Maryann Saccomando Freedman

Title: Of Counsel
Company: Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.
Location: Buffalo, New York, United States

Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Of Counsel at Cohen & Lombardo, P.C., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Law.

Ms. Freedman has been of counsel of her firm since 1995, and has continued to be active in the legal community. Most recently, she assumed a role as an arbitration and mediation panel member of the Better Business Bureau, and has served for many years as a hearing referee for the Judicial Conduct Commission. Ms. Freedman notably founded the Alliance for Dispute Resolution in 1997, and formerly worked with the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator from 1985 to 2000. She is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Though Ms. Freedman wanted to be a musician as a teenager and her father wanted her to be a doctor, she ended up switching to political science while enrolled in premed, and the conversation fascinated her. Partly influenced by a tragedy with one of her brothers, Ms. Freedman decided to apply for law school with the University at Buffalo, and received a JD. Since then, she has served a number of public and private sector roles, notably from 1975 to 1977 as an assistant attorney general of New York State, and from 1977 to 1990 as a New York State Supreme Court Confidential Law Clerk to Justice William J. Ostrowski. Ms. Freedman is proud of holding the role of president of two bar associations, the New York Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Foundation, which gave her the opportunity to show that women could succeed just as well as men in the law.

Ms. Freedman is also known for arguing in the highest court of New York that voter registration by mail was constitutional, and has served in many New York area legal efforts. Most recently, she was a contributing author of “Belva Lockwood and the Struggle for Women’s Equality” in 2017, and served on the Governor’s Departmental and State-wide Judicial Screening Committees in New York from 1997 to 2011. Naturally, Ms. Freedman also possesses numerous awards, including fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and the 2017 Professionalism Award from the New York State Bar Association. She was named 2016 Person of the Year of the Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York, and 2015 Woman Attorney Trailblazer by the Committee on Women in the Courts of the New York State Bar Association.

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