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Rafael Omar Gomez

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Mr. Gomez is a trial lawyer with a concentration in Civil Litigation. He has litigated a wide array of civil matters involving personal injury, toxic exposures including lead paint poisoning, employment and discrimination claims, commercial litigation, and contract disputes. He has handled matters from the initial investigation through trial and appeal in both State and Federal courts in New York and has tried more than thirty-five civil trials to verdict. Mr. Gomez advocates for his clients in both the prosecution and defense of civil claims. His clients have ranged from individuals to national corporations and he fights tirelessly on their behalf to ensure their rights are protected.


Mr. Gomez also represents small businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to not-for-profits to corporations in all aspects of their business pursuits. His work involves creation of the appropriate business entity, day to day legal counseling on liability issues, employment matters and contract drafting and review. As counsel to these businesses he assists his clients navigate the difficult waters of business to ensure they are in compliance with applicable laws and all rights are protected as they operate in today’s challenging economy.


Mr. Gomez is fluent in Spanish and is a first generation citizen who was born in Buffalo after his family moved to Western New York from the Dominican Republic. He is actively involved in the local Hispanic community including Hispanics United of Buffalo, and in 2008 he received the Nuestro Orgullo Latino award from HUB for his contributions. He has also been selected as a top lawyer in Insurance Litigation by Business First. Mr. Gomez has concentrated on lead paint poisoning cases and successfully tried the first civil case to verdict in Erie County in 2003. He has also been a national speaker on lead paint poisoning and presented at Mealey’s Lead Paint Poisoning program in 2008.

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    1 year
  2. Employment: 30%
    1 year
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    1 year
  5. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    1 year

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Vincent LoTempio

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    Vincent LoTempio Intellectual property Attorney
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Contact info

Gomez & Becker, LLP

2746 Delaware Avenue
The Eberhardt Mansion
Buffalo, NY, 14217

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200107/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who In LawBusiness First2008
Nuestro Orgullo AwardHispanics United of Buffalo, Inc.2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLotempio & Brown, P.C.2010 - 2016
PartnerBouvier Partnership, LLP2001 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Western New York Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector2014 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember2001 - Present
Western New York Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Zaranek v Roberts Farms, et al.Award of $750,000 for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Emmens v. Frey Electric ConstructionDefense Verdict - No Award to Plaintiff
Santiago vs McGrathVerdict for Plaintiff.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Franklin and Marshall CollegeSpanish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Media and the Law, Public, Private and PersonalFree Speech Privileges v. Public and Private Institutional Interests2016
Mealey's Lead ConferenceExpert Witnesses in Lead Paint Litigation2009