The Coppola Firm is a dogged firm of 12 attorneys. We help in various areas, including business disputes, employment and labor guidance, end-of-life planning, and more.

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The Coppola Firm

The Coppola Firm is a proudly woman-owned law firm. We are fierce, compassionate attorneys who conquer legal challenges and deliver exceptional results to our clients in an efficient and no-nonsense fashion. We were founded in 2015 by Lisa Coppola, who has been practicing law in New York and federal courts for over 30 years. Joined by her partner David Goodman in 2023, the team at The Coppola Firm has grown from a one-person office in 2015 to over two dozen team members in its first half-decade. The reason for that growth is as simple as it is compelling: we work doggedly to help our clients and they, in turn, refer their colleagues, friends, and families to us when they are in need.

We have a full-service law practice that can manage virtually all of our clients’ legal needs.  Our team focuses on getting top-dollar results for individuals who have been catastrophically injured, getting the largest settlement and verdicts in wrongful termination cases, counseling businesses on how to be compliant with the law, and helping businesses start up and succeed. Our practice includes personal injury, employment and labor guidance, counseling, and training for employers and employees, business advice, counseling and litigation, acquisitions and sales of businesses, commercial real estate transactions, new business formations, representation of charter schools, and helping individuals with end-of-life planning. In short, we help people from the beginning of their ventures through the entire life cycle.

Many of our attorneys own other businesses as well as practice law. So we are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges of and advocate for small and medium-sized businesses. We support clients in avoiding risk, whether in their contracts or their workforce. We train and guide companies across the United States, routinely providing employment-related seminars and executive coaching, and skills building. We are committed to offering convenient and compliant sexual harassment prevention and other workplace-related training for businesses across the country.

As individuals, we care about our local and global communities. For example, Lisa is the Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and volunteers on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Fairness Board for Region II. The lawyers at the Firm serve on many boards and volunteer for non-profits in Western New York. As a team, we want to give back: from the annual Days of Coppola Firm Giving each December, where we donate to each team member’s chosen charity, to our walk teams, event sponsorships, and group efforts to buy holiday gifts for families in need. At The Coppola Firm, we work to give back.

Core Values

Our team collaboratively created our core values, and they identify how we work, where our priorities lie, and the manner in which we are committed to our clients. Our guiding values are summed up this way:


Engage in analysis and persistent advocacy.


Do what’s right, always.


Seek to understand first.


Make sure our clients feel heard.


Ensure accuracy and accountability above all.

Speaking Engagements

Get Your Audience Engaged

There’s something that happens when you connect with audiences and share real-life experience.

Lisa speaks to audiences ranging from 20 to 200. From workplace trainings to inspirational appearances, Lisa engages, understands, and actively interacts with the audience.

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“I am going to talk to you about what is REAL.
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Workplace Sensitivity Training
  • Demystifying Contract Law
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
  • Small Business Must-Haves
  • Insurance Basics
  • Risk Management
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • HR Basics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Presentation Skills
  • Engaging Employees
  • Vulnerability in the Workplace
  • Ethics Self-Management and Self-Care
  • The Skill of Delegation
  • Visioning
  • Parenting and Professionals
  • Women in the Professions
  • Embracing Vulnerabilities
  • Prioritizing Your Life
  • Getting Grounded to Succeed

After Hearing Her Speak

“Lisa spoke very clearly about her subject knowledge. Also, she kept everyone involved.”

“When Lisa speaks I get motivated and inspired. She helps me believe that I can create my life. Thank you!”

“I like the energy of the presenter and the excellent information in usable, deliverable form”

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Professional Accomplishments

  • Business First, Top 10 Legal Elite of Western New York, 2016
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2009-2017
  • First Buffalo-Niagara attorney to receive the NYS Bar Association Pro Bono Volunteer Award, 2015
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project Immigration Award, 2014
  • Business First, Women of Influence, 2011
  • Business First, Women Who Mean Business, 2005
  • First woman litigator to be made equity partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, 1997
  • Grew 5-attorney firm to over 40 attorneys, 2002-2014
  • Former federal law clerk
  • Syracuse University College of Law, 1989, summa cum laude

Community Service & Involvement

  • Member, Roswell Park Alliance Board
  • Board Member, MedLaw Cancer Partnership of WNY
  • Board Member, WNY STEM Hub
  • Member, NAWBO Presidents Assembly Steering Committee
  • Immediate Past President, National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Board Member, Asian Connection of WNY, Inc.
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Business Law, Commercial & Federal Litigation and Labor & Employment Sections
  • Member of the Erie County Bar Association Negligence Committee
  • Author of numerous articles and speaker on employment law and other topics

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