Welcome to Coughlin & Gerhart

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 Best Lawyers 2017 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.

Blumkin & Finlay, LLP of Ithaca joins Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

Russel Ruthing Russel RuthingBlumkin & Finlay LLP, a highly respected law firm in Ithaca, will join with Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, effective December 1, 2017. Joy A. Blumkin and Marcie A. Finlay will each be "Of Counsel" to the Firm and will remain in their current offices, which are located in the Gateway Building in Ithaca. This practice will become the third Coughlin & Gerhart office in Ithaca and the second located in the Gateway Building along with the previously merged Albanese Law Offices.

Blumkin & Finlay has been serving the Ithaca area for over 20 years, providing their clients with personalized and professional legal assistance.

The lawyers and staff at Blumkin & Finlay, LLP are dedicated to assisting individuals and families in the areas of Elder Law, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Guardianship, Special Needs Planning, Probate, Estate and Trust Administration and Real Estate.

"We have been looking to strengthen our services to the Ithaca area" according to Mark Gorgos, Managing Partner of Coughlin & Gerhart, "and we believe the Elder Law and Estate experience of Blumkin & Finlay, LLP will enhance and strengthen the mission of both firms to meet our clients’ legal needs."

Finlay added, "Through this merger with Coughlin & Gerhart, we will expand our ability to serve new and existing clients more efficiently in a broader range of matters."

Gorgos also indicated that he hopes to bring the three Ithaca office locations, which also includes the former Holmberg Galbraith firm, under one roof in Ithaca within the next eighteen months.

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, which was founded in the 1890’s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 50 lawyers and a professional support staff. The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Drive, Binghamton. It has branch offices located in Bainbridge, Cortland, Ithaca, Owego, Hancock, Walton and Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Coughlin & Gerhart Attorneys Honored in Best Lawyers® List

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP is proud to announce that fifteen of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. The lawyers recognized are Mark S. Gorgos (Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Municipal Law, Education Law, Banking & Finance Law, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, and Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Paul J. Sweeney (Labor Law-Management), Robert R. Jones (Litigation - Trusts & Estates), James P. O'Brien (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants), Robert J. Madigan (Real Estate Law), Rachel A. Abbott (Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs), Beth E. Westfall (Trusts & Estates), Kristen K. Luce (Trusts & Estates), Oliver N. Blaise (Municipal Law), Joseph J. Steflik, Jr. (Labor Law-Management, Employment Law-Management), Gordon E. Thompson (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law), Carl A. Kieper (Family Law), Bruno Colapietro (Family Law), Peter H. Bouman (Personal Injury Litigation) and Richard B. Long (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Arbitration).

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, which was founded in the 1890’s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 50 lawyers and a professional support staff. The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Drive, Binghamton. It has convenient branch offices located in Bainbridge, Cortland, Hancock, Ithaca, Owego, Walton and Montrose, Pennsylvania.