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Robert Friedman Partner

Telephone: (716) 542-5444

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 Robert (“Bob”) Friedman loves sharing his knowledge of the law and 43 years experience as a New York attorney by writing books, blogs and newspaper columns; presenting seminars and webinars; serving on nonprofit boards; and mentoring law school students. He attributes his success to client educationcommunity involvement, and a reputation for cost effective, practical solutions to legal problems.

Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC was founded in 1955 by Bob’s dad, Fred Friedman, a Holocaust survivor and U.S. Army veteran. Bob’s son, Justin Friedman (associate) joined the firm in 2018.

Bob  frequently lectures on how to avoid probate, asset preservation, and estate and nursing home  planning.   He is the author of numerous legal guides, including the Complete Guide to Medicaid in New York, NY Executor’s Legal Survival Guide, How to Survive Legally as a Landlord, The Upstart Small Business Legal Guide, and How to Form Your Own “S” Corporation and Avoid Double Taxation. He was real estate law columnist for both the Buffalo News and Courier Express.

Bob was born in Queens, New York and has been a life- long Western New York resident.  When not practicing law, Bob enjoys paddle boarding; and spending time with his family; German Shepherd Dog, Leo; and cat, Vinny.

For 43 years, Robert (“Bob”) Friedman has assisted individuals, businesses and organizations to identify actual or potential problems and correct those problems before they become major crises.

 Bob has the unique experience of having successfully prosecuted over 33,000 dangerous and distracted drivers for 37 years as a Vehicle & Traffic Prosecutor. He was named 2003 WNY Prosecutor of the Year. He stopped a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the New York seatbelt law.

As a prosecutor, Bob saw many personal injury car accident cases and distracted driver cases. Using his extensive knowledge of the NY Vehicle & Traffic Law and NY Transportation Law, Bob prosecuted dangerous truck driversdangerous bus driversdangerous motorcycle drivers and dangerous automobile drivers. These dangerous drivers endangered the lives of their passengerspedestriansbicyclists, and other drivers.

As a prosecutor, Mr. Friedman learned how people are victimized by dangerous and distracted drivers. In learning how people were victimized, he learned how to best speak to people and the police. He learned that there’s a lot more to the story than what’s covered in the police report or in a traffic incident report. He learned to investigate and to look deeper.

To help keep our roads safe, Mr. Friedman, as a prosecutor, learned how to work with the various police agencies, including the New York State Police, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, and the Akron Police Department.

5 Cindy L.Zappo via 

Robert Friedman has been my legal counsel for nearly 25 years representing my property management company. You will find the New York market literally inundated with lots of attorneys to choose from. You may ask, what makes Robert Friedman the right choice for me?
Simply put, he sets the bar in conduct, dedication to his clients and work. His legal expertise in a word, is expert.
Finally, he is an attorney you can trust, who is honest and will work for YOU!

5 Rolene Peck via 

I contacted Mr. Friedman after researching attorneys that could assist with an HOA smoking related issue. Mr. Friedman responded immediately. After exchanging a few emails, I was confident Mr. Friedman was the attorney who would assist myself and a select few of neighbors in ensuring our building would become what a home is meant to be ~ a safe haven where our health is not in jeopardy and where we are able to enjoy a peaceful existence without fear of serious consequence from second hand smoke. Mr. Friedman was direct, he was informative and he acted swiftly. I highly recommend Mr. Friedman and his law firm.

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 John via 

We were treated in a respectful, professional and helpful manner while preparing our wills, healthcare proxies and power of attorney. Mr. Friedman took as much time as we needed to answer all of our questions and concerns. His staff was friendly and efficient. We highly recommend him.

5 Concettalverson via 

Mr. Robert Friedman did everything I asked for. He made difficult documents; like a Will easy. Made me feel comfortable and went out of his way due to my disability. Answered all my questions in laymen terms.
When all was done, I felt great relief and got more than I paid for

5 Matt Misiak via 

As a Landlord it is hard to keep track of all the laws and what your rights are. Mr. Friedman helped me with many different situations, offering advice and relief in some of the most stressful situations. He was also the most knowledgable attorney I spoke to in the field.

5 Robert A. via 

Over many years I have engaged Robert Friedman in the area of property transfers, personal agreements, family asset agreements & areas of health protection for relatives. I put my total trust in his prompt, exact handling & favorable professional results. I shall continue to use his services in the future.

5 anonymous via 

I used Mr. Friedman’s services when suing a seller of real estate who had concealed a great many flaws in the property at issue. His fees were reasonable and his services helped convince the seller to settle out of court, saving me further expense.

