Kristen M. Birmingham

Partner Buffalo

Kristen’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.

Kristen counsels business entities and their principals on matters relating to formation and organization, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, employment and consulting agreements, supply and distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, general commercial contracts, terms and conditions of sale, general corporate governance matters and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.

Kristen also serves as a Lateral Recruitment Partner at Phillips Lytle.


Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021-2023
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2015-2018, 2023
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2014-2016, 2018-2020
    • Listed in Legal Elite Top 10, 2015-2016
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2012
Awards & Certifications

Education & Admissions

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., cum laude, 1994
Admitted to Practice
  • New York

Speaking Engagements

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  • Speaker, “How to Effectively Work with Counsel in Other Countries,” “Institute Across Borders: Legal Issues and Best Practices for Ontario Lawyers from Around the World,” Ontario Bar Association, November 2021

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York, Board of Directors

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Antitrust Law Section
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section