December 22, 2021

Tracey L. Mancini
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Phillips Lytle LLP Receives Legal Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Rochester, N.Y.The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal awarded Phillips Lytle LLP with the Law Firm Diversity Award during the publications’ 2021 Legal Excellence Awards. The award recognizes Phillips Lytle’s longstanding commitment to diversity, which fuels its efforts to attract, develop and retain top legal talent.

Led by a firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Phillips Lytle actively recruits diverse talent nationwide, provides robust training programs and mentorship opportunities to associates, and continuously reviews and refines workplace policies to foster an inclusive work environment. Understanding the importance of diversity in developing unique solutions for its clients, the firm ensures each of its attorneys has access to the tools and support they need to succeed.

Additionally, Phillips Lytle’s talent pipeline programs encourage students from diverse communities to pursue legal careers and empower young attorneys from underrepresented groups to thrive early in their tenure with the firm. In 1990, the firm established the Phillips Lytle Diversity Scholarship, one of the first scholarships of its kind in the nation. The program directs scholarships to promising law school students showing financial need and outstanding legal aptitude.

Phillips Lytle attorneys also share their expertise with community organizations through volunteerism, board participation and pro bono services for low-income and disadvantaged individuals, families and nonprofits that may not otherwise have access to needed legal services. Every year, they dedicate thousands of hours to various community service efforts.

Phillips Lytle’s Law Firm Diversity recognition was featured in recent issues of The Daily Record and RBJ. The Legal Excellence Awards program is a new initiative started by the publications to elevate their legal recognition awards by combining their Corporate Counsel, Excellence in Law and Attorneys of the Year programs. The Legal Excellence Awards celebrate the community impact and professional accomplishments of attorneys and law firms in the Greater Rochester region.

Awards are presented in the following categories: Civil Legal Services, In House Counsel, Law Firm Administrator, Law Firm Diversity, Law Firm Innovation, Leaders in Law, Lifetime Achievement, Paralegal, Pro Bono Excellence and Up and Coming Lawyers.

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