We are delighted that three of our staff members have decided to pursue a career in law and are starting law school this fall. As pictured, they are left to right: Allison Cullens – Albany Law School; Austin St. Laurent – Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Charles Terranova – University of Buffalo Law School. We wish you good luck and we’re confident you’ll become outstanding attorneys.
Mr. Freedman I would like to thank you for the opportunities that you have blessed me with being able to work for your wonderful firm and the amazing friendships and connections that have blossomed. I truly enjoyed the working environment that you have cultivated here and I am saddened to be leaving on such short notice. The experience I have gained here will greatly assist me during my law school coursework and I cannot thank you enough for that. Austin
Jeffrey Freedman, founder and managing attorney of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC., was recently admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court (USSC). Freedman, who was admitted to the USSC in a ceremony led by Chief Justice John Roberts, found the experience awe-inspiring. “There are several criteria for being admitted, such as securing two attorneys who are already members to sponsor you, and filing paperwork certifying you are of good moral and professional character,” Freedman said. “Then, when you walk into the courtroom you are struck by the history and gravity of the institution. “The ceiling of the room rises to 44 feet above. Looking around, you see 24 marble plinths holding busts of all of the former chief justices of the court; and an imposing raised mahogany bench, from which the justices hand down the most important rulings in our land.” Membership to the bar of the USSC allows attorneys to argue cases there, by-pass security, and use the Lawyer’s Lounge, the Library and the Great Hall, where the history of the court is exhibited. They can also listen to oral arguments, delivered by some of the best litigators in the country. “It was amazing how skillful the… Continue Reading Jeffrey Freedman admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court
Members of the Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys’ staff recently participated in the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York’s (LAUNY) first annual awards dinner, “Illumination: An Evening to Elevate the Conversation about Lupus.” Christopher J. Grover, attorney with Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, and a board member of LAUNY, and staff members Allison Cullens and Elaina Perez helped plan the event. Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, was a sponsor. “The theme this year was ‘Innovation. Collaboration. Expansion,’ the three keys words the LAUNY staff and board have focused on to both improve community awareness, and provide services to those suffering with Lupus and related autoimmune diseases,” Grover said. “The program also gave special recognition to several heroes in our community, who have supported LAUNY this past year.” Those honored were: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, N.Y. State Senator Catharine Young, Dr. Michael Cummings, Kathleen Arnsten, Pauline Ziatts, and GEICO. The event was held at the Barrel Factory, a multi-use redevelopment project in the Old First Ward which includes an event center, distillery, kombucha company, kayak shop, and art gallery. “We are very proud to support LAUNY in its continuing efforts to raise awareness and eventually find a cure for Lupus,” Grover said. “We have clients… Continue Reading Event shines light on living with Lupus
As a law firm that represents Veterans with Veterans Disability claims, our attorneys and staff see first-hand the physical and emotional scars borne by these brave men and women. On this Memorial Day, we honor those who have lost their lives, and those who are living with disabilities related to their time in service. The sacrifices made by thousands of our service members impact their lives after their return to the U.S. on a daily basis. Our responsibility as a country, is to provide the support and benefits promised to them when they signed up to serve. Unfortunately at this time, there are more than 500,000 Veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) waiting for decisions on disability claims and appeals, with an average wait time of three years. There are 130,000 homeless Veterans, and 20 Veteran suicides a day, showing the depth of the struggles these men and women face, even after their service ends. Upon returning home, the last entity our veterans should have to fight is the United States government. But unfortunately, that is not the case. Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, is proud to be able to assist Veterans in obtaining the benefits they deserve.
According to Craig Koval, manager of operations at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, compassion and understanding are the first order of business for our employees. “We see clients who are at very bad places in their lives,” Koval said. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t need our help. Our job is to get them past these difficult times in a caring, efficient manner.” Koval has seen many changes in the legal profession over the 20 years he has been working at the firm. We asked him about these changes: Q: What has been the major change you’ve seen? A: Competition has increased dramatically and clients assume all firms offer competent service and reasonable fees. The biggest way to stand out as a firm is by offering the best client service possible. Q: How do you ensure your clients get the best service? A: For various reasons attorneys may not be available to speak to a client when he or she calls. We have focused on having our paralegals and legal assistants become well versed in the area of law that they work in. In addition to being knowledgeable about the law, support staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the attorneys,… Continue Reading Operations manager sees client service as primary goal
Kevin J. Bambury and Christopher J. Grover, have been chosen to present at the Spring 2017 NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives) Conference from June 7 to 10 in Washington, D.C. Bambury and Grover will speak to other claimants’ representatives about preparing clients for hearings before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). Bambury, who joined the Freedman firm in 1996, handles SSD cases from the firm’s offices in Rochester, N.Y. Grover, who has been with the firm since 2009, is currently the chair of the Bar Association of Erie County Committee for the Disabled, and works from the Buffalo office.