Mr. Gomez is a trial lawyer with a concentration in Civil Litigation. He has litigated a wide array of civil matters involving personal injury, toxic exposures including lead paint poisoning, employment and discrimination claims, commercial litigation, and contract disputes. He has handled matters from the initial investigation through trial and appeal in both State and Federal courts in New York and has tried more than thirty-five civil trials to verdict. Mr. Gomez advocates for his clients in both the prosecution and defense of civil claims. His clients have ranged from individuals to national corporations and he fights tirelessly on their behalf to ensure their rights are protected.
Mr. Gomez also represents small businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to not-for-profits to corporations in all aspects of their business pursuits. His work involves creation of the appropriate business entity, day to day legal counseling on liability issues, employment matters and contract drafting and review. As counsel to these businesses he assists his clients navigate the difficult waters of business to ensure they are in compliance with applicable laws and all rights are protected as they operate in today’s challenging economy.
Mr. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and is a first generation citizen who was born in Buffalo after his family moved to Western New York from the Dominican Republic. He is actively involved in the local Hispanic community including Hispanics United of Buffalo, and in 2008 he received the Nuestro Orgullo Latino award from HUB for his contributions. He has also been selected as a top lawyer in Insurance Litigation by Business First. Mr. Gomez has concentrated on lead paint poisoning cases over the last eight years and successfully tried the first civil case to verdict in Erie County in 2003. He has also been a national speaker on lead paint poisoning and presented at Mealey’s Lead Paint Poisoning program in 2008.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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Rafael brings it all. He's prepared, no matter the setting and is extremely versed in many areas of personal injury. Rafael is confidant in his abilities, and respectfully stubborn in his pursuit of maximizing recovery for his clients. His cases move, and his clients like him. Outside of the office, although no official statistics are recorded, it is widely believed that Rafael has led the Attorney Softball League in home runs three of the last four seasons, and is known to have hit the furthest home run in League history.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who In Law||Business First||2008|
|Attorney||Lotempio & Brown, P.C.||2010 - 2016|
|Partner||Bouvier Partnership, LLP||2001 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Western New York Trial Lawyers Association||Director - since 2014||2001 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of Erie County||Member||N/A|
|Santiago vs McGrath||Verdict for Plaintiff.|
|Zaranek v Roberts Farms, et al.||Award of $750,000 for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.|
|Emmens v. Frey Electric Construction||Defense Verdict - No Award to Plaintiff|
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|Buffalo News||Bowling Alley Employee Sues After Vision Restored, But Job Is Not||2014|
|New York Times||Careless Postings Has Consequences||2013|
|New York Times||Even if it enrages your boss, social net speech is protected||2013|
|Wall Street Journal||Chamber urges business to appeal labor rulings||2013|
|Buffalo News||Supreme Court to Weigh Recess Appointments||2013|
|State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Franklin and Marshall College||Spanish Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Mealey's Lead Conference||Expert Witnesses in Lead Paint Litigation||2009|