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Lippes Mathias adds three partners

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman has added three partners from two other law firms.

Carol E. Heckman and Raymond L. Fink joined the law firm from Harter Secrest & Emery, and Charles E. Telford III joined from Barclay Damon.

Heckman has more than 39 years' experience as a judge and a trial and appellate lawyer. She is a former U.S. magistrate judge, and had a stint as an attorney at Lippes Mathias earlier in her career. Fink has practiced law for more than three decades, representing corporate clients at different stages of development. He is a former president of the Bar Association of Erie County. Telford's practice focuses on the areas of corporate, general tax and estate planning.

"We have had a strategic plan to build up our ranks to try to serve our clients' needs, and to be really a full-service firm for businesses," said Kevin J. Cross, managing partner of Lippes Mathias. "And these three people greatly complement what we're trying to do."

Heckman brings expertise in Native American law, while Fink has expertise in bankruptcy law, both of which are new areas for the firm, while Telford strengthens an existing practice area, Cross said.

Lippes Mathias last year moved its Buffalo office to 40-50 Fountain Plaza and is about to take another 7,500 square feet in the downtown office complex to accommodate its growth, Cross said. He expects the firm will hire additional attorneys and staff to support its new areas of practice.

Lippes Mathias has offices in Buffalo, Albany, New York City, and Burlington, Ont., with about 100 employees altogether.

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