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Michael Kuzma

About me

Michael Kuzma is a solo practitioner in Buffalo.  He has long viewed the law as being a tool to bring about social, political and economic change.  For over three decades, Mike has fought to make government more open and accountable through use of the federal and state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.  He has litigated a number of FOI cases and currently has lawsuits pending against the CIA, FBI and New York State Department of Correctional and Community Supervision (DOCCS).  Mike has represented Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Occupy Buffalo and Leslie James Pickering.


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Practice areas


  1. Speeding Ticket: 60%
    18 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    18 years
  3. Election Campaign: 10%
  4. General Practice: 10%
    18 years



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  • Vincent LoTempio

    I endorse Michael. He is well respected by peers and provides excellent service to his clients.


    Vincent LoTempio Intellectual property Attorney
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  • Rhonda L. Bachrach

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael Kuzma is a socially conscientious attorney who works tirelessly for his clients.


    Rhonda Bachrach Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1893 Clinton St
Buffalo, NY, 14206-3205


NYCurrently registered 199807/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Making Democracy WorkThe League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Legislative AssistantBuffalo Common Council2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Lawyers GuildN/A2011 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyN/A1998 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kern v. Clarkdecision of District Court reversed
Peltier v. FBIdecision of District Court affirmed
People v. Buckleycharges dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Censored NewsWhere are the FBI Files Concerning Myrtle Poor Bear?2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
U. S. Out of My Living Room: Resisting Federal Surveillance & State RepressionGovernment Surveillance2015
Challenging FOIA/FOIL Noncompliance Workshop & CLEFOIA/FOIL2015
14th Annual ICAS North America ConferenceFOIA Workshop2015
5th Annual Law and Disorder ConferenceFOIA2014