Robert Singer

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Buffalo, New York

Singer Legal PLLC
Robert Singer
Singer Legal PLLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2007

Education: University at Buffalo Law School - SUNY

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

Singer Legal PLLC

80 E Spring St
Buffalo, NY 14221 Visit website


Robert Singer is a criminal defense attorney and the founder of Singer Legal PLLC in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Singer has over 15 years 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

Criminal Defense, Appellate, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Military/Veterans Law

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 2007, New York

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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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Trial & Appellate Judge, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2021
Representative Clients:
  • USA v. Bongiovanni et al., 19-CR-227-LJV (WDNY) - Representing former federal agent accused of allegedly taking bribes, providing law enforcement sensitive information to criminal associates, and making false statements to investigators. Schedule to go to trial in February 2024. , 2023
  • USA v. Arshdeep Singh, 20-CR-92-JLS (WDNY). Represented a Canadian truck driver accused of trafficking 2 tons of marijuana across border. Successfully convinced law enforcement that my client was a “blind mule” and actually innocent. All charges dismissed. , 2022
  • USA v. Assi, 21-CR-123-JLS (WDNY). Represented client accused of cross-border marijuana trafficking. , 2023
  • USA v. Jabar et al., 9-CR-170-LJV (WDNY). Represent client accused of wire fraud and false statements. Case returned on appeal in post-conviction sentencing. Currently litigation Rule 33 motion for new trial. , 2023
  • USA v. Turnquist, 21-CR-15-JLS (WDNY). Represented client accused of sexual trafficking in multiple states. , 2022
  • 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. Pettway, 18-3316-cr (2d Cir.) - Represented 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. 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Veteran Mentor, Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court (2015 - present), 2023
  • Board of Directors & Legal Counsel, Matthewson McCarthy Baseball (2015 - present), 2023
  • Travel Hockey Coach, Amherst Youth Hockey (2015 - present), 2023
  • Assistant Coach, Williamsville East JV Hockey (2023 - present), 2023
  • Team Leader, Gift Committee, USS LITTLE ROCK (LCS-9) Commissioning Committee, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Construction
  • Corporations
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Providers
  • Small Business

Office location for Robert Singer

80 E Spring St
Buffalo, NY 14221

Phone: 716-222-3288


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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