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Nelson F. Zakia

Matrimonial & Family Law Chair


For 30 years, Nelson Zakia has limited his area of practice to family law. Throughout his legal career, his goal has been to maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism while providing for his clients the very best counsel and professional service.

For seventeen consecutive years, Mr. Zakia has been honored to be named in the Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, he was selected as the Best Lawyers' 2014 Buffalo Family Law "Lawyer of the Year".  For more than 25 years, Mr. Zakia has had the privilege of lecturing and speaking to various legal and related groups throughout the State of New York on a multitude of issues related to Family Law. Throughout this period, he has spoken on behalf of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, as well as The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Honors & Awards

Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2010
SuperLawyers, Upstate New York Edition, 2007-2017 - Family Law
Best Lawyers in America, 1996-2014
Best Lawyers' 2014, Buffalo Area Family Lawyer of the Year
Legal Elite of Western New York 2014 - Marital and Family Law
America's Most Honored Professionals, 2015

Professional & Community Activities

NYS Bar Association, Member
Bar Association of Erie County, Member
Bar Association of Erie County, Neutral Evaluator
Bar Association of Erie County Judiciary Committee, Former Chairman
University at Buffalo Alumni, Member
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Arbitrator
Attorney Grievance Committee for the 8th Judicial District of the State of New York, Former Chairman Appointed by the Appellate Division 4th Department of the State of New York

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Practice Areas


  • New York State, 1974
    U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


J.D., 1973, State University at Buffalo School of Law, cum laude
B.S. in Political Science/Economics, 1968, Xavier University

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