Stephen F. Pusatier


Stephen F. PusatierStephen F. Pusatier began his legal career as an associate with a prestigious law firm that specialized in representing plaintiffs in complex personal injury cases. His mentor at the firm was a nationally known trial lawyer with a reputation for winning groundbreaking cases in personal injury law. The experience gained in the five years as his associate molded Mr. Pusatier's passion for this area of the law.

In 1976, Mr. Pusatier founded what is now known as Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP. During his career, Mr. Pusatier has proudly represented many profoundly injured clients, personally taking his cases to trial if a satisfactory out-of-court settlement cannot be reached. Mr. Pusatier has recovered million dollar settlements in the areas of auto accidents and medical malpractice. If there is an appeal, he personally handles it and has successfully argued numerous appeals in the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court.

Mr. Pusatier argued an appeal to the Court of Appeals supporting a large verdict the firm achieved for a client. The Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict and wrote an important decision that paved the way for others with similar claims.

Mr. Pusatier serves on the negligence committees for the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations, has been a guest lecturer on personal injury law and currently teaches a course on the jury trial at the University of Buffalo.

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Professional associations:

  • Negligence Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Negligence Committee, Eerie County Bar Association

Community involvement:

  • Guest lecturer, University of New York at Buffalo
  • Teaches a course on the jury trial at the University of New York at Buffalo


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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