Goldberg Segalla Managing Partner Richard J. Cohen received the 2017 Buffalo 612’ Award, an honor reserved for only 11 executives, recognizing his creation and visionary leadership of the fastest organically growing law firm in the United States.
Established in 2012 by Business First, the Buffalo 612’ Award — named for Buffalo’s elevation above sea level — honors the leading C-Level executives of businesses based in Western New York. The award is unique in that it honors not only the most prominent leaders, but also the most “effective” executives — “the ones who know how to navigate the obstacles, see clearly through the clouds, and ultimately lead the way,” according to Business First. All of the honorees must possess “a blend of vision, problem-solving ability, communication skills, and perseverance.”
This year’s roster of honorees include the area’s leading executives in the health care, entertainment, insurance, banking, arts, and nonprofit sectors. Goldberg Segalla’s Rick Cohen is one of only two law firm managing partners honored, and the only founding partner of a company to make the list.
In 2001, Cohen, along with founding partners Neil A. Goldberg, Thomas F. Segalla, Albert J. D’Aquino, John P. Freedenberg, and Cheryl A. Possenti, left a successful career at another firm to form Goldberg Segalla as a startup. Recognizing many other regional and national firms as “dysfunctional,” Cohen envisioned and created a “different” sort of law firm — one that put collaboration, professionalism, and client service at the heart of the firm’s culture.
In just 16 years, Goldberg Segalla has become one of the largest and fastest-growing law firms headquartered in the United States. With nearly 350 attorneys in 19 offices strategically located across nine U.S. states, the firm advises and defends regional, national, and international clients from a wide range of industries in matters across the country and around the globe.
The firm’s collaborative culture and team-first philosophy have earned it respect and admiration from peers and clients, a spot on the national Fortune 100 Best Medium Workplaces list, and continual placement in statewide and regional rankings of the best places to work. Its client-driven, natural growth earned national recognition in the 2017 Law360 400 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms, which showed Goldberg Segalla to be the firm growing the fastest without taking part in a merger. The firm is proud to have received numerous recognitions for its commitment to diversity, thought leadership, and prominence in key practices and industries that place it alongside or above long-established firms many times its size.