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Peter McGrath

Divorce and separation Attorney at Buffalo, NY

5.0   21 reviews

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I am the Principal Attorney at the McGrath Law Firm, PLLC, located in Buffalo, New York.  My firm prides its self on a four pillar approach and a fresh perspective on legal representation (review the firm's website to unserstand what this means).

 

The McGrath Law Firm is a full-service general practice firm.  That is, we are equipped to handle all of your legal needs.  Give us a call for a free consultation.  We will work diligently to resolve your legal issue.  For low cost/high quality legal representation in Western New York, contact the McGrath Law Firm.

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Licensed for 9 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2013
Updated 06/05/2022

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McGrath Law Firm, PLLC
3110 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore
Buffalo, NY, 14217

Reviews

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Posted by Abdulrahman | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and respectable
I’m international student. When I arrived to the USA, I bought a new car. Because my school didn’t update my information in the immigration site, I couldn’t do the procedures in DMV. One week later, police officer stopped me, and gave me four violations ( Registration VIOL, Insurance VIOL, VEH equivalent VIOL, and Turn signal VIOL. Thus, I could have been fined up to $1,216, had my driving privileges suspended for one year, and could have been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The reason for choosing Peter McGrath once he said I cannot promise you but I’ll do my job. He was honest with me, kind, and tolerate my poor English language. Aftermath, I’m satisfied with plea reduction, and I just paid $300, I would recommend him for any one need attorney support.
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Posted by Jackie | October 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful
I hired Pete about a year ago to represent me in a divorce against my husband. I could not be more satisfied and thankful for his help. From what I read on the internet, I stood to loss a lot as I make significantly more money than my ex-husband and my ex also had informed me that he would do everything in his power to get custody of our 3 children. Well, after everything was said and done, I have to pay a minimal amount of alimony and I have primary custody of my children. I owe this to Pete. He fought hard for me, was always available to answer my questions, and is genuinely a good and caring person. I highly recommend him as an attorney and person.
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Posted by Adam Sicard | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful for Peter!!
I was terrified after I was arressted, running a stop light, expired inspection, no registration paperwork and to make matters worse my license had been been suspended... I was faceing over $2000 in fines and criminal court costs (suspended license is a misdemeanor) and potential jail time according to every other attorney I had contacted. Then I met Peter McGrath, he was so down to earth and professional he really put my mind at ease and quoted me significantly lower than the $2000 I had gotten previously. Peter handled everything keeping me in the loop during the entire process. The whole thing was quick and painless and with Peters expertise he was able to get all of those charges reduced to a single parking ticket!!!! I am so relieved that I had Peter in my corner and have referred everyone I know that if they need legal help Peter is the guy!!! Thanks again Peter
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Posted by HP | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
Pete got all required paperwork together and submitted to Amherst Town Court. Professional and responsible. I will recommend Pete to any UB students.
Posted by Mike | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. McGrath Did a Great Job!
I hired Peter to take care of a ticket that I received for talking on my cell phone while driving in Kenmore. I decided to hire him because he explained things in a down to earth manner and seemed like he understood my position well. In addition, he didn't make me feel like an idiot for my lack of understanding of the New York's funky traffic citation system. My court date came and went and in the end I am paying nothing to Kenmore, do not have to take a driving class and can wash my hands of the whole situation. I could not have asked for a better experience.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Needed some advice on what my next step would be with a divorce. Peter was extremely receptive to my concerns, he was easy to talk to and put me at ease right away. He Explained my options and I went from a teary state to felling a lot better.. Unfortunately, he's a 6 hr hour drive or I would have hired him wIth no hesitation...
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Posted by Jinhee kwak | July 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
I hired Peter to fight a speeding ticket. Finding a reliable and trustworthy lawyer was a challenge especially through Internet. After speaking to a number of lawyers, I hired Peter. He sounded sincere, experienced and was able to tell me right away what he can do for me. He reduced my double speeding ticket with 30 mph overage to a parking violation without any demerit points. I would recommend him to my friends. Thank you Peter for excellent work!
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Posted by Ricky | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer with Results
I recently got a speeding ticket in Lewiston and Peter did an amazing job representing me and getting results in my favor. He was very responsive and stepped me through the entire process. I highly recommend him !!
Posted by Rob | January 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Peter McGrath is an excellent attorney and a good person who sincerely cares about other people. I retained Mr. McGrath on two separate occasions. The fee that I paid for each case was well within the parameters of what I considered reasonable. When I attempted to retain the services of Mr. McGrath, he responded immediately and kept me comfortably updated throughout the entire process. Each case was settled superbly.
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Posted by Lisa | August 9, 2015
Best Lawyer I could have ever had
I contacted many lawyers for my separation/ divorce and got the run around.But Mr. Peter McGrath called me back immediately and handle my case quickly and painlessly.I never thought I would be divorced that quick and I got everything I asked for please keep in mind I know not all divorces are like that however I don't believe any other attorney would have done what he did for me .
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Posted by Davis | May 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He called me back
