This year’s Top 5 Criminal Defense Attorneys have been released, ranked annually by The Chronicle. If you need them, these are the top guys in town to turn to — if you can afford them. This year, Vacco is ranked number one (despite an impossible school board removal hearing that was of some note last year).
1. Dennis Vacco, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman
Former New York State Attorney General, Dennis C. Vacco, is a Partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman and serves as the firm’s Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions Practice Team Leader. Mr. Vacco was elected New York State Attorney General in 1994 and served until 1999. In 1988, he was appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of New York by President Ronald Reagan after serving 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. He focuses much of his legal practice on Governmental Investigations and Compliance work, as well as with clients who have been directly targeted by the New York State Attorney General.
2. Paul Cambria, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
Paul J. Cambria, Jr. is recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, First Amendment law, zoning and land use, antitrust, and professional licensing defense. Mr. Cambria has built a strong reputation for successfully representing individuals and businesses in complex, high-profile cases at all levels of the courts, including state, federal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Cambria’s practice is nationwide, and he divides his time between the firm’s offices in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He has represented many prominent individuals, including the publisher Larry Flynt and musicians DMX and Marilyn Manson. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and is chairman of the Criminal Department.
3. Terrence Connors, Conners LLP
Terrence M. Connors has been recognized by his peers as one of the pre-eminent trial attorneys in the state. He practices in the areas of Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Bet the Company Litigation, Criminal Law, and White Collar and Non-White Collar. He started his career at one of Buffalo’s largest law firms, quickly demonstrating his abilities as he was elected managing partner at the young age of 35. But Terry came to see that the big firm structure was hindering his ability to respond quickly and decisively to his clients’ needs. He had a vision of building a leaner, more efficient firm to improve the work he could do for his clients. His vision was to form a litigation boutique – a compact firm composed of the best and brightest litigators, freed from large firm constraints, and devoted entirely to providing litigation services.
4. Herbert Greenman, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
Herbert L. Greenman concentrates his practice in the area of criminal defense and has extensive experience in matters that include criminal trials, criminal appeals, constitutional law, narcotic cases, and search and seizure. Mr. Greenman began his career as an assistant district attorney for Erie County, prosecuting drug felonies from 1973 to 1974. He has been in private practice since 1974 and has earned several awards and distinctions throughout his career, including the Thurgood S. Marshall Award for Outstanding Criminal Practitioner from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
5. Alan J. Bozer, Phillips Lytle LLP
Mr. Bozer chairs the Phillips Lytle’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations Practice Team. He is active in trying criminal and civil cases, and handles appellate and arbitration work as well. Phillips Lytle’s team has extensive experience in counseling clients prior to any regulatory or criminal intervention, as well as in negotiating with agencies or prosecutors when the need arises. The team includes seasoned trial counsel who represent clients facing criminal or administrative investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and criminal and related civil litigation, all of which often proceed on parallel tracks.