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Our Firm is a uniquely positioned law firm in Northeast Ohio that can handle any business, litigation, estate planning, or probate matter. We pride ourselves on our tailored expertise that allows us to deliver exceptional and personal service to both business clients and individuals.

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As individuals, we will work tirelessly and efficiently to provide you with the guidance, service, and partnership you desire and need. We promise to communicate with you and be responsive to your needs throughout the duration of our partnership.

As a Firm, we promise to pull our resources together in order to provide you with the most comprehensive services and solutions to your needs. We will be responsive and transparent across all business practices including expectations, processes, expenses, and communications.


Our Women’s Initiative was built on the mission to empower our attorneys, staff, clients, partners, and friends by paving the way to success through education, career development, community involvement, and more. This initiative will build upon the strengths of female leaders through networking, seminars, and programs.

By bringing together like-minded and talented female leaders in our communities, this initiative will provide opportunities for growth and development both inside and outside of the Firm; it will provide a platform for networking and education through quarterly events; and it will provide training and education opportunities to team members and partners.

Check our Events page for upcoming Women’s Initiative events and programs.

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Our community has helped shape who we are as a Firm. Because of this, it is our commitment to support Northeast Ohio in any way that we can. This support is shown through our volunteer efforts, donations, and other philanthropic activities. Each year, we support numerous organizations, charities, and causes as our way of giving back and doing more with what we have.

Additionally, we support and aid our team members in their personal involvements with the community. Our staff serves on boards, as committee members, and more. They are an integral piece of our Firm and our community and we pledge to support their contributions whenever possible.

We are proud to support many organizations, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County
  • Community Foundation of Lorain County
  • Firelands Habitat for Humanity
  • Firelands Symphony Orchestra
  • Goodwill of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Lorain County Community College Foundation
  • Noonan Syndrome Foundation
  • ROSS Foundation, Inc.
  • Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • West Side Catholic Center
  • YMCA of Greater Cleveland
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Wickens Herzer Panza employees came together and provided donations to Blessing House of Lorain County.


Wickens Herzer Panza is rooted in tradition, excellence, and a history rich with leaders from the legal industry. The law firm that came to be Wickens, Herzer & Panza was founded in 1932 by William G. Wickens. The Firm grew exponentially with the addition of David L. Herzer (1970) and Richard D. Panza (1973).

Merging in the year 2000 with the law firm of Cook & Batista, the Firm became known as Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. 

In May of 2018, the Firm simplified its name to Wickens Herzer Panza.

William G. Wickens


William G. Wickens founded the firm that would come to be Wickens, Herzer & Panza

Daniel A. Cook


Daniel A. Cook (son of Dan K. Cook) joined the law firm of Cook & Batista Co., L.P.A.

David Herzer


David Herzer joined the Firm as William E. Wickens relocated to Washington D.C.

Richard Panza


Richard Panza joined the firm.

David L. Herzer


David L. Herzer named President of Wickens & Herzer Co., L.P.A.

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Wickens, Herzer & Panza merged with Cook & Batista, establishing the law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista, A Legal Professional Association

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Groundbreaking for new location at 35765 Chester Road, Avon, OH

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Move to 35765 Chester Road, Avon, OH

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Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. merged with Buckingham, Lucal & McGookey Co., L.P.A. in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. rebrands to Wickens Herzer Panza with an updated identity.



To provide intelligent and informed legal counsel to our clients. To deliver outstanding service and solutions; to support, protect, and provide security to our client’s businesses and partner with them as an extension of their own teams.


To be the trusted advisor for middle-market businesses located or doing business in Ohio. We are and will always be responsive, accountable, and client-centered. We build relationships through honesty, commitment, and trust and we will handle each matter with the highest level of professionalism, experience, and attention to detail.



To our clients; to act as your trusted advisor and to always act in your best interest.

To our partners; to be as committed to your success as you are to ours.

To our Firm and to each other; to act with integrity and always remain supportive.


To our clients; providing the best advice with the information available while remaining honest and loyal.

To our community; to serve the greater good and to support our members.

To each other; to collaborate for the betterment of our Firm and our clients.


We value the relationships built with our clients, our communities, and our employees. Relationships are built on trust, integrity, and respect, not simply a transaction.