Gregory L. Peterson

Of Counsel Chautauqua
Gregory Peterson

Greg, office leader of Phillips Lytle’s Chautauqua office, focuses in all areas of real estate, including development and financial transactions; areas of corporate counseling, including acquisitions, administration and strategic planning; not-for-profit corporate formation; tax exemption; and qualification with New York State administrative areas.


Honors & Awards

  • Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year Award, 2023
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2017-2023
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017-2021
  • Lifetime Achievement, Resource Center’s Disability Awareness Awards, 2017
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2011-2018, 2020
  • Buffalo Business First, Power 250 List
    • Ranked #248, 2016
    • Ranked #242, 2015
    • Ranked #236, 2014
  • Buffalo Business First, Power 200 List, Ranked #155, 2013
  • Recognized by The Second Circuit Judicial Council Committee on History, Commemorative Events and Civic Education for his significant contribution toward preserving the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, 2012
  • 2012 Inductee into The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
  • New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Toby Ticktin Back Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education 2010
  • Parker Award for Social Justice, August 2005
  • Award of Harmony, January 2005
  • National DAR Historic Preservation Award, February 2004
  • Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Service to Humanity Award, 2004
  • Chautauqua Leadership Award 2001
  • Jamestown Bar Association Community Service Award, 2000
  • Jamestown Jammers Ernie Hrovatic Community Service Award, 2000
  • Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, September 2000
  • Jamestown Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award, April 1994
  • John D. Hamilton Award, September 1994
Awards & Certifications
Gregory Peterson, Chambers USA Ranking 2021

Education & Admissions

  • The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 1976
  • Allegheny College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1973
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania (Retired)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Speaking Engagements

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  • Speaker, “Trials of Nazi Leaders and Their Sentencing,” The Round Tablette, Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable, March 2022
  • Moderator, “New York State Energy Policy: Now and in the Future,” 2022 Turner Winter Series, Robert H. Jackson Center, February 2022
  • Moderator, “Cold War Secrets Revealed,” Robert H. Jackson Center, October 2021
  • Moderator, “Best Practices – Supreme Court of the State of New York,” “An Inside View: Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division Fourth Judicial Department,” September 2017
  • Speaker, “Changing Times: New Opportunities for International Justice and Accountability,” 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, August 2017
  • Presenter, “President Truman and Robert H. Jackson: The Legal Legacy of the Nuremberg Trial,” President Harry S. Truman Library Event, October 2015

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Robert H. Jackson Center, Co-Founder, Board of Directors
    • Past President
  • The Resource Center Foundation, Board of Directors
  • The Business Council of New York State
  • Jamestown Professional Baseball
    • Executive Committee, Chairman

Past Activities

  • Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, Member and Former Vice President
  • Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Former Member and Past President
  • Fredonia College Foundation, Board of Directors

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of State & Local Government Law
    • Senior Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Greater Chautauqua Region Estate Planning Council
  • The Historical Society of the New York Courts
  • Jamestown Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Elder Law & Special Needs Section
    • General Practice Section
  • Northern Chautauqua County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Real Property Section
    • Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Southern Tier Builders Association, Inc.

Articles & Publications


  • Author, “Another Voice: Robert Jackson’s Principles have Guided International Justice for 70 Years,” The Buffalo News, January 2016