August 21, 2015

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


Phillips Lytle was “Top Listed” in Buffalo in eight practice areas, and 59 attorneys from five Phillips Lytle offices, including 47 from its Buffalo office, were ranked on the prestigious 2016 list

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP, a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence, is pleased to announce it has earned “Top Listed” rankings in New York State in Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation- Defendants in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 edition.

Phillips Lytle also received “Top Listed” in Buffalo listings for its Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Patent Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants practices.

The Rochester office was also cited as “Top Listed” in the Rochester market in Banking and Finance Law.

In addition to the firm awards, seven Phillips Lytle partners were cited as “Lawyer of the Year” in their legal disciplines. Robert C. Johnson was named Rochester Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Paul F. Jones was named Buffalo Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” Eric M. Kraus was named New York City Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” Michael R. Law was named Rochester Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year,” Kenneth A. Manning was named Buffalo Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” David J. Murray was named Buffalo Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” and Sharon L. Wick was named Buffalo Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.”

The forty-seven lawyers from the Buffalo office that were included in the 2016 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), James J. Contino (Real Estate Law), Douglas W. Dimitroff (Real Estate Law), James D. Donathen (Employment Law – Management/Labor Law – Management/Litigation – Labor & 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 & 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 & Controversy – Tax/Litigation – Labor & Employment/ Litigation – Municipal/Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Lisa McDougall (Health Care Law), David J. McNamara (Commercial Litigation/Litigation – Banking & 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), Rowland Richards (Patent Law), John G. Schmidt Jr. (Commercial Litigation), Raymond H. Seitz (Banking and Finance Law/Corporate Law/Equipment Finance Law/Financial Services Regulation Law), 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), John C. Spitzmiller (Litigation – Trusts & Estates/Trusts and Estates), Paul K. Stecker (Commercial Litigation/Litigation – ERISA), James W. Whitcomb (Commercial Litigation/Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Sharon L. Wick (Litigation – Trusts & 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 Best Lawyers in America 2016 also cited nine attorneys from the firm’s Rochester office and one each from its Jamestown, Albany 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 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote. More than 12 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 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