September 26, 2016

Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
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-Partner Kristen M. Birmingham Honored as Legal Elite Top 10-

-Managing Partner David J. McNamara Recognized among Legal Elite Leaders-

Buffalo, N.Y. – Six Phillips Lytle Partners were named to the Buffalo Law Journal “Legal Elite of Western New York 2016.” Partner Kristen M. Birmingham was also named to the third annual Legal Elite Top 10. Ms. Birmingham was selected through a peer-driven selection process that recognizes ten of the most well-respected attorneys in their areas of expertise, and is based solely on nominations by fellow Western New York attorneys.

Ms. Birmingham’s practice involves a comprehensive range of transactional corporate matters with a particular emphasis on private and public company merger and acquisition transactions for both domestic and international clients across numerous industry sectors.

Phillips Lytle Managing Partner David J. McNamara was named to the Legal Elite Leaders. This recognition is given to the attorneys who run area bar associations, the University at Buffalo School of Law, and the region’s largest law firms.

Mr. McNamara’s practice is concentrated in the areas of general commercial litigation with an emphasis on the rights of secured creditors, breach of contract, lender liability, and fraud. Mr. McNamara is Phillips Lytle’s Managing Partner and has been a member of its Governing Committee since 2001. He served as the head of its Buffalo Trial Department from 2002 to 2005. He maintains offices in Buffalo and New York City and represents individuals, corporations, and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation.

Other Phillips Lytle partners included in the Legal Elite are:

  • Frederick G. Attea – Mr. Attea is engaged in securities and corporate practice with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance, and legal compliance programs. He also concentrates in executive employment agreements and compensation plans. In addition, he focuses on not-for-profit corporations, and is involved in programs for minimizing liability exposures of directors and officers.
  • Kenneth A. Manning – Mr. Manning has experience in bet-the-company corporate and commercial litigation, including dissolution proceedings, employment termination disputes, and controversies involving the sale of goods and services. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death claims involving products liability, workplace accidents, negligence, and environmental exposure experience, Mr. Manning has prosecuted and defended class actions in both state and federal courts. His background also includes challenges to governmental actions, regarding taxes and assessments, as well as actions for declaratory relief. Mr. Manning serves as Phillips Lytle’s Education Practice Team Leader.
  • Paul Morrison-Taylor – Mr. Morrison-Taylor’s trial practice includes the defense and prosecution of personal injury litigation (product liability, workplace and premises liability, and vehicle negligence), the prosecution and defense of commercial litigation (automobile dealer financing and operations issues, shareholder disputes, and ERISA), and the prosecution and defense of real property tax assessment and eminent domain proceedings.
  • David J. Murray – Mr. Murray’s practice primarily involves counseling business entities. He concentrates in acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, corporate finance, public and private securities offerings, and negotiation and drafting of other business relationship documents, including distribution and licensing agreements and executive employment agreements. He is also active in several aspects of the firm’s health law 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