Our History

In 2011, Stephen J. Schop’s entrepreneurial spirit, and his recognition of the need for a different kind of law firm in the western New York area, led him to assemble an expert, professional and innovative team to offer clients an alternative. This unique firm is small enough to be immediately responsive to its clients, entrepreneurially spirited, and fully staffed to provide services across a number of specialties.

Our legal team collectively holds many years of experience and are recognized leaders in the areas of property development and real estate law, corporate litigation, and estate and tax planning law and trust matters.

Active in national, statewide and local professional organizations, we provide expert advice and outstanding support to individual and business clients.


Fees and Billing:

Schop, Powell & Associates bills for services in either of these ways, depending on the type of legal services needed:

  • Hourly Our firm charges hourly rates for work done on an ongoing basis. The setting of this rate depends upon the complexity of the matter. Our office keeps accurate time records for the services performed. Generally, we can estimate the duration and complexity of a case and provide you with an estimate in advance.


  • Projects Uncontested, simple legal procedures, such as drawing up wills, are billed with a set fee. As with any firm, you are billed for any expenses involved in the maintenance of your file. Billing may be monthly, quarterly, or annually and will be determined at the time of your initial meeting.