Mark Cantor heads the Buffalo headquarters. Mark has been an attorney since 1977 and has tried dozens of cases dealing with automobile negligence, medical malpractice, construction accidents, premises liability, among other kinds of cases throughout New York State.
As the senior member of the firm, he was one of the founding partners of Morris, Cantor & Barnes along with Cantor, Lukasik, Dolce & Panepinto and as such was instrumental in recovering in excess of thirty million dollars for injured victims. An innovator in the field of Personal Injury Law, Mark was responsible for gaining settlements and verdicts in some of the earliest cases in Western New York involving Section 240 (1) of the Labor Law (commonly known as the “Scaffold Law”) and one of the earliest cases involving the New York Dram Shop statute, which holds bars and restaurants liable for serving an intoxicated person. ( behind every bar in the state is a warning placard that came about as a result of this 1981 case).
A passionate advocate who believes in digging for the truth firmly believes that it’s not the lawyer that wins cases but the facts. Uncovering those facts is often the biggest challenge a lawyer has and it requires his tireless and creative effort to serve the interests of the helpless victim of a serious accident.
Mark Cantor is often sought out by other lawyers throughout the country who are aware of his reputation. He has been recognized by his peers in many ways from being elected to serve as a board member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and as a board member of the Erie County Bar Association by its 3500 members. He was one of the earliest members of the local chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization with very few members since its by laws require that its members try a significant number of jury trials to verdict. He was a past President of the local chapter.
Mark has frequently lectured on a variety of topics dealing with personal injury law to his fellow attorneys and has written on topics dealing with medical malpractice and various aspects of trying cases. His article “Jury Selection in a Civil Case” has been used for a number of years as a teaching primer at the local law school by the Honorable Thomas Franczyk, (a widely respected local judge) who teaches at the school. He has lectured on various topics such as “How to try a personal injury case”, Direct and Cross examination of a vocational rehabilitation specialist, Dram Shop Liability, practice tips in handling automobile accident cases, and has lectured to the Erie County Chiropractic Society on issues that relate to both the legal and chiropractic professions. Mark has also testified as an expert witness in New York State Supreme Court on what constitutes attorney malpractice.
Mark is excited about helping people get justice in not only Western New York, but also any county in the State.
David Wolff is an associate attorney, practicing out of the firm’s Buffalo office. Born and raised in Elma, New York, David attended Iroquois High School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a major in Advertising/Public Relations and a dual minor in Law and Liberal Arts and English. After earning his bachelor’s degree, David returned home and received his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2014.
While in law school, David focused his studies on his trial advocacy skills. In 2013, he was selected to join the school’s Trial Advocacy Program, where he represented SUNY Buffalo at competitions in New York City and Syracuse. David’s trial team made the finals in the Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition in 2013. David was also a founding member of the UB Law Trial Advocacy group ABOTA and a member of the UB Law Sports & Entertainment Society.
David focuses on utilizing his legal skills to aide those who have been hurt by other’s negligence. David has attended legal seminars in Atlanta, Georgia and the Western New York region focusing on personal injury cases. David has a passion for sports and enjoys the outdoors in his free time.
Avi Cohen is now of counsel to our firm. Avi has nearly a decade of handling and representing Fortune 500 companies in “high stakes” litigation matters. Avi has also was national counsel for two car parts manufacturers involved in asbestos, has represented coal miner’s in a class action lawsuit in Alabama against various large corporations, as well as handled mass tort actions from initial discovery until resolution.
While in Law School at Touro Law Center, Avi was an editor of the school’s Law Review. Avi’s early legal experience includes clerking for the Honorable Martin Ritholtz in the Supreme Court, Queens County. Upon his graduation from law school, Avi worked for a solo practitioner in Nassau County where he was responsible for managing, filing and litigating dozens of personal injury, divorce, and litigation cases.
Subsequently, Avi worked for a powerhouse boutique litigation firm, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, where he specialized in complex “high stakes” commercial litigation matters, mass torts, antitrust, trade secret cases and matrimonial law. He has handled numerous six and seven figure cases to successful resolution or verdict. Mr. Cohen has carried that same aggressive litigation style to our firm, and works expeditiously, but efficiently. He cares about each of his clients and is focused on every case, no matter how big or small.
We are proud to have Avi on board to help us represent individuals with asbestos exposure and is confident that his presence will enhance the firm’s success.
Monica N. Krobe, is a legal assistant in the firm’s Buffalo office. Monica has a degree in International Business, Marketing Studies from Niagara University and has also studied at Schiller International University, London, GB in International Business. She has had previous legal experience was with GEICO Insurance in their claims department and house counsel’s office. In addition to her legal assistant duties, Monica is responsible for the firm’s public relations and social media. Monica is also a proud wife and mother to her two young children.
Rachel is an avid technologist and handles all of the tech needs for the firm, both remotely and on site at our Buffalo and New York City locations. She is a Software Engineer, proud Buffalonian, having attended Williamsville South High School, and later SUNY Fredonia and Sarah Lawrence College for her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, she enjoys stand-up comedy.