Dennis C. Vacco
Partner, Litigation

A respected veteran of the legal community, 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. 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

Hometown: Boston, New York