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In October 2008, after 30 years of practice and 27 years at large law firms I decided to open my own firm. I enjoyed the large firm experience and training but over the years it seemed that my ability to represent potential clients was being limited more and more often by client and issue conflicts. This may be the inevitable consequence of being in a large firm in the smaller upstate New York market. I feel that the small firm platform will give clients all of the advantages of a "big firm" attorney with none of the disadvantages.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 34%
  2. Tax: 33%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 33%

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  • Jeffrey M. Freedman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bruce for over 25 years. He is a brilliant attorney, a scholar as well as a statesman. Whenever he is our opponent on a case, we know we will have a fight on our hands. We are so impressed with Bruce's legal skills that from time to time we refer some legal matters to him. If you need a smart, tenatious attorney with excellent trial skills, Bruce Zeftel would be a good choice.


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Contact info

Law Office of Bruce S. Zeftel

69 Delaware Avenue
Suite 1010
Buffalo, NY, 14202-3811


NYCurrently registered 197803/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Laidlaw Award for Excellence in Commercial LawSUNY Buffalo School of Law1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHiscock & Barclay LLP2002 - 2008
PartnerSaperston & Day1985 - 2001
Adjunct Professor of New York PracticeSUNY Buffalo School of Law1985 - 1985
AssociateAlbrecht Maguire Heffern & Gregg1981 - 1985
Assistant Attorney GeneralNew York State Department of Law1979 - 1981
Law ClerkNew York State Court of Claims1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Erie County Bar FoundationTreasurer2009 - Present
Erie County Bar FoundationMember2007 - Present
Erie County Bar FoundationBoard of Directors2007 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember1981 - Present
City of Buffalo Planning BoardBoard Member1987 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Coco v. Ranalletta 305 A.D.2d 1082, 759 N.Y.S.2d 274 (N.Y.A.D. 4 Dept.,2003)Judgment for Defendant Bank of New York
State Street Bank and Trust Co. v. City of Buffalo 302 A.D.2d 1022 (N.Y.A.D. 4 Dept.,2003)In rem sale of property was reversed by the court
In re Estate of Wallens 9 N.Y.3d 117, 877 N.E.2d 960, 847 N.Y.S.2d 156 (N.Y.,2007)The matter was sent back to the Surrogates Court
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
State University of New York, BinghamtonN/AA.B.1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Real Estate Title and Litigation Issues Annual Real Estate CLE UpdateChallenging Your Real Property Tax Assessment2009
New York State Surveyors Association Annual ConventionReal Estate Title and Litigation for Surveyors2008
Annual Real Estate CLE UpdateReal Estate Title and Litigation Issues2008
Erie County Bar Association CLEReal Estate Title and Litigation2004
New York State Bar Association CLEZoning Issues2003
Erie County Bar Association noonday programTax Certiorari and Real Estate Tax Reduction Practice2003
Erie County Bar Association CLEMortgage Foreclosure2003
Niagara Corporate CounselReducing Real Estate Costs2001
Erie County Bar Association CLETaxCertioraris and Real Estate Tax Reduction Practice2001
UnknownZoning Practice and Procedure2000
Tax Institute SeminarAspects of Real Estate Assessment Challenges1999