Lippes Merges With Albany Law Firm

NYSCOPBA, Inc. announces that the union will retain Lippes for legal and government affairs services

Aug 06, 2015, 12:05 ET from Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Buffalo-based Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today that the firm has merged with Albany-based law Sheehan Greene Golderman and Jacques LLP.  The Sheehan firm represented the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA) among other clients. NYSCOPBA, Inc. president Michael B. Powers announced that the union is retaining the Lippes law firm in a legal and government relations capacity.

"This transaction continues the significant growth of our law firm over the last couple of years and having an Albany office enhances opportunities for continued growth, not only in Buffalo and Albany but across New York State," said Dennis C. Vacco, former United States Attorney and New York State Attorney General, partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.  "We are hitting the ground running in establishing a presence in the Capitol through our representation of NYSCOPBA and we are honored to represent these hard working law enforcement officers."

"Today marks a new beginning for NYSCOPBA and its members as this merger represents an opportunity to provide the best representation we can offer to our membership, said NYSCOPBA President Powers. "Retaining the Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman law firm, while retaining the key personnel from Sheehan Greene Golderman and Jacques law firm will be the best fit for our organization and members to make sure that our collective voice is heard."

"Joining forces with Lippes was not only a positive move for the members of our former firm, but it also strengthens NYSCOPBA in its efforts to protect and promote the interest of its members who provide vital law enforcement services for all the people of this State," said Keith R. Jacques, partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

Formed in 1998, the New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. a represents approximately 26,000 New York State employees and retirees.

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP employs approximately 80 people in the firm's Buffalo office.  The Albany office will be comprised of approximately 20 employees bringing the total workforce to almost 100.

Sheehan Greene Golderman and Jacques LLP provided NYSCOPBA, Inc. and other clients various services, including collective negotiations, contract arbitrations, disciplinary arbitrations, employment-related litigation in both federal and State court, representation before the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") and representation before the New York State Legislature and the Governor's Office. 

James Miller, NYSCOPBA, Inc.
Earl Wells, 716-553-5225
Kevin Banes, 518-810-2638

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