Anthony M. Nosek

Anthony M. Nosek

Of Counsel
Buffalo, New York

Anthony M. Nosek is a graduate of Canisius College and SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and  has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1972, joining Cohen & Lombardo in 1977. He maintains an active trial and appellate practice before state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, with a concentration in insurance law and environmental law. Mr. Nosek represented eight insurers with $128,000,000 limits of coverage in the Love Canal insurance coverage litigation (the Love Canal cases were the foundation for much of what is now the fundamental law of environmental law and environmental liability); represented municipalities and others in proceedings before the Department of Environmental Conservation in relation to consent orders for landfill closures; represented a swimming pool retailer in a quadriplegia personal injury case through the Court of Appeals resulting in a judgment dismissing the claim; represented a landfill in connection with the original landfill permitting process and through renewal hearings, resulting in permit issuance and renewal; represented the C.I.D. companies as they grew from two trucks and two employees to the point where gross sales approached $50 million annually; represented the Village of Lancaster as both Village Attorney and as Village Justice; and, with partners, successfully represented a major manufacturer in defense of an attempt to certify a class action for injuries allegedly arising out of the use of urea-formaldehyde foam products. Mr. Nosek was successful at the Court of Appeals in another case which remains a major precedent in the area of collateral estoppel as it applies to insurance coverage.  His most recent success in the Court of Appeals, is in a zoning case which established his clients' rights to continue a use despite a municipality's attempt to extinguish the use through enactment and amendment of local laws.

In 1990, Mr. Nosek joined the C.I.D. Group, Inc. in Blasdell, NY as Vice President and General Counsel. While at C.I.D., Mr. Nosek was responsible for management, negotiations, acquisitions, municipal and private contracts, permit approvals and litigation. He represented the company in court and before administrative agencies and legislative bodies and supervised outside counsel. Mr. Nosek was responsible for the legal aspects of all company operations reporting to the President and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He negotiated and prepared ash and MSW, hauling, and disposal agreements; landfill closure and post-closure escrow agreements; municipal and private waste transportation and disposal agreements; recycling agreements; disposal and waste brokerage agreements; collective bargaining agreements; contract extensions and assignments. He negotiated and documented real property acquisitions and sales. He assisted in the acquisition of several waste hauling businesses, and negotiated a joint venture agreement for landfill development. In 1997, Mr. Nosek negotiated and documented the sale of the C.I.D. companies.

In 1998, Mr. Nosek returned to the private practice of law at Cohen and Lombardo, P.C. He brought back with him unique experience as both a provider and consumer of legal services. In addition to providing legal services to the C.I.D. family businesses, Mr. Nosek provided services to the family which owned the businesses. He supervised the valuations reflecting both majority and minority ownership interests, planned lifetime giving to maximize the effective use of the unified estate/gift tax credit, created multiple classes of stock and drafted shareholder agreements to maintain control of the family enterprises, established split-dollar life insurance trusts, and implemented the creation of a family foundation.

From 2007 until 2011, Mr. Nosek served as the Village Attorney for the Village of Depew. He has significant experience in compelling public officers and bodies to comply with their statutory duties via Article 78 Proceedings.  He recently challenged the award of a state wide bid by the New York State Department of Transportation to someone other than the low bidder.

With his wife, Mr. Nosek was a caregiver for his elderly mother for more than three years, and thereafter for his elderly in-laws for more than three years.  He has personal experience with Medicaid Planning, the needs of caregivers and the needs of those in their care. 

Whether the problem involves environmental, municipal, business, or personal issues, Mr. Nosek brings experience and proven success to bear on its resolution.

Mr. Nosek is married (Mary Schill) with four children (Daniel, Kathryn, Michael, Kristen). He attends St. Mary's of the Assumption parish in Lancaster. In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Nosek is active in several alumni associations and was a long time member and four term Chairman of the Heritage Oak Foundation, which supports programs for the developmentally disabled. 


Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Estates & Trusts Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1972
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York


  • University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1971
    • Law Review: State University of New York Law Review
  • Canisius College, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1968

Representative Clients

  • CID Group
  • Eastern Waste, Inc.
  • Maryland Casualty Co.
  • Village of Lancaster

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Erie County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1980 - Present
  • Erie County Bar, Member, 1972 - Present
  • New York State Bar, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Member
  • Niagara Frontier Corporation Counsel Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Advocates Club, Member
  • Heritage Oak Foundation, Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • C.I.D. Group, Inc., General Counsel


  • Polish