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William Whitaker Pulos

Personal injury Attorney at Hornell, NY

4.8   23 reviews

also known as William W. Pulos, William W. Pulos, Managing Partner

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    30%
    In addition, we have handled many types of personal injury cases over a broad range of circumstances including workplace accidents, construction accidents and hundreds of Workers' Compensation accident cases; cases that most attorneys in our geographical area do not accept. We understand the many problems caused by injuries and the impact they have on both the injured person and their family. We know what to do, who to call and the procedures to be followed in these types of cases.

    43 years

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    25%
    Many people, at one point or another in their life, become involved in a legal dispute of some kind, big, small or in between. We've handled a broad range of those types of problems, from government disputes to dog bites. Many times we advise the client to resolve the dispute, quickly and quietly, even if it means we don't get paid. We have the temperament for mediation, the professional skills for negotiation and the attitude for litigation. We can advise you what works best for you.

    43 years

  3. Probate
    25%

  4. Real estate
    20%

    43 years

Mr. Pulos enjoys a very successful, diverse professional career.  A trial lawyer by training, Mr. Pulos returned to his hometown of Alfred, New York following his graduation from Albany Law School and opened a general law practice by himself.

 He is likely the only person born and raised in Alfred, NY to have graduated from law school and returned to open a bricks and mortar law practice in Alfred.  He is the oldest native Allegany County lawyer still living in Allegany County that returned from law school to start their own solo law practice. 

Mr. Pulos has a long list of accomplishments for which he has been recognized on local, state and national levels.  Mr. Pulos's reputation in the legal community in terms of ethics, experience and skill have been evaluated by his peers.  Since 2012, Martindale Hubbell, the oldest lawyer rating service in the USA since 1888, has awarded Mr. Pulos the lawyer rating of "AV-Preeminent", the highest ranking awarded to any attorney in the United States.

Since 1980, Mr. Pulos has achieved many professional milestones in his career, which include representation of a broad cross segment of society in a variety of forums.  He has numerous achievements, awards, resolutions and a variety of verdicts, settlements and judgments to his credit.  His credentials are first rate.

Perhaps the most defining aspect of Mr. Pulos’s career and his ability to represent people has been his dedication to community and public service.   Mr. Pulos has dedicated a large portion of his life to community, college and civic service for the public good. 

He served as an attorney for local town and village governments for a combined 68 years of service and taught many years as a university professor; all without pension, insurance or benefits.

 Mr. Pulos committed portions of a combined 60 semesters to teaching, coaching, officiating and administrating, mostly at the collegiate level for Alfred University and Alfred State College.

Mr. Pulos has donated over Four Thousand (4000) hours of his time to coaching and managing the ALFRED RUGBY CLUB, an intercollegiate college club he co-founded at his alma mater ALFRED UNIVERSITY in 1985 and for which he coached 19 seasons. 

In addition, Mr. Pulos is a published author, served many years as a volunteer fireman and is an internationally recognized humanitarian.  In all these capacities, he serves in a volunteer capacity, without payment or remuneration.

In short, Mr. Pulos is the type of lawyer many people have chosen to help improve their lives because he has demonstrated a life of service to his clients and community.

In terms of character, credentials and committment,  Mr. Pulos is a wise choice.  He and his firm are ready to discuss your case.

 

 

 

 

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Martindale Hubbell AV Pre-Eminent Rating - Highest possible rating for legal ethics and ability
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Location

Pulos And Rosell, LLP - PERSONAL INJURY, ACCIDENTS AND CLAIMS, DIVORCE, REAL ESTATE AND ESTATE ATTORNEYS
Crossroads Professional Building
70 Main Street
Hornell, NY, 14843-1520

