Sharon Stern Gerstman
1100 Rand Building 14 Lafayette Square Buffalo, New York 14203

Sharon Stern Gerstman

Sharon Stern Gerstman is counsel to the Buffalo, New York law firm of Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP. She concentrates in the areas of mediation and arbitration, litigation and appellate practice.

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice, Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration


She has taught in the law schools of University of Toledo, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and University at Buffalo, where she taught New York Practice for 30 years. She is the author of numerous law review articles, is a co-author of New York Civil Practice (James Publishing), and is on the editorial board of Weinstein Korn and Miller, New York Civil Practice: CPLR.

In addition to law school teaching, Ms. Gerstman’s professional experience includes 29 years of service as Court Attorney/Referee and Principal Law Clerk in New York State Supreme Court, where her primary responsibility was mediating civil cases to settlement.

Court Admissions

She is admitted to practice in all of the state courts in New York and Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Professional & Community Associations

Ms. Gerstman has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and continues to serve in its House of Delegates. She is was President of the New York State Bar Association in 2017-2018 and serves in its House of Delegates.

She is a past director of the Bar Association of Erie County and a past president of the Erie County Bar Foundation and of the Women Lawyers of Western New York. She has received numerous awards from various bar associations and is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the New York State Bar Foundation. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.


Ms. Gerstman received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, her juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and her master’s in law from Yale Law School.