Michael Ranzenhofer Partner

Telephone: (716) 333-5144

Text: (716) 333-5144

As a partner in the Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC law firm, Buffalo Attorney Michael Ranzenhofer takes his responsibilities to the citizens of the Buffalo and WNY area very seriously.

He grew up in Long Island, NY 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.

Michael Ranzenhofer was 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).

Michael Ranzenhofer’s 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
  • New York State Bar Association (Real Property, Elder Law, General Practice, Municipal, Family and Matrimonial Sections)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Attorney Ranzenhofer was a member of the New York Senate serving the 61st District for twelve years. He was also an Erie County Legislator for twenty years, Erie County Legislature minority leader (1993 to 1995 and 2004) and majority leader (2004-2005). He served on the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors (2002-2004); as a task force member of the New York Meals-on-Wheels and the S.U.N.Y. Health Services Institutional Review Board of Directors from 1998 – 2002.

New York Senator Michael Ranzenhofer’s 61st Senate district encompassed Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County; and Chili, Riga, Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County. Shortly after being elected, Senator Ranzenhofer established himself as one of the most outspoken State Legislators in opposition to record increases in taxes and spending in both the 2009 and 2010 State Budgets. His budget priorities have been to fix New York’s fiscal challenges by cutting spending and lowering taxes, creating a more favorable business environment so that the private sector can create jobs.

As Chairman of the Senate Corporations Committee, he has worked with many non-profit organizations and the New York State Bar Association to pass legislation to overhaul the State’s not-for-profit laws for the first time in over forty years. Additionally, he has authored numerous laws to eliminate dormant, unnecessary public authorities.

For his legislative efforts, Senator Ranzenhofer has been recognized with numerous awards, including: Legislator of the Year Award by the New York State Magistrates Association (2013); 2012 State Legislator Recognition Award on behalf of the New York State Ophthalmological Society; 2010 Business Advocate of the Year Award by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce; Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business; and a member of the Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends.

Senator Ranzenhofer served as a citizen legislator, a dedicated public servant who still works and volunteers in the community. As an attorney, Senator Ranzenhofer had an increased awareness of the impact that legislation from the State Capitol has on residents and businesses in the Western New York community.

In addition to Senator Ranzenhofer’s efforts at the State Capitol and in the private sector, he constantly worked to better his community. He organized and sponsored Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair, providing dozens of free screenings and services to over 1,000 residents annually. He also sponsored electronics recycling and drug take back events for constituents throughout the 61st District.

5 anonymous via 

I was hit head on in a car accident and had got injured. I contacted Mike Ranzenhofer and he got started the process of getting money for me for my pain and suffering and future medical bills. Every time I called or came to his office he always took his time to help me. And we eventually won the case. He is an amazing lawyer and person himself and I would fully recommend him to anyone.

5 anonymous via 

I used Mike as my attorney after I broke my hip. He was wonderful! Throughout my experience he explained all of the legal steps to me thoroughly and answered all questions that I had. He would also check in with me from time to time and was always very friendly and approachable. Mike was able to negotiate a settlement that I was quite happy with. Would absolutely recommend this lawyer to anyone. Thanks Mike!

5 Jason via 

I hired Mr. Ranzenhofer for my divorce knowing it was going to be a very hostile situation. He was well prepared for all of the accusations that came at me and in the end gained a favorable settlement.

5 Bruce via 

Mr Ranzenhofer did an excellent job of preparing my case took the time to look over all the details and and make the necessary changes needed for me to win my case. He made himself always available to me when I had questions. His legal assistant also was very good and always replied to me quickly when I had questions. I would highly recommend Mr Ranzenhofer to handle your case.

5 Connie via 

Mr. Ranzenhofer was very kind, considerate, experienced and knowledgeable. He helped me gain financial success after experiencing a car accident while visiting the States. Even if we weren’t successful, he still sent me to the right professionals and took the right steps in the right direction.

5 Lynnette Hodur-Loomis via 

Mr. Ranzenhofer was the only one willing to take on my case. I know it was a very difficult task but he never let up and stuck by me the entire time. He updated me on a regular basis and I am very satisfied with the result he got for me.

5 Christine Rush via 

Mr. Ranzenhofer and his attorneys were great! My case was handled quickly and I got a great result – $300,000. I fell at my doctor’s office, so I knew it was a hard case. Mr. Ranzenhofer developed a strategy that got me a great result. I highly recommend Mr. Ranzenhofer and his team of attorneys.

5 James Houseman via 

I feel I was treated great. Mr. Ranzenhofer responded quickly with call backs and any questions, there were never any doubts of where my case was and he was always reassuring that being patient was the answer. And it was. I want to thank him and his legal team especially with the office personnel always friendly and also quick responses when messages were left. Highly recommended. Thanks for everything

5 anonymous via 

Michael Ranzenhofer was very professional in dealing with my case. He always responded to calls in a timely manner. He was very thorough in handling my case. I would definitely use him again if I needed legal representation, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.



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Buffalo Attorney Michael Ranzenhofer focuses on accidents and personal injury litigation. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance for a Personal Injury, contact experienced Buffalo attorney Michael Ranzenhofer for dedicated representation. With over 40 years of experience, he has the skills and resources necessary to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Learn about some of attorney Ranzenhofer’s winning verdicts.

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