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Steven Michael Cohen

Litigation Attorney at Amherst, NY

4.8   18 reviews

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Civil rights
    30%

    34 years, 200 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    30%

    34 years, 500 cases

From New York City originally and now residing and practicing law in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Cohen has been successfully trying civil and criminal cases, including numerous civil rights and constitutional law cases, for the past 20 years. In addition to corporate clients and individuals, he regularly represents local, state and federal law enforcement officers from numerous agencies, defending them in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.

 

Admitted to practice in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, he has been admitted pro hac vice to conduct trials in six other states. Mr. Cohen is frequently brought in as special trial counsel by other law firms in civil rights and complex litigation cases. Steven M. Cohen has appeared on local and national media, including Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CNN and Geraldo Rivera to discuss cases he has been involved with.  Mr. Cohen is a co-founder of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocate's Council (LEOAC) and lives in Williamsville, New York with his wife Pamela and sons Scott and Marc.

 

In addition to his admission to practice in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, he is admitted in the following federal courts: Western District of New York, Northern District of New York, United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, the United States Tax Court, The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

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Licensed for 33 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/01/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1989
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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HoganWillig - Main Office
2410 North Forest Rd.
Amherst, NY, 14068
HoganWillig - Buffalo Office
155 Summer Street
Buffalo, NY, 14222
HoganWillig - Lancaster Office
43 Central Avenue
Lancaster, NY, 14086
HoganWillig - Lockport Office
770 Davison Road
Lockport, NY, 14094
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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He was there for my legal issue's.
Due to the nature of my legal issue's, I consulted Mr. Cohen for his professional opinions on my civil right's suits. He was honest, albeit, an hour truly isn't enough time for any attorney to be able to get the jist of any suit. One quick glance or reading isn't enough time...HOWEVER, since Mr. Cohen's area of expertise is civil rights litigation. His advice was worth the money spent. It's too bad that he's a firm lawyer. I'm sure if he had a private practice, he would have taken the cases on a contingency basis. I would DEFINTELY hire or consult with him. Well worth the money spent!
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Posted by Mitch S | January 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Lawyer
Mr. Cohen has been my family's attorney for over 20 years. Steve is an attorneys attorney. Not only does he know the law, but he is well versed in all areas of law. He consulted with me & was able to coordinate all legal aspects of my business purchase. I am proud to not only consider Steve my attorney, but also a close family friend.
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Posted by Barbara | January 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Having little experience with lawyers, I feel blessed to have hired Steven Cohen for my legal matter. He does what I feel lawyers are suppose to do, protect and guide you with his knowledge, professionalism and confidence. I thank also the HoganWillig team for the kindness and patience given towards me during this stressful time.
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Posted by Karl | April 20, 2015
Clearly one of the Best Lawyers.
Knowing Steve for almost 20 years, I would absolutely recommend him for your legal work - 100%. His immediately response and legal expertise he demonstrated in court resulted in a positive and successful resolution.
Posted by Rudolph | January 4, 2012
Strongly Recommended For Business And Personal Matters
When you put your legal troubles in Mr. Cohen's hands, he gives you 100%. He has an uncanny ability to always get the best results possible for his clients, which he has always obtained for all of my cases and legal matters.
Posted by Peter | January 4, 2012
An effective, caring attorney
Steve has represented both myself and my family in several different matters. He has always been exceptionally prepared and fought to protect our interests with incredible energy and diligence. He is one of the best attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing & employing.
Posted by Brian | January 3, 2012
Volunteer Fire Service
The team Steve built is outstanding. With regards to the volunteer fire service they are first class with a sound understanding of the unique nature of volunteer fire service. They are always available, respond quickly with a solid understanding of the applicable laws and how they affect the fire company.
Posted by Robert | December 30, 2011
Steve Cohen's Review
Steve was very interested our problem and showed GREAT concern.
Posted by paul | December 28, 2011
Steven M Cohen -Rapids Voluteer Fire Company lawyer
Mr Cohen has been our fire company legal counsel for the past 15 years. He has represented us very diligently in all matters brought to his attention . He has always keep our interests protected to which our general membership has been extremely happy with. Each and every concern we have has been and still is dealt with in an efficient and timely manner. We highly recommend Steve for any legal issues one may encounter!
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Posted by Family Friend | December 28, 2011
A lawyer you can trust. Honest and hard-working.
Steve Cohen is our family attorney and has handled a number of cases for our family over the 20+ years I've known him. He has professionally handled my personal injury suit, writing of my Will, the estate settling of my in-laws, civil matters both personal and business as well as just being a trusted friend and legal adviser. He is straight forward and takes all his cases seriously. He is passionate about his work. I have never known a more trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2011
Outstanding
Mr. Cohen is tops in my book. Sincere, compassionate, and the most professional lawyer I have ever worked with.
Posted by Leslie | December 27, 2011
highly recommended
Mr. Cohen handled my personal injury case from a fall on ice at the home of one of my client’s. Mr. Cohen was not only professional but caring in his handling of my needs and my case. I was able to get a settlement that has provided me with the funds I need to take care of things that I am no longer able to do for myself.
Posted by Diane | December 27, 2011
We found Steven Cohen of Hogan Willig to be a Superior Attorney providing us with excellent counsel
Hogan Willig is our attorney firm for both business and professional services for over 8 years. We have always found the firm to be extremely professional and thorough. Mr. Steven Cohen worked with us on a sensitive personal matter. We found his assistance and advice invaluable. He researched our case thoroughly and appear with us at court. We were very pleased with his practical and aggressive handling of our case. We expect nothing less of the Hogan Willig firm.
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Posted by Steve | December 27, 2011
Steven M. Cohen is a lawyer who really cares about his clients.
No matter what type of case we bring to Steve Cohen he handles it like it is his most important. Having seen him on a number of national and local news stories for his high profile cases, I often wonder how he finds the time to handle our cases to our advantage. He's always on top of things. And we certainly cannot argue with any of the results.
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Posted by Brian | December 27, 2011
Presently, my case is still in process but I could not be more satisfied.
As noted in the title, my case is still in process and while I have limited experience with lawyers, I am extremely satisfied with my selection of Mr. Cohen to represent me. He, as well as the other attorney I have worked with at Hogan & Willig (Mr. Novak) have been exceptional. I have been kept well informed through each step of my case and all of my inquiries (there have been many) have been responded to timely and with great detail. My case, when first brought to trial, was declared a mistrial at the fault of the opporing attorney. My family, being very important to me and in the court room during the first trial, left the court room that day with many questions as to what had just happened and what would be next. Mr. Cohen took a considerable amount of time to speak directly with them (important as they had traveled from out of state for the trial and would be leaving a few hours later) and answer any question they had leaving them as confident as I am about my having selected the right attorney for my case. I am very confident that with Mr. Cohen's representation, we will win this case. I would highly recommend him to anyone with a case such as mine.
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Posted by ~Patti | December 27, 2011
Business owner
On behalf of PS! ~don't forget the perfect sauce, I would like to recognize the outstanding performance of Steven M. Cohen, Esq. Steven M. Cohen, Esq. demonstrated a professional, "can-do" attitude in this endeavor to help my business have a successful year. ~Patti
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2011
Steven M Cohen Review
has handled several vehicle and traffic matters for me with successful results. In addition to a strong legal background, his knowledge of the court system and of the judges and DAs in those courts around the state are all very helpful in bringing cases to swift and satisfactory conclusions.
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Something in the Water
My experience with Mr. Cohen was less than stellar. Bottom line was money, and lots of it. As I struggled to get together the amount, he did not answer communications repeatedly. My case is one in a million, and would be a nationally recognized win. Damages are recoverable including attorneys fees. However, you actually have to believe in the case to win. I believe he has the intellect, but he doesn't have the heart. If I had his skill, I would feel a sense of obligation to use it to help those who are disadvantaged, as this is what civil rights law is about. Those who have millions don't need protection.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Chair
  • HoganWillig
  • 2009 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Lorenzo & Cohen
  • 1989 - 2009

