By Ben Jacobs, originally published in Rochester Business Journal on April 29, 2021.
Presenting the Power 30
We were happy to see the positive reception to the Rochester Business Journal’s inaugural Power 100 list in February, and we are building on that momentum with the Power 30 Law list, the first of the industry-specific lists we will be unveiling the rest of the year.
The list contains a number of lawyers who are running a law firm or the Rochester office of a law firm, but it also includes judges, civil legal services leaders, and more.
The people on this list help make sure the legal needs of Rochester’s companies and residents are met, and they have helped limit the disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. They are working to push the Rochester legal community forward during a time of uncertainty and change, and we are excited to see what they are able to accomplish going forward.
As with the Power 100, the Power 30 Law list is presented in alphabetical order. And again, rather than tell you about all of these power players’ accomplishments and accolades, we decided to give them a chance to tell you more about themselves through their answers to a few different questions.
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Partner, Rochester Office Leader
Phillips Lytle LLP
Years in current role:Partner, 6 years; Rochester Office Leader, 9 months
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I am extremely proud of Phillips Lytle LLP (“PL”) and the meaningful work that our firm does. Our attorneys and staff are talented, ambitious, and hard working professionals. We collaborate and work well together as a team. At PL we are committed to providing our clients with prompt, practical, creative and effective advice and representation whenever and wherever they need assistance.
My own practice is business-oriented and broad-based. Throughout my career I have been encouraged to be entrepreneurial, creative and resourceful. My role provides me with the opportunity to analyze and solve interesting, complex and diverse problems. Each matter is unique and each solution is carefully crafted to meet the client’s needs.
What advice would you give law students who are graduating this year?
- The practice of law is both challenging and rewarding. Success is achieved through hard-work, commitment and perseverance.
- Develop an expertise and a network.
- Be humble.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
Over the last year, the pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live. After restrictions ease and risks decrease, I look forward to seeing my extended family and friends more frequently. I am also looking forward to nights out, singing along at live music shows, laughing at comedy clubs, cheering at sporting events, walking about at festivals, and finally going on vacation.