May 03, 2018

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


Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP received notable recognition in the latest Chambers USA rankings, released today. The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers USA covers all states in the United States. In every state, Chambers USA ranks the leading law firms in bands (with Band 1 having the highest distinction), and in up to 45 different practice areas.

In the 2018 rankings, Phillips Lytle LLP ranked in Band 1 in Corporate/M&A – Upstate New York; Band 1 in Litigation: General Commercial – Upstate New York; Band 2 for Environment – New York State; Band 2 for Real Estate – Upstate New York; and is listed as a Recognized Practice for Energy: State Regulatory & Whole Electric Market – New York State. This is the firm’s fourth year receiving these distinctions in Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial, the 10th consecutive year for Environment, the second for Real Estate and first for Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric Market.

According to Chambers USA, Phillips Lytle’s M&A Practice Team is a “Distinguished practice with leading expertise in a diverse array of matters. Well regarded for its longstanding proficiency in traditional M&A matters, joint venture agreements and complex restructurings, with notable experience in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. Collaborates with its tax, intellectual property and financial services teams, among others, in order to handle large transactions.”

Chambers USA said the Phillips Lytle Litigation: General Commercial Team is a “Standout litigation practice with capabilities across a broad range of commercial disputes. Fields an excellent bench of litigators with extensive experience at trial and appeal levels. Expertise includes insurance coverage, construction, employment, franchising and IP cases. Also noted for its strength in white-collar criminal litigation and government investigations.”

The Phillips Lytle Environmental Practice Team is an “Established and broad environmental team regularly undertaking Superfund work and brownfield redevelopment. Maintains a notable focus on project development, frequently advising on environmental reviews and permitting matters, in addition to compliance and natural resource concerns. Clients include leading names in the energy, manufacturing, metallurgy, real estate and chemicals sectors.”

The firm’s Real Estate Practice Team is recognized as an “Esteemed practice possessing expertise across numerous areas of real estate, most notably in the acquisition and sale of commercial property. Further strengths lie in guiding clients through the land use approval process, with the firm handling environmental impact, zoning and historic preservation reviews across the state. Possesses an abundance of specialists in condominium and planned unit developments. Diverse client roster includes private developers, institutional lenders, REITs, public utilities and municipalities.”

Eighteen Phillips Lytle attorneys were recognized by Chambers USA for exemplary work as follows:

  • Frederick G. Attea, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
  • Richard M. Beers, Jr., Upstate New York – Real Estate (Band 2)
  • Edward S. Bloomberg, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
  • Kevin J. English, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2)
  • David P. Flynn, New York – Environment (Band 4)
  • Morgan G. Graham, New York – Environment (Band 3)
  • Kevin M. Hogan, New York – Environment (Band 3)
  • Kenneth A. Manning, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2)
  • Albert M. Mercury, Upstate New York – Real Estate (Band 2)
  • Paul Morrison-Taylor, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)
  • David J. Murray, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
  • Kimberly R. Nason, New York – Environment (Associates to Watch)
  • Gregory L. Peterson, Upstate New York – Real Estate (Band 3)
  • Thomas F. Puchner, New York – Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric Market (Recognized Practitioner)
  • John G. Schmidt Jr., Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Jeffrey B. Schwartz, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
  • Adam S. Walters, Upstate New York – Environment (Recognized Practitioner); Real Estate (Band 2)
  • Preston L. Zarlock, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial (Band 3)

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