“We are also fortunate to have WLWNY—a safe haven in the legal world where we can socialize and network with our sister lawyers.  The camaraderie, laughter, 

understanding, and support I found there was a joy, particularly at a time when women lawyers were still a bit of a novelty.  Our charitable works and support of women law students are laudable examples of our work.  But it's the friendships that WLWNY helped to create that are what this great group is really all about."


- Diane Lavallee

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Women Lawyers of Western New York was founded in the early 1900s and is the oldest women's legal organization in Western New York. It began with a few women lawyers meeting for lunch and grew into intimate dinner parties held in members' homes. Today, we stay true to these principles by providing a forum for our members to socialize, network and learn from each other in a relaxing and entertaining environment. Our membership includes women, law students, and a few brave men.  Women Lawyers of Western New York demonstrates its commitment to the community through scholarships, donations and fundraisers for individuals, agencies and organizations connected to our profession.


We recognize exceptional attorneys and ideas through guest speakers, discussion groups and our annual Woman Lawyer of The Year luncheon.



We host social functions with a purpose, where members interact with the judiciary, local bar associations and law students in engaging ways.

We host social functions with a purpose, where members interact with the judiciary, local bar associations and law students in engaging ways.


We sponsor events throughout the year that promote our mission, host a "fun"raiser each spring and donate the proceeds to a community non-for-profit organization, and provide a bar study scholarship to a deserving law student.


Who We Are

We are men and women.  We are practicing attorneys, judges, and law students. Board members are elected every 2 years.  Our members are provided with opportunities to be involved on various committees which make this organization successful.

2020 Board of Directors

Sarah Frederick,, Esq.

Sarah is a founding member of Frederick Law Offices and is focusing her practice on public disability benefits, special education advocacy, and guardianships and trusts for individuals with disabilities.

Vera Venkova, Esq.
Vice President

Vera is a solo practitioner focusing on representing the children in a variety of family, matrimonial, and surrogate court matters.

Pamela Thibodeau, Esq.

Pamela is a solo practitioner focusing on Family Law. She represents parents in custody and visitation cases, and in child abuse and child neglect proceedings. 

Sarah O'Brien, Esq.

Sarah is an associate attorney at Barclay Damon LLP. Sarah primarily concentrates her practice on state and federal commercial litigation matters involving a variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, and construction and surety matters. 



We welcome member participation.


Be a member, join our board or directors, attend events, join a committee, or have coffee with a fellow member.


Your level of involvement is entirely up to you!


Annual Membership dues:


Attorney $45.00 

Law Student  $10.00

We'd love to hear from you.


P.O. Box 398

Buffalo, NY 14205


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