By Daily Record Staff, originally published in The Daily Record on May 30, 2017.

Chambers and Partners has announced its 2017 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rankings  and several law firms with Rochester-area offices are included.

Rochester and Buffalo law firms recognized include: Nixon Peabody LLP; Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Phillips Lytle  LLP; and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.

Almost 60 Nixon Peabody individual attorneys are recognized by Chambers as leaders in their practices. Chambers  also recognized Nixon Peabody’s franchising practice on a national level and several state practice areas, including  these areas in New York state and upstate New York:

  • Energy: state regulatory and wholesale electric market (New York)
  • Environment (New York)
  • Healthcare (New York)
  • Corporate/M&A (upstate)
  • Litigation: general commercial (upstate)
  • Real estate (upstate)

Eighteen Phillips Lytle attorneys were recognized by Chambers. Phillips Lytle LLP practices were ranked in:

  • Band 1, the highest distinction, in upstate New York for corporate/mergers and acquisitions
  • Band 1 in litigation: general commercial in upstate New York
  • Band 2 for environment in New York state
  • Band 2 for real estate in upstate New York.

Lippes Mathias was ranked in Band 3 for corporate/mergers and acquisitions in upstate New York, and Band 3 for  litigation/general commercial in upstate New York. Lippes Mathias is a recognized practitioner in real estate in  upstate New York. Chambers also recognized several individual attorneys at Lippes Mathias.

Twenty attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery achieved rankings. No other Upstate New York law firm had more  attorneys recognized, according to the firm. Among those honored was managing partner Craig S. Wittlin, who was  the only attorney in Upstate New York to be recognized as an Eminent Practitioner.

Harter Secrest was recognized by Chambers for its immigration, corporate/M&A, litigation and real estate practices.  It was the only firm in upstate New York to receive the highest possible rankings for corporate/M&A, litigation and  real estate. Harter Secrest also was the only form to receive the highest possible ranking in the real estate area.

Chambers and Partners’ research and analysis includes extensive feedback from clients and lawyers to select  attorneys and law firms to recognize.