Richard G. Abbott


Richard G. AbbottRichard G. Abbott joined Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP in 1978 as a law student and made his career with the firm. In 1988, he was made a partner with a focus on Social Security Disability, business law and criminal defense. In 1981, Mr. Abbott defended the wrongfully convicted J.L Ivey on murder charges. Due to Mr. Abbott's work, Ivey was acquitted after serving five years in Attica. He then sued the state of New York for unjust imprisonment and won $750,000 in damages.

Mr. Abbott graduated in 1976 from the University of Buffalo magna cum laude and the University of Buffalo Law School in 1980. He has been active in Kiwanis since he became a lawyer and was voted the North Buffalo Kiwanis Man of the Year in 1986. In 2001, he was voted as the best lawyer in Kenmore, NY. He currently is a member of the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA), the ECBA's negligence and disability committees and the Western New York Trial Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Abbott is a frequent and sought-after speaker to attorneys and the public on the topic of Social Security Disability.

In college, Mr. Abbott played tennis for the University of Buffalo and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He is still an avid tennis player and a seven-time MUNY doubles champion.

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Professional associations:

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Negligence Committee, Erie County Bar Association
  • Disability Committee, Erie County Bar Association
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association

Community involvement:

  • Kiwanis Club
  • Tournament Chairman, Buffalo MUNY Tennis Tournament


Recent Blog Posts

What to Consider When Considering Divorce (Part 1)

Monday, June 18th, 2018

There are many questions and thoughts leading to a separation or divorce. Here, we discuss in a 3 part series critical issues we see when clients thinking about divorce.

Putting "Personal" back into Personal Injury

Monday, January 29th, 2018

There are excellent attorneys in our area who help those who have been injured in accidents or on the job, but we put “personal” back into “personal injury.” 

Partial Government Shutdown and SSDI: What to expect

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Hopefully, this may only be for a moment, but in the meantime let's talk about how a government shutdown may affect Social Security disability.

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