He was very informative and told me what I needed to do, who to call and how to avoid spending money, all during his free consultation. Wow, what a guy! He was very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and nice. If we need to use an attorney at a later point, we are definitely using him.
Posted by John | April 23, 2015
Better call McGrath
Like the title says if you are ever in need of a lawyer you better call Peter McGrath. He handled my case efficiently and effectively at an affordable price. He understood my situation and within a couple days won the case. Had no problems communicating with him and he kept me updated the whole way through. Easy to talk too and knew what he was doing. Great lawyer
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Posted by Yuvraj | October 29, 2014
Awesome Lawyer - exceeded all expectations
We were traveling through New York state and got a speeding ticket. Having never received a speeding ticket in the last 7 years since I started driving, I was facing the prospect of either paying a large fine (with several points on my record) or appearing in court to contest the ticket. Being from out of state, it was very difficult for me to be present for court. Getting in touch with Peter was the best decision we could have taken. Peter explained everything to me in detail and attended the court on my behalf. He got the speeding ticket reduced to a parking violation which meant 0 points on my driving record. Peter did a phenomenal job and exceeded all my expectations in the way he handled things. If you ever get a speeding ticket, you should definitely have Peter represent you.
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Posted by Marco | October 24, 2014
Professional and Quick Response to Inquiries
I got a speeding ticket on NY State Thruway and Peter got it reduced to a single parking violation. I am not a resident of New York and so I really appreciated (and very impressed) at Peter's quick responses to my inquiries via email or phone. His emails were professional, and complete with all the information I needed to understand what's going on and how to proceed with the final paperwork for my case. Definitely recommends his services.
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Posted by Kyla | October 15, 2014
Great Service!
Mr. McGrath helped me with a speeding ticket that I obtained. He appeared in court for me and was able to get my ticket reduced to a parking ticket. Mr. McGrath made sure to get back to me in a timely manner when I called for a consultation. He answered all of my questions and was very understanding of my situation. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lucian | September 30, 2014
not only a great attorney but a great person.
Pete was there all the way. I could call him anytime of the day and would always get a fast response. He made things easy to understand throughout my case and worked hard to get me a great outcome. If your considering Pete for your case, hire him, you won't regret it. Thanks for everything.
Posted by carol | June 26, 2014
Efficient
Mr. McGrath was very efficient in handling my divorce. Always kept me informed, explain everything thoroughly and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone. He was very easy to talk to and made me feel very confident. If you need a GREAT attorney, call Mr. McGrath and make an appointment. He won't let you down.
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Posted by Lisa | January 6, 2014
The Best.
For supplemental income I invest in real estate in the Buffalo area. In May of 2013 I contacted Pete about doing an eviction for one of my properties. At that point I was using another area attorney but I was becoming dissatisfied with his lack of communication and procrastination. From my first phone call with Pete I knew that he truly cared about protecting my investments and helping to grow my business. Since that phone conversation I have used Pete to conduct several real estate closings and perform many evictions and I could not be happier with his services. He is always available to answer my questions even on weekends and evenings. His prices are reasonable, Most importantly, he does what he says he will do, when he says he will do it. Under my former attorney, real estate closings would take months, but with Pete they are completed much quicker. The same is true for evictions. Additionally, Pete is a pleasure to talk with, he is personable, very knowledgeable, and very kind. I highly recommend Pete and will continue to call him my lawyer.
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Posted by Heather | December 11, 2013
Professional & Amazing Services!!!
I recently contacted Peter about a speeding ticket I received while traveling through New York. From our first interaction Peter was professional and knowledgeable about my circumstances. He answered all my questions and emails on a timely manner and kept me informed on my situation. Peter made the entire process quick and simple. He appeared in court for me and was able to get my speeding ticket dropped to a parking ticket (which also meant zero points on my license). I would highly recommend Peter to my family, friends, or anyone in need of his assistance. I can’t thank him enough for everything he was able to do for me!
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Posted by reznyu | October 13, 2013
Great service !!!
I managed to get 2 speeding tickets in 2 days (70 over 55 and 80 over 55) in upstate NY area and was facing 10 points on my driving record plus quite significant monetary fine. Getting Peter to fight these tickets for me was the best decision I could have made - in the end, one ticket was dismissed after taking Defensive Driving Course and the other was downgraded to a parking violation. Peter's fee was very reasonable; very prompt responses to any questions I had - for the most part we communicated via e-mail and every e-mail was answered under 24 hours. Everything was resolved in less than a month! Overall, extremely happy with Peter's help and would recommend to anyone. Peter's contact details are now saved in my address book and if I or any of my friends need help with speeding tickets - Peter will be the first one we would call.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Canisius College
  • 2016 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Amil Sarfraz, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Erie County Bar Association's Volunteer Attorney Program
  • 2013 - Present
  • Principal Attorney
  • McGrath Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Member
  • McGrath Property Management, LLC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Jaworski & Giacobbe
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Joseph Gervase
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • City of Buffalo Law Department
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Kean University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • People v. JM
  • ACD
  • Fidelis Asset Management LLC v. Binga
  • The case was discontinued after several preliminary conferences.
  • SR and BR v. Sweet Home et al
  • Settlement
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Associations

