Our Law Firm

At Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, we have an expanded view of business that comes from attorneys who possess a broad depth of legal knowledge and expertise. Our experience gives us the ability to be true partners with our clients. 

Founded in 1965, Lippes Mathias is a full service business law firm that serves clients regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of matters. With our main office in Buffalo, New York and offices in Albany; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; Jacksonville, FL; and Burlington, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area), we represent a diverse client base which includes: individuals, both publicly and privately-owned companies, private equity and venture capital firms, real estate developers, financial institutions, municipalities and governmental entities.

From acquisitions and divestitures to litigation and dispute resolutions, our attorneys concentrate in a wide range of practice areas, providing clients with guidance and insight to help them achieve their business goals and navigate obstacles they might encounter along the way.

We are proud to be recognized year after year by The Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. 

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Corporate Social Responsibility

As Lippes Mathias continues to grow, it remains committed to the culture of caring and professionalism that has helped it succeed.  To continue this commitment as we expand, we have developed a strategic program to engage in the local communities where we operate as well as in important causes nationally.  We view this community engagement as a critical component of being an ethical and responsible corporate partner to our clients and to others in need of support, which goes far beyond our legal services and expertise.  As our firm and our own professional opportunities continue to grow, we are committed to sharing our time and talents with those who are finding their own path to success in life.  

Our attorneys and staff support a number of charitable organizations throughout the country either financially, through volunteering, or by serving on boards. 

 Among those we support include:

  •  Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  •  Alzheimer’s Association
  •  American Diabetes Association
  •  American Red Cross
  •  Arts Services Initiative of WNY 
  •  Bison Children's Scholarship Fund
  •  Black Achievers, Inc Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council
  •  Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo
  •  Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  •  Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
  •  Buffalo Jewish Federation
  •  Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association
  •  Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  •  Buffalo Sabres Foundation Burchfield Penney Art Center
  •  Canisius College Women's Business Center
  •  Carly's Club
  •  Catskills Symphony Center for Disability Services Child Cancer Fund
  •  Children's Brain Tumor Foundation
  •  Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
  •  ECMC
  •  Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.
  •  Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum FeedMore WNY
  •  Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Inc.
  •  Habitat for Humanity Buffalo
  •  Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
  •  Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
  •  Hospice Foundation of WNY
  •  Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation
  •  Jewish Family Services
  •  Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo
  •  Jewish National Fund
  •  John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
  •  Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  •  Kids Escaping Drugs
  •  Lawyers for Learning
  •  Love of Skin Foundation
  •  Make-A-Wish Foundation
  •  Mikey's Way Foundation
  •  Native American Community Services Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
  •  Olmsted Center for Sight 
  •  Response to Love Center
  •  Ronald McDonald House 
  •  Roswell Park Cancer Institute 
  •  Seneca Diabetes Foundation
  •  Suneel’s Light Foundation
  •  The Florida Ballet
  •  Theatre of Youth
  •  Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation
  •  Torn Space Theatre 
  •  Trinity Alliance Inc.
  •  United Church Home, Inc.
  •  United Jewish Federation of Buffalo
  •  University at Buffalo Foundation
  •  Veteran PowWow WNY Land Conservancy
  •  WNY Venture Association
  •  WNY Women's Foundation
  •  Zoological Society of Buffalo Inc.

Women's Group

Lippes Mathias practices its commitment to the recruitment, retention and advancement of our women attorneys by providing expanded professional and business development opportunities, mentoring, training, and support through the firm's Women's Group. 

The Women's Group is an affinity group of our women attorneys which provides a collaborative platform to discuss and address the unique challenges and needs women attorneys face, learn from shared experiences, as well as provide dedicated opportunities for internal and external networking to promote personal and professional growth.  

We provide educational and substantive programming on various topics, facilitate one-to-one mentoring relationships, and have developed women’s forums and mentoring circles in our local offices. We regularly host innovative programs with specific emphasis on building the leadership and business development skills of our women.
Our women attorneys are encouraged to participate in a variety of training sessions and CLE programs focusing on presentation skills, networking, the art of self-promotion, work/life balance, business development and other topics tailored to their interests.
Lippes Mathias also supports a number of organizations aimed at supporting women in our local communities.

Pro Bono

Lippes Mathias' Pro Bono Advisory Committee pursues opportunities for attorneys to use their breadth of knowledge to provide no-cost legal assistance for community members in need.  The firm is actively involved in the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes to Education - Buffalo’s initiative to provide free legal clinics to families of children within the Buffalo Public School District, among many others.

Recently, Lippes Mathias developed, in coordination with the Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project and Native American Community Services, a Native American Legal Assistance Clinic that provides support to local, low-income, Native Americans.  The Native American Legal Assistance Clinic is the first of its kind anywhere in the Western New York area.  In less than a year of operation, the Native American Legal Assistance Clinic has provided legal advice and legal assistance to dozens of Native Americans from across Western New York.   Currently, there are plans to expand the Native American Legal Assistance Clinic to other locations and to provide representation for qualifying Native Americans. 

Culture of Collegiality

Nontraditional and entrepreneurial are words that can best describe the Lippes Mathias culture. They are two of the major things that set us apart from other law firms. We are proud of our ability to continue to maintain the spirit of a small firm even during our continued strategic growth. We understand the demands of today’s dynamic legal and business industries, but each day we strive to offer our attorneys and staff a collegial and inclusive environment with a positive work/life balance. 
At Lippes Mathias, everyone is viewed as part of the family. We understand that with today’s busy lifestyles, sometimes our attorneys and staff require flexibility with their work schedules and additional support such as working from home in order to thrive. 

Our open and welcoming offices encourage collaboration between the practice areas and with each other to come up with the best possible solutions for our clients. While our attorneys bring a wide range of legal experience and knowledge to their work on behalf of our clients, that’s only one facet of their life. From themed lunches to summer outings and happy hours, we encourage attorneys, staff, and their families, to get to know one another outside of the demands of legal work. 
Lippes Mathias has also taken advantage of high-tech solutions, including a multi-media conference center, to help our eight offices and more than 130 attorneys stay connected, maintain the firm’s culture, host meetings and more. The importance of live, visual interactions should not be overlooked, and this collaborative space provides the opportunity to communicate “face-to-face” not only for day-to-day legal work, but also through initiatives such as our Women’s Group.
We believe our attorneys and staff are our most valuable asset and what makes us Lippes Mathias. 


A job with our law firm is an opportunity to excel. It’s an opportunity to fulfill your potential and be part of a thriving, vibrant legal and business community. To learn more about the legal areas in which we practice, visit our capabilities page

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