FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2017
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE PARTNER AND ALBANY OFFICE LEADER RICHARD E. HONEN
RECEIVES 2017 UPSTATE VENTURE ECOSYSTEM AWARD
Albany, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle Partner and Albany Office Leader Richard E. Honen was named a Magical Mentor at the 2017 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards. The Magical Mentor Award is given to individuals who have had a transformative impact on the trajectory of one or more startup companies.
“Rich Honen is one of the pillars that the Upstate startup ecosystem is built upon,” said UVC Co-founder and CEO Nasir Ali. “He exemplifies determination, commitment and a long-term belief in the value of paying it forward to help emerging entrepreneurs.”
“One reason our ecosystem is so strong is that everyone is a mentor to everyone else,” said Mr. Honen. “I’m proud to be honored as a part of that group, and I appreciate Upstate Venture Connect’s role in making our region grow.”
Mr. Honen focuses his practice in corporate, finance, and venture capital law, as well as complex commercial litigation. He is the firm’s Venture Capital Team Leader and is the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Albany office. He provides corporate counsel to a broad spectrum of companies from start-up to Fortune 50 and has lectured extensively, particularly on the topics of corporate law, venture capital and angel investing. He also represents companies in complex commercial litigation matters.