Thomas R. Beecher, Phillips Lytle Counsel

Thomas R. Beecher

(716) 853-8671
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Mr. Beecher concentrates his practice in the areas of estates and trusts, corporate governance in public and closely-held companies, foundations and not-for-profit entities.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • College of the Holy Cross, Sanctae Crucis Award, 2017
  • Buffalo Business First, Power 250 List
    • Ranked #72, 2018
    • Ranked #70, 2017
    • Ranked #83, 2016
    • Ranked #99, 2015
    • Ranked #53, 2014
  • BISON Fund 20th Anniversary Luncheon Honoree, 2014
  • Buffalo Business First, Power 200 List, Ranked #104, 2013
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, 2010
  • Canisius College, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, 2010
  • D’Youville College, Award for Achievement in Health Care, 2004
  • St. Bonaventure University Gaudete Medal, 2002
  • Trocaire College Board of Trustees Reflections Award, 2002
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award, Canisius College Board of Regents, 2002
  • Medaille College Award Recipient


  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1959
  • Holy Cross, B.A., 1956

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • New York State Delegate, Young Lawyers Section (1966-1971)
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Committee on Corporations, Former Chairman
  • New York State Bar Association

Present Activities

  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Chairman Emeritus
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Member Investment Committee
  • BISON Fund, Founder and Secretary
  • Canisius College, Regent Emeritus
    • Investment Committee, Former Member
  • Rand Capital Corporation, Emeritus Director
  • The Catholic Lawyers Guild, Member and Former President

Past Activities

  • St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, Former Director
  • Canisius High School, Former Chairman of the Board
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Former Trustee
  • Fleet National Bank, Former Director
  • Daemen College, Trocaire College, Former Trustee
  • Buffalo Kiwanis Club, Former President
  • Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, Former Member
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Former Director
  • Kaleida Health, Former Director and Chairman of the Board
  • Albany International Corporation, Former Lead Director