Mar 07, 2022

Beecher, Miller and Nason Named as Practice Group Leaders

Phillips Lytle LLP Names Holly A. Beecher, Angela Zwirecki Miller and Kimberly R. Nason as Practice Group Leaders

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP has announced that Holly A. Beecher, Angela Zwirecki Miller and Kimberly R. Nason have been appointed Practice Group Leaders for three of the firm’s major practices. Ms. Beecher succeeds Sharon L. Wick as leader of the Family Wealth Planning Practice Group, Ms. Miller succeeds Deborah A. Doxey as leader of the Banking & Financial Services Practice Group and Ms. Nason succeeds Douglas W. Dimitroff as leader of the Land, Environment & Energy Practice Group.

The appointment of these women to leadership roles further reinforces Phillips Lytle’s ongoing commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within the firm.  With five women among the firm’s eight elected Governing Committee members and two women among its three executives, the firm now has women leading three of its five Practice Groups.

Ms. Beecher practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, elder law, estate and gift taxation and Medicaid planning.  Her experience includes preparation of customized estate plan documents for clients including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care forms and living wills focused on the tax and non-tax needs of clients.

Ms. Beecher received her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1997, her M.S.W. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991 and her B.S. from Michigan State University in 1988.  She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in The Daily Record Power 20 Trusts and Estates.

Ms. Miller concentrates her practice in Banking and Financial Services, including loan restructurings and workouts, as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Ms. Miller received her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1998, her M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management in 1990 and her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988.  She has been named the Best Lawyers® Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo and was selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list three years in a row.

Ms. Nason focuses her practice on land use and zoning, environmental law and energy matters. She appears before municipalities across the State on behalf of business owners and developers regarding applications for zoning permits and approvals, and before the Department of State on applications for variances from the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Her land use and development practice includes extensive knowledge regarding compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Her experience in Energy Law includes matters relating to the development and permitting of solar energy facilities. Additionally, Ms. Nason has experience in the area of telecommunications relating to the development, modification, and operation of cell towers and other communications facilities.

Ms. Nason received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2011 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from The George Washington University in 2008. She has been named an Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star each year since 2015, was listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business four years in a row, and was named to Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch.

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