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Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

January 06, 2011 16:55 ET

Cohen and Wolf Names New Managing Partner as the Firm Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

BRIDGEPORT, CT--(Marketwire - January 6, 2011) - David A. Ball, a principal of the firm, has been named as the new managing partner of Cohen and Wolf, P.C. Mr. Ball will replace Irving Kern, who served as managing partner from 1994 through 2010. Mr. Kern will continue as a principal of the firm.

The change in leadership comes as Cohen and Wolf celebrates its 60th Anniversary. The firm was started in 1951 by Herbert L. Cohen and Austin K. Wolf, working from a single office in Bridgeport. Since that time, the firm has expanded to 50 attorneys working in four offices, including Bridgeport, Danbury, Westport and Orange.

"Mr. Kern's stewardship of the firm over the past 16 years has been exemplary and we are grateful for his service to the firm," says founding partner Austin Wolf. "I have every confidence that Mr. Ball will prove to be a great leader as well, continuing the firm's traditions while moving us forward."

  • David A. Ball is the new managing partner and a principal in the firm's Litigation, Municipal, Securities, and Telecommunications & Utilities Groups. Mr. Ball practices in state and federal court handling complex commercial litigation cases; shareholder and partnership disputes; business tort claims; securities fraud actions; and administrative appeals. Mr. Ball also litigates before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and has extensive experience handling arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association. He received his B.A., cum laude, in 1988 from Brandeis University and his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

  • Irving J. Kern is the outgoing managing partner and a principal in the firm's Real Estate, Business & Corporate, Physicians Practices and Trusts & Estates Groups. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, Mr. Kern practices in the areas of real estate, business transactions, contracts, corporate, professional corporations, estate planning and probate law. Mr. Kern represents buyers, sellers and lenders in connection with real estate and business transactions. He served as managing partner of the firm from 1994 through 2010. He received his B.S. with high honors in 1968 from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. in 1971 from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Austin K. Wolf is the co-founder of Cohen and Wolf and a principal in the Real Estate and Land Use & Zoning Groups. Mr. Wolf's practice focuses on land use planning, zoning, wetlands, real estate development, and industrial and commercial leasing. Mr. Wolf was honored with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Bar Associations Planning & Zoning Section and received a Career Service Award from the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1948 his LL.B., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1951.

Cohen and Wolf, P.C. For the past 60 years, Cohen and Wolf has been providing personal attention and practical advice for its clients, successfully represented businesses, individuals and municipalities in matters involving litigation, corporate and securities law, real estate, land use and zoning, tax, employment and labor, municipal law, personal injury, family law, estate planning, telecommunications and elder law. The firm's team of 50 experienced lawyers is based in its four Connecticut offices: Bridgeport, Danbury, Westport and Orange. For more information please visit:

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