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William Whitaker Pulos

William Whitaker Pulos

also known as William W. Pulos, William W. Pulos, Managing Partner

About me

Mr. Pulos enjoys a very successful, diverse professional career.  A trial lawyer by training, Mr. Pulos returned to his hometown of Alfred, New York following his graduation from Albany Law School and opened a general law practice by hanging his shingle on Main Street.


He is likely the only person born and raised in Alfred, NY to have graduated from law school and returned to open a bricks and mortar law practice in Alfred.  He is the oldest living attorney in Allegany County that returned to Allegany County and started their own solo law practice. 

Mr. Pulos has a long list of accomplishments for which he has been recognized on local, state and national levels.  Mr. Pulos's reputation in the legal community in terms of ethics, experience and skill have been evaluated by his peers.  TFor five consecutive years, Martindale Hubbell, he oldest service in the USA, has awarded Mr. Pulos the lawyer rating of "AV-Preeminent", the highest ranking awarded to any attorney in the United States.

Since 1980, Mr. Pulos has achieved many professional milestones in his career, which include representation of a broad cross segment of society in a variety of forums.  He has numerous achievements, awards, resolutions and a variety of verdicts, settlements and judgments to his credit.  His credentials are first rate.

Perhaps the most defining aspect of Mr. Pulos’s career and his ability to represent people has been his dedication to community and public service.   Mr. Pulos has dedicated a large portion of his life to community, college and civic service for the public good. 


He served as an attorney for local town and village governments for a combined 68 years of service and taught many years as a university professor; all without pension, insurance or benefits.


 Mr. Pulos committed portions of a combined 60 semesters to teaching, coaching, officiating and administrating, mostly at the collegiate level for Alfred University and Alfred State College.


Mr. Pulos has donated over Four Thousand (4000) hours of his time to coaching and managing the ALFRED RUGBY CLUB, an intercollegiate college club he co-founded at his alma mater ALFRED UNIVERSITY in 1985 and for which he coached 16 seasons. 


In addition, Mr. Pulos is a published author, volunteer fireman and internationally recognized humanitarian.  In all these capacities, he serves in a volunteer capacity, without payment or remuneration.


In short, Mr. Pulos is the type of lawyer many people have chosen to help improve their lives because he has demonstrated a life of service to his clients and community.


In terms of character, credentials and committment,  Mr. Pulos is a wise choice.  He and his firm are ready to discuss your case.






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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    35 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    35 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    35 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 20%
    35 years
  5. Probate: 10%



Hourly ($1-200/hour), contingent (1-33%), Retainer (always)

Payment types:


Attorney endorsements

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  • Nataliya I. Gavlin

    I endorse this lawyer. Excellent immigration attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience.


    Nataliya Gavlin Immigration Attorney
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  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Pulos is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. If I was involved in an accident he would be the first and only attorney in NY I would call. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession.


    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in the World2010
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2010
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2009
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2008
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2007
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2004
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in America2004
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2003
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in America2003
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in America2002
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law2001
District Leadership AwardNYS Lions Club - District 20 E-11991
Melvin Jones Int'l. Humanitarian AwardLions Club International1991
District Governor's 100% President AwardNYS Lions Club District 20 - E11989
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Finance and Industry1987
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in Emerging Leaders of America1987
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Law1987
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in the East1986
Outstanding Young Men of AmericaUnited State Jaycees1986
Outstanding Young Men of AmericaUnited States Jaycees1982
Biographical InclusionMarquis Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner - Managing PartnerPulos and Rosell, LLP1982 - Present
Town AttorneyTown of West Union1992 - 1998
Town AttorneyTown of Birdsall1992 - 1998
Town AttorneyTown of Almond1990 - 1998
CounselNYS Southwestern Assoc. of Vol. Firemen1990 - 1993
Town AttorneyTown of Jasper1988 - 1991
Town AttorneyTown of West Almond1987 - 1998
District Tax Attorney and Appraiser for Allegany CountyNew York State Department of Taxation and Finance1983 - 1991
Village AttorneyVillage of Almond1983 - 1998
Professor of Business AdministrationState Univ. of NY at Alfred1982 - 1984
Town AttorneyTown of Alfred1982 - 2000
Adjunct Professor of LawAlfred University1981 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
NYS Academy of Trial LawyersMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1983 - 2015
American Association for JusticeMember1983 - 2015
Steuben County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Alfred University vs. The Town of Alfred et alCases #1 and #2 dismissed.
Spencer vs. The Town of AlfredCase dismissed in favor of Town of Alfred.
The Hartford Insurance Company vs. Roland Hale vs. The Town of AlfredCase vs. the Town of Alfred discontinued
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Alfred UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Memorial Donation CeremonyThe Juanita Whitaker Pulos History of Service to Alfred Churches2009
Posthumous induction of Juanita Whitaker Pulos to the AAAA Humanitarian Hall of FameAcceptance Speech2006
David A. Howe Library, Wellsville, New YorkFamily Memorial Donation Speech2006
New York State Association of Professional Land SurveyorsHighway Abandonement1996
Every Town Board in Allegany County (NY)Politics1993
Every Fire Department in Allegany County (NY)Politics1993
Semiar on Local GovernmentStrategic Enactment of Local Laws to Prohibit Dumping of Radioactive Waste1990
Allegany County Planning BoardZoning Law Enactment1990
Alfred UniversityBusiness and Finance - Sports1990
Almond Area Senior CitizensWills and Estate Planning1988
Alfred Area Senior CitizensWills and Estate Planning1986
Alfred Sate CollegeReal Estate Titles and Closings1984