About Harvey F. Siegel
Raised in the New York City area, Harvey F Siegel studied Fine Arts in New York from 1981 to 1983. He relocated to Buffalo, New York in 1984, and was immediately taken with the friendly people and the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Western New York. Mr. Siegel now considers himself a Buffalonian.
Mr. Siegel later changed his educational and career focus, devoting himself to being of service to others through the practice of law. In 1994, Mr. Siegel graduated with Honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a B.S. in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Program. Two years later, in 1996, he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School with a Juris Doctorate.
Determined to utilize his legal education without the constraints of working for a law firm, Mr. Siegel opened his law practice immediately upon being sworn in as an attorney in February of 1997. In 2001, the practice relocated to its present location, in what was originally built as the residence for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York’s Bishop.
Mr. Siegel’s practice has grown as has his reputation for hard work, integrity and success in the courtroom. Over time, The Law Office of Harvey Siegel has defined itself as a boutique law practice, primarily concentrating in three practice areas: Personal Injury Law, Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations Representation (Matrimonial and Family Law.)
Although the office has become well known, the practice remains dedicated to its original purpose—helping people in need. Mr. Siegel’s makes sure that all of his clients get personal attention and he always ensures that they are kept aware of the status of their cases. Mr. Siegel insists upon his clients’ participation in important decisions about the matters that his office handles for them.
Mr. Siegel is involved in many professional committees, including those of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He is a frequent guest on WNED’s Lawline program, a public education project involving the collaborative efforts of WNED, the Erie County Bar Foundation and the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
Mr. Siegel was appointed to serve as an Inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission in 2005. As an Inspector, he helps regulate professional boxing in New York State.
Although Mr. Siegel’s educational and career focus changed many years ago to serving others through the practice of law, his interest in and appreciation for the Arts has not waned. His personal collection includes the works of many Western New York artists. Mr. Siegel is active in the local Arts community and continues to create his own original works of art.
Mr. Siegel has contributed many of his own paintings to local fundraising efforts, including those of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Burchfield-Penny Art Center, AIDS Community Services of Western New York and the Volunteer Lawyers Project, in conjunction with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged.
Since law school, Mr. Siegel has been involved in Hillel of Buffalo, an organization that provides cultural continuity and religious services to college students. In 2008, he created an Ark for Hillel, which holds the sacred Torah scrolls.
Currently, Mr. Siegel lives in Amherst, New York with Samantha, a chocolate Labrador retriever, who frequently comes to work with him.