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At Harter Secrest & Emery, our 120+ attorneys and nearly 40 practice areas provide the depth and breadth of legal talent and experience necessary to achieve exceptional results for our local, regional and national clients. We take pride in actively partnering with business leaders and entrepreneurs to successfully resolve their legal and business challenges. Whether working with a multinational or a one-person start-up company, we dedicate ourselves to protecting our clients’ interests and helping them gain competitive advantage.

We work closely with major international corporations, closely held businesses, manufacturers, banks, real estate developers, retailers, integrated health systems, nursing homes, railroads, telecommunication companies, and a number of professional sports teams. The firm is general counsel to a growing number of companies involved in such high-tech areas as lasers, optics, digital imaging, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. We are also proud to represent many individuals, insurance companies, municipalities, schools, colleges, not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

Founded in 1893, HSE is the largest law firm in Rochester, NY and received 34 “Top Tier” practice group rankings in the 2015 U.S. News/Best Lawyers annual survey – more Western New York rankings than any other law firm.

HSE is defined by our exacting legal standards and collegial, collaborative and integrated philosophy. We seamlessly integrate delivery of legal services through a true team approach. Clients benefit from access to the right talent for every matter, yielding top quality, cost-effective legal counsel and advocacy.

Harter Secrest & Emery is a member of Lexwork International, a strategic alliance of independent U.S., Canadian, European, Latin American, and Asian law firms.

Main Location

1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-232-6500
5 offices

Firm Attorneys

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Carol E. Heckman Carol E. Heckman Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Practicing in: Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation | Mediation
Practicing in: Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation | Mediation
John G. Horn John G. Horn Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Practicing in: Construction Law | Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Construction Law | Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation
David M. Lascell David M. Lascell Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Practicing in: Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation | Bet-the-Company Litigation | Litigation - Intellectual Property | Litigation - Antitrust | Litigation - Patent | Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Practicing in: Appellate Practice | Commercial Litigation | Bet-the-Company Litigation | Litigation - Intellectual Property | Litigation - Antitrust | Litigation - Patent | Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York with 37 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Health Care Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Tax Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Immigration Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Buffalo, New York in Appellate Practice with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Commercial Litigation with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Land Use and Zoning Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Litigation - Intellectual Property with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Litigation - Patent with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Litigation - Construction with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 3 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York with 37 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Health Care Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Rochester, New York in Tax Law with 3 lawyers.

    Clients

    Our clients include major publicly-held international corporations, closely-held businesses, banks, real estate developers, manufacturers, retailers, integrated health systems, nursing homes, trade associations, telecommunication companies, and professional sports teams. We are general counsel to a growing number of companies involved in such high-tech areas as lasers, optics, digital imaging, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the Internet. We are also proud to represent many individuals, specialized insurance companies, municipalities, academic institutions, and not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

