May 27, 2016

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


Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP received high marks 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 USA. 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. Phillips Lytle LLP ranked in Band 1 in Corporate/M&A – Upstate New York; Band 1 in Litigation: General Commercial – Upstate New York; and Band 2 for Environment – New York State. This is the firm’s second year receiving these distinctions in Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial, and the eighth consecutive year the firm has been recognized for its Environment practice.

According to Chambers USA, Phillips Lytle LLP’s M&A group is “extremely reasonable in their billing and in their accomplishment of tasks on time and within budget. I would also comment on the creative nature of their work and their willingness to apply common sense.”

Chambers USA said the Phillips Lytle LLP Litigation: General Commercial team has “a good breadth of knowledge and are basically a one-stop shop without giving up skills; they’re good value, especially compared to New York City firms.”

The Phillips Lytle LLP Environment team is “very well prepared, and have a really strong technical understanding. “You don’t often find among attorneys good people who live in both the legal and environmental worlds”

Thirteen Phillips Lytle LLP attorneys were recognized by Chambers USA for exemplary work in their fields:

  • Frederick G. Attea, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A
  • Michael J. Berchou, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Edward Bloomberg, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Kevin J. English, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial
  • David P. Flynn, New York State – Environment
  • Morgan G. Graham, New York State – Environment
  • Kevin M. Hogan, New York State – Environment
  • Kenneth A. Manning, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial
  • David J. Murray, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A
  • Michael B. Powers, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Jeffrey B. Schwartz, Upstate New York – Corporate/M&A
  • Adam S. Walters, Upstate New York – Environment
  • Preston L. Zarlock, Upstate New York – Litigation: General Commercial


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