Buffalo, NY – Jeffrey Freedman, senior partner, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, recently spoke on marketing, ethics regulations and client services at a seminar sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association. The program, held Friday, July 22, 2011, was attended by attorneys from across Western New York. “Last week marked the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Bates and O’Steen vs. the State Bar Association of Arizona, prior to which advertising by professionals was prohibited in all 50 states,” Freedman said. “Today, advertising is a critical piece of any attorney’s business plan and it’s essential for attorneys to know the ethical parameters for marketing so they are in compliance with Bar Association standards.” As one of the first attorneys in Western New York to begin advertising, Freedman has many years of experience in developing effective, ethical campaigns. At the seminar he also shared tips on providing the best possible services to clients.
Recent reports on salaries paid to top Western New York executives in 2010 show two individuals from National Fuel Gas — a public utility — ranking first and second. David F. Smith, chairman and CEO, was paid $7.1 million. Ronald J. Tanski, president and CFO: $5 million. Altogether NFG paid $15 million to top management last year. Apparently the company can afford these salaries. Earnings in 2010 were $225 million. In comparison, approximately 35 percent of workers in WNY (most of whom are NFG customers) earn only $25,000 per year. As of the last U.S. Census, the median income in Erie County was $46,739 per household, and 13.9 percent of our population was living below the poverty level. Every day, attorneys handling bankruptcy filings see families struggling to pay increasing heat bills, food and health care costs. While (according to the Public Service Commission) NFG’s executive salaries are not paid exclusively by ratepayers, in light of those salaries there are two issues on which we feel the utility should be brought to task. National Fuel collects over $10 million per year for the “Conservation Incentive Program” (CIP) through a hidden charge on bills. CIP was a response to state requirements… Continue Reading Time to hold National Fuel Gas accountable to this community
I am writing to welcome the Erie County Holding Center to the wonderful world of advertising and to congratulate our county officials on “captive ads.” Captive ads, in case you missed it, is the new Metrodata Services advertising program that allows defense attorneys, bail bondsmen and anyone else who would like to advertise to the captive audience of the recently arrested on big screen TVs in the Holding Center. Advertising has been a part of my business for more than 30 years and — although I try to err on the side of good taste — I acknowledge it is a powerful tool. In fact, I’m wondering if the county isn’t missing the boat. Why stop at advertising to the inmates of the Holding Center? Advertising is about space, and the county owns a lot of space. For example, why not pitch urologists to place their ads on the urinals at the Ralph? Collision repair shops would jump at the chance to have “wraps” on county snowplows. Erie County Medical Center is a potential gold mine of space. Picture the possibilities for hospital gowns. Give patients a choice: Viagra or Cialis today, Mr. Smith? And just imagine elevators and waiting… Continue Reading Jeffrey Freedman: Regarding ‘captive ads’ and the matter of good taste
Buffalo – Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law is proud to announce that Brad Davidzik has joined the firm as an associate attorney. A graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School, he will practice in the areas of bankruptcy, social security disability, supplemental security income, and consumer law. Prior to joining Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, he spent three years practicing in the field of debtor/creditor law, with a focus on the mortgage banking industry. Most recently he worked for a local not-for-profit law firm where he represented homeowners in connection with residential mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending matters. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Erie County Bar Association. “Brad’s background and experience is a good fit for our firm” said Jeffrey Freedman, Sr. Partner of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law. “He’ll be a great advocate for our clients and we’re pleased to have him with us.”
Buffalo, NY — Jeffrey Freedman, senior partner, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, will accept the Business of the Year Award for 2011 from Medaille College Monday, March 21, 2011. Medaille chose Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys for this award due to the “firm’s commitment in educating the public on consumer awareness; debt management, including rights that consumers have; as well as helping those with cases involving disability and social security issues,” said Louis J. Pozantides, MSED, clinical associate professor/field coordinator, Department of Communication. “I’m honored my firm has been recognized with this award. One of my goals when I established the practice more than 30 years ago, was to do what I could to inform the public about where the law stands on consumer rights and the rights of the disabled,” Freedman said. “The lawyers and legal professionals who work with me have been very supportive of that goal and played a big role in Medaille’s choosing us for this honor.” The luncheon will be held at Medaille College’s campus gym beginning at 11:30 a.m., and the awards will be presented at noon.
