Sean E. Cooney


I grew up in the Finger Lakes and went to high school in Rochester, New York. As one of four kids, a large part of my upbringing was watching our parents, who are both attorneys with small, private family law practices, help with the legal challenges of families very similar to our own.

I left the area after high school to attend Saint Louis University where I received my undergraduate degree. I then moved to Western New York to attend law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During my time as a law student, I was fortunate to join Dolce Panepinto as a law clerk in 2005 and then I continued my career here as an associate attorney after admission to the bar.

As an associate, I fought for our clients against insurance companies as a trial attorney in many different types of cases and achieved settlements for many of the firm’s injured clients from the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and Buffalo areas. In 2013, I proudly became a partner here at Dolce Panepinto and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue on to the next phase of my legal career surrounded by a team of smart, tough, and dedicated attorneys. I focus my practice on the areas of construction accidents, Workers’ Compensation, falls, and motor vehicle accidents. If you or anybody you know has any legal needs please do not hesitate to contact me at 716-852-1888.

I am member of the American Association of Justice, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, and the Erie County Bar Association. Outside of the law, my wife, daughters and I live in Buffalo and I serve as a director on the board of the Clean Air Coalition, an environmental justice organization. In 2016 I filled the vacancy left by our late partner, Frank J. Dolce, on the board of directors of the Western New York Council on Occupations Safety and Health . Over the past 34 years WNYCOSH has empowered hundreds of thousands of workers including young workers, refugee and immigrant workers, low-wage workers and workers in high hazard industries through direct training to identify, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace.