August 15, 2018

Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP

Fifty-five attorneys from five Phillips Lytle offices,
including 42 from its Buffalo office, were ranked on the prestigious 2019 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 55 of the firm’s attorneys have been ranked in The Best Lawyers In America© 2019. Additionally, the firm was Top Listed for Commercial Litigation in New York State (14 attorneys) and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in New York State (seven attorneys).

Phillips Lytle also received the following Top Listed City Awards:

Seven Phillips Lytle attorneys were cited as “Lawyer of the Year,” including:

The 42 attorneys from the Buffalo office who were included in the 2019 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)
  • 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; Product Liability 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)
  • 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)
  • William P. Keefer (Health Care Law)
  • David H. Kernan (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
  • Gary F. Kotaska (Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Victoria L. Grady (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Robert C. Johnson (Banking and Finance Law)
  • 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; Venture Capital Law), Jamestown Partner Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate Law) and New York City Partners Kenneth R. Crystal (Real Estate Law) and 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. 83,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 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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