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Hancock Estabrook, LLP is one of Upstate New York’s leading law firms. We represent clients in a number of different industries, offering counsel and representation on a wide array of legal topics. Our attorneys are well recognized in their practice areas for their knowledge and experience in handling complex legal matters.

Hancock Estabrook prides itself on providing value to our clients with an emphasis on personal attention. Our clients range from domestic to international corporations, to middle-market businesses and start-ups. We represent hospitals, health centers, long-term care facilities and other health service providers. We also serve school districts, colleges, universities, municipalities, public corporations, districts, individuals, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations.



With 150 member firms, 80 in the United States, and 70 across Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms. Our mission is to provide clients with high-quality, cost-efficient legal services worldwide. The ALFA International model enables our members to use their local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions, while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms when necessary. Member firms meet high standards to be part of the ALFA International network and are well respected by their peers in the legal and business community. Hancock Estabrook's clients’ also benefit from a wide range of unsurpassed educational programming including: seminars, webinars, legal compendia, etc.  More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.




Hancock Estabrook, LLP has been named as one of the 2019 Best Companies to Work for in New York by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM) and Best Companies Group.


Hancock Estabrook is proud to announce that it has received a Grade “A” in an independent study of law firm gender diversity, ranking us among the top 25% of U.S. firms with outstanding gender diversity statistics. The study, performed by Above the Law and NavForward, categorized every lawyer in the top 1,200 firms in the country to create the ATL Law Firm Gender Diversity Index, noted as “the most accurate database of law firm gender diversity available anywhere”. You can learn more about the ATL Law Firm Gender Diversity Index and see how Hancock Estabrook compares to its peers in the Central New York area by visiting the Above the Law website (www.abovethelaw.com). 

We strive to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve.


22 Hancock Estabrook attorneys were selected as “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2018. They include Cora A. AlsanteDaniel B. BermanJanet D. CallahanJohn F. Corcoran, Michael L. Corp, Catherine A. Diviney,  Marion Hancock Fish, Mary C. KingJohn T. McCannWalter L. Meagher, Jr.John L. Murad, Jr.Timothy P. MurphyAlan J. PierceJohn G. Powers,Doreen A. Simmons and Robert C. Whitaker, Jr. Six of these attorneys, Jaime J. Hunsicker, Whitney M. KummerowDaniel K. MannionJames J. O’SheaChristina Verone Juliano and James P. Youngs, have been selected as “Upstate New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” for 2018. 

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and is limited to 5% of the lawyers in the State. To learn more about this ranking publication, visit www.superlawyers.com.


15 of our attorneys, representing 22 practice areas, have been ranked in The Best Lawyers in America for 2019: Cora A. Alsante, Janet D. Callahan, Richard W. Cook, John F. Corcoran, Michael L. Corp, Raymond R. D'Agostino, Catherine A. Diviney, Lindsey H. Hazelton, John T. McCann, Walter L. Meagher, Jr., John L. Murad, Jr., Timothy P. Murphy, Alan J. Pierce, Steven R. Shaw and Doreen A. Simmons.

Cora A. Alsante has also been selected as a 2019 The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area for Litigation – Trusts & Estates.  Catherine A. Diviney was selected as a 2019 The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area for Health Care Law.The Best Lawyers in America is a ranking publication that compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. To learn more about this ranking publication, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have awarded Hancock Estabrook with First-Tier "Best Law Firms" rankings in nine practice areas for 2019. Those practice areas are: Commercial Litigation, Elder Law, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Trusts & Estates Law

These awards go to firms who excelled in U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ research relating to particular legal specialties.



23 Hancock Estabrook attorneys are currently ranked with an “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell: Cora A. AlsanteDaniel B. Berman, Janet D. Callahan, R. John Clark, Richard W. Cook, Michael L. Corp, Raymond R. D'Agostino, Marion Hancock FishKenneth P. Holden, James E. Hughes, Susan L. King,  Wendy A. Marsh, John T. McCann, Walter L. Meagher, Jr., John L. Murad, Jr., Timothy P. Murphy, Alan J. Pierce, John G. PowersRichard A. Scrimale, Doreen A. SimmonsWarren D. Wolfson and Robert C. Whitaker, Jr.

The Martindale-Hubbell ratings system helps buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer Ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions. To learn more about this directory, visit www.martindale.com.


Various attorneys are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, members of the American College of Trusts & Estates, the Litigation Counsel of America, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation, and hold leadership positions in many Committees and Sections within the New York State Bar Association


Hancock Estabrook is a proud long-standing member of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. This organization is dedicated to representing the interests of large and small firms throughout the state. Its membership is made up of thousands of member companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.

Website: http://www.bcnys.org/