    Client Comments

    "Tony Mancinelli is the most client centered attorney I have ever worked with during the last 20 years. He consistently goes above and beyond in service of our account. He provides much more than legal services to us as we often engage Tony in long term financial and strategic topics. We view Tony as an extension of our strategic leadership team."
    - Robert Denning
    Perry's Ice Cream, Inc.
    "Tony Mancinelli has been and is a most trusted advisor to me, our leadership team, and the company in general. I am thrilled to have Tony on "our team" and he is worth his weight in gold! I would not hesitate one bit in recommending Tony and the entire HSE team to other organizations!"
    - Robert Denning
    Perry's Ice Cream, Inc.
    "Carol is one of the very best outside counsel I have had the privilege to work with in my 30-year career. She is dedicated and tireless in assisting her clients."
    - G. William Myers
    Kimball Corporation
    "Cathy takes the time to understand the complete issue, thereby making her advice more valuable."
    - Joseph Meek
    Health Management Associates, Inc.
    "Cathy Kaman Ryan has provided excellent service to Paychex over the last decade. Her role has evolved as our internal organization and expertise has changed. She is a trusted advisor and integral part of our team."
    - Jon Welch
    Paychex, Inc.
    "Chris is the top of his field. He's extremely intelligent, responsive, and practical. I wouldn't use anyone else for tax and executive compensation law."
    - Anonymous
    "Craig has been with us throughout our growth from an R&D adventure into a real company. His expertise in corporate law and, perhaps even more important, his general wisdom, can always be counted on to help guide us through critical times. Craig is an outstanding attorney and a good person."
    - Jude S. Sauer, M.D.
    LSI Solutions
    "Craig Wittlin has deep subject matter expertise, is a skilled negotiator, has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and is cost effective and responsive. "
    - Anonymous
    "Craig Wittlin has deep subject matter expertise, strong negotiating skills, and is very responsive and efficient in providing legal services. "
    - Anonymous
    "Dan Kinel is a great business resource for our company. He provides excellent legal clarity on all matters, pulling in other experts as needed. I have the greatest respect for Dan's legal and business judgment. I would strongly recommend Dan and Harter Secrest & Emery."
    - Jeff Glajich
    Graham
    "Dan Kinel has provided SiMPore with prompt, efficient, well-reasoned opinions, documents, and guidance. He listens carefully and understands the business and its issues. He provides excellent advice on the legal ramifications of anticipated and proposed business activity."
    - Richard Richmond
    SiMPore Inc.
    "Dan Kinel is very responsive and cost-effective. "
    - Anonymous
    "David Ferris has been extremely effective in addressing client concerns and needs, identifying best practices, and implementing appropriate plans to address client needs. I have shared a number of clients with Dave and he has been responsive, technical, and communicative."
    - Larry Rabinowitz, Sr.
    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, NA
    "Dave Ferris has vast experience in trusts and estates, as well as estate planning. He is highly regarded in the legal community and the professional community of estate planners."
    - Anonymous
    "Edward Premo is extremely professional and personal. Ed was always available for our questions, as well as for community meetings."
    - Robert Dubik
    Cazenovia School District
    "Mr. Premo is "the" expert in this area. He is invaluable throughout the process of developing a project. He looks out for the best interests of the client and ensures adherence to the law."
    - Anonymous
    "Ed Premo is an excellent partner in navigating complex and schedule-driven environmental issues. His expertise and manner command attention and enable leadership amongst competing interests. He is very thorough and takes full responsibility for marshaling all aspects of whatever is necessary for him to accomplish successfully his task."
    - Anonymous
    "Erika did a fantastic job on the cases she handled for us, all of which she got dismissed. She is creative, knowledgeable, and cost effective. I highly recommend her."
    - Gregory Gumina
    Eastman Kodak Company
    "Erika Stanat is a very effective and prepared mediator."
    - Anonymous
    "Mr. Novak has integrity and legal expertise in immigration law. He cares about his clients and is responsive to them."
    - Anonymous
    "Jim Jenkins is a critical advisor in all aspects of our business. His business acumen is impeccable and, when mixed with his legal advice, makes him a compelling asset to our business. He offers solid strategic thinking as well as tactical advice. Overall, we are a much better world-class company with Jim as an integral member of our leadership team."
    - Duane Albro
    WVT Communications Group
    "Jim Jenkins has been an invaluable resource and partner as our company had evolved from one with very serious survival issues to one with a significant increase in shareholder value. A key in the relationship has been an understanding of our business and its senior management. In my opinion, he is an excellent attorney who I virtually consider a member of my executive team."
    - Charlie Hadeed
    Transcat, Inc.
    "Jim Jenkins is an expert on SEC and corporate matters. I rely heavily on Jim on all legal matters and trust his judgment. He has been very helpful in a number of matters and I highly recommend him."
    - Anonymous
    "Jerauld Brydges was a delight to work with. He was articulate, bright, prompt, and knowledgeable. His customer care was superb - always making me feel that my interests were important. He listens well and always acted very professional. His interpersonal skills are second to none. I was proud to be represented by Mr. Brydges."
    - Gary Rogers
    Rogers Enterprises
    "John Anderson is one of the most professional and ethical attorneys I have ever worked with. I first worked across the table from John as Opposing Counsel and could not wait to hire him as external counsel when I went in-house."
    - Amber Trumbull
    DuPont Industrial Sciences Division
    "I use John Anderson as a trusted advisor because he always brings a fair and balanced perspective to everything we work on."
    - Amber Joles
    Danisco US Inc.
    "John Herbert is a very bright, able lawyer who is also well-versed on settling cases."
    - Anonymous
    "I have used John as a mediator several times. While not all of the matters have settled, John conducted the mediations in a professional manner. The one that didn't settle was due to the parties taking stands that did not permit much compromise."
    - Anonymous
    "Jon Aho has been my lawyer for nearly 10 years. His professional and personal advice has guided me to the correct decisions and courses of action every time. He is a great guy and very responsive. I trust him and know he will be there for me when I need him."
