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Joseph R. Bergen

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Joseph R. Bergen has 25 years of litigation and trial experience in the areas of automobile and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall claims, nursing home claims and other general personal injury matters. Mr. Bergen is a 1991 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and a 1987 honors graduate of the State University College at Oswego. Admitted to practice in all New York State Courts in 1992, he practiced in Buffalo as an Associate, as Trial Counsel and then as Lead Trial Counsel before co-founding Bergen & Schiffmacher LLP. Mr. Bergen is an active member of the Erie County and New York State Bar Associations and the Committees on Insurance and Negligence, and has personally secured multiple million and multi-million dollar settlements for his personal injury clients.

Joe’s Mission:

Since my admission to practice law in the Courts of the State of New York and Federal Courts in 1992, I have focused solely on obtaining full compensation and pursuing all rights for accident victims. As a professional, I truly enjoy being an attorney because I am able to counsel my clients who don’t know where to start when they are injured. I’ll work with you to obtain all rights and benefits you’re entitled to under the law.

Whether I’m in the courtroom standing before a jury, or negotiating at a conference room table with an insurance adjuster, I’ll continue to vigorously pursue your claim to the fullest extent. That’s what truly provides me with the most fulfillment and satisfaction as a trial attorney.

While money damages from a verdict or settlement cannot provide you closure, it may afford you and your family the time and breathing room needed to get back on your feet or even to pursue a new career because you lost the ability to work in the occupation you held prior to your accident.

I believe clear communication is vital between a client and attorney and my dedication to helping you goes well beyond 9-5. I’m always available by office telephone or email, but you’ll also have my cell phone number for issues or concerns that just cannot wait until the next business day, no matter how small they may seem.

In my leisure time, my wife Betsy and I enjoy live music, travel, boating, hiking and, with 16 siblings between us, a lot of family gatherings.



  • University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D. - 1991
  • State University College, Oswego
    • Honors: With Honors

Professional Associations

  • Admitted to Practice in all New York State Courts and U.S. District Court
  • Erie County Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • ECBA Lawyer Referral Service
  • Bar Association Committees on Negligence and Insurance, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Workplace Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability/Defective Products

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1992