  • Alliance Francaise de Buffalo
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Real Estate Educators Association
  • Broker
  • 2016 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • WNY Wills on Wheels
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Western District of New York
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Cancer Society
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Club
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Buffalo
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Family Law Attorney of the Year in New York
  • Global Law Experts
  • 2016
  • Wills and Trusts Attorney of the Year in New York
  • Global Law Experts
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Kean Scholar
  • Kean University
  • 2009
  • Academic Distinction Award
  • Kean University
  • 2009
  • Kean Scholar
  • Kean University
  • 2009
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Kean University
  • 2009
  • Chapter Scholar
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2009
  • Kean Scholar
  • Kean University
  • 2008
  • Kean Scholar
  • Kean University
  • 2007
  • Member
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Will Worksop
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Divorce Center
  • Divorce: The Easy Way
  • 2015
  • YWCA Speaker Series
  • The Legal System
  • 2013
  • Kean University Pre-Law Society
  • Applying to Law School
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (45)
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. McGrath. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Other
"Professional and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pete's a great lawyer and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete is a highly skilled attorney who will go above and beyond for all of his clients. He is a well respected attorney in the area and I highly recommend his services."
General practice Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers on AVVO are always substantive, sharp and helpful. I agree with them.His knowledge and experience make him a valuable asset to the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McGrath is an incredible attorney who provides sage advice to all questions asked on Avvo. He is extremely knowledgeable and even though I have been practicing for 23 years as a judge, magistrate, and prosecutor, I learn from him every day."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McGrath is an intelligent, hardworking and insightful attorney, well-respected amongst other attorneys in his community and extremely helpful to those seeking legal advise. As such, I endorse Mr. McGrath as an overall exceptional attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney in the Avvo community, I have the opportunity to read some if not all of his legal responses on Avvo. His answers indicate that they are both insightful and helpful. He does insert the practicalities of the situation which is helpful to the lay person seeking legal information. He obviously has a deep understanding of law. I fully endorse Mr. McGrath"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow attorney in the Avvo community, I have been following Mr. McGrath's legal responses. His answers are both insightful and helpful. He obviously has a deep understanding of law. I fully endorse Mr. McGrath."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an experienced attorney and an trustworthy Avvo contributor."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. McGrath as a capable, competent attorney in the community, fully equipped to handle both transactional and litigation matters. Moreover, his connections downstate provide unique opportunities for those fellow lawyers or clients whose needs extend beyond the Western New York area, while his low overhead as a solo practitioner allow him to ultimately provide solutions that are cost-effective."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McGrath always offers thoughtful responses and insights. I endorse this lawyer."
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