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Peter Gilfillan

Peter Gilfillan

For inquiries concerning matters Peter Gilfillan was handling, please contact
Jonathan D. Schechter, Esq. (E-Mail) or any other member of the firm.



Peter S. Gilfillan, our colleague at Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan P. C., for over 37 years, died unexpectedly, December 20, 2009, in his Amherst home. He was 64. We mourn the loss of our esteemed colleague, partner and friend.

Born in Queens, Peter was a graduate of Wantagh High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. A lifelong athlete, he played on the college's lacrosse and soccer teams.

A 1971 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School, Peter also served as a medic in the New York Air National Guard during law school and into the early years of his law practice.

Peter joined the firm directly out of law school, and was named a partner in 1978, working in the areas of real estate, business and corporate law.

Peter had an infectious passion for his profession and his family. He was an outstanding leader and one who cared deeply for his colleagues and clients. Although he will be sorely missed, his legacy of love of the law will live on in our firm, said founding partner and longtime friend, Gordon R. Gross.

Peter was nationally recognized for his legal work, and was included in Best Lawyers in America/New York Area's Best Lawyers in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also named a top attorney in the New York Super Lawyers Upstate Edition in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
A member of the American, New York State and Erie County bar associations, Peter also served on the advisory board of Ticor Title Insurance Co.

Peter was a member of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Gratwick Society and active in fundraising for Roswell's Center for Robotic Surgery. He also was involved in fundraising for Franklin & Marshall and the University of Buffalo Law School.

An avid golfer, Peter served as president of the Park Country Club of Buffalo in 1993 and was a member of its Board of Governors from 1991 to 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Caroline deLaurentis; a daughter, Sarah; a son, Jonathan; and a grandson, Ethan.