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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NYSBA Law Journal
The Erie County Bar Association Bar Bulletin
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 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 www.freedmanphotos.com 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.