Experienced Social Security lawyers to help obtain your SSD benefits.

Social Security Disability

Trained attorney-mediators can help save you time, money and preserve relationships in divorce or business matters.


Experienced personal injury attorneys to help secure compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury

Experienced divorce lawyers can advocate for you in family court.

Divorce and Family Law


Business & Corporate Law


Real Estate Closings

Creating wills, trusts and an estate plan is the process of protecting your assets.

Estate & Wills


Criminal Law

Since 1976, the experienced attorneys at Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP have provided legal services throughout Buffalo and Western New York for individuals, families, businesses, and corporations.

When you need legal assistance - on issues from personal injury and Social Security Disability, to divorce law, child custody and estates - there is one thing our lawyers care about most, helping you.

We help you meet your legal challenges with keen attention to detail, vigorous advocacy, genuine compassion and unwavering focus on your specific needs.

The law firm of Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP was founded on a fierce commitment to personalized client service and the highest standards of legal ethics. It is that type of commitment that led one of the firm's attorneys to become a New York State Supreme Court Justice.

It would be our honor and privilege to have you call Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP your law firm. (716) 873-6765


Steve has once again been recognized and will be listed in the 2023-2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America. The publication also recognized Steve this year as "Lawyer of the Year" in Buffalo in the practice area of mediation.

Steve Sugarman has been recognized as a 2023 Distinguished Attorney with a Very High Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell.

Stephen Pusatier received the highest level of professional excellence ranking by his peers in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards in 2022 by Martindale-Hubbell.

Stephen Pusatier was selected for the 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyer's List, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

Steven Sugarman has been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has received this peer-nominated recognition consistently since 2005.

Steven Sugarman has been recognized in the 2021 Super Lawyers Magazine as a Super Lawyer for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Steve Pusatier has been selected to the 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

Steve Sugarman has earned the honor of Advanced Accredited Mediator Member, the highest-level mediator, by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

Steve Pusatier has been awarded 2021 Peer-Review: Distinguished/Very High Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell.

Steve Sugarman and Steve Pusatier have both been awarded a Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards Peer Review Rating for 2021 by Martindale-Hubbell.

Steve Pusatier has been designated a 2020 Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

2020 and 2019 Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards Peer Review Rating awarded to Steven Sugarman by Martindale-Hubbell

2019 Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards Peer Review Rating awarded to Steve Pusatier by Martindale-Hubbell

Steve Sugarman has been selected as Best Lawyers' Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" for Buffalo in 2020 in addition to 2013, 2016 and 2018.

Steve Pusatier was Selected as a Personal Injury Super Lawyer for 2019 by SuperLawyers.com

Steven Sugarman has been selected by his peers for recognition of his professional excellence in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Mediation.

Steve Sugarman has earned the 2021 Distinguished* Very High Rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell


Whatever the practice area, you will benefit from our law firm's:



At Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP, each of our attorneys has practiced law throughout Erie, Niagara and the surrounding counties for years, handling cases and legal matters of all types and complexities.


We are dedicated to the law and serving the needs of people in our community. We want to help and will be there for you. When you work with us, you will meet directly with a lawyer who has handled many cases in the particular field of your legal issue, whether Social Security, mediation, personal injury, divorce and family law, business, real estate or criminal.


Our lawyers are well respected throughout Western New York's legal community, both for our knowledge and experience. We are proud that many Buffalo attorneys refer cases to us because of our commitment to legal ethics and personalized client service. Our firm has been designated by US News and World Report as one of the Best Law Firms in the country as chosen by our peers in 2016 and 2018.

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The law firm and attorneys at Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP are here to provide legal peace of mind when you are facing a difficult time. Contact us today to discuss your legal services requirement.

*Metro Tier 1 Rankings by State published by US News & World Report, 11th edition

With a broad range of experience in many areas of the law and a genuine interest in serving you, our client, we focus on guiding you through life's positive milestones - buying a home or starting a business - as well as helping you face the most stressful situations - injuries, disabilities, child custody or divorce. Divorce mediation is our specialty.

Our Goal Is To Help Families

Why you need divorce mediation

  • Settling a case through mediation is much more likely to result in a healthier parenting relationship between divorcing parents.
  • If you don't have children, the process allows you to leave a marriage with more peace of mind and dignity.
  • Our trained attorney mediators help bring all relevant information to the table, which includes requiring the parties to submit affidavits about their financial status and documentation regarding assets, liabilities and income.
  • At the end of a successful mediation, our attorney mediator puts together a written divorce settlement agreement.
  • This agreement reflects what you and your spouse decided is best for your children and yourselves - not what a judge decides is best.
  • Once an agreement is executed, the parties make a decision as to whether they want a divorce or legal separation.
  • If they wish to remain legally separated (which some people do to possibly enable one spouse to stay on the other spouse's health insurance), no court involvement is necessary at that time.
  • Once the parties are ready to complete the divorce, the required documents are submitted to the court and the judge is asked to grant the divorce. Usually, no court appearance is necessary if they have a signed Agreement.
  • The terms of the Agreement arrived at in the mediation process become the terms of the divorce judgment.