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Falk, Eugene Lawrence - Erie County

EUGENE LAWRENCE FALK is one of the most accomplished and successful members of the Buffalo bar. His rise in his profession may deservedly be called brilliant. He commands the confidence of the community, stands high in the estimation of his brethren of the bar, and' enjoys a large practice. He has an enviable reputation for success in the conduct of difficult cases. He is eminent alike in the civil and criminal departments of the law.

Mr. Palk is a son of the Kev. Samson Falk, the noted divine, and was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 3, 1866. His early education was obtained in the grammar schools and Central High School of Buffalo, the University of New York and Columbia University Law School, from which he was graduated in 1887 with the degree of LL.B. The same year he was admitted to the bar, and returning to Buffalo he began the practice of his profession in partnership with Charles S. Hatch under the firm style of Hatch & Falk. In 1888 Mr. Falk began the practice of the law by himself and he has remained alone ever since. He was counsel for the defendant in the famous case of Howard Henham, accused of the murder of his wife, and who, after his conviction had been confirmed by the Court of Appeals, obtained a new trial and was eventually acquitted. This forensic contest was one of remarkable character, abounding in exciting contingencies and dramatic events, and the case ranks among the “causes celebres" of the criminal jurisprudence of New York State.

Mr. Falk is a member of the State and the Erie County Bar associations, and the Lawyers' Club. He has taken all the Scottish Rite degrees of Masonry up to and including the 32d degree, and is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge and Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of the Board of Management of Temple Beth Zion. He belongs to the Ellicott and Apollo clubs, and is a member of private clubs.

April 11, 1893, Mr. Talk was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Pauline Wolf, (laughter of Nathan Wolf and Carrie (Rothschild) Wolf of Buffalo.

SOURCE: Memorial and Family History of Erie County New York; Volume I