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Robert Singer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Buffalo, NY

Singer Legal PLLC
80 E Spring St
Buffalo, NY 14221
Phone: 716-222-3288
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Military/Veterans Law
Attorney Profile

Robert Singer is a criminal defense attorney and the founder of Singer Legal PLLC in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Singer has over a decade of legal experience and represents clients in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas, and throughout Erie and Niagara counties in New York. 

Mr. Singer has significant experience with both state and federal criminal charges. In his career, he has handled cases involving assault, battery, child neglect, domestic violence, drug violations and gun possession. He is a committed and passionate advocate for his clients, aggressively defending their rights under the law. 

Prior to opening Singer Legal PLLC, Mr. Singer worked in a wide variety of legal roles. He has been a prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. As a solo practitioner, he has successfully handled numerous bench and jury trials. He represents clients at administrative hearings and guides them through all phases of the negotiation and litigation process.

After graduating from Hamilton College with a bachelor’s degree in government, Mr. Singer received his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Additionally, he graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Mr. Singer is licensed to practice law before all New York state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Dedicated to volunteer service, he is a veteran mentor for Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court and involved with the USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Commissioning Committee.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Military/Veterans Law
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Appeals, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Military & Veterans Law


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

About Robert Singer

First Admitted: 2007, New York

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York, 2007
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel in the Western District of New York, Member
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Educational Background

  • Hamilton College, B.A. in Government, 1999
  • US Naval War College, Graduate, College of Naval Command & Staff, With Distinction, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Travel and House Hockey Coach - Amherst Youth Hockey, 2016
  • Team Leader, Gift Committee, USS LITTLE ROCK (LCS-9) Commissioning Committee
  • Veteran Mentor, Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
  • Board of Directors, Matthewson McCarthy Baseball, 2015 to 2021
  • Hockey Coach, Amherst Youth Hockey, 2015 to 2021
  • Mentor - Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court, 2015

Representative Clients

  • USA v. Pettway, 18-3316-cr (2d Cir.) - Representing client on appeal convicted of a narcotics conspiracy and two 924(c) counts and a 922(g) count.  Client was sentenced to 40 years jail.  Successfully won reversal of 922(g) conviction based on the SCOTUS holding in Rehaif v. US and obtained de novo sentencing of client, 2019
  • USA v. Larell Watkins, 17-CR-103-LJV (WDNY) - Represented a client accused with 10 co-defendants in a multi-count indictment charging a RICO Conspiracy, Narcotics Conspiracy, VCAR Murder, and several 924(c) offenses. Brokered a Rule 11(c)(1)(C) plea for my client, 2020
  • USA v. Pietrzyk, 19-CR-20630-BAF (E.D. Mich) - Represent former high-ranking UAW Union Official charged with honest service fraud conspiracy and money laundering. Successfully brokered guilty plea.  Sentencing pending, 2019
  • USA v. Lucas - 17-CR-143-EAW (WDNY) - Represented lead defendant in narcotics conspiracy.  Tried a two-week jury trial and convinced the jury that my client was responsible for distribution of 500 grams versus 5 kilos of cocaine, reducing his mandatory minimum sentence from 25 to 10 years. Client was a career offender and successfully argued for sentence five years below the guideline suggested sentence, 2019
  • USA v. Strock et al., 15-CV-887-FPG (WDNY) - Represent lead defendant and his company in this False Claims Act case. In 2019, successfully argued for dismissal for failure to plead a cause of action on the "materiality" element of the False Claims Act, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Corporations
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Providers
  • Small Business
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Office Location for Robert Singer

80 E Spring St
Buffalo, NY 14221

Phone: 716-222-3288

Last Updated: 5/23/2022

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