Founding Partner, Managing Partner

Corporate Law
Business Law & Litigation
Construction & Development Law

O: (716) 854-3400 x204
F: (716) 332-0336
M: (716) 536-4443
E: pfalzgraf@ruppbaase.com

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With an entrepreneurial spirit and a philosophy that puts collaborative client relationships at the heart of every engagement, David Pfalzgraf serves as our managing partner as well as head of our business law practice group. He works primarily with private business enterprises, ranging from closely-held family businesses to multi-national corporations.

David’s experience includes assisting clients with all business needs to pave the way to future success, including business formation, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, financing and investment matters, development matters, labor and employment issues, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. His commitment to a people-first approach extends far beyond his practice, as evidenced by his impact in our community through a number of leadership roles.

During law school, David was Editor-In-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review, Champion of the Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition, and a member of the National Trial Team. After earning his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, he served as an officer in the United States Navy.


Miami University of Ohio, B.A.

State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., magna cum laude


State of New York 

State of Florida 

United States District Court for the Western District of New York

Court of Appeals Second Circuit

Supreme Court of the State of New York

Supreme Court of the State of Florida


Evans Bancorp, Inc. – Board of Directors

Ferguson Electric Construction Company, Inc. – Board of Directors

RP Oak Hill Building Company, Inc. – Board of Directors

University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc. – Board of Directors

Country Club of Buffalo – Board of Governors

Nichols School – Former Secretary, Board of Trustees (2011-2017)

The Buffalo Club – Past President (2013)

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Inc. – Board of Directors, Past President (2009, 2010)

Kaleida Health Foundation – Past President, Board of Directors (2015, 2016)

Founding Member of the Adam Page Sled Hockey Foundation, Inc.

Erie County Bar Foundation, Inc. – Board of Directors

New York State Bar Association


“Legal Elite of Western New York” as recognized by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2013 – 2019

“Who’s Who in Law” as recognized by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal, 2010, 2011, 2012

“40 Under 40,” Business First

City of Buffalo Squash Champion in 40 and Over Division, 2019