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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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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    28 years, 500 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 30%
    28 years, 200 cases


Payment types:

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    Glenn Pincus Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michael Kuzma

    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!


    Michael Kuzma Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

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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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super Lawyer 2008 - 2011Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Who's WhoStrathmore's Who's Who in Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Litigation ChairHoganWillig2009 - Present
Managing PartnerLorenzo & Cohen1989 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
United States Court of Federal Claims Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Western New York Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1992 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationSustaining Member1991 - Present
NYS Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USA v. HolleyNot guilty of any felonies.
USA v. RhodesNot guilty verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Elder LawWinning the Will Contest Before Probate2004
Erie County Bar JournalIRC Section 1244: An Entrepeneur's Hedge Against Losses1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York State Bar AssociationExpert Witnesses: Frye, Daubert and Emerging Standards, 20102010
Civil Rights SymposiumUnjust Conviction and Wrongful Incarceration: When the System Fails, 20092009
STEP Conference, Rochester, NYLegal Issues in EMS, 1992-20082008

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