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Diane | January 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Accountable, exceptional service
I have had the privilege of knowing William Pulos for more than 40 years. My husband and I have utilized Mr. Pulos for legal services and are extremely pleased with his exceptional work and character. Bill is responsive and extremely professional. I highly recommend William Pulos. Having practiced in the area for decades, his knowledge and expertise bring confidence to clients looking for representation with integrity.
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Posted by Mark | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Mark Sisson
Mr. Pulos has represented me in several real-estate transactions and each time the service was perfect. On a recent partnership case Mr. Pulos was able to offer a solution to a very complicated situation and the results were life changing for my family and me. He is always professional and personal at the same time. I cant recommend him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
thank you
i was treated with great respect, william pulos kept me informed step by step with details to my case, he was prompt in responding to any of my questions or concerns. i would highly recommend him.
Posted by Candy | April 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Pulos
Mr Pulos settled a case for me in which my husband was killed in a farm accident. It was difficult and time consuming. He always checked in with me, every couple weeks. Answered all my questions. Mr. Pulos was always compassionate and friendly. His staff is great too!! I would not hesitate to recommend or use his practice in the future!
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Posted by Nicole | April 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Bill got my husband and I through an extremely complicated real estate transaction. We were extremely happy that we hired him. He is the only lawyer we will ever use.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Instructor
Mr. Pulos is a thorough and competent professional who always had my best interests or the organization with which I am involved- in mind. Bill has never missed a scheduled meeting, has actually offered to and attended additional meeting to guarantee that he is well versed in the issue to which I attached import, and always promptly returned my calls. Bill has demonstrated an ability to remain organized and effective in situations that merit calm, proficient legal advice. A solid lawyer who practices excellent customer service practices and thorough methodology, I look forward to working with him as he offers sound legal advice, tempered by experience.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2014
A can do lawyer
Bill (William Pulos) and his team have given me and my family the peace of mind we searched for in our time of need when we were in need of securing our land. Not only did Bill step up to the plate and treat me as an equal, he was completely understanding of my ignorance of the situation and patient with every question I had to ask. When it came down to crunch time and paper work needed to get filed, he stopped in to my location, and he rushed to beat deadlines. After all was said and done, my wife and our children (after I explained all that Mr. Pulos did for us), sighed the big sigh. I have a go to pastor, a go to mechanic, a go to best friend, and now I have a go to lawyer. Thanks Bill.
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Posted by Darwin | June 25, 2013
Competent and efficient
As a Real Estate Agent, I value promptness and good communication. Bill provides both for smooth and easy transactions.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2013
First Home Purchase
My husband and I recently closed on our first home. Mr. Pulos made this experience as pain free as possible. He was able to explain the process, and kept us informed.
Posted by E.B. | April 17, 2013
E.B.
Attorney Pulos was trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and kept me informed, always available and helpful in every way. I am grateful for his assistance and advice.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2013
Loyal and hardworking
I am very satisfied with the work that Attorney Pulos did for me and appreciated his loyalty to my case.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Best experience and gratifying result
Mr. Pulos was extremely helpful in getting justice for me and a much needed monetary award for an awful automobile accident. He was attentive and caring and his expertise in helping someone who was injured and still in pain and was apparent. His staff was also very helpful and I never felt like I was bothering them when I called.
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Posted by Shawn | February 2, 2013
Highly Recommended and Willing to Listen....
My case was a rare one that other lawyers did not want to take on. William pulos and his assistant Shannon took my case and was willing to listen and review the issues. William was up front with the costs and possible outcome. William and Shannon spent many hours researching and laying out a defense, while keeping me informed on any issues or responses that arouse. I really appreciated the effort they put into this. I would highly recommend William Pulos as a first choice over many other lawyers. Thanks again
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
Phenominal Attorney!
William W Pulos was a great choice. He was responsive, organized, and understanding through the entire experience. He was effective and helpful throughout the entire process and I am more than satisfied with my choice in Pulos.
Posted by mark | December 19, 2011
happy parent
We have a child whom is an out of state college student. Our son received a bad ticket while on a weekend road-trip in up-state NY. Bill Pulos and his assistant Shannon did a fantastic job representing our son even though we are 1000 miles away. I can’t say enough about how they handled everything for us! They were always just a quick call away with an answer to a question. Thanks again Bill and Shannon!
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Posted by Mark | December 19, 2011
Thank you Bill Pulos and Shannon!
We have a child whom is an out of state college student. Our son received a bad ticket while on a weekend road-trip in up-state NY. Bill Pulos and his assistant Shannon did a fantastic job representing our son even though we are 1000 miles away. I can’t say enough about how they handled everything for us! They were always just a quick call away with an answer to a question. Thanks again Bill and Shannon!
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Posted by Brenda | May 21, 2011
A very honorable man
Bill went above and beyond the call of duty on my family's case. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Denny | January 3, 2011
highly recommended
Mr. Pulos did a fantastic job on my case, which should have ended very badly for me. I have my life back because of him. I can't thank him enough.
Posted by Bradley | September 2, 2010
Bill is an outstanding lawyer
I am a lawyer in Rochester New York. I have had the pleasure of working with Bill on a number of personal injury cases. In each case, I found him to work tirelessly to achieve the best result possible for our client, including cases that resulted in significant amounts of money going to the client.
Posted by Carol | August 23, 2010
Excellent
Mr. Pulos stuck behind me and stuck up for me 100%, all the time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 1-200 per hour
  • Contingency 1%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner - Managing Partner
  • Pulos and Rosell, LLP
  • 1982 - Present
  • SPECIAL COUNSEL
  • VILLAGE OF NORTH HORNELL, NY
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of West Union
  • 1992 - 1998
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Birdsall
  • 1992 - 1998
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Almond
  • 1990 - 1998
  • Counsel
  • NYS Southwestern Assoc. of Vol. Firemen
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Jasper
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of West Almond
  • 1987 - 1998
  • District Tax Attorney and Appraiser for Allegany County
  • New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
  • 1983 - 1991
  • Village Attorney
  • Village of Almond
  • 1983 - 1998
  • Professor of Business Administration
  • State Univ. of NY at Alfred
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Alfred
  • 1982 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Alfred University
  • 1981 - 1990
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Alfred University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Matthew Sleight vs. The State of New York -- http://vertumnus.courts.state.ny.us/claims/wp-html/2014-044-519.htm
  • Case successfully settled in favor of client -
  • In the Matter of the Estate of Steven Makitra, Sr., Deceased
  • The Will drawn by Attorney Pulos for his 85 year old client was unanimously upheld by a panel of 5 judges at the NYS 4th Appellate Department
  • Pfuntner vs. Lyons
  • The contract as drawn by Attorney Pulos was upheld in its entirety by the Trial Court and by the unanimous opinion of 5 justices of the Appellate Court.
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Associations

