Frederick G. Attea, Phillips Lytle Senior Counsel

Frederick G. Attea

Senior Counsel
Buffalo; Canada
(716) 847-7010
(519) 570-4800
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Mr. Attea is engaged in securities and corporate practice with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and legal compliance programs. He also concentrates in executive employment agreements and compensation plans. In addition, he focuses on not-for-profit corporations, and is involved in programs for minimizing liability exposures of directors and officers.

Mr. Attea has authored numerous articles and lectured on a variety of business law topics including mergers and acquisitions; securities; business ethics; legal compliance programs; fiduciary duties; directors and officers liability, insurance and indemnification; and succession planning in family business.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

Honors & Awards

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015-2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2020
  • Recipient of Dave S. Caplan Award for Meritorious Service, New York State Bar Association, 2016
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Magis Medal, 2015
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
  • Listed in Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, 2014-2017
  • University at Buffalo, Award for Outstanding Service to the University, 2007
  • Recipient of Upstate New York Entrepreneur of the Year Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award
  • Crystal Buffalo Award for Public Service
  • Canisius College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Signum Fidei Award


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1964
  • Canisius College, B.S., magna cum laude, 1961

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
    • Antitrust Law Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Senior Lawyers Division
    • Delegate and Mentor to the American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Canisius College Center for Entrepreneurship, Former Board Member
  • LawExchange International
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
      • Committee on Revision of the Not-for-Profit Law, Former Chairman
      • Corporation Law Committee, Former Chairman
      • Executive Committee, Former Chairman
      • Securities Regulation Committee
    • International Law and Practice Section
    • House of Delegates, Former Member
      • Special Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Member
  • New York State Bar Association Business Law Journal, Advisory Board
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council, Founding Member
  • The New York Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Present Activities

  • Artpark, Inc., Director Emeritus, Former Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Bishops’ Lay Advisory Committee and former member of the Executive Committee
  • CUBRC, Board of Trustees, Secretary
  • Kavinoky Theatre, Advisory Board Member
  • World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • NativityMiguel Middle School, Board of Trustees
  • NativityMiguel Middle School, The POLARIS Fund, Board of Trustees
  • Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI), Board of Directors
  • Read to Succeed Buffalo, Inc., Board of Directors

Past Activities

  • Country Club of Buffalo, Board of Directors
  • The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Board of Trustees
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vice Chair