August 15, 2016

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


Rochester, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is pleased to announce 57 of the firm’s partners have been ranked in The Best Lawyers In America© 2017, including nine from the firm’s Rochester office.

The nine lawyers from the Rochester office included on the list are: Richard M. Beers, Jr. (Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law), Thomas R. Burns (Corporate Law), Robert C. Johnson (Banking and Finance Law), Michael R. Law (Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs), Albert M. Mercury (Corporate Law), Mark J. Moretti (Commercial Litigation; Construction Law/Litigation – Construction/Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate), Linda T. Prestegaard (Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management), Raymond L. Ruff (Banking and Finance Law), Robert F. Zogas (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law).

The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 also cited 45 attorneys from the firm’s Buffalo office and one each from its Albany, Jamestown and New York City offices.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices across New York State and in Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base, including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle-market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit