Gelber & O'Connell, LLC

Gelber & O'Connell, LLC

We deliver personal attention and high-quality legal service to clients who have suffered injuries due to motor vehicle, construction or other accidents and are dedicated to securing the compensation they need so they can rebuild their lives.

Firm Overview

Personal Attention To Your Personal Injury Case

At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we are focused on providing the personal attention that injury victims and their families deserve. We understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious injury and look forward to resolving your legal issues so you can focus on getting back on your feet and putting this difficult time behind you. One of the driving forces behind our success is our willingness to take extra steps for our clients. If you need someone to lean on, we will be there. If you need someone to talk to, we will be there. If you need someone to fight aggressively on your behalf and prepare your case for trial, we will be there.

In addition, although not every accident case is worth a million dollars, at Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we give the same personal attention to those less seriously injured clients as we do to those clients whose cases have a greater monetary value. Why? Because we strongly believe that all injured people are entitled to the same quality representation and that it is our job to make sure that each of our clients receives the compensation they deserve.

To discuss your unique needs with a dedicated trial attorney,
call 716-633-5050 or toll free at 877-484-4524 for a free initial consultation.

We Are Proud Of Our Achievements

At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we are extremely proud to have been awarded the designation of a First Tier Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report. Our attorneys are also individually recognized in Best Lawyers in America, in New York State Super Lawyers and as members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These accomplishments are due to their extensive experience handling the most serious and complicated personal injury and wrongful death cases in Buffalo and throughout Western New York.

Attorneys Who Fight For Women

While the gender of your lawyer should not affect the outcome of your case, you should be at ease with the person representing you. We have been advised by clients over the years that there are times when only a woman can understand the issues facing another woman after a serious accident, as it is only a woman who can truly empathize with what it means to be a businesswoman, mother, sister, daughter and/or wife. At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we have worked hard to ensure that we have experienced, dedicated female personal injury attorneys to give you the choice of meeting with someone who understands the special issues women face.

To discuss your situation with a caring attorney, call our firm today at 716-633-5050 or toll free at 877-484-4524 for a free initial consultation. Or, if you prefer, complete our online form.
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Main Office
Main Office
6512 Main Street
Buffalo  NY  14221
Phone
  • (716) 633-5050
Fax
  • (716) 633-9052
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
No fee unless we obtain a recovery for you.
Hourly Rates
Contingency Fee

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30am - 6:00pm; Evenings and weekends by appointment
Personal Injury
We provide our clients with compassion and prompt individual attention after a car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, construction, fall or other accident, and also deliver high-quality legal service with a very impressive record of results.
We are your "PERSONAL" Personal Injury Attorneys

Some law firms and lawyers are able to provide their clients with compassion and individual attention after an accident. Others bring impressive trial results to the table. At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we are a firm that does both, delivering high-quality legal service to our clients, while taking the time to focus on their individual needs, whether their injuries arise out of a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle crash, pedestrian incident, construction accident, slip and fall, wrongful death, medical malpractice, defective product, dangerous drug or unsafe medical device.

At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC we are focused on providing the personal attention that injury victims and their families deserve. We understand how difficult it can be to recover after a serious injury and look forward to resolving your legal issues so you can focus on getting back on your feet and putting this difficult time behind you. One of the driving forces behind our success is our willingness to take extra steps for our clients. If you need someone to lean on, we will be there. If you need someone to talk to, we will be there. If you need someone to fight aggressively on your behalf and prepare your case for trial, we will be there.

We Handle Large and Smaller Cases in the Same Way

Although not every accident case is worth a million dollars, at Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we give the same personal attention to those less seriously injured clients as we do to those clients whose cases have a greater monetary value. Why? Because we strongly believe that all injured people are entitled to the same quality representation and that it is our job to make sure that each of our clients receives the compensation they deserve.

We are Lawyers Who Fight for Women

While the gender of your lawyer should not affect the outcome of your case, you should be at ease with the person representing you. We have been advised by clients over the years that there are times when only a woman can understand the issues facing another woman after a serious accident, as it is only a woman who can truly empathize with what it means to be a businesswoman, mother, sister, daughter and/or wife. At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC we have worked hard to ensure that we have experienced, dedicated female personal injury attorneys so that you have the option of meeting with someone who understands the special issues women face.

We have a New "Buffalo Car Accident" App
for Your Android or iPhone

We recently developed our free "Buffalo Car Accident App" for mobile phones as the natural progression from our Car Accident Information folder, which we have been giving to clients and friends for years to place in the glove compartments of their cars. The Car Accident Information folder was designed to provide helpful information about car accidents and their aftermath and a brief form to fill out at the time of the accident with information necessary to process your claim with your insurance company. With the advent of social media, however, it was time to update the delivery of this information.

