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

The Buffalo News reaches out to Steven Sugarman for Advice on Dealing with Disappointment and Managing Conflict Now that the 2016 Presidential Election is Over

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Attorney and mediator Steven Sugarman provides his advice about how to deal with contrary opinions during a divisive election in "Tips on surviving Tuesday's election, from an etiquette expert, a divorce mediator, a boxing referee".

PSAS Attorneys Volunteer at Elmwood Festival of the Arts

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.

Steven Sugarman Coaches University at Buffalo Law School Students To Great Success in International Competition

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The University at Buffalo School of Law’s CJ Cook and Joe Lavoie took second place at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna, Austria.  They were coached by professor and professional mediator Steven R. Sugarman, Esq.  They credit their success to their ADR classes at UB, their training with Professor Sugarman, and the intensive workshop at the competition.

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