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • USA v. Holley
  • Not guilty of any felonies.
  • USA v. Rhodes
  • Not guilty verdict

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • NYS Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Awards

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyer- Civil Rights Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Peer Review
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Judicial Review
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in New York State
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite of Western New York
  • Business First
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers in New York
  • New York Times
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Judicially Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in New York State
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys in New York
  • New York Times
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in New York State
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys in New York
  • New York Times
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in New York State
  • Best Lawers
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys in New York
  • New York Times
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys in New York
  • New York Times
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer 2008 - 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Who's Who
  • Strathmore's Who's Who in Law
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Elder Law
  • Winning the Will Contest Before Probate
  • 2004
  • Erie County Bar Journal
  • IRC Section 1244: An Entrepeneur's Hedge Against Losses
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Expert Witnesses: Frye, Daubert and Emerging Standards, 2010
  • 2010
  • Civil Rights Symposium
  • Unjust Conviction and Wrongful Incarceration: When the System Fails, 2009
  • 2009
  • STEP Conference, Rochester, NY
  • Legal Issues in EMS, 1992-2008
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (28)
Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen is the kind of attorney I want in my corner. He is a fighter for social justice and does not shy away from the tough cases. If you want an attorney who will zealously represent you, Steve is the one for you!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Discrimination Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Cohen on a discrimination matter and his expertise and experience helped me reach an informed decision. I endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is one of the good guys. He works exceptionally hard for his clients, and always puts their interests above his own."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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