For those of you who have smart phones and use those phones for much of your daily information, it is faster and easier to gather facts about a car accident at the time of accident than using the original information card from your glove compartment or searching for a piece of paper to jot down notes. The App provides straightforward to-do's, as well as fact and evidence gathering tools, in addition to having photo/video capabilities to ensure that you or a loved one is informed and protected if a motor vehicle accident occurs.

Awards and Designations

At Gelber & O'Connell, LLC, we are extremely proud to have been awarded for many years the designation of a First Tier Best Law Firm by US News & World Report for our work in the area of personal injury law, which includes all of the above discussed types of accidents. Our attorneys are also individually recognized as Best Lawyers in America, New York State Super Lawyers and as members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which accomplishments are due to their extensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases in Buffalo and throughout Western New York.

YOUR CASE IS OUR CAUSE

For a free initial consultation and to discuss your unique needs with a dedicated trial attorney call us today at (716) 633-5050. We will schedule an appointment at our easily accessible office, which has free parking right outside of our front entrance or, if it is more convenient for you, we will visit you at the hospital or your home. There is no fee unless we obtain a recovery for you!

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

In 2000, after handling personal injury cases for more than 15 years, Hersch Gelber formed his own law firm to address the need for skilled trial lawyers to represent injured victims and ensure that each and every client receives more personal attention than offered by other law firms handling similar cases.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Most of the lawyers at our firm have between 15 and 30+ years of personal injury experience and have therefore done it all and seen it all over those years. This level of expertise not only brings tactical benefits but creative ones to the table for our clients. Over this period of time we have gained the respect of the Judges and Court personnel, before whom we handle our cases, and our adversaries, with whom we battle every day to obtain successful results for our clients.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We take the time to focus on the individual needs of our clients, no matter how small or large the case or how extensive the injuries.

Client intake is always done by an attorney and that attorney will continue to handle the case from inception to conclusion, even if that means trial, with the assistance of a paralegal who is also assigned to the specific case. Other law firms have departments depending on the stage of the claim.

In addition, we try to return phone calls and emails as soon as possible, showing our clients we care about them, their families and their cases. We educate our clients, answer all of their questions and speak with them in what we believe is a more honest way than many of the other law firms.

We also provide our clients with compassion and individual attention after an accident, which we have been told time and time again is very different than dealing with the other local firms who handle the same type of cases we do.

Herschel Gelber

Herschel Gelber is a seasoned trial lawyer who, for more than 30 years, has been dedicated to excellence in the practice of law. He draws on his experience as both a plaintiff's attorney and former defense attorney and as a champion of the rights of the injured to achieve million and multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients.

Mr. Gelber began his legal career in New York City as a trial lawyer responsible for defending major corporations, doctors, owners of commercial property and insurance companies in motor vehicle accident, product liability, professional malpractice and construction site accident litigation. In 1987, he moved to Buffalo and joined the law firm of Gross, Shuman, Brizdle and Gilfillian, P.C. As both an associate and later as a partner, he successfully prosecuted major lawsuits involving medical malpractice, construction site accidents, product liability, motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death on behalf of injured victims and their families.

In 1994, Mr. Gelber teamed up with former New York State Supreme Court Justice Frank R. Bayger and founded the law firm of Frank R. Bayger, P.C. As managing shareholder and senior trial lawyer, Mr. Gelber handled the largest cases in the firm, while continuing his successful representation of injured victims and their families. In the latter part of 1998, Frank R. Bayger, P.C. merged with Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury and Cambria, LLP and Mr. Gelber became a partner in that firm's personal injury litigation department. In 2000, he formed his own law firm to address the need for skilled trial lawyers to represent injured victims and to ensure each and every client receives his personal attention. In 2010, Mr. Gelber took on a full partner, Timothy G. O'Connell, who previously was senior trial counsel at Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn. In recognition, the law firm was renamed Gelber & O'Connell, LLC.

Mr. Gelber graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Following his graduation, he attended the University of Windsor's Special Graduate Business Program, majoring in Corporate Finance. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law in New York.

Mr. Gelber has been recognized for his successful representation of clients by being selected for membership in Best Lawyers in America, New York State Super Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a select group of attorneys nationwide who have litigated numerous cases resulting in verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more.

