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Harter Secrest & Emery Attains Prestigious National Ranking
Harter Secrest & Emery Attains Prestigious National Ranking

Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, released its Chambers USA 2015 Client Guide and Harter Secrest & Emery was once again recognized with rankings for its Immigration, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, and Litigation practices.

The firm’s Immigration Practice was, for the fourth year, ranked as one of the Leaders in Immigration Law in all of New York State, while the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Litigation practices were recognized for their excellence in Upstate New York. In addition to the practice rankings, John Horn, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Buffalo office, was one several individual attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery to be recognized as outstanding practitioners in their respective areas of practice.

Chambers rankings are based on extensive research with clients and legal practitioners, identifying “the world’s leading lawyers and law firms - those which perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients.”

“The extensive client feedback that is central to the Chambers process makes this recognition even more meaningful to our firm because it reflects the value of both our legal work and our working relationships with our clients,” said Michael R. McEvoy, managing partner. “We’re honored that Harter Secrest & Emery stands with some of the largest firms in the country in this prestigious ranking.”

Horn was singled out as a “Leader in Law” in the area of litigation. He has litigated complex business, construction, Indian law, professional malpractice, and environmental disputes in state, federal, and tribal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration. The other individual attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery who were recognized in their respective fields were:

• Peter H. Abdella (Litigation), whose general litigation practice includes an emphasis on commercial and construction law. He also assists clients with problems concerning corporate governance, securities law, private and public mechanics’ liens, and commercial landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities;

• Thomas R. Anderson (Corporate/M&A), head of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, represents private and public companies with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and technology transfers;

• Jerauld E. Brydges (Litigation), who focuses his practice on general commercial and business litigation involving the prosecution and defense of various claims in state and federal court. He also conducts internal investigations and defends clients under investigation by government agencies at both the federal and state level;

• Margaret A. Catillaz (Immigration) counsels multinational corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and health care facilities, smaller employers and individuals on immigration matters including permanent residence, labor certifications, temporary work visas, NAFTA issues, and employment eligibility verification requirements. She has been listed as a Leading Practitioner by Chambers USA since 2005, appearing in Chambers Global since 2013;

• Mario C. Fallone (Corporate/M&A who focuses his practice on venture capital, private equity, and general corporate matters, with particular emphasis on representation of startups, strategic investors, and venture capital funds in all aspects of venture financings, including initial and follow-on financings with preferred equity and convertible debt structures;

• F. Paul Greene (Litigation), whose practice focuses on commercial litigation in numerous venues, specifically in the fields of health care, construction, and privacy and data security;

• William A. Hoy, (Corporate/M&A), head of the firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital practice group, focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and general corporate matters, with particular emphasis on the representation of private equity and venture capital funds;

• Ross P. Lanzafame (Health Care), who counsels long-term and acute health care providers with regard to business, corporate and government regulatory matters, and represents clients before a variety of governmental agencies, bodies, boards and commissions. He first appeared in Chambers in 2014; 

• David M. Lascell (Litigation), who has achieved a national reputation in higher education law throughout his more than 45 years as a trial lawyer. Lascell also has extensive experience in employment, toxic tort, intellectual property, and antitrust litigation;

• Frank A. Novak (Immigration), who heads the firm’s Immigration practice group, has been ranked in Chambers since 2012. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters, including permanent and non-permanent visa petitions, employer verification requirements and compliance for clients in the education, healthcare and technology sectors; and

• Craig S. Wittlin (Corporate/M&A) leads Harter Secrest & Emery teams in various merger, acquisition, securities, joint venture and capital markets transactions, and has substantial experience advising Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies on matters related to corporate governance risk assessment and disclosure obligations. Wittlin has been ranked as a Chambers Leading Practitioner since 2012.

The firm with the most US News/Best Lawyers Top Tier rankings in Western New York, Harter Secrest & Emery provides legal services to clients ranging from individuals and family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies and major regional institutions. With offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Corning, and New York, NY, the firm comprises more than 120 attorneys and total staff of 260.


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