August 13, 2018

Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
(716) 847-8340

Forty-eight attorneys included on Super Lawyers® list and eighteen named Rising Stars

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is honored to announce 64 of its attorneys have been named to the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. The Phillips Lytle selectees include 43 partners from the firm’s Buffalo office, four partners from its Rochester office and one from the firm’s Jamestown office. Twelve Phillips Lytle attorneys from the firm’s Buffalo office, three from the firm’s Rochester office and one from the firm’s Jamestown office were also cited as 2018 Upstate New York Rising Stars. The 64 attorneys cover 20 practice areas.

Attorneys from Phillips Lytle’s Buffalo office named to the Super Lawyers list include: Frederick G. Attea (Mergers & Acq); Thomas C. Bailey (Franchise/Dealership); Raymond H. Barr (Employee Benefits); Kristen M. Birmingham (Business/Corp); Alan J. Bozer (Business Litigation); William J. Brennan (Business Litigation); William J. Brown (Bankruptcy: Business); Craig R. Bucki (State/Local/Muni); William D. Christ (PI General: Defense); James J. Contino (Real Estate); Douglas W. Dimitroff (Communications); James D. Donathen (Employment & Labor); Deborah A. Doxey (Banking); Kevin J. English (Business Litigation); David P. Flynn (Environmental); Robert E. Glanville (PI – Products: Defense); Morgan G. Graham (Environmental); James R. Grasso (Employment & Labor); Robert M. Greene (Health Care); 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); Craig A. Leslie (PI – Products: Defense); Kenneth A. Manning (Business/Corp); Lisa McDougall (Health Care); David J. McNamara (Business Litigation); Sean C. McPhee (Business Litigation); Paul E. Morrison-Taylor (PI General: Defense); David J. Murray (Securities & Corporate Finance); 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/Corp); Adam S. Walters (Land Use/Zoning); James W. Whitcomb (PI – Products: Defense); Sharon L. Wick (Estate & Probate); Alan M. Wishnoff (PI General: Defense); Thomas S. Wiswall (PI General: Defense); Preston L. Zarlock (Business Litigation); and Paul B. Zuydhoek (PI – Products: Defense).

Buffalo-based partners and associates named to the Rising Stars list include: Joanna J. Chen (Class Action); Erin E. Connare (Government Contracts); Andrew P. Devine (Business Litigation); Patrick T. Fitzgerald (Environmental); F. Kenneth Graham (Business/Corp); Kenneth A. Grossberg (Estate & Probate); Amanda L. Lowe (Business Litigation); Richard J. Marinaccio (Business/Corp); Jeffrey M. Monaco (Banking); Kimberly R. Nason (Environmental); Nicolas J. Rotsko (Business Litigation); and 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); Albert M. Mercury (Business/Corp); Mark J. Moretti (Business Litigation); and Linda T. Prestegaard (Employment & Labor).

Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate) of the firm’s Jamestown office was also included on the list.

Rochester-based partners and associates named to the Rising Stars list include Anthony M. Carello (Real Estate); Ryan A. Lown (Real Estate); and Kevin J. Mulvehill (Employment & Labor).

Jamestown-based associate Matthew R. Mazgaj (Business Litigation) was also named as a Rising Star.

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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