5 anonymous via 

My husband and I have been clients of Mr. Friedman’s for several years. He has been very helpful in putting together and updating our wills, helping us through the purchase of 2 homes, and getting a small business off the ground. Mr. Friedman is a good listener and really cares about his clients. He is also very intelligent and business-savvy.

5 anonymous via 

I recently used the services of Robert Friedman of Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC and found the service and counsel to be excellent. Throughout the process we had questions that were answered promptly and appropriately. We would definitely recommend to friends and business associates.

5 anonymous via 

We have worked with Bob for many years. He has always been responsive and knowledgeable regarding our legal needs. Bob has handled a variety of legal issues for us, including real estate closings, rental property, estate and probate closing, and sales tax concerns.

Robert Friedman has the unique experience of having successfully prosecuted over thirty three thousand dangerous and distracted drivers during the past thirty-seven years as Prosecutor for the Village of Akron and the Towns of Newstead and Clarence. He was named 2003 WNY Prosecutor of the Year. Mr. Friedman was Clarence Town Attorney and Special Counsel for the Towns of Alden and Amherst and Village of Alden. He has served on the boards of the Akron Chamber of Commerce, Brothers of Mercy Campus Foundation, Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Clarence Rotary Club (Past President), Clarence Senior Center, Crossroads House, Hearts and Hands-Faith in Akron and the Prosecutor’s Association of Western New York (Treasurer). He was Legal Counsel for Akron/Newstead Senior Citizens, Inc., Clarence Industrial Development Agency and Clarence Rotary Club Foundation.

Attorney Robert  Friedman 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.

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • S.U.N.Y Buffalo, B.A., 1975

 (Photo by Heather Allen)

Bob Friedman with Leo

Calm Life Canine teamed up with Heroes Brewing Company of Rochester, NY to offer the Drink with Your Dog Brewery Manners Class.  According to Heather Allen of Calm Life Canine: “Take your dog’s basic skills to the next level and earn the Level 1 Certified Brewery-Friendly Dog Title. This fun class is taught IN A BREWERY and focuses on all the essential skills for being a great brewery buddy-focus around distractions, relaxing under the table, making good choices around food, beer, and more. Learning good brewery etiquette for you and your dog is the best thing you can do to keep breweries dog-friendly.”

Public Service

Robert Friedman firmly believes that being an active participant in the community is necessary for a successful law practice.

That’s why he’s committed much of his time to the citizens and business organizations that make the New York area special. Here’s a brief outline of some of those commitments:

  • Akron Village Prosecutor- twenty years
  • Akron Chamber of Commerce- board
  • Akron Senior Center- legal counsel
  • Alden Town-Special Counsel
  • Alden Village-Special Counsel
  • Amherst-Special Counsel
  • 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
  • Clarence Town Prosecutor-nineteen years
  • Clarence Town Attorney-six years
  • Crossroads House- legal counsel
  • Hearts and Hands-Faith in Action – board of directors
  • Newstead  Town Prosecutor
  • Prosecutor’s Association of New York – Treasurer

Educational Videos

The Steps in a Criminal Case

The Rights of the Crime Victim

The Consequences of a Criminal Conviction on Employment

How To Seal Your Criminal Record

Sealing a Drug Conviction

Common Criminal Sentences


The Grand Jury

Tampering with a Witness

Resisting Arrest

Differences Between a Violation, Misdemeanor, and Felony

Plea Bargaining

Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Investigation

Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Fifth Degree

Defenses Against Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Abandonment of a Child

Assault in the First Degree

Assault in the Second Degree

Assault in the Third Degree

Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree

Hate Crimes

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree

Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person

Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation

Grand Larceny

Petty Larceny

Theft of Services

Untaxed Cigarettes

Embezzlement Charges

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property

Burglary in the Third Degree

Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree

Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree

Identity Theft in the Third Degree

Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree

Issuing a Bad Check

Defenses Against Issuing a Bad Check

Forgery in the Third Degree

Insurance Fraud in the Fifth Degree

Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree


Predatory Sexual Assault

Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child

Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree

Stalking in the Fourth Degree

Rape in the First Degree

Failure to Register or Verify as a Sex Offender

Sex Offender Petition for Relief or Modification

Using Entrapment as a Defense Strategy

Reckless Driving

Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Unlawfully Concealing a Will

Unlawful Fleeing from a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle

If you are in need of legal assistance in the Buffalo and New York area, contact Buffalo Attorney Robert Friedman for dedicated representation.

Let his experience work for you.

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Client Reviews

“Friedman & Ranzenhofer provided prompt, courteous and professional assistance regarding a current legal issue. We have used the services of this firm repeatedly because of their consistent high quality service levels.”
– Ed Berowski

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