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Marissa A. Coheley


Marissa represents clients in complex litigation in both federal and state courts.  Her experience includes commercial contract disputes, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters, employment and non-competition matters and estate litigations.  She has defended employers and ERISA plan fiduciaries against claims brought by plan participants and pension fund trustees, either individually or as a class action.  Marissa has also represented parties in construction litigation and estates and trusts litigation.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Marissa was an associate at a Buffalo-based law firm.  Before becoming a lawyer, she held a number of positions, including program manager at the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation in Washington, D.C. and coordinator of the U.S. arm of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-  winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines.


  • U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, Western District of New York


University at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude


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


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 - 2019
  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Secretary, Buffalo Moot Court Board
  • Overall winner, 2006 Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition
  • Regional competitor, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Judge Matthew J. Jasen Appellate Practice Award
  • Order of the Barristers

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  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors: Hope for Two

  • Former Member, Board of Directors: Compass House


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
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