2009-08-19 / Business

Law firm Lorenzo and Cohen merges with HoganWillig

Despite an economic downturn in which many law firms are experiencing layoffs, the Amherst-based law firm of HoganWillig has merged with Lorenzo and Cohen, effective Aug. 1.

The merger marks the most significant growth in the firm's history as it crests the 30-attorney mark. Hogan- Willig has 31 attorneys and a total staff of 90 employees.

Lorenzo and Cohen attorneys Steven M. Cohen and Steven Bachmann Dietz, along with two support staff members, Mary Ann Giacomozzo-Kline and Patricia J. Schenk, will join HoganWillig's litigation department. Harry E. Lorenzo has announced his retirement after 58 years.

Cohen is a graduate of the University at Buffalo's Law School and will assume the position of chairman of HoganWillig's litigation department. He has tried high-profile civil and criminal cases, including civil rights and constitutional law cases, for the past 20 years.

Cohen is a co-founder of Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council and represents law enforcement officers from numerous federal and municipal agencies, defending them in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.

Dietz is also a graduate of UB's Law School, where he served as a publications editor for the Buffalo Law Review. He will continue his practice in personal injury and commercial litigation as an associate attorney with HoganWillig.

Formerly located in Buffalo's Statler Towers, Lorenzo and Cohen received notice in early July that tenants were asked to vacate the building by the end of the month. The Buffalo landmark, after filing bankruptcy earlier this year, is scheduled to be sold at a public auction on Aug. 12.

For the next few months, the former Lorenzo and Cohen team will be located at HoganWillig's Lockport office on Davison Road. The two offices will be reunited in late fall when HoganWillig's new office building, located at 2410 N. Forest Road in Amherst, is scheduled for completion.

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