By Jeremy Nobile, originally published in Crain's Cleveland Business on April 02, 2019 01:50 PM.

Buffalo Law Firm Phillips Lytle Expands to Cleveland

John P. Yormick, Attorney

Phillips Lytle, a law firm of nearly 200 lawyers with headquarters in Buffalo, has announced the opening of a new office in Cleveland led by Jon Yormick.

Yormick, whose expertise centers on customs and international trade, has been named Cleveland office leader. He is joined by one paralegal. A spokesperson for the firm said the plan is to hire additional people as needed, but there are no specific growth targets in mind.

The new office, on the 30th floor at One Cleveland Center, 1375 E. 9th St., joins other Phillips Lytle locations in New York state, Washington, D.C., and Ontario.

Yormick joins the firm from one of his own. His work has centered on clients in the Cleveland and Buffalo regions through the Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co., which he founded in 1995.

“Opening the Phillips Lytle office in Cleveland allows the firm to expand its international practice and brings its customs (and) international trade practice to the forefront. It will also give my clients access to the wealth of legal knowledge and experience the firm’s attorneys have to offer, including expertise on New York State law that often governs international agreements and disputes,” said Yormick in a statement. “I am very pleased and fortunate to have this opportunity to open the Cleveland Office for Phillips Lytle, and I look forward to expanding relationships in this market where I have practiced over the past 25 years.”

Among various accolades, Lytle was presented the President’s “E” Award in 2018, the highest recognition a U.S. entity can earn for contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Yormick has also served as chair of the international law section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association since 2011, according to his LinkedIn page.

“Phillips Lytle is thrilled to add an attorney of Jon’s caliber,” said managing partner Kevin Hogan in a statement. “The firm’s international practice has been expanding for years, as U.S. clients look to grow in the global market and foreign companies expand to the U.S., often seeking investment and strategic alliances with partners in the U.S. We also recognize the significance of the evolving and complex issues relating to importing and exporting goods and services, and compliance with ever-changing laws and regulations. We believe Jon’s experience and leadership will provide great value to our clients in international trade matters.”

According to the National Law Journal’s 2018 NLJ 500 ranking of firms based on size, Phillips Lytle has 195 attorneys and is ranked 206th in the U.S.