Buffalo — Jeffrey Freedman, senior partner, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, joined a panel of seven other attorneys to address a variety of ethics issues at a seminar titled Tough Ethics Issues held by the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA). The speakers, all current or former members of the ECBA or New York State Bar Association ethics committees, presented to 100 attorneys in the New York State Court Ceremonial Courtroom, 95 Franklin St. in Buffalo. The seminar was also broadcast live to several locations throughout New York State. “For lawyers in New York State, 2009 was a watershed year because new rules for professional conduct took effect April 1,” said Freedman, who focused on attorney advertising and the sharing of referral fees. “This seminar gave the speakers an opportunity to analyze and explain many of the provisions of the new rules.” Additionally, because one of the Freedman firm’s practice areas is personal injury law, Freedman talked about the standards involved when multiple law firms are involved in handling a personal injury case. “All attorneys in New York are subject to these new regulations,” Freedman said, “so it’s critical they clearly understand all of the implications involved.”
Buffalo, NY – More than 50 attorneys, CPA’s and high level government officials recently learned about New York State’s efforts to enforce payment of state sales taxes at a lecture held at the Bar Association of Erie County (BAEC) Headquarters. The lecture, which qualified for Continuing Education Credits for attorneys was sponsored by BAEC’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Committee. Jeffrey Freedman, senior partner, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, helped organize the lecture and introduced the two speakers William J. Comiskey, Esq., Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance; and Michael T. Kelly, Esq., a former prosecutor who is now in private practice and has defended clients in several cases with the NYS Tax Department. Freedman also moderated the question and answer period. Comiskey spoke about widespread under reporting of sales tax by business and the need for all businesses to be accurate in reporting sales tax and to pay what they legally owe. He said it is only fair to honest tax-paying citizens to pay appropriate sales taxes, and that compliance with payment of sales tax will help close the budget gap. When businesses underpay, legislators must respond by raising tax rates. Comiskey said the state has been… Continue Reading BAEC lecture stressed State efforts to enforce Sales Tax Compliance
Mea culpa. (A Latin phrase that admits blame and translates into English as “my fault.” Who would have thought that on June 27, 1977, when the United States Supreme Court (in a reversal of an earlier decision in a lower court) allowed John R. Bates and Van O’Steen to advertise their legal clinic, that such a deluge of lawyer advertising would follow? Surely not I. On April 1, 1980, I opened my law firm and tested the waters of “attorney advertising.” Today those waters rival Niagara Falls in volume. I started with a quarter page display ad in the phone book. When the books were first distributed, I could hardly keep up with the calls. Then I did some direct mail. The phone rang off the hook. I expanded to ads in the newspaper, then a few years later, I started running TV advertisements. Familiarity with the name of my firm grew beyond my wildest dreams, something which did not go unnoticed by local attorneys who had held off on advertising. All of a sudden I wasn’t “one of the few” lawyers who had discovered advertising. I wish someone in 1980 had weighed a phone book. You used to be able… Continue Reading Overwhelmed by Ads? Blame Me.
Buffalo, NY – Jeffrey Freedman of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, 424 Main St., Buffalo, has been named by Super Lawyers magazine of Minneapolis, Minn., as one of the top attorneys in New York State, a distinction accorded to only 5 percent of the state’s lawyers. Researchers responsible for naming the so-called “super lawyers” look for evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections are made for the magazine by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc., of Minneapolis. “I can only say it’s an honor for me to have been selected,” said Freedman. “At our firm, we try our best to help clients resolve the legal issues they face, and it gives us a great deal of satisfaction to improve the lives of those we represent, whether it’s personal injury, social security disability, or bankruptcy.” The objective of the super lawyers process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel.