Paul Cody

President and CEO
University at Buffalo, MBA
25+ years experience
Enjoys golf & skiing

Paul is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State and has over 25 years of experience in the private equity and financial services arenas. As President and CEO of Counsel Financial, Paul has overseen more than $1.5 billion in legal funding transactions ranging from traditional law firm loans to complex debt and equity structures. In addition to financing. Counsel Financial has assisted in law firm mergers and acquisitions, succession planning and law firm valuations among other initiatives.

Prior to joining Counsel Financial as President in 2008, Paul was a General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Seed Capital Partners, a private equity fund with a focus on early-stage investments, and JoRon Management, a closely held private equity fund with investment interests ranging from non-recourse plaintiff funding to commodity-based financial products. In that capacity, he oversaw portfolio investment activities, led dozens of complex equity and debt transactions and frequently assumed operating roles within portfolio companies.

Paul’s career began at KPMG LLP, one of the world’s largest accounting firms. He has been a recipient of Business First’s “40 under 40 Award” in recognition of his record of professional success and community involvement. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has served as an adjunct faculty professor at its School of Management. 

Paul is actively involved in numerous charities. He was the former board chair of Meals on Wheels for Western New York and was a recipient of the Mikey's Way Hero award for his efforts and dedication to the Mikey's Way Foundation. Paul lives in Clarence, NY with his wife Kelly and two daughters, Sarah and Julia. He is an avid Buffalo Bills fan and enjoys outdoor activities, particularly golf and skiing.