Whatever your legal service need may be - personal injury, Social Security Disability benefits, matrimonial and family law, criminal defense, mediation, wills and estates, real estate or something else - the law firm of Pusatier, Abbott, Sugarman & Martin, LLP is here to help.

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Richard G. Abbott - Partner

Richard G. Abbott - Partner


Practice areas:

  • Personal injury
  • Social Security Disability
  • Business law
  • Criminal defense

Bar admissions:
  • New York, 1981

  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyer in Kenmore, 2001
  • North Buffalo Kiwanis Man of the Year, 1986
  • Admitted to the Sweet Home School District Hall of Fame, 2016
  • Admitted to the University of Buffalo Athletic Hall of Fame, 1997

  • J.D., University of New York at Buffalo, 1980
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of New York at Buffalo, 1976

Professional associations:
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Negligence Committee, Erie County Bar Association
  • Disability Committee, Erie County Bar Association
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Community involvement:
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Tournament Chairman, Buffalo MUNY Tennis Tournament

Personally involved in the pursuit of justice.

I joined Pusatier, Abbott, Sugarman & Martin, LLP in 1978 as a law student and established my career with the firm. In 1988, I was made a partner with a focus on Social Security Disability, business law and criminal defense.

I serve every client with a relentless pursuit of justice. As one example, in 1981, I defended the wrongfully convicted J.L Ivey on murder charges. Due to my work, Ivey was acquitted after serving five years in Attica. He then sued the state of New York for unjust imprisonment and won $750,000 in damages.

I graduated in 1976 from the University of Buffalo magna cum laude and the University of Buffalo Law School in 1980. I have been active in Kiwanis since I became a lawyer and was voted the North Buffalo Kiwanis Man of the Year in 1986.

In 2001, I was voted as the best lawyer in Kenmore, NY. I am currently a member of the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA), the ECBA's negligence and disability committees and the Western New York Trial Lawyers' Association. I am a frequent and sought-after speaker to attorneys and the public on the topic of Social Security Disability.

In college, I played tennis for the University of Buffalo and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. I am still an avid tennis player and a seven-time MUNY doubles champion.

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