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Early Life

I grew up in Buffalo NY.

I was a child of the 50's and I attended all  public schools.

I went to School #86 on St Lawrence Ave.

I attended Amherst Junior HS for 7th grade.

School #66 on Parkside Ave, for 8th grade and then to Bennett HS.

I did better than average in school, but studies never came easy.

The Buffalo public school system did a good job preparing me for college.

My family belonged to Temple Beth David on Starin Ave. and thats where I had my Bar Mitzvah when I was 13 years old. Today I am a member of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY.

Looking back, its funny what events come to mind.

I recall when Russia launched the sputnik. I remember the  air aid drills when we were told if we sat quietly under our desks we would be ok in the event of a nuclear attack.

At school #86 we all gathered in the school auditorium to watch John Glenn's launch into space.

I also recall that terrible day when John Kennedy was killed in Dallas

My very first job was selling refreshments at the Buffalo zoo. I was  12 years old at the time. I recall riding my bike to work. If it rained there was no work and I would have to ride home with no pay.

My second job was when I was 13 or 14. I worked part time packing hot dog and hamburger rolls at Kaufman's Bakery. Kaufman's was owned by the Freedman and Rosenberg families. I always worked part time at the bakery and full time during the summer. When I was 16 years old I made deliveries for the bakery using a station wagon or a bakery truck.

I never made it to the Woodstock Music Festival in 1967 . I was working at the bakery and couldn't take off.  However, a few weeks before Woodstock, the Atlantic City Rock Festival took place. Many of the Woodstock performers played that earlier concert. And I enjoyed the Atlantic City concert.


College Days

When I was 18 years old I went off to college and studied political science and international relations at the American University in Washington DC.   Part of my college studies included a series of internships working for a Congressman, The DC Probation Dept. and for Neighborhood Legal Services.

I graduated from A.U. in 1972 and started law school in 1973 at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.

I decided to go to law school  because I wanted to do something  that would enable me to help others.

In 1976 I graduated from law school and in 1977 I passed the NYS bar exam.


My Law Career

The Buffalo, NY  law firm, Gannon and Gannon hired me as an associate in 1977. The firm was a true general practice. I was able to work on a wide variety of cases with terrific lawyers. The firm was a great place to work. A terrific place to learn the practice of law.

In 1977 I was appointed as a Trustee at the Bankruptcy in Buffalo NY. I served as a Trustee for 7-8 years. This position allowed me to  learn everything about bankruptcy law.


Formation of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law

In April 1, 1980 I formed my own law firm, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law.

In August 1981 I married the love of my life, Barbara Hamilton.

Initially I had a general practice firm. We handled a wide variety of civil and criminal matters.  As time went on, my firm began to concentrate on bankruptcy, social security disability and personal injury law. We now also handle cases involving creditor harrassment under FDCPA,  VA Disability and Long Term Disability Claims.


Career Highlights

Named Lawyer of the Year by The Erie County Bar Association

Received the NYSBA President's Pro Bono Award for service to the Community.

Recieved several awards from the Volunteer Lawyers Project for Service to the Community

Named to "Who's Who" in law by Business First

Named to Super Lawyers

Achieved AVVO 10 rating

Law Firm Celebrated our 30th Anniversary 2010

Certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Accredited Attorney with the National Organization of Veteran's Affairs

I had the honor of being a founding member of The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and I served as their first Vice President for a period of 4 years.

I have testified before the United States Congress and met with White House Officals concerning a variety of consumer matters.

In 1996 I was called to testify before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission about proposed changes to the Bankruptcy Law.

I have been a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Attorneys since the early 80's.

I have lectured locally and nationally about all aspects of our practice areas to attorneys as well as to the public at large.

Since our inception in 1980 we have helped over 50,000 families resolve their legal problems. We now have 15 offices in NYS and PA.


Press Coverage

I have been quoted in the press many times.

To read some of the stories google my name at:

The Buffalo News

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

USA Today

NYSBA Law Journal

The Erie County Bar Association Bar Bulletin


Pro Bono Work

Working with non profit groups has also been important for our firm. Some of the groups we have worked with, donated money to or have volunteered our time to, include,  The United Way, The Lupus Foundation, The Erie County Bar Foundation, Aids Community Services, The MS Society, The Brain Injury Association, The Mental Health Association, The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Neighborhood Legal Services, Temple Beth Zion, NAACP, FATHERS,The Urban League, Consumer Credit Counseling Services and  many other groups.


