Sharon L. Wick, Phillips Lytle Partner

Sharon L. Wick

(716) 847-7025
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Ms. Wick, Family Wealth Planning Practice Group Leader, concentrates her practice in the areas of trust and estate administration, estate planning, and estate and gift taxation. Areas of estate planning experience include wills, a variety of trust vehicles and planning for retirement benefits. Ms. Wick is also experienced in assisting owners to plan for closely held businesses and in a variety of charitable giving techniques. She is the 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, Ms. Wick is a frequent presenter on Trust and Estate-related topics for a variety of audiences.

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

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, 2007-2020
  • Buffalo Business First, “Power 150 Women” List, 2020
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2013-2014, 2019-2020
  • Buffalo Business First, “Power 125 Women” List, 2018-2019
  • Listed as a 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager, Buffalo Spree and Crescendo Business Services


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

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 and 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

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