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Samuel A. Alba

Criminal defense Attorney at Buffalo, NY

5.0   24 reviews

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About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    My experience includes time as a law clerk.

  2. Litigation
    General civil litigation including contracts, landlord tenant, civil disputes, small claims matters,

  3. Divorce and separation
    Including family court and custody matters.

  4. Personal injury
    My experience includes time as a law clerk.

  5. Employment and labor
    Including wage and hour class actions and plaintiff's employee discrimination matters.

My name is Sam Alba. I am a junior partner with the Friedman & Ranzenhofer law firm. As a young attorney I take
responsibility to my clients seriously. I am determined to make my clients’ legal issues easier by being constantly available to them.

I grew up in New York and earned my B.S. in Legal Studies & Theater (Cum Laude) in 2011 from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College. I then went to law school at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo and earned my J.D. in 2014 with a concentration in Civil Litigation.

I am admitted to all New York State Courts (January 2015).

Before and during law school I accumulated over five years experience in the legal industry as a civil litigation paralegal, law clerk, and student attorney for consumers.

I currently reside in Williamsville with my wife and two children.

My professional associations are as follows:

  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation; Small Law Committee; and Young Lawyers Committee);
  • Erie County Bar Association;
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers’ Association;
  • New York State Bar Association;
  • UB Law G.O.L.D. Group;
  • The Western New York Minority Media Professionals; and
  • S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law Alumni Association.


If you have any legal issue whatsoever please contact me at Do not message me through as messages are not regularly checked. 

Licensed for 8 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Randal | May 6, 2022
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Amazing attorney!
I haven’t had to deal with lawyers before sam but he is very informative. I feel he went above and beyond what he had to do for me (ex. Answering all my questions and concerns and being clear on what could or wouldn’t happen) overall if I could give hi 10 stars this man deserves it. Thank you for everything Sam!
Posted by Nate | December 14, 2021
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What an experience!
Throughout my divorce, Sam alba has always been there, was very easy to talk to and had amazing people skills! Very knowledgeable! Sharp minded! Treated me like family! Professionalism is the first word that comes to mind when I think of my experience with Mr alba! Would absolutely recommend Mr Alba to anyone looking for a great attorney! Very thorough! He took my sisters accident case, and the day he took her case he went to see her in the hospital! Grade A++ attitude and an amazing attorney overall! Thank you so much Sam!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
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Professional representation
Sam has a professional relationship with much of the WNY legal community. He came prepared to defend my case and received an incredibly favorable result for me. He is a true professional.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2021
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Highly Recommended - Great Lawyer
Sam helped us with a litigation case of default judgement. He was instrumental in understanding the situation of the case quickly. He provided great suggestions from the beginning. His focus was not to look out for money as he did a lot of extra work and did not charge anything extra. He is confident, motivated and cares about the case and his clients. His focus was how to win it. Very impressive and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Sarah | July 25, 2020
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Incredible Attorney-- Highly Recommend
Sam helped my boyfriend and I with a real estate situation and remained extremely professional, diligent to our case and finding the answers needed and definitely went above and beyond what he needed to do for us to resolve our apartment situation. We knew from the start with Sam that he was committed to us and helping to resolve our case, regardless of time of day. We reached out to him late in the day a few times but always heard back quickly! Highly recommend Sam to represent you if you are searching for a great lawyer!
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Posted by Mark | May 3, 2020
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Highly recommended
Highly recommended...Sam handled a case for me with a buffalo tow truck Company, we won our case and a judgment. Sam was highly professional knowledgeable and effective. He knows the local laws and how to get successful outcomes!
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2020
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Professional, Intelligent, Hardworking
I found myself in an absolute nightmare requesting a simple stay away order after harassment against me increasingly got of control. I ended up being accused of a crime I did not commit by the person harassing me, putting my career in jeopardy. I was referred to attorney who seemed to be making my case worst, a simple matter was now leading to a trial. That’s when I decide to do a google search for help. I came across Friedman & Razenhofer and read the reviews just like you may be doing now. Their clients seemed pleased and many mentioned affordability. I had already paid one attorney so this was important to me. I called and was transferred to Sam Alba. I explained the situation and in just a few minutes he made me feel a sense of relief. He actually listened to what I had to say. I found an attorney that was not only affordable but really knew exactly what needed to be done. Sam is extremely intelligent, professional, and most importantly willing to put in the work required to help his clients. Sam is patient, I probably had a million random questions, and he answered every one in a timely fashion. The charges against me were completely dismissed and I was granted the protection I was seeking. I pray I am never in a situation like this ever again but if I ever need legal assistance I will certainly be contacting Sam Alba and referring him to anyone who needs help. There are not enough words to express the gratitude I have for the attention to detail he put into my case. I am confident the outcome of my case would have been a lot different without Sam.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2019
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Intelligent, qualified, determined
Me. Alba was a great attorney on my case. My case was shuffled from him to another partner in his firm and I requested to be given back to sam. His attention to detail Is impeccable. He got my charge reduced, and fought to the end for me. I always felt that he was reachable, intelligent, and more over extremely qualified. If your looking for someone to give you his all- look no further.
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Posted by Ms Cooper | January 14, 2019
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Praise God I was referred to Sam!
My wages were being garnished from a collection agency. They claimed they won a judgement from 5 years ago that I didn't respond to. I wasted my money with 1 lawyer and I was told by another lawyer that I didn't have a case. A legal service referred me to Sam. Sam clearly explained the legalities and was honest about my options. He asked questions that helped him to better understand my situation. His price was very fair considering all the work he has done. He is very responsive to my inquiries and has a very fast turnaround. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Julie | December 18, 2018
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Almost 2 years Thank you Sam you’re the best hope I never need you again but if I did ever need one I would pick you 100%
Almost 2 years later hallelujahAll I can say is I have never been more thankful in my life thanks to our wonderful attorney who did great at trial even though I interrupted a lot.He didn’t give up on me even though I’m loud and he stood by me and my right I always recommend to always know your rights also as a client but make sure you’re smart enough to keep a lawyer and get a lawyer is going to Sam I’d also like to thank the The judge and Clarence it was very empathetic and Everyone at Clarence town Court that knew me very well for the last two years while I fought for this case to be over so thank you I can finally sleep tonight
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2018
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Always goes the extra mile!
Sam was recommended to me by a friend who knew I needed to be protected from the bullying my ex and his attorney were putting me through. I was intimidated and completely overwhelmed by the process of choosing the right lawyer. No one I met with made me feel like anything beyond just another faceless case, until I met with Sam. Sam immediately gave me the vibe that he would fight for me like a big brother. He has validated that "vibe" over and over throughout this ordeal, and that's just the cherry on top. Sam possesses a wealth of knowledge that seems endless, even when it comes to minor nuances of the law. He is always prepared, meticulously organized, eloquent and charismatic in court. We aren't finished yet, but so far he obtained results for me that I did not think were possible and restored my hope. Sam is impressively responsive outside the courtroom as well. I have a habit of forgetting to mention things, and so I often send Sam emails at odd hours of the evening and on weekends so I won't forget. Each time I send one, I figure he won't answer until business hours come around, which would be just fine. Yet, almost every time, be it 7pm on Tuesday or a Saturday afternoon, he answers within 5 minutes anyway! You just don't find that level of dedication and customer service anymore. Sam makes me feel like I'm his only client sometimes, and I can't thank him enough. He has made going through this process so much less stressful than I'd thought was possible. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2018
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Responsive and Thorough!
Sam is an excellent attorney. He was very responsive to us throughout our matter and always made himself available for any questions that we had. His expertise was very reassuring to us and I'm confident it helped us to come out successful.
Posted by Zach | April 26, 2018
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Land lord did not maintain the house
Sam worked with me for around two and the whole time consistently kept me updated and worked with my busy schedule. I was not familiar with the whole process and he kept me comfortable through all of it. Ended up winning the money I deserved for an incident involving the landlord not keeping his house safe resulting in a drastic injury and scar.
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Posted by juliee | November 17, 2017
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I was facing a serious charge for a bad decision, Samuel never judged me nor made me feel incompetent. I always felt reassured after seeing or speaking with him. I will also add he is always detailed and though when caring for your case, I could go on and on . I suggest him to anyone who appreciates someone who has old school empathy and cares for his clients. juliee
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Posted by Vera | August 1, 2017
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A+ Recommendation
From the moment Sam Alba took my case I knew that I was good hands. He was very pro-active with outreach and updates and made sure my questions and concerns were addressed timely and that I had a clear understanding of why and what was happening during each step of the process. He was very quick on his toes by tackling every single obstacle that was unexpectedly thrown his way. He put forth his full effort while handling such a complex case AND he somehow managed to do it all with a smile. He is very professional, very kind and made me feel comfortable knowing that he had the best interest of myself and my family in mind. I would highly recommend Mr. Samuel Alba to assist with your legal matters as I am sure your experience will be as satisfying as mine. Thank You Sam
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Posted by Frederick | August 1, 2017
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Frederick winter
Absolutely awesome guy, consoled me right away never have dealt with the legal system and felt completely safe in his ability to represent me. All my charges were reduced and ended up with an great result.
Posted by Natan | December 12, 2016
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Highly Recommend
Sam is an excellent attorney. He's handled numerous cases for both myself and my family. The ending results of each case have been nothing short of professional and satisfying. Sam takes each of his clients and cases very seriously and does not settle. I know that I am in good hands with Sam Alba and I would definitely recommend his services to anyone who is searching for a highly qualified and extremely professional attorney. He responded quickly each time I had a question for him and his responses were always clear and informative. Thank you!
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Posted by Joe | December 9, 2016
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Professional lawyer
Excellent excellent attorney. Helped me multiple times avoid points on my license and even possible jail time. Gets the lowest possible punishment every time
Posted by Troy | December 8, 2016
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Very good!!!
Very flexible and work with make sure I got what I wanted out of the case and did the upmost to make sure that I came out on the good end of it.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
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Resolution in Family Court
Sam was efficient and knowledgable in helping resolve false allegations. He was helpful in my defense and the case was promptly closed. I would highly recommend Mr. Alba to those looking for a thorough and competent attorney.
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AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Hogan Willig
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Intern/Law Clerk
  • WIlliam Mattar, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2013


  • Suny Buffalo Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • State University of New York, College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2011


  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers' Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Litigation - Small Law Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Small Law Committee - Roundtables Chair
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Semi-Finalist
  • Albert R. Mugel National Moot Court Competition
  • 2014
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • Chief Justice Norman M. Krivosha Scholarship
  • 2012


Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Alba is a top notch attorney. He zealously represents his clients in the court room and sincerely cares for them and their case. Very nice guy as well."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam provides quality representation to his clients and is extremely professional in all aspects of his practice. He's also an approachable person who is easy to work with. I certainly endorse Attorney Alba."
Speeding and traffic ticket

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Buffalo Criminal defense Lawyer Samuel A. Alba
Samuel A. Alba
Criminal defense Attorney
Buffalo, NY
Licensed for 8 years