Sharon Stern Gerstman, Immediate Past President

Sharon Stern Gerstman
Sharon Stern Gerstman

Sharon Stern Gerstman, of Buffalo, New York, is the immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association.

Gerstman is of counsel to Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration, and appellate practice. 

A 37-year member of the State Bar, Gerstman previously served as Treasurer and on the Executive Committee as an Eighth Judicial District vice-president. She is a member of the House of Delegates, Finance Committee, CPLR Committee, Dispute Resolution Section, and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section. 

She was chair of the Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules and the Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising and Lawyer Referral Services. She previously co-chaired the Task Force on E-Filing and the Special Committees on Lawyer Advertising and Strategic Planning. She also served on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors for three years and is a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates.

A resident of Amherst, Gerstman graduated from Brown University and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She received a master’s degree from Yale Law School.