Dennis C. Vacco
Partner, Litigation, Governmental Compliance and
Attorney General Investigations Practice Groups
Dennis C. Vacco is a partner in the Litigation Department at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo. He focuses much of his legal practice on Governmental Investigations and Compliance work. Dennis works both with clients who want to be sure they are in compliance with the complex and ever-changing rules of both the state and federal governments, as well as with clients who have been directly targeted by the New York State Attorney General as part of a government investigation. Prior to joining Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Dennis spent two decades as a prosecutor, so he understands what it takes to avoid ending up in the crosshairs of a government investigation.
Dennis was elected New York State Attorney General in 1994 and served until 1999. In 1988, he was appointed USA WDNY by President Ronald Reagan after serving 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County.
Always an innovator, Dennis expanded the traditional role of the Attorney General by resurrecting the long dormant criminal prosecution powers of the office. He then used the expanded purview of his office to form the nation’s first Internet Child Pornography unit targeting online predators. His distinguished career has seen him before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Vacco v. Quill where he successfully argued that Physician Assisted Suicide was not a constitutionally protected right.
Prior to joining LMWF, Dennis honed his entrepreneurial skills as the former president of Waste Management’s New York subsidiary, and as owner of his own consulting firm.
To learn more about Dennis' work in the area of government investigations, visit his blog, www.governmentinvestigationsattorneys.com.
He lives in Boston, New York with his wife, Kelly, also an attorney, and their two teenage sons.
Dennis’ Quick Facts:
Education: University at Buffalo Law School; Colgate University
Awards: Lincoln Leadership Award; Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York (2014).
Hometown: Boston, New York