Aug 21, 2020

2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers

Fifty-Seven Phillips Lytle LLP Attorneys Named to the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists

Thirty-seven attorneys included on Super Lawyers® list and 20 named Rising Stars

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is honored to announce 57 of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Phillips Lytle Super Lawyers selectees include 32 attorneys from the firm’s Buffalo office, four attorneys from its Rochester office and one attorney from the firm’s Jamestown office. Seventeen Phillips Lytle attorneys from the firm’s Buffalo office, and three from the firm’s Rochester office, were cited as 2020 Upstate New York Rising Stars. The 57 attorneys cover 20 practice areas.

Phillips Lytle Partners James D. Donathen (Employment & Labor) and Kenneth A. Manning (Business/Corporate) were ranked among the Top 50 attorneys in the 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

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

  • Frederick G. Attea(Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Raymond H. Barr (Employee Benefits)
  • Alan J. Bozer (Business Litigation)
  • William J. Brennan (Business Litigation)
  • William J. Brown (Bankruptcy: Business)
  • Craig R. Bucki (State, Local & Municipal)
  • William D. Christ (PI – General: Defense)
  • Douglas W. Dimitroff (Communications)
  • James D. Donathen (Employment & Labor)
  • Kevin J. English (Business Litigation)
  • David P. Flynn (Environmental)
  • James R. Grasso (Employment & Labor)
  • 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)
  • Amanda L. Lowe (Business Litigation)
  • Kenneth A. Manning (Business/Corporate)
  • David J. McNamara (Business Litigation)
  • Sean C. McPhee (Business Litigation)
  • Paul E. Morrison-Taylor (PI – General: Defense)
  • David J. Murray (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • 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/Corporate)
  • Adam S. Walters (Land Use/Zoning)
  • James W. Whitcomb (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Sharon L. Wick (Estate & Probate)
  • Preston L. Zarlock (Business Litigation)

Buffalo-based attorneys named to the Rising Stars list include:

  • Erin C. Borek (Business Litigation)
  • Elizabeth A. Bove (Business Litigation)
  • Joanna J. Chen (Class Action)
  • Erin E. Connare (PI – Products: Defense)
  • Jeffrey D. Coren (Business Litigation)
  • Andrew P. Devine (Business Litigation)
  • Patrick T. Fitzgerald (Real Estate)
  • F. Kenneth Graham (Business/Corporate)
  • Kenneth A. Grossberg (Estate & Probate)
  • Tristan D. Hujer (Business Litigation)
  • Timothy P. Kucinski (Business/Corporate)
  • Jeffrey M. Monaco (Banking)
  • Deena K. Mueller-Funke (Business Litigation)
  • Kimberly R. Nason (Environmental)
  • Robert Reagan (Environmental)
  • Nicolas J. Rotsko (Business Litigation)
  • Jacob S. Sonner (Business Litigation)

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

  • Richard M. Beers, Jr. (Real Estate)
  • David L. Cook (Business Litigation)
  • Mark J. Moretti (Construction Litigation)
  • Linda T. Prestegaard (Employment & Labor)

Rochester-based attorneys named to the Rising Stars list include:

  • Anthony M. Carello (Real Estate)
  • Anthony J. Iacchetta (Real Estate)
  • Kevin J. Mulvehill (Employment & Labor)

Also included on the list is Jamestown-based attorney Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate).

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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