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Trial and Appellate Attorney

Farina Mendelson

Farina Mendelson

Farina focuses her practice on criminal defense at both the trial and appellate level. She also practices in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Farina is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York.

Prior to practice, Farina attended the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. She received her Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law with a concentration in criminal law. While in law school, she was an active member of the Buffalo Law Review, the Buffalo Moot Court Board, the trial advocacy program, and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program. Farina also served as a writing fellow, a teaching assistant, and a research assistant throughout law school. At commencement, Farina received the Dale S. Margulis Award, awarded to a member of the graduating class who contributed most to the School of Law and the community.

Currently, Farina serves as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice department at SUNY Brockport and an adjunct faculty member for the University at Buffalo School of Law trial advocacy program. She is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the UB Law GOLD Group. Farina recently authored an article published in the CUNY Law Review titled, “Silent Struggle: Constitutional Violations Against the Hearing Impaired in New York State Prisons.”