May 04, 2021

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


Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP has named Joseph T. Kelley as its first chief operating officer. Based in the firm’s New York City office, Mr. Kelley replaces Executive Director Brian H. Eckert, who is retiring after more than 35 years at the firm.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joe on board as our new chief operating officer,” said Phillips Lytle Managing Partner Kevin M. Hogan. “He brings a wealth of experience and insight that will benefit the firm in the short and long term. I also want to express my sincere appreciation to Brian Eckert for over three decades of leadership and dedication to Phillips Lytle, and wish him well in his retirement.”

Mr. Kelley brings to the firm over 30 years of legal sector expertise. He is highly skilled in analyzing and presenting relevant data critical to senior management decision-making, with extensive experience in system implementations, client/banking relations, auditing, accounting, financial dashboard development and reporting. Mr. Kelley is responsible for daily oversight of the firm’s administrative functions, including the finance, human resources, library, records and technology groups, as well as its real estate and insurance programs.

Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Kelley served as Chief Operating Officer at Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan LLP, Chief Financial Officer at Jackson Lewis P.C., and Director of Financial Systems & Controller at Blank Rome LLP.

Mr. Kelley holds an MBA from Temple University and a B.S. in Accounting from La Salle College.

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