Sharon L. Wick

Partner Buffalo
Sharon Wick

Sharon concentrates her practice in the areas of trust and estate administration, estate planning, and estate and gift taxation.

Sharon’s areas of estate planning experience include wills, a variety of trust vehicles and planning for retirement benefits. She is also experienced in assisting owners to plan for closely-held businesses and in a variety of charitable giving techniques. She is the former chair of the Trust and Estate Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. In addition, Sharon is a frequent presenter on trust and estate-related topics for a variety of audiences.


Areas of Practice


Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2021
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2016
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2023
  • Buffalo Business First, Power Women List
    • “Power 200 Women” List, 2021-2022
    • “Power 150 Women” List, 2020
    • “Power 125 Women” List, 2018-2019
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2013-2014, 2019-2020
  • Listed as a 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager, Buffalo Spree and Crescendo Business Services

Education & Admissions

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1981
Admitted to Practice
  • New York

Speaking Engagements

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  • Speaker, “Ethical Consideration,” Surrogate’s Court Guardian Ad Litem Training, Bar Associate of Erie County, May 2022
  • Speaker, “The Proposed New York Trust Code: History, Structure and Changes to New York Law,” New York Surrogate’s Association, October 2017
  • Speaker, Introductory Remarks, NYSBA’s Trusts and Estates Law Section Fall Meeting, September 2017
  • Speaker, “Planning for Business Owners,” Vistage Worldwide, Inc., January 2016
  • Speaker, “Retirement Plans and IRAs (New Rollover Rules and RMD),” Estate Analysts of Western New York, November 2015

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Catholic Health Systems Long Term Care, Board of Directors
  • Girl Scout Council of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc., Finance Committee Member
  • Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Leadership Buffalo, Class of 1995
  • Maria Love Convalescent Fund, Board of Directors
  • Nardin Academy, Board of Trustees, Past Chair
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association, Leadership Council
  • UB Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Vice President
  • Leave a Legacy® WNY
    • Steering Committee
  • Planned Giving Consortium of Western New York, Board of Directors
  • Shea’s – O’Connell Preservation Guild, Ltd., Board of Directors, Secretary

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Surrogate’s Court Committee, Former Chair
  • Estate Analysts of Western New York
  • Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Trust & Estates Law Section, Former Chair
  • NYSBA Journal, Board of Editors
  • The New York Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter