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"I am one lucky fellow—I cannot wait to go into work every day and practice the type of law I love."



A former county attorney with over 25 years of legal experience, Fred primarily concentrates his practice on counseling public entities and private businesses on security transactions, general corporate and partnership matters, banking law, real estate development, land use, zoning, and commercial leasing and lending matters.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County, Former Banking Law Committee Chair
  • Florida Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Representative Experience

  • Represents the Erie County Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation.
  • Counsels privately owned companies.
  • Assists with land use, zoning, and development matters for privately owned companies.
  • Served as lead counsel for Goldome Bank and represented several smaller banks in mergers and acquisitions.
  • Helped form two NYS-chartered de novo banks: Jamestown Savings Bank and Greater Buffalo Savings Bank.
  • Represented Erie County in the sale of certain real-property-tax liens.
  • Represented Erie County in litigation and municipal-law issues.

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Special Counsel
  • Erie County, County Attorney
  • Town of Aurora, Town Attorney
  • Village of Lancaster, Village Attorney
  • Erie County Sewer District 4, Attorney

Selected Community Activities

  • Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, Former Director
  • Great Lakes Bancorp, Inc., Former Director
  • Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Former Director
  • United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Former Director
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association, Former Director

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Land Use and Zoning Law, 2010-2014, 2016-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Buffalo Lawyer of the Year: Land Use and Zoning Law, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

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