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Kenneth P. Friedman

Family Business & Succession Planning Leader, Corporate Trust Practices Leader; Hotel, Hospitality & Lodging Industry Leader
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  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Foreign Legal Consultant (Ontario)

University of Rochester, B.A.

University of Pittsburgh Law School, J.D., cum laude

Before his retirement, Ken led the firm's Business Practice and its Corporate & Securities, Hospitality, and Family Business & Succession Planning Practices. He concentrated his practice in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, business planning, nonprofit law, project finance, and securities, and he handled a broad range of general business matters.

Ken’s community service has earned him many awards for philanthropy and commitment. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions) 2005 - 2023
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Business / Corporate) 2007 - 2022
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year (Corporate Law) 2019
  • Best Lawyers' Buffalo Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2017
  • Listed, Notable Practitioners, Chambers USA, 2016
  • Elected to the Society of the Buffalo, 2014
  • National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York Citation Award, 2013
  • Order of the Coif
  • Former executive editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review

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Ken contributed to Hodgson Russ’s Canada/U.S. cross-border blog, Smarter Way to Cross. His blog entries include:

Presentations & Events

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Pennsylvania)

Community & Pro Bono

Ken is a member of the board of governors, on the Executive Committee, and secretary of the Shaw Festival; a former member of the board of trustees of the Buffalo History Museum (he is a past president of the organization); a member of the board of directors and secretary of the Western New York Technology Development Center, Inc. (Insyte Consulting) and the TDC Foundation, Inc.; a member of the board of directors of the JB Griffin Memorial Foundation; a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Friends of the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc., and an emeritus member of the board of trustees of the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC, formerly known as the NCCJ). In addition, he continues his activities with Leadership Buffalo and the NFJC, organizations for which he served as president. He formerly served on the boards of the Buffalo Seminary, Temple Beth Zion, the Office of Urban Initiatives, Inc., the Buffalo Alliance for Education, the Friends of the Buffalo Story, Inc., the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Ken was selected to Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty, and he contributed many years of service as chairperson of the Citizens Planning Council as a mayoral appointee.