Wickens Herzer Panza History

Our commitment to excellence has driven our growth and reputation over our initial 85 years of practice. With attorneys across two offices in northeast Ohio, many licensed to practice in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and New York, we serve clients who expect and receive superior legal services.

The Firm, rich in history, tradition, and excellence, is the culmination of two law firms with strong and complementary practices.

The law firm that came to be Wickens, Herzer & Panza was founded, in 1932, by William G. Wickens. His son, William E. Wickens, joined the practice in the 1960’s. Arriving in 1970, David Herzer took the reins from William E. Wickens, who left to pursue a career in Washington D.C. In 1973, Richard Panza joined the Firm, thus creating Wickens, Herzer & Panza.

Similarly, the law firm of Cook & Batista was founded in 1938, when Dan K. Cook joined G.A. Resek in practice to form the law firm of Resek & Cook. Following the retirement of Mr. Resek, Daniel P. Batista joined Dan K. Cook’s practice in 1962 to form the law firm of Cook & Batista.

Wickens, Herzer & Panza and Cook & Batista merged to combine knowledge, experience, and expertise and to deliver unparalleled legal services to our clients.

On January 1, 2000, Wickens, Herzer & Panza merged with the law firm of Cook & Batista, and established Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. On January 1, 2007, Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. expanded the practice by establishing a second office in Sandusky, Ohio. These combinations of talent have increased the depth and breadth of the Firm’s reach in order to meet the needs of our clients. Wickens Herzer Panza is currently the largest law firm in the counties of Lorain and Erie.

Wickens Herzer Panza specializes in Corporations, Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships; Business Organizations & Tax, Family & Business Succession Planning; Employee Benefits & ERISA, including Pension, Profit Sharing, and 401(k); Commercial & Industrial Real Estate & Construction; Municipal & Public Law; all aspects of Civil Litigation, including Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency Litigation; Labor & Employment Relations; Personal Injury; Environmental; Securities; Workers’ Compensation, both Group Rating and Self-Insured; and Probate & Estate Planning.  The Firm has offices in Avon, Ohio, and Sandusky, Ohio.

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