August 14, 2017

Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP

– Forty-nine attorneys included on Super Lawyers® list and nineteen named Rising Stars –

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is honored to announce 68 of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The Phillips Lytle selectees include 44 partners from the firm’s Buffalo office, four partners from its Rochester office and one from the firm’s Jamestown office. Fourteen Phillips Lytle attorneys from the firm’s Buffalo office, three from the firm’s Rochester office, one from the firm’s Jamestown office and one from the firm’s Albany office were also cited as 2017 Upstate New York Rising Stars. The 68 attorneys cover 24 practice areas.

Attorneys from Phillips Lytle’s Buffalo office named to the Super Lawyers list include:

  • Frederick G. Attea (Mergers & Acq)
  • Thomas C. Bailey (Franchise/Dealership)
  • Raymond H. Barr (Employee Benefits)
  • Kristen M. Birmingham (Business/Corp)
  • Alan J. Bozer (Business Litigation)
  • Peter D. Braun (PI – Products: Defense)
  • William J. Brennan (Business Litigation)
  • William J. Brown (Bankruptcy: Business)
  • Craig R. Bucki (State/Local/Muni)
  • William D. Christ (PI General: Defense)
  • James J. Contino (Real Estate)
  • Douglas W. Dimitroff (Communications)
  • James D. Donathen (Employment & Labor)
  • Deborah A. Doxey (Banking)
  • Kevin J. English (Business Litigation)
  • David P. Flynn (Environmental)
  • Robert E. Glanville (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Morgan G. Graham (Environmental)
  • James R. Grasso (Employment & Labor)
  • Robert M. Greene (Health Care)
  • Mary Jo Herrscher (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Kevin M. Hogan (Environmental Litigation)
  • Paul F. Jones (PI – Products: Defense)
  • William P. Keefer (Health Care)
  • Gary F. Kotaska (Securities & Corporate Finance)
  • Craig A. Leslie (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Kenneth A. Manning (Business/Corp)
  • Lisa McDougall (Health Care)
  • David J. McNamara (Business Litigation)
  • Paul E. Morrison-Taylor (PI General: Defense)
  • David J. Murray (Securities & Corp Fin)
  • Michael B. Powers (Business Litigation)
  • John G. Schmidt Jr. (Business Litigation)
  • Ronald S. Shubert (Real Estate)
  • Lisa L. Smith (PI – Products: Defense)
  • James W. Smyton (Business/Corp)
  • Paul K. Stecker (Business Litigation)
  • Adam S. Walters (Land Use/Zoning)
  • James W. Whitcomb (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Sharon L. Wick (Estate & Probate)
  • Alan M. Wishnoff (PI General: Defense)
  • Thomas S. Wiswall (PI General: Defense)
  • Preston L. Zarlock (Business Litigation)
  • Paul B. Zuydhoek (PI – Products: Defense)

Buffalo-based partners and associates named to the Rising Stars list include:

  • Jennifer A. Beckage (Business Litigation)
  • Joanna J. Chen (Class Action)
  • Andrew P. Devine (Business Litigation)
  • Patrick T. Fitzgerald (Environmental)
  • F. Kenneth Graham (Business/Corp)
  • Kenneth A. Grossberg (Estate & Probate)
  • Myriah V. Jaworski (Environmental)
  • Amanda L. Lowe (Business Litigation)
  • Richard J. Marinaccio (Business/Corp)
  • Kelly E. Marks (Tax)
  • Sean C. McPhee (Business Litigation)
  • Jeffrey M. Monaco (Banking)
  • Kimberly R. Nason (Environmental)
  • Nicolas J. Rotsko (Business Litigation)

Attorneys from Phillips Lytle’s Rochester office named to the Super Lawyers list include:

  • Richard M. Beers Jr. (Real Estate)
  • Albert M. Mercury (Business/Corp)
  • Mark J. Moretti (Business Litigation)
  • Linda T. Prestegaard (Employment & Labor)

Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate) of the firm’s Jamestown office was also included on the Super Lawyers list, while Jamestown-based Associate Matthuew R. Mazgaj (Business Litigation) was named a Rising Star.

Rochester-based partners and associates named to the Rising Stars list include:

  • Anthony M. Carello (Real Estate)
  • Ryan A. Lown (Real Estate)
  • Kevin J. Mulvehill (Employment & Labor)

Albany-based associate Laura L. Mona (Energy & Natural Resources) was also named as a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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