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We Are Buffalo & WNY Lawyers Who Know Your Community

When selecting an attorney, it is important to choose one who thoroughly understands and knows your community and the people in it. And for more than 58 years, the Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC law firm has been an active part of the Western New York community. We have spent years building solid relationships with the residents and businesses in this area.

My name is Bob Friedman. My Partner, Mike Ranzenhofer, and I manage seven law offices in the Western New York area.

Our law firm started back in 1955 with an office in my Dad’s (Fred Friedman) Akron, NY home.

Just below, we detail our backgrounds. Please view our biographies. You’ll see our dedication to the citizens of Western New York and the expertise we offer for your legal matters.


Rochester Lawyer Bob FriedmanRobert Friedman

Welcome. My name is ROBERT FRIEDMAN. I’ve been a life-long Western NY resident and earned a B.A. from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo in 1975. In 1977, I earned my Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.

I was admitted to all New York State Courts in 1979 and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in 1979.

I firmly believe that being an active participant in the community is necessary for a successful law practice.

That’s why I’ve committed much of my time to the citizens and business organizations that make the Buffalo area special. Here’s a brief outline of some of those commitments:

  • Akron Village Prosecutor- twenty years
  • Akron Chamber of Commerce member
  • Brothers of Mercy Campus Foundation – advisory board member
  • Clarence Chamber of Commerce-board of directors six years
  • Clarence Hollow Association member
  • Clarence IDA legal counsel-nine years
  • Clarence Rotary Club – President
  • Clarence Rotary Foundation – legal counsel
  • Clarence Senior Center-board of directors – 2 1/2 years
  • Clarence Town Prosecutor-nineteen years
  • Clarence Town Attorney-six years
  • Newstead Deputy Town Prosecutor-four years
  • Wheatfield Business Association
  • WNY Apartment Council legal counsel
  • Named “Western NY Prosecutor of the Year” in 2003

I’ve written several books, including:

And I am also a Real Estate Law columnist for the Buffalo News.

And I am a member of the following legal associations:

  • American Bar Association (Real Property/Probate/Trust, and General Practice Sections)
  • Erie County Bar Association (Real Estate, Justice Courts, Surrogate’s Court, Municipal Law, Family Law Committees)
  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association (Real Property, Elder Law, General Practice, Municipal Sections)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

If you need legal assistance in the Buffalo and WNY area for a personal or business matter, don’t hesitate to contact me at rfriedman@legalsurvival.com.


Rochester Attorney Mike RanzenhoferMike Ranzenhofer

My name is MICHAEL H. RANZENHOFER. As a partner in the Friedman & Ranzenhofer law firm, I too take my responsibilities to the citizens of the Buffalo and WNY area very seriously.

I grew up in New York as well and received a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in 1976 from S.U.N.Y. Albany and a Juris Doctor in 1979 from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo.

I am admitted to all New York State Courts (1980), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York (1980) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1985).

I am a member of the New York Senate serving the 61st District. I was an Erie County Legislator for twenty years, Erie County Legislature minority leader (1993 to 1995 and 2004) and majority leader (2003). I’ve served on the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors (2002-2004); as a task force member of the Western New York Meals-on-Wheels and the S.U.N.Y. and the Health Services Institutional Review Board of Directors from 1998 – 2002.

My professional associations are as follows:

  • Akron Chamber of Commerce
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Clarence Chamber of Commerce
  • Clarence Hollow Association
  • Erie County Bar Association (Negligence and Matrimonial/Family Law Committees)
  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Real Property, Elder Law, General Practice, Municipal, Family and Matrimonial Sections)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Wheatfield Business Association

My primary focus is Accidents and Injury Litigation. So, if you need legal assistance for a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact me at mranz@legalsurvival.com


Sam Alba

My name is Sam Alba. I am an associate attorney with the Friedman & Ranzenhofer law firm. As a young attorney I take
responsibility to my clients seriously. I am determined to make my clients’ legal issues easier by being constantly available to them.

I grew up in New York and earned my B.S. in Legal Studies & Theater (Cum Laude) in 2011 from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College. I then went to law school at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo and earned my J.D. in 2014 with a concentration in Civil Litigation.

I am admitted to all New York State Courts (January 2015).

I am currently the president of the Williamsville Central School District PTSA District Council, I am the youngest person to ever hold this position. In law school I was the president of the Jewish Law Student Association (2013-2014); a member of two national trial teams and two Alfred R. Mugel National Moot Court teams.

Before and during law school I accumulated over five years experience in the legal industry as a civil litigation paralegal, law clerk, and student attorney for consumers.

I currently reside in Williamsville with my wife and two children.

My professional associations are as follows:

  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation; Small Law Committee; and Young Lawyers Committee);
  • Erie County Bar Association;
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers’ Association;
  • New York State Bar Association; and
  • S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law Alumni Association.

My primary focus is to help my firm’s clients. I am lucky to have the support to both Mr. Friedman & Mr. Ranzenhofer in all of the firm’s practice areas.

If you have any legal issue whatsoever please contact me at sam@legalsurvival.com.


FRED FRIEDMAN – A Memorial

Fred FriedmanFred Friedman