With nearly three decades of experience practicing Bankruptcy law and Social Security law in Buffalo, Paul Pochepan is able to help consumers facing financial hardships and disabled individuals and their dependents. He has helped many Western New York consumers navigate the bankruptcy system under chapter 7 or chapter 13. He also helps Buffalo-area residents apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or appeal Social Security Administration decisions denying, reducing or revoking benefits. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding the multiple medical impairments afflicting disability claimants and dealing with the medical profession to secure the support necessary in these matters.
Mr. Pochepan is a frequent speaker to community groups and has appeared on television and radio programs discussing trending issues from his areas of practice.
Mr. Pochepan also practices in the area of Estate Planning and Elder Law. He counsels individuals and families in the creation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and guardianships. A sound knowledge of estate planning alternatives underlies Paul’s approach to estate planning.
Honors & Awards
Legal Elite of Western New York, 2013 (conferred by the Buffalo Law Journal)
Outstanding Bankruptcy Attorney, 2009 (conferred by the Volunteer Lawyers Project)
Professional & Community Activities
Bar Association of Erie County, Member
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
Erie Institute of Law, June 2013: 10th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference
Monroe County Bar Center, November 2012: The Student Loan Debtor: Some Practical Advice on How to Deal with Student Loans
Erie Institute of Law, February 2011: New Bankruptcy and Money Judgment Exemptions
Erie Institute of Law, May 2010: 7th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference
Monroe County Bar Center, May 2009: 6th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference
Erie Institute of Law, May 2008: 5th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference
Erie Institute of Law, May 2007: 4th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference
- Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company, September 13, 2017
- Amherst Center for Senior Services, April 8, 2017
- New York State, 1990
Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
United States District Court, Western District of New York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
J.D. 1989, Syracuse University College of Law
B.A. in Political Science, 1986, State University of New York at Buffalo