August 20, 2020

Rebecca E. Farbo
Chief Marketing Officer
(716) 847-8307


– Sixty-one attorneys from five Phillips Lytle offices, including 46 from its Buffalo office, are ranked on the prestigious 2021 list –

– Firm Top Listed for New York State in Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants –

– Nine Phillips Lytle Attorneys Named to Inaugural Best Lawyers Ones to Watch List –

Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP is pleased to announce 61 of the firm’s attorneys have been ranked in The Best Lawyers In America© 2021. Additionally, the firm was Top Listed in New York State for Commercial Litigation (16 attorneys) and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (eight attorneys).

Phillips Lytle also received the following Top Listed City Awards:

The following Phillips Lytle attorneys are cited as “Lawyer of the Year”:

The 46 attorneys from the Buffalo office in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© include:

The 10 lawyers from the Rochester office included on the list are:

Albany Partner Richard E. Honen (Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Venture Capital Law); Jamestown Partner Gregory L. Peterson (Real Estate Law); and New York City Partners Kenneth R. Crystal (Real Estate Law), Eric M. Kraus (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants), and Milan K. Tyler (Public Finance Law) are also included on the list.

The following attorneys were named in the new category, “Ones to Watch”:

  • Joanna J. Chen, Buffalo (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants)
  • Erin E. Connare, Buffalo (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
  • Andrew P. Devine, Buffalo (Litigation – Real Estate)
  • Catherine N. Eisenhut, Buffalo (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Patrick T. Fitzgerald, Buffalo (Real Estate Law)
  • Kimberly R. Nason, Buffalo (Environmental Law)
  • Heather H. Kidera, New York, NY (Commercial Litigation)
  • Jillian M. Dunbar, Rochester, NY (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Alson James McKenna, Rochester, NY (Banking and Finance Law)

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and Best Lawyers has received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 67,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in 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 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