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Paula Mallory Engel

Family Attorney at Syracuse, NY

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also known as Paula Engel

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Paula

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Representing the government in matters relating to adoption, child abuse reports, child support.

  2. Government
    Medicaid, TANF, SNAP Compliance.

  3. Government contracts

  4. Civil rights
    ADA and Title VI compliance.

  5. Debt collection

Paula Engel, an attorney for more than 25 years, is the chief social services attorney for the Onondaga County Department of Law.  As Chief Welfare Attorney, she assists the Commissioners for the Childrens’ Services, Adult Services and Public Benefits Departments with administrative hearings, compliance, contractual and other legal issues. She previously served as a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s office, where she maintained a 100% trial conviction record.  Paula has authored reference materials and presented lectures from New York to Florida on child and adult protective services, Medicaid trusts, recoveries, government contracts, compliance, insurance fraud, cyber-fraud and restitution.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Syracuse Y Board (past chair of Fayetteville/Manlius branches), is the President-Elect of the Onondaga County Bar Association where she is chair of the "Lawyer in the Classroom" and Professional Ethics Committees; and is a member, appointed by the Fourth Appellate Department, of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial District.  Paula also serves as a member of the House of Delegates for the New York State Bar Association.

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Onondaga County Department of Law
421 Montgomery St Fl 12
Syracuse, NY, 13202-2923

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Work Experience

  • Chief Welfare Attorney
  • Onondaga County
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Welfare Attorney
  • Onondaga County
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Law Office of Paula Mallory Engel
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the Onondaga County District Attorney
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Law Office of Paula Mallory Engel
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Kenny & Kenny
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Syracuse University School of Management
  • B.S.
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Scherz v. New York State Department of Health, Onondaga County Department of Social Services
  • Fourth Department Affirmed the Agency's Determination.
  • People v. Fields
  • Affirmed.


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • East Area YMCA, Fayetteville, NY
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Northern District of New York
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Municipal , Health, Trusts & Estates Committees
  • 2009 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Prosecutor
  • NYS Department of Insurance - Insurance Frauds Bureau
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

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Government Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Paula in her capacity as Chief Counsel for Onondaga County DSS on both uncontested and adversarial matters. I find her to be highly-professional, courteous and an extremely effective advocate. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."
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Syracuse Family Lawyer Paula Mallory Engel
Paula Mallory Engel
Family Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 30 years