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Tully Rinckey opens Buffalo office

Albany-based law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC opened a new office in Buffalo on Monday.

The expansion is a result of the firm’s continued success in the areas of civil litigation, family and matrimonial law, criminal defense, trusts and estates, and real estate law, according to a release from the firm.

Tully Rinckey’s Buffalo attorneys will initially practice criminal defense, bankruptcy law and Social Security law. Staffing the office are Paul M. Pochepan, of counsel, and Lori A. Hoffman associate. Pochepan brings more than two decades of Social Security disability and bankruptcy law experience. Before joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, he served as an attorney at a major Buffalo law firm. Hoffman, a criminal defense attorney, has more than 11 years of criminal law experience in a Buffalo firm, as a sole practitioner and as an assistant public defender.

“Our attorneys are experienced and dedicated,” said Managing Partner Greg T. Rickey. “We pride ourselves on offering clients quality legal services at an affordable price. We see a bright future in Buffalo and are looking forward to growing our business in Western New York.”

The firm also opened an office in Syracuse last summer.

Tully Rinckey started after Mathew B. Tully escaped from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He moved from New York City and in 2004 opened a law practice in Albany with fellow ROTC cadet Rinckey, a former Army captain and Judge Advocate General’s Corps attorney. Tully currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard, and in April 2012 he was deployed to Afghanistan — his third overseas deployment since founding the firm.

Tully Rinckey employs 45 attorneys, 18 percent of whom are veterans of the Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Navy or are currently serving in the Army and National Guard Reserve.

At its Niagara Street office, the firm will also offer free and secure online access to client documents through its Client Extranet.