Scott E. Friedman
Chairman & CEO


Buffalo Office — 716.853.5100 x231
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Mr. Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, focuses his practice principally in two areas: working with entrepreneurs and family businesses. 

He advises clients across the United States on a wide range of matters relating to the unique dynamics of working with family members. He has written five books and numerous articles on the subject, including Family Business and Positive Psychology: New Planning Strategies for the 21st Century. Mr. Friedman also serves as an Executive in Residence at the University at Buffalo's School of Management, where he is a Co-Founder of the school's family business program.

In addition to his legal work at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Mr. Friedman is also the Founding Advisor of Next Gen Advisors LLC, a consulting company focused on helping families and their businesses flourish by applying a variety of cutting edge strategies informed by insights from social neuroscience and positive psychology. He also assists, when necessary, with dispute resolution and conflict management.

Mr. Friedman also enjoys working with entrepreneurs, including as a Manager of Impact Capital ( and a Member of Buffalo Capital Partners, LLC, where he enjoys helping innovators establish companies, develop financing strategies, business plans, governance, etc. He advises on tech transfer arrangements, strategic joint ventures and various forms of cooperative agreements. His experience includes negotiating joint venture and other agreements with strategic partners in China, Israel, Canada, and Ireland.

Mr. Friedman enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 30 years and their children and grandchildren.


Trinity College, B.A.
Washington University School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, LLM.

Honors & Awards

  • Buffalo Business First, Power 250 List
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Best Lawyer in America
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers®
  • Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, Legal Elite of WNY (2017)

Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Council for the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Board Member, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (Albright-Knox Art Gallery)(former)
  • Board Member, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
  • Board Member, WNY Law Enforcement Foundation
  • Board Member, Western New York Venture Association
  • Board Member, Global Biotechnology & Cancer Therapeutics, LLC
  • Board Member and General Counsel, Buffalo Capital Partners, LLC
  • Board Member and General Counsel, Impact Capital Partners, LLC
  • Board Member and General Counsel, MimiVax, LLC
  • Board Member and General Counsel, Photolitec LLC
  • Board Member and General Counsel, StimMed, LLC

Frequent Lecturer

 Including Columbia University, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, Canisius College

Professional Associations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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