My Hobbies

My hobbies include photography and world travel.  I enjoy taking photos of people in remote areas of the world. One of my goals is the capture the soul of an individual through photography or to show the living environment of the people I shoot. I have a photo web site at  Many of my photos are donated to charities and  are also on exhibit through out WNY.



With respect to the practice of law or working with charities in WNY, helping people improve their lives gives me a great deal of satisfaction.




Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 30%
    40 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 25%
    40 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    40 years
  4. Workers Compensation: 10%
    40 years
  5. Discrimination: 10%
    40 years



Contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Harry James Forrest

    I not only endorse Jeffrey Freedman, I refer all consumer bankruptcy cases to him personally. Jeff and his team work efficiently and effectively to help clients through their darkest financial hour. Without exception, clients I have referred to him have reported back with glowing praise of the service and counsel provided by Jeffrey and his staff.


    Harry Forrest Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric A. Gang

    I endorse this lawyer. Jeffrey's track record of success over the years speaks for itself. He is truly the lawyer's lawyer. His integrity and professionalism set the gold standard.


    Eric Gang Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law

424 Main Street
Suite 622
Buffalo, NY, 14202

Design Center, 3445 Winton Place, # 104
Rochester, NY, 14623

216 East Main St.
Batavia, NY, 14020

2-6 East Main Street
Jamestown, NY, 14701

23 North St. Suite B
Canandaigua, NY, 144424

6493 Dysinger Rd
Lockport, NY, 14094

375 Dick Rd.
Depew, NY, 14043

2045 Niagara Falls Blvd #16
Niagara Falls, NY, 14304

2646 W. State St. #201
Olean, NY, 14760

2690 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY, 14150



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in Bankruptcy LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Business of the YearMedaille College2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers WNYBuffalo Business First2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Pro Bono AwardVolunteer Lawyers Project Buffalo2010
Lawyer of The YearErie County Bar Association2007
President's Award for ServiceAids Community Services of WNY2005
Pugash Award for ServiceJewish Family Services of Buffalo2005
Presidents Pro Bono AwardNYS Bar Association2005
Pro Bono Award- Mid Sized FirmVolunteer Lawyers Project Buffalo2005
Shirley Pugas AwardLupus Foundation2004
Community Service AwardHispanics United of Buffalo2003
Special Service AwardBuffalo Board of Education2003
Leadership AwardNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerJeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law1980 - Present
Bankruptcy TrusteeUnited States Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York1977 - 1985
AttiorneyGannon and Gannon1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization of Veterans AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
United States Department of Veterans AffairsCertified2013 - Present
Onondoga County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Erie County Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Erie County Bar FoundationSteering Committee Member2000 - Present
Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember1994 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysCo-Founder1992 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining member1982 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyN/A1977 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Erie County Bar Association Disability CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
New York State Bar AssociationSpecial Committee on Lawyer Advertising1997 - 1999
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysFormer Vice President1992 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Social Security DisabilityObtained Social Security Disability benefits for 15,000 people
Consumer BankruptcyHave helped over 30,000 people resolve their debt problems.
Accident casesHave obtained millions of dollars for injured clients.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 BankruptcyGetting a Fresh Start2009
Social Security Disability LawHow to Get The Disability Benefits You Deserve2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
American UniversityPolitical Science and International RelationsBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSocial Security Disability Benefits2011
Bar Association of Erie CountyEthics2011
Bar Association of Erie CountyModerator for program- NYS Sales tax enforcement2010
Bar Association of Erie CountyTough Ethics Issues That Matter to Lawyers2010
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesBankruptcy Abuse Protection Consumer Prorection Act of 20052007
Bar Association of Erie CountyThe Importance of the Practice of Law2007
Bar Association of Erie CountyAdvertising and Ethics2007
New York State Bar AssociationBasics of Bankruptcy2006
MCBA and ECBA Annual WNY Bankruptcy ConferenceChapter 7 viewpoint of the debtor's attorney2006
New York State Bar AssociationBankruptcy Abuse Protection Consumer Protection Act of 20052005
National Association of Legal ProfessionalsThe New Bankruptcy law2005
National Bankruptcy Review CommissionChanges to the bankruptcy law1996