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Denis A. Kitchen

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Buffalo, NY

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1976
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Denis

Learn Denis’s areas of practice.

As an attorney for over 40 years, I have the experience as well as the expertise to address a variety of legal problems and issues. In my practice, I regularly appear in local, county and state and federal courts, and I have successfully handled appeals to the New York Appellate Division as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals. I would be pleased to speak to you personally about your legal needs.


Denis A. Kitchen
8899 Main St
Buffalo, NY, 14221-7628


4.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Dr. Tim Chambers | December 12, 2019
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Dr. Tim Chambers
Mr. Kitchen has handled many legal issues for both my family and our not-for-profit ministry. He always handles himself with professionalism, excellence and kindness. I've never felt like he was in judgement of my choices, decisions or concerns and always treated me more as a friend than a client. His commitment to serving others is evidenced by the pro-bono work he has done for our ministry as well as others. It is an honor to have him as President of the Board of Directors because of his leadership qualities, his quiet confidence and his wise counsel. Both my wife, Cheryl and I recommend his legal advice across many issues.
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Posted by Tracy | August 9, 2018
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Denis Kitchen truly helped me with a personal financial problem. He answered any questions I had and directed me thoroughly through the process! Also, our family had an emergency where my mom became sick fast and needed nursing home care ASAP. I called Denis Kitchen quite upset because we needed a power of attorney for my mom quickly! Denis Kitchen was very compassionate and met us at the hospital to get the paperwork completed! He often goes above and beyond the call of duty! I would highly recommend Denis Kitchen!
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Posted by Liya | July 23, 2018
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I’m beyond satisfied!!!!
Denis has helped me beyond what I expected! He is very detailed and was very helpful and personable! My case was a win win!! I would highly recommend him over and over! Thank you again and again!
Posted by Diane | June 21, 2018
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He made bankruptcy a "good" experience!
This lawyer was recommended to me by another lawyer when my husband's death created a financial crisis for me. We had used up all our financial resources during several years of my husband's health crisis. When he had used up all his credit, I continued paying for his care with my own credit. When my husband died, his unpaid bills and credit debt were gone, but all the bills I had paid with MY credit were still there and I then had only half of my previous income. It was not enough. Since I was 74, with my own health issues and had only Social Security to live on, my options were limited. A consult with Denis Kitchen was recommended by another lawyer and a friend of mine. Mr. Kitchen was wonderful. He was sympathetic and understanding of my situation. We decided that bankruptcy was the solution to my problem and it would give me a chance for some kind of a future. He was wonderful to work with, answering all my questions, and always just a phone call away. I hired him to lead me through the bankruptcy and his price was very reasonable. Things went smoothly and my case was completed successfully within six months. I am now proceeding with my "new" life, thanks to the help I received from Denis Kitchen.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2018
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Got out of $40,500 in student loan debt
I hired Denis Kitchen to help me file bankruptcy. In addition to bringing a 522 motion to avoid judicial liens on my property, he brought a motion in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to discharge my student loan debt. The motion was granted and I didn’t have to pay my student loans because I became permanently disabled and was unable to work as a teacher. My student loan debt was acquired to become a teacher and since I couldn’t work as a teacher, my loans were discharged. He was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous, making the process easy.
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Posted by Gregory | May 16, 2018
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Professional Attorney In Western New York
Denis Kitchen helped me with a criminal case whereby I was charged with a violation. Mr. Kitchen was very informative as to how to defend me with the case. He attended multiple court appearances as needed. He also answered all of the questions that I had with the legal processes. In the end, the charges were dismissed. Mr. Kitchen and I decided to file a case in federal court, in which the case is currently pending. He has been very friendly during the various consultations at his office. I would highly recommend his services to anyone that might be in need of his services.
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Posted by James | May 14, 2018
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I have been using Denis A. Kitchen's legal services for about four decades for personal and corporate matters with outstanding results. Denis Kitchen is a man of high moral standards who deeply cares for his clients welfare and is most trustworthy. I highly recommend him without any reservations to anyone who seeks legal assistance. James
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Posted by Lindsey | December 18, 2023
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Almost cost me my case
Months into working with Denis, I received an official court document in the mail that stated if I did not complete a court requirement (a simply online course) in SIX days, my case would be CLOSED. I was able to complete this requirement any time after 10/11, and it needed to be completed and submitted by 12/11. Denis did not notify me of this requirement one single time, and I even had a video meeting and exchanged emails with him on 10/11! The only reason I was able to complete the requirement online is because of the notice the court sent- NOT because Denis instructed me to. He was made aware of this, and has still not even acknowledged this or apologized. On top of almost costing me my entire case, I don’t know that the man answered a single one of my questions, would go missing for weeks at a time (the longest I did not hear back from him was 6 weeks), did not hand in MANY necessary documents to the courts on time, and still has not returned my voicemail from September, that I even reminded him about via email.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Denis A. Kitchen, P.C.
  • 1982 - Present
  • Associate, Head of Matrimonial & Family Law Department
  • Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Schuller & James
  • 1977 - 1982
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law offices of Christopher t. W. Ross
  • 1976 - 1977
  • Law Clerk
  • Christopher TW Ross, Attorney at Law
  • 1973 - 1976
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  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Indiana University
  • Masters of Science in Education
  • 1966
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1965

Sample of Legal Cases

  • James Wornick, Karen Wornick v. Thomas Gaffney,
  • The Second Circuit overturned the Bankruptcy Court's order, declared the life insurance policies to be exempt, and effectively changed the local bankruptcy rule permanently.


  • Professional organizations and associations
  • 1995 - Present
  • Lawyers for Life
  • Vice President
  • 1992 - Present
  • Christian Conciliation Service
  • Board Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • 1976 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Clarence Toastmasters Club
  • President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Christian Counseling Service of Western New York
  • President of Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: Everything You Need to Know
  • Two topics: Powers of Attorney and Legal Ethics
  • 2020
  • Federal Debt Collection Practices Act and Collection Law
  • Two topics: Bankruptcy’s Implications on Collection Practices and Ethics
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Knowons
  • Two topics: Revocable Living Trust Tactics and Ethical Considerations
  • 2019
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • Handling Claims Against the Estate
  • 2018
  • Elder Law Conference
  • NY Powers of Attorney
  • 2017
  • Divorce from Start to Finish
  • Valuation of Family Business
  • 2017
  • Estate Planning
  • Gift Tax
  • 2016
  • CLE Conference on Military Divorce
  • Military Divorce
  • 2015
  • Title Law from Start to Finish
  • Surveys
  • 2014
  • Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates
  • Federal Estate Tax Returns
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
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General practice
Bankruptcy and debt
Buffalo Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Denis A. Kitchen
Denis A. Kitchen
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Buffalo, NY
Licensed for 47 years