Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is pleased to announce that they have hired six new attorneys firmwide as part of its recently adopted aggressive growth strategy. The additions of James V. Aiosa, Chong S. Lim, Ethan Reed Salant, Lucy M. Berkman, Elliott J. Ehrenreich and Sean M. Donahue are indicative of the firm’s commitment to continue providing excellent client service across all practices.
Mr. Aiosa joins the firm as special counsel in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in large, complex, domestic tort litigation – state and federal class actions, multidistrict litigation, appeals, as well as in foreign tribunals, including matters involving military, commercial/agricultural and consumer products, and employment discrimination claims. He previously held the position of Queens County Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Aiosa received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the City University of New York.
Ms. Berkman is special counsel in the Family Wealth Planning Practice Group. She concentrates her legal practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, Medicaid advisement and planning, accountings, kinship matters, wrongful death compromises and guardianship proceedings. She assists clients in the preparation of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care forms and living wills. Ms Berkman received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Donahue is an associate in the firm’s Land, Environment & Energy Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on environment and energy law with a focus on environmental compliance, regulations, litigation and due diligence. His depth of experience includes handling matters involving CERCLA/Superfund, federal Brownfields program, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, emerging contaminants, Risk Management Program, and underground storage tanks. Mr. Donahue previously served as an advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Land and Emergency Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He received his J.D. from Florida State University and his B.S. from the University of Central Florida.
Elliott Ehrenreich joins the firm as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group, concentrating his practice on general corporate transactions, business acquisitions and financings, real estate development/construction projects, governance and health care matters. His broad base of expertise serves a diverse range of clients including businesses, franchises, physician groups and nonprofit entities in New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Ehrenreich received his J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Gannon University.
Mr. Lim is special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in financial services litigation, particularly representing banking/lending institutions in contested mortgage foreclosure actions, including reviewing compliance with various state laws and regulations. He received his J.D. from St. John’s School of Law and his B.A. from the University at Albany. Mr. Lim has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyers® Rising Star.
Mr. Salant joins the firm as an associate in the Banking & Financial Services Practice Group. He will concentrate his practice in the area of banking and financial services, working with financial institutions in secured transactions, commercial real estate transactions, construction lending, middle market transactions and small business lending. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A. from Duke University.
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