Buffalo attorney Steven Cohen, litigation chair at the law firm of HoganWillig, announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court on Sunday.
Cohen has practiced law for three decades and said in his announcement that after suffering a serious illness, he came to the realization that as a lawyer he was helping people seek justice one case at a time, but as a judge he could dispense justice to many more.
"I have represented and fought for the rights of police officers. I've also sued law enforcement officers who abused their position," Cohen said in a statement. "And as a civil rights attorney, I've fought to protect all constitutional rights, including my clients' Second Amendment rights."
Cohen is known as the lead attorney on a number of high-profile cases, including as the civil attorney for the late Lynn DeJac, who was released from prison in 2007 after serving 13 years for being wrongfully convicted of murdering her teenage daughter, Crystallynn Girard. He also represented Buffalo Det. Dennis Delano on charges of improperly releasing the information that exonerated DeJac.
Other Cohen cases that attracted national attention were his 2005 representation of Robert Rhodes, a Customs and Border Protection officer acquitted of assaulting a Chinese national at the Rainbow Bridge, and his efforts to get a murder charge issued in the death of Amanda Wienckowski, whose frozen body was found in an East Side garbage tote in 2009.