Paul D. Pearson, Attorney/Mediator

1404 Sweet Home Rd, Suite 9 Amherst, NY 14228 Tel 716.632.2728

Over 40 Years Resolving Family and Interpersonal Disputes


Paul D. Pearson Attorney/Mediator

I have been a Family Law, Matrimonial, and Personal lawyer for over 40 years, first in Boston, MA, and since 1987 in Buffalo, NY. I am also a trained and experienced Mediator and Arbitrator, primarily in Family Law, Estates, and Fee Dispute areas. I have taught and written extensively in the interface of law and mental health, and have been a leader in the development of interdisciplinary and Alternative Dispute Resolution processes in my various communities. I brought Mediation training to WNY in 1995 & later co- organized the first Buffalo/Niagara Collaborative Family Law Council (now Collaborative Law Professionals of WNY, Ltd., website: to enhance non-litigation alternatives for resolving family/personal disputes.

  • Admitted to Bar: 1966, Massachusetts; 1987, New York
  • Education: Bucknell University; University of Pennsylvania Law School. 
  • Recognitions: Certified Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (since 1975); The Best Lawyers In America "Family Law", all editions, and "Alternative Dispute Resolution"; Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution; "Who's Who in American Law", and "Who's Who in America". Select Mediator Panel, Fed. Dist. Ct. of WNY. Bd. of Directors, NY Chapt., A.A.M.L.; Exec. Comm., Family Law Section, NYS Bar Assn. Former 4-term Chair, A.D.R.Comm., Bar Assn. of Erie Cty. 

Practice Areas

Family Law, including: divorce/separation, custody, support (child &/or spouse), enforcement/contempt, modification, paternity, adoption, personal agreements (premarital/marital or cohabitation), juvenile & elderly problems
Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, Collaborative Law)
Mental Health Law; and frequent speaker/writer in these areas.
Also, familiar with personal real estate and estate planning.

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Firm Profile

Since my start of full-time law practice in 1968, I have always had (or been in a law firm with) the highest possible rating (A/V) for professional competency and integrity, while concentrating on a wide range of family and personal legal issues. During the middle 19 years of my practice, I founded and chaired Family Law Departments in large law firms, first in Boston and then in Buffalo. After 21 years in large law offices in downtown Buffalo, I moved to a smaller office in suburban Williamsville.

Firm Services

I provide legal advice  in all areas of Family and personal law, with my current concentration in a wide range of out-of-court dispute resolution alternatives, as listed above. These processes range from the new Collaborative Law process, to mediation &/or arbitration (where I serve either as the "neutral" or as counsel to one of the parties).


Co-author,"The Legal System", in Kaye, et al., editors: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Lippincott, 2002).
Co-author, "Child Custody," in Massachusetts Family Law, Freedman ed., MCLE, Boston, 1986 and 1992.
Co-author, "Making Better Lawyers: A Unique Interdisciplinary Venture," II Family Law Quarter. 322 (9/68).
Review of "Law, Liberty, Psychiatry," by Szasz, in Trial, 1967, p. 54.
Co-author, "Lawyers Have Feelings, Too", The Bulletin, Bar Association of Erie County, 11/85.

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