Dennis Vacco joins Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP as a partner.
Through the firm, the high profile attorney will specialize in helping businesses work through complex state and federal governmental regulations as well as providing assistance with government investigations.
According to Scott Friedman, a managing partner at Lippes Mathias, “We are delighted that a U.S. attorney and former state A.G., who has meant so much to the legal communities of Buffalo and New York State in recent years, today joins our firm as partner. Dennis Vacco directed some of the highest-profile and most meaningful legal events of the last 20 years.”
Vacco, 57, served as U.S. attorney in Buffalo from 1988-93 and was elected New York’s 62nd Attorney General in 1994, the first Erie County resident to win that post since 1928, and served in Gov. George E. Pataki’s administration from 1995 to 1998. As attorney general, Vacco resurrected its long dormant criminal prosecution powers. He also created a-first-in-the-nation Internet child pornography unit, which targeted online child predators.
As a legacy, the powers Vacco re-instituted in his government role have been more recently employed by his successors to prosecute a wide range of financial abuses. Vacco also expanded the A.G.’s consumer protection role by creating a bureau to help with dealings between patients and their health insurers.
“I am thrilled to be joining the highly regarded law firm of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman,” Vacco said. “The combination of my experience as New York State Attorney General, United States Attorney and as a businessman gives me the unique ability to advise clients in an environment where government oversight and regulation of businesses have become more aggressive. I look forward to this exciting new venture,” Vacco said.
With 28 attorneys and 17 staff members, Lippes Mathias specializes in business law, representing banks, private and public companies, venture capital firms, manufacturers and real estate developers.