Mr. Gelber is currently an appointed member of the Town of Amherst Traffic Safety Board. He has been recognized by the legal community by being invited annually to judge the SUNY Buffalo Law School Mediation Advocacy Competition. He also sat as a Judge for the 2015 Miss Buffalo Scholarship Competition and will continue on as legal counsel for the organization.
License
  • Bar Number: 1860865
    New York , 1983
Education
  • Pace University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1982
  • University of Western Ontario
    Bachelor of Arts

Timothy O'Connell

Timothy G. O'Connell is a senior trial lawyer who has spent more than 27 years in Western New York advocating tirelessly on behalf of injured victims and achieving million and multi-million settlements and verdicts. Prior to joining Herschel Gelber, Mr. O'Connell was senior trial counsel at Siegel, Kelleher & Kahn, LLP, where he successfully represented the interests of his injured clients before the State and Federal Courts of the State of New York, in addition to the United States Congress, New York State Legislature and Erie County Legislature. In 2010, Mr. O'Connell joined Herschel Gelber as a full partner, at which time the law firm was renamed Gelber & O'Connell, LLC.

Mr. O'Connell received his Bachelor of Arts from Canisius College and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association for the Western Region, an organization devoted exclusively to preserving the rights of and representing injured persons.

Mr. O'Connell has been recognized for his successful representation of clients by being selected for membership in the Best Lawyers in America and New York State Super Lawyers. He is active in numerous civic activities on behalf of injured persons and in the civil justice system nationally, statewide and locally.
License
  • Bar Number: 2021871
    New York , 1986
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1985
  • Canisius College
    Bachelor of Arts

Kristopher Schwarzmueller

Born and raised in Western New York, Kristopher A. Schwarzmueller began his legal career while still in law school, as a clerk at the law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria, LLC. Upon graduation from law school in 1999, Mr. Schwarzmueller joined the law firm of Paul William Beltz, P.C., where he vigorously represented injured victims in construction site, motor vehicle and railroad accidents.

As a senior litigator, Mr. Schwarzmueller vigorously represents injured clients in the Western New York area. He has been involved in numerous million and multi-million dollar settlements.

Mr. Schwarzmueller earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
License
  • Bar Number: 3004538
    New York , 2000
Education
  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1999
  • St. Lawrence University
    Bachelor of Arts

Stephanie Gelber

Stephanie S. Gelber is an experienced plaintiff's personal injury and insurance coverage lawyer, who began her career in New York City more than 30 years ago. After relocating to Western New York she became a partner in the law firm of Lustig & Brown, LLP, which concentrated its practice in several insurance specialties. She later became one of the Managing Partners at the firm. Prior to joining Gelber & O'Connell, LLC as its Managing Attorney, she additionally trained as a Mediator (in accordance with the NYS Unified Court System) and obtained her New York State Property & Casualty Insurance Consultant license.

Ms. Gelber advocates on behalf of plaintiffs in car and truck accident, medical malpractice, dangerous drug and defective medical device cases through litigation, mediation and arbitration. She researches, analyzes and evaluates liability, damage and insurance coverage issues in personal injury and medical malpractice cases to maximize insured recoveries and, additionally, consults with other law firms on these issues. She manages the law firm, including its marketing, public relations, human resources, contract negotiations, health and retirement benefits, insurance procurement and physical plant.

Ms. Gelber graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York Law School at night in 4 years while working full time as a paralegal for the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.

Ms. Gelber is currently an appointed member of the Town of Amherst Planning Board, a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Co-Chair of NAWBO's Public Policy Committee and the Treasurer of the Miss Buffalo Scholarship Pageant Organization. She is a former elected member of the Williamsville Central School District School Board and a former appointed member of the Food Bank of WNY Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for First Book of WNY, the Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places Board and the Town of Amherst Minority/Women Owned Business Committee. She has been recognized by the legal community by being invited annually to judge the SUNY Buffalo Law School Mediation Advocacy Competition.
License
  • Bar Number: 1903863
    New York , 1984
Education
  • New York Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1983
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Bachelor of Arts

Christine O'Connell

Although Christine O'Connell just earned her Juris Doctor from the State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law in 2014, she had the honor of clerking for Erie County Supreme Court Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer and interning with the Erie County District Attorney's office while in law school. She also traveled around the country with the University of Buffalo Trial Team and was a semi-finalist in the Seventh Annual National Ethics Trial Competition, held at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

Ms. O'Connell graduated cum laude as an undergraduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, with a concentration in Legal Studies and a minor in Political Science. In college, she served on the Executive Board of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and occupied the position of Member at Large as the leader of the Judicial Board. In law school, Ms. O'Connell served as a Clerk for the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She also volunteered her time at a local low-income charter high school, teaching and coaching students for mock trial competitions and leading a team of high school students to victory.
License
  • Bar Number: 5307731
    New York , 2015
Education
  • State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    Bachelor of Arts

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