  • Steuben County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - 2015
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1983 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • America's Most Honored Professionals 2018 - Top 1%
  • AMERICAN REGISTRY
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals 2017 - Top 1%
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AMERICA'S TOP 1% MOST HONORED PROFESSIONALS
  • AMERICAN REGISTRY
  • 2016
  • CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • PRESIDENT
  • ALFRED-ALMOND ALUMNI ASSOC
  • 2015
  • HONOR AWARD
  • WORLDWIDE REGISTRY
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World
  • 2010
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2010
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2009
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2008
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2007
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2004
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 2004
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2003
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 2003
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 2002
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2001
  • Melvin Jones Int'l. Humanitarian Award
  • Lions Club International
  • 1991
  • District Leadership Award
  • NYS Lions Club - District 20 E-1
  • 1991
  • District Governor's 100% President Award
  • NYS Lions Club District 20 - E1
  • 1989
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1987
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in Emerging Leaders of America
  • 1987
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Finance and Industry
  • 1987
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in the East
  • 1986
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • United State Jaycees
  • 1986
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • United States Jaycees
  • 1982
  • Biographical Inclusion
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges
  • 1976
  • HONOR SOCIETY
  • PHI KAPPA PHI
  • 1976
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Posthumous induction of Juanita Whitaker Pulos to the AAAA Humanitarian Hall of Fame
  • Acceptance Speech
  • 2006
  • New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors
  • Highway Abandonement
  • 1996
  • Every Town Board in Allegany County (NY)
  • Politics
  • 1993
  • Every Fire Department in Allegany County (NY)
  • Politics
  • 1993
  • Semiar on Local Government
  • Strategic Enactment of Local Laws to Prohibit Dumping of Radioactive Waste
  • 1990
  • Allegany County Planning Board
  • Zoning Law Enactment
  • 1990
  • Alfred University
  • Business and Finance - Sports
  • 1990
  • Almond Area Senior Citizens
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • 1988
  • Alfred Area Senior Citizens
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • 1986
  • Alfred Sate College
  • Real Estate Titles and Closings
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse William
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent immigration attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Pulos is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. If I was involved in an accident he would be the first and only attorney in NY I would call. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer's work. Bill Pulos brings passion and terrific lawyering skills to every matter he handles. I've worked with him on a number of challenging matters and his commitment to succeeding in his representation of each client is a hallmark of his law practice. His efforts are supported by an excellent staff of competent, knowledgeble and courteous professionals who quickly provide whatever assistance is required."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a quality attorney and cares deeply about his clients"
Hornell Personal injury Lawyer William Whitaker Pulos
William Whitaker Pulos
Personal injury Attorney
Hornell, NY
Licensed for 42 years