Steven B. Salcedo

Senior Associate Buffalo, New York City
Steven Salcedo

Steven is a litigator who concentrates his practice on disputes involving businesses and government entities.

Steven has represented clients in various types of matters, including contract disputes, land use disputes, and challenges to the validity of state and local legislation. His experience ranges from initial pleadings to dispositive motions and appeals, and his clients include elected officials, government entities, real estate developers, law firms, a bank, and a small-business lender.

After graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, Steven earned a Skadden Foundation Fellowship and founded a nonprofit program that provides free legal services to low-income entrepreneurs. He then clerked for a federal judge in Toledo, Ohio before joining Phillips Lytle.



Education & Admissions

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2016
  • Boston College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2012
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Sixth Circuits
Judicial Clerkships
  • Honorable Jack Zouhary, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2019-2020
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Representative Matters
  • Represented a government official defending the constitutionality of a state agency’s appointment structure. 
  • Represented legislators defending the validity of city, county, and state legislative-redistricting maps. 
  • Represented a real-estate developer challenging a municipality’s refusal to process its application for a land use permit. 

Speaking Engagements

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  • Moderator, “Understanding Student Loan Debt: Navigating New Regulations to Achieve Affordable Repayment & Forgiveness,” Erie Institute of Law, September 2023
  • Guest Speaker, “Effective Motion Practice,” University of Toledo College of Law, June 2023
  • Co-Presenter, “What You Need to Know About Attorney-Client Privilege in Business Settings,” Phillips Lytle Breakfast Briefing Webinar, May 2023
  • Moderator, “The New York Lobbying Act and Regulations of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics,” Bar Association of Erie County Young Lawyers Committee, May 2022
  • Guest Speaker, “School Speech and the First Amendment After Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.,” Akron Central High School, April 2022

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Western New York Law Center, Small Business Legal Clinic, Founder and Managing Attorney, 2016-2018

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair

Articles & Publications


  • Co-Author, “New York State’s Amendments to Its Anti-SLAPP Law Could Impact Business Litigants,” Beyond Dispute, Phillips Lytle Commercial Litigation Newsletter, June 2021