Kevin J. Cross is the Managing Partner and Chairman of Lippes Mathias and leads the firm's Executive Committee. As the firm's Managing Partner, Mr. Cross is charged with responsibility for all of the firm's offices, attorneys and staff.  He is the conduit to the firm's partnership and its executive operations team. Kevin coordinates the firm's strategic direction, implementation of initiatives and goals, and attorney recruitment. One of his main focuses is centered on positive culture and the promotion of a collegial and collaborative professional environment where team members focus on client objectives and the betterment of the firm as a whole. 

Kevin has been repeatedly recognized as a skilled and experienced lawyer who concentrates his practice on state and federal business litigation, as well as environmental litigation matters. With over 20 plus years of experience, Kevin has handled cases in many areas of complex high-stakes litigation, consistently obtaining exceptional results for his clients. 

His work often involves counseling businesses, officers and directors, investors, political organizations, not-for-profit organizations and corporation's in-house counsel. In his litigation practice, Mr. Cross has handled complex contract disputes, significant trust and estates matters, products liability issues, construction concerns and other significant civil litigation. 

With respect to his environmental practice, Mr. Cross has been involved with complex multiparty environmental litigation. He has handled CERCLA actions, navigation law claims and toxic tort suits. Mr. Cross coordinates with technical consultants and regulatory agencies. He has also been involved with compliance issues and litigation and environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Articles & Publications

  • Author, New York Law Journal multiple Quarterly Columns, "Western District Roundup" (2000 - 2003)

  • Villanova Environmental Law Journal - "Just a Little Longer Mrs. Suitum, Your Case is Just About Ripe for Review": Suitum v. Tahoe Regional Planning Board, 9 Vill. Envtl. L.J.439, 1998

  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Canisius University, B.A., 1996

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute 
  • Vistage

Honors & Awards
  • City & State New York, Law Power 100, 2023
  • Buffalo Business First, Power 250 List
    • Ranked #69, 2024
    • Ranked #62, 2023
    • Ranked #121, 2022
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Business First of Buffalo, Buffalo 612' C-Level Executives
  • Upstate New York SuperLawyers®, 2010-2011, 2017-2023
  • Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, Legal Elite of WNY, 2013, 2017-2019
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law, 2012
  • Villanova University School of Law, Environmental Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

Community Involvement
  • The Buffalo Club, Board of Directors
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Board of Directors 
  • Western New York Scout Council, Executive Board of Directors, President
  • VIA formerly Olmsted Center for Sight, Immediate Past Chairman, Board of Directors 
  • Buffalo State College, Kenneth A. Cross Scholarship Selection Committee Board Member
  • Milak Memorial Scholarship, Board Member


  • NYS Part 36 Fiduciary Appointments
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