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In Memoriam - Dennis Cotter & Liana Rivera

Our firm honors our beloved colleague and friend Dennis Cotter, who passed away on January 18th, 2020 at age 49 from kidney cancer.

Dennis was a paralegal at our firm for many years. He was a dedicated advocate for the 9/11 Community, helping hundreds of our clients with their applications to the Victim Compensation Fund in 2002-2003. Dennis was also a member of the 9/11 survivor community. Our firm is just 2 blocks from Ground Zero, and we came back to work three weeks after 9/11, and have been here ever since.

Dennis’s death, along with that of Liana Rivera, another paralegal from my firm who passed away at age 49 from 9/11-related breast cancer, are the reason we take 9/11 so personally. Seven of us at Barasch McGarry have been diagnosed with 9/11-related cancers, and six others at our firm have lost a parent or spouse as a result of 9/11-related cancers. We have an emotional connection to the aftermath of 9/11 and how much heartbreak it has caused the downtown Community.

Dennis and Liana will live in our memories forever and we will continue to honor them by doing the work we do every day.

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