Mitch P. Snyder

Associate Buffalo, Washington, DC
Mitch Snyder

Mitch is a skilled trial attorney who represents clients on a broad range of matters including complex commercial disputes, government litigation, data privacy and cybersecurity, and white collar defense and government investigations.

From complex commercial disputes to workplace fraud and internal investigations, Mitch employs a strategic approach to obtain the best results for his clients. His experience includes conducting internal investigations, litigating complex commercial cases, advising clients on data privacy and governance issues, and representing individuals and businesses with claims against the government.

Mitch regularly represents clients in litigation involving state and municipal governments, public authorities, and other governmental entities. His experience includes challenging and defending the constitutionality of state statutes and municipal ordinances, and obtaining review of the regulations and adjudicatory decisions of state and municipal agencies in special proceedings pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules.

Mitch has significant jury and bench trial experience having litigated numerous cases, both felony and misdemeanor, for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.
Because of his experience working as a prosecutor, Mitch has extensive experience interfacing and coordinating with state and federal law enforcement.

As a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, Mitch assists clients in responding to data breaches, ransomware, cyberattacks, and other data security incidents. Utilizing his experience conducting internal investigations, Mitch works alongside his clients to identify and investigate data security incidents. He also counsels sophisticated clients on data governance, including compliance with the complex and rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Prior to law school, Mitch worked for a Pennsylvania political and communications consulting firm, where he advised candidates for federal and state office and private corporations on matters of strategic communication.


Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Barristers, 2022
  • 72nd Annual National Moot Court Competition, Region 3 Winner & Best Brief Award, 2021
  • George F. Douglas Jr. Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2021

Education & Admissions

  • Penn State Dickinson Law, J.D., 2022
  • Dickinson College, B.A., 2019
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • Conducted numerous internal investigations into employee misconduct for a Fortune 500 company.
  • Obtained an Order from the U.S. District Court granting his client’s Motion to Dismiss and Compel Arbitration in eight consolidated consumer protection and trade practices cases.

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Advised sophisticated clients on compliance with complex regulations, including the GLBA, TCPA, and EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework.
  • Counseled companies in response to cyberattacks and data incidents, including threat identification and mitigation.

Government Operations Litigation

  • Represented numerous business and government entities in Article 78 Proceedings, including a case challenging the New York State Office of Cannabis Management’s regulations on statutory and constitutional grounds.
  • Represented clients in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims against New York State for constitutional violations.
  • Represented a client in appeal to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department challenging the government’s trespass onto and seizure of private property.

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Erie County Republican Party, Executive Committee Member
  • Erie County Young Republicans, Chairman
  • Federalist Society, Member
  • National Republican Lawyer’s Association, Member

Past Activities

  • Dickinson Law Review, Managing Editor, 2020-2022
  • Honorable Joseph F. Leeson Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judicial Intern, 2021
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Constitutional & Specialized Tort Litigation, Legal Intern, 2021
  • Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, Appellate Division, Law Clerk, 2020
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Legal Intern, 2020

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
      • Trial Evidence and Practice Subcommittee, Publications Co-Chair
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
    • Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy Law Committee
    • Federal Practice Committee
  • New York Bar Association
    • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • Author, “U.S. Outlines Proposed Outbound Investment Restrictions,” Phillips Lytle Client Alert, August 22, 2023
  • Co-Author, “DOC’s New Data Privacy Framework Enables Companies to Self-Certify Participation in Cross-Border Data Transfers,” Phillips Lytle Client Alert, August 17, 2023
  • Author, “New IRA Domestic Content Guidance Set to Bolster U.S. Manufacturers in Energy Supply Chain,” Phillips Lytle Renewable Energy Post, May 2023
  • Author, “What to Know about Rule 7.1 Citizenship Disclosure Requirements,” American Bar Association, May 2023
  • Co-Author, “Mock Trial: Why We Do It & What It Means,” BAEC Bulletin, November/December 2022