August 15, 2016

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


– Fifty seven attorneys from five Phillips Lytle offices, including 45 from its Buffalo office, were ranked on the prestigious 2017 list –

– Firm Top Listed for New York State in Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants –

Buffalo, 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. Additionally, the firm was Top Listed for Commercial Litigation in New York State (16 lawyers) and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in New York State (six lawyers), as well as in eight practice areas in Buffalo and Rochester.

Phillips Lytle received the following Top Listed City Awards:

  • Banking and Finance Law in Rochester: Four lawyers
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Buffalo: Two lawyers
  • Commercial Litigation in Buffalo: 13 lawyers
  • Environmental Law in Buffalo: Three lawyers
  • Litigation – Environmental in Buffalo: Two lawyers
  • Patent Law in Buffalo: One lawyer
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Buffalo: Seven lawyers
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in Buffalo: Six lawyers

Five Phillips Lytle partners were cited as “Lawyer of the Year” in their legal disciplines, including:

  • James J. Contino, Buffalo – Real Estate Law
  • Morgan G. Graham, Buffalo – Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Kevin M. Hogan, Buffalo – Environmental Law
  • Kenneth A. Manning, Buffalo – Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Sharon L. Wick, Buffalo – Litigation – Trusts and Estates

The 45 attorneys from the Buffalo office who were included in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America© include: Frederick G. Attea (Corporate Law), Thomas C. Bailey (Corporate Law; Franchise Law), Raymond H. Barr (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), Cindy Kaplan Bennes (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Edward S. Bloomberg (Commercial Litigation), Glenn J. Bobeck (Corporate Law), Peter D. Braun (Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), William J. Brennan (Commercial Litigation), William J. Brown (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy), William D. Christ (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), James J. Contino (Real Estate Law), Douglas W. Dimitroff (Real Estate Law), James D. Donathen (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment), Deborah A. Doxey (Banking and Finance Law), Kevin J. English (Commercial Litigation), Robert E. Glanville (Environmental Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Victoria L. Grady (Banking and Finance Law), Morgan G. Graham (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning), James R. Grasso (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management), Robert Michael Greene (Health Care Law), Tamar P. Halpern (Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Kevin M. Hogan (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental), Paul F. Jones (Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), David H. Kernan (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), Gary F. Kotaska (Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), James A. Locke (Tax Law), Kenneth A. Manning (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Lisa McDougall (Health Care Law), David J. McNamara (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance), Angela Zwirecki Miller (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), Paul Morrison-Taylor (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), David J. Murray (Corporate Law), John A. Pappano (Real Estate Law), Michael B. Powers (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), John G. Schmidt Jr. (Commercial Litigation), Ronald S. Shubert (Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law), Lisa L. Smith (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), James W. Smyton (Corporate Law), Peter K. Sommer (Patent Law; Trademark Law), Paul K. Stecker (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – ERISA), James W. Whitcomb (Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Sharon L. Wick (Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates), Alan M. Wishnoff (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Thomas S. Wiswall (Commercial Litigation), and Paul B. Zuydhoek (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants).

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).

Albany Partner Richard E. Honen (Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law and Venture Capital Law), Jamestown Partner Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate Law) and New York City Partner Eric M. Kraus (Mass Tort Litigation; Class Actions – Defendants) were also included on the list.

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.”

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