Scott E. Friedman


Buffalo — 716.853.5100 x1231
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Scott Friedman is the Chairman of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, a General Partner in Impact Capital of New York, LLC, a venture capital fund, and a Principal and Senior Advisor in D21 Partners, a business advisory firm. 

The author of seven books and numerous articles on business, as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management, he concentrates his work efforts on helping entrepreneurs and businesses, from the start up stage (including by helping develop financing strategies, business plans, effective governance structures, etc.) through succession planning. 

His work with startups and venture capital includes providing counsel on tech transfer arrangements, strategic joint ventures and various forms of cooperative agreements and his experience includes negotiating joint venture and other agreements with strategic partners in China, Israel, Canada, and Ireland

Advising entrepreneurs, family businesses, partnerships and closely held organizations across the United States, Friedman has helped pioneer the application of a variety of new strategies informed by melding traditional legal, economic and business principles with insights from science, including the fields of positive psychology, social neuroscience and behavioral economics. When necessary, Friedman also assists with dispute resolution and conflict management.

In addition to sitting on a number of private company boards, Friedman is an active volunteer in the WNY community, currently serving as a Member of the University at Buffalo Council, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, the WNY Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Western New York Venture Association. Friedman is a graduate of Trinity College along with the Washington University and University of Pennsylvania Schools of Law.


Trinity College, B.A.
Washington University School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Law, LLM.

Honors & Awards

  • Buffalo Business First, Power 250 List
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Best Lawyer in America
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2019)
  • Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, Legal Elite of WNY (2017)

Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Community Involvement

  • Daemen College, Board of Trustees
  • VIRIDI Parente, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Council for the State University of New York at Buffalo, Board Member
  • WNY Law Enforcement Foundation, Board Member
  • Western New York Venture Association, Board Member
  • Buffalo Capital Partners, LLC, Board Member and General Counsel
  • Impact Capital Partners, LLC, Board Member and General Counsel
  • MimiVax, LLC, Board Member and General Counsel

Frequent Lecturer

 Including Columbia University, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, Canisius College

Professional Associations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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