(585) 423-8290 ext. 106
EDUCATIONUniversity of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude
BAR ADMISSIONSNew York
MEMBERSHIPSMonroe County Bar Association; Past member Board of Trustees, Twice Chair of Criminal Justice Section
American Inns of Court, Past President of Rochester Chapter
New York State Defenders Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York Civil Liberties Union
COURT ADMISSIONSAll New York State Courts
United States District Court, Western District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Brian Shiffrin, Esq.
Brian Shiffrin has over thirty years of experience representing persons accused or convicted of crimes. For more than twenty-five years, Brian served as the attorney in charge of the Monroe County Public Defender’s Appeals Bureau and has written or supervised the perfection of more than four thousand criminal and family court appeals. He has argued appeals in numerous courts, including the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering private practice, Brian served as First Assistant Monroe County Public Defender for more than ten years. Additionally, he has been counsel representing clients at trials, including murder trials, and in post conviction motions and collateral proceedings.
Brian is Past President of the Rochester Chapter of American Inns of Court, a former Trustee of the Monroe County Bar Association, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Legal Services Project. He has twice served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Monroe County Bar Association. Brian is the co-author of the chapter on Appeals in Criminal Cases in the New York Bar Association’s Criminal Practice Handbook. He is on the adjunct faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches courses on Wrongful Convictions and on Courts. Brian is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on criminal trial and appellate practice for the New York State Defenders Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Appellate Division, Third and Fourth Departments.
In 1992, Brian was awarded the Monroe County Bar Association’s Charles F. Crimi Award, in recognition of his dedicated provision of legal services to the poor. In 1996 he received the Journey to Justice Award presented by the Judicial Process Commission for his work in improving our community. In 2008, Brian received the Nathaniel Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in the cause of justice. Brian was co-recipient of the Raymond J. Pauley Award awarded by the Monroe County Bar Association on June 18, 2009 in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the Bar Association's ongoing process of education of the profession.