Greater Binghamton Area Law Firm with Attorneys & Lawyers Serving New York State & Northern Pennsylvania
Our law firm proudly traces its lineage through its founding predecessors back to the 1890s, and in the nearly 120 years that have followed, we have become one of the most established firms in New York, its Southern Tier, and more recently, Northern Pennsylvania. We offer numerous highly experienced and skilled attorneys, diverse practice areas to meet your expected and unanticipated legal needs, and a core belief that everyone who seeks the services of a lawyer deserves to be treated as a priority, from the time they meet with us in an initial consultation to when their legal matter is resolved.
Our firm has grown to include seven offices in New York and Pennsylvania, but as we continue to grow, we remain committed to our founding principles as a law firm focused upon client relationships and our dedication to fully meeting the needs of our individual, business, and municipal clients.
The Coughlin & Gerhart Difference
Clients who retain our counsel discover the advantages of working with a firm that handles the matters reflected in our diverse practice areas, including business & banking law; oil & gas law; litigation & civil and criminal trials; accidents & personal injury; labor & employment law; workers’ compensation & social security disability; trusts, estates, & elder law; real estate law; and public, municipal, and education law — just to name a few. Although each of our practice areas encompass their own complex array of statutory and case law, they also frequently build off one another, and having a firm with attorneys who collaborate throughout the firm and across all offices often provides added value for our clients.
More than a dozen of our attorneys have been recognized for their skill and experience by being selected for inclusion in various yearly editions of the Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers–Upstate New York Edition, and Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition publications. We have also been repeatedly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a "Tier 1" law firm in its Best Lawyers®–"Best Law Firms" regional ranking in number of practice areas. Our peer attorneys have also rated Coughlin & Gerhart attorneys as "AV Preeminent®" through the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings process, a rating defined as "a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." We are also a proud member of The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, an international network of top-rated, independent law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality.
As one of the larger firms in the region, we have also acquired the kind of access to experts and other resources that can truly make a difference when a client’s most important legal interests are at stake. While these advantages are among our notable attributes, we believe our commitment to fostering a personal relationship with each of our clients, from the moment they walk through our office doors, is one of the defining characteristics of Coughlin & Gerhart that our clients truly value. Discover the C&G difference. We look forward to building a legal relationship together that starts with you.
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Named Greater Binghamton Chamber's Corporate Citizen of the Year
Coughlin & Gerhart was recently honored with the CORPORATE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD by the Broome County Chamber of Commerce at the annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 17. The award is "awarded to a company that has made not only a financial commitment to the Greater Binghamton area, but a commitment to providing leadership and hands-on employee participation."
Managing Partner Mark Gorgos credited Coughlin & Gerhart's staff, associates and partners for pointing out what's needed and facilitating volunteerism.
"Really, community service is not just the right thing to do," he said. "It's really the fabric of our law firm and I'm really proud of my partners for sharing those visions and initiative with us."
We at C&G thank the Chamber for this award, and thank all of our employees and other individuals and businesses in the community whose efforts and contributions enable us at C&G to give back to the community.
In presenting the award, the Chamber discussed some of C&G's charitable fundraising and efforts through the year and stated:
"The attorneys and staff at Coughlin & Gerhart have a strong belief that their community efforts and contributions made to those in need enhance the quality of life for everyone. This attitude definitely comes from the strong examples set by the leadership of the firm. This past July marked the 15th annual "Golf for Scholars" tournament that the firm organized and runs. To date, over $180,000 has been raised to benefit local school districts' scholarship programs. For the second year, Coughlin & Gerhart was the lead sponsor of the Race for Justice 5K to benefit the Legal Aid Society. The firm also paid the registration fee for any employee and their family member(s) who wanted to walk or run the race.
Coughlin & Gerhart contributes to a host of other organizations. They are a major contributor to the United Way, with a different Staff person running the campaign each year. This year, a basket raffle competition between practice groups will be held to help raise money for the campaign. Coughlin & Gerhart is a Lead Sponsor for the Annual Sertoma Club Antique Show; and a consistent sponsor of the Helping Celebrate Abilities (HCA) Tasteful Day fundraiser.
The Firm holds 'Jeans Day' every Friday; donations are collected from partners, associates and staff for the 'privilege' of wearing jeans to work. All donations are then given to a local charity, suggested by the employees.
They actively support many of the area's charity golf and basketball tournaments. They also sponsor ACHIEVE'S 'Growing Spaces, Improving Lives' building rehabilitation project. Not only are monetary donations made to local organizations, but attorneys and staff are encouraged to give of their time and talents to these organizations. Attorneys are encouraged to become active Board members and to take leadership roles -their involvement includes: Broome County Arts Council, American Civic Association, Binghamton Boys & Girls Club, Roberson Museum and many others.
For several years now, one of the Coughlin & Gerhart staff coordinates the creating and decorating of fleece blankets and stockings, with the help of co-workers and attorneys. These blankets and stockings are then donated to the Children's Home during the Holiday Season. This one activity alone encompasses the entire year!
Arlene Sanders, of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York says: 'Coughlin & Gerhart demonstrates exceptional leadership and community service and they set an example for all to aspire to.'"