviator, and an attorney for over 40 years.
Kristine Demo-Vazquez
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Monroe County, NY Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(585) 427-0675 2024 W. Henrietta Road
Suite 3D
Rochester, NY 14623
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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