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Dennis C. Gaughan, Esq.

is a native of Hamburg, NY, where he currently
resides with his wife, Mary Rose, and his three children, Charles,
Dennis Jr., and Joseph. He attended St. Francis High School, Syracuse
University, and New York Law School and is a veteran of the United
States Army Reserve. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1984
and worked for the Erie County Department of Social Services before
opening his own practice in 1990. The office moved to its current
location in 1995. Dennis is the former Hamburg Town Prosecutor and
Assistant Town Attorney, as well as the former Blasdell Village

Dennis is a member of the American, New York State, and Erie County
Bar Associations; he is admitted to practice before all New York State
courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of
Appeals (Second Circuit), the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. District
and Bankruptcy Courts.

Dennis's practice includes bankruptcy, Social Security, criminal law,
personal injury, divorce, real estate, wills and estate planning,
family law (including child support, custody, and visitation),
adoption, and DWI. He employs a staff of nine attorneys, paralegals,
and secretaries who share over 100 years of experience.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 20%
  2. Wills: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Bankruptcy: 20%



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Vincent LoTempio

    I endorse Dennis. He is an excellent attorney. He is well respected by his peers and the legal community.


    Vincent LoTempio Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Kuzma

    I endorse this lawyer. If you are looking for an attorney with substantial expertise in bankruptcy law, look no further than Mr. Gaughan. I recommend Dennis highly!


    Michael Kuzma Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Gaughan Dennis C Attorney

6161 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY, 14075


NYCurrently registered 198407/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Preeminent Lawyer in U.S.Martindale Hubbell2014
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1998
Markham Award for legal WritingNew York Workers Compensation Bar1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDennis C. Gaughan, Esq.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Tax CourtAttorney2006 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationBar Member1992 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtAttorney1988 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, Buffalo NYAttorney1985 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyBar Member1985 - Present
United States District Court, Buffalo NYAttorney1984 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesAttorneyN/A
United States Court of Appeals For Veteran BenefitsAttorneyN/A
Federal Court of ClaimsAttorneyN/A
United States Court of International TradeAttorneyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Kelly J. ChaffeeChapter 13 was confirmed at a reduced payment
In re Krystyna WrobelClient Kept house - Featured New York Law Journal - Largest Circulation Law Journal in United States
In re Ciara Minor, DebtorBankruptcy exemption is superior
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalJudge Permits Homestead Exemption to Shield Assets2014
Opinion WDNY Bankruptcy CourtIn re Wrobel2014
Buffalo NewsBookie's Career Lands him behind Bars2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolDivorce LawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Syracuse UniversityHistory - Maxwell SchoolBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly MeetingBankruptcy2013
Candidate Erie Co LegislatureCounty Government2011
Candidate For SupervisorHamburg Supervisor2009
Commentator - WGRZBuffalo Bill's Rookie Prosecution2006
CommentatorO. J. Simpson Trial1995