    - William Tillotson
    Independent Housing Solutions
    "Jon is one of the sharpest people I have had the privilege of interacting with. He can take a quick view and give you quick, concise advice, or he can sit down and digest the deepest and most complex matters, resulting in solutions but also highlighting things they may have not been present before his involvement. Jon is very conscious about the quality and care he gives his clients, and regardless of his hourly rate, he can serve any need you have. Jon is the total package for any small business."
    - Chris Curts
    AutoCrafting
    "Mr. Joseph Casion is the consummate professional. He is an expert in his field and has the ability to address complex situations with clarity while creating a comfortable environment for the client. In finding solutions, he always goes above and beyond to insure that his clients' needs and interests are represented appropriately."
    - Anonymous
    "Kelly is an intelligent, personable attorney who has handled all of our firm's real estate issues for the past five years. She is prompt, accurate, and knowledgeable, and, perhaps most importantly, exudes a positive, can-do attitude in representing my company to others in the course of our real estate dealings."
    - David Pulver, MD
    Industrial Medicine Associates
    "I have worked with Ms. Leslie Senglaub extensively on land use and private land development projects for the past 15 years. Ms. Senglaub excels at working well and leading large development teams. I believe that part of the key to her success is her unassuming manner and ability to communicate in a civil and respectful way with all stakeholders, including those in opposition of her team's projects. Her experience, legal acumen, and ability to communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of professionals, and the public make her a clear choice for land use and development projects."
    - Greg Senecal
    Labella Associates
    "Leslie Mauro is an exceptional lawyer and a valuable asset."
    - Anonymous
    "Ms. Catillaz has integrity and legal expertise in immigration law. She cares about her clients and is responsive to them."
    - Anonymous
    "Mark is the best in the class. He's extremely intelligent, responsive, and practical. I wouldn't use anyone else for benefits/ERISA law."
    - Anonymous
    "Mike is probably the best tax person I've ever worked with, and I've managed over 150 transactions."
    - David Waterman
    DeltaPoint Capital Management, LLC
    "Paul Sylvestri is very knowledgeable in the environmental law field with extensive experience, especially in New York State. He is a strong advocate for the client, especially with regard to dealings with government agencies. At the same time, he has an agreeable and cooperative nature that encourages dialogue and resolution of legal issues."
    - Robert Blades
    Blades Holding Company
    "Paul Holloway is intelligent, thoughtful, and always demonstrates a pragmatic, insightful approach to all matters. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of Benefits Plans and supports the client by asking the right questions in all circumstances."
    - Anonymous
    "Paul Holloway's "catastrophic thinking" has helped our leadership time and again to evaluate situations along the full continuum of outcomes. It is important to have a partner who is honest while prompting the right focus and offering options."
    - Anonymous
    "Peter Abdella is a fantastic lawyer and person. He is committed to ensuring our position is fairly and fully represented. In a recent issue, Peter's abilities were commendable and earned the respect of all parties involved. He was very thorough and developed an appropriate and concise defense on our behalf."
    - James Kuhn
    Atlantic Testing Laboratories
    "The ability to effectively partner with outside firms and attorneys is especially valuable to my practice. Peter has been a unique resource for our commercial litigation needs, both in his substantive knowledge of the law and, as important, in the management of the case. For cost-effective litigation, I highly recommend Peter and his team. "
    - Anonymous
    "My respect and admiration for Phil as a health care attorney runs a distant second to my respect and admiration for Phil as a person. Phil is clearly a cut above the rest."
    - John Sano
    The Vascular Group, PLLC
    "Philip Fileri is knowledgeable, articulate, diligent and enjoyable to work with."
    - Anonymous
    "Phil has been an excellent resource in the development of our practice, expansion of the programs we offer and in the expansion of our practice. He makes complex problems easy to understand and will make sure we know the advantages and disadvantages of the decisions made by our organization."
    - Anonymous
    "Phillip Delmont is a highly experienced and extremely intelligent lawyer. He makes it a point to understand my business so that he can effectively draft all the documents, agreements, and contracts that keep my business growing. He has an excellent sense of urgency and responds to my requests in a timely manner. He represents himself in a professional manner and communicates well with me and others in my business dealings. I would recommend Phillip Delmont to anyone without reservation."
    - Michael Bevilacqua
    Bevilacqua Homes, LLC
    "Raymond Fink is a specialist in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He also has valuable expertise in Banking and Finance Law. He is well respected by many bankers and other attorneys in western New York for his expertise and knowledge in these areas of the law. Being a banker for greater than38 years in the workout area, I have personal experience using Raymond Fink as counsel for over 30 years."
    - Robert Franasiak
    KeyBank, National Association
    "Ray is an expert in the workout, bankruptcy law, and litigation areas. Ray is well respected in his field of expertise and he serves his clients well."
    - Robert Franasiak
    KeyBank, National Association
    "Rob Weissflach is tenacious and seemingly tireless. On a number of issues, he has found creative defenses and strategies which have served my client well. Before assuming a general counsel role, my own background was in litigation. From that perspective, I find it very easy to collaborate with Rob and can say with no reservation that I trust his judgment even more than his skill."
    - Michael Looby
    Buffalo Public Schools
    "During the past several years, Ross P. Lanzafame has been our primary contact at Harter, Secrest & Emery. We have the highest regard for his expertise and his counsel. His performance has been superlative and we count ourselves as fortunate to have an individual of his caliber representing our interests. In particular, his service has been exemplary in that he considers the needs of both the partners at this practice and also our associates. He has earned our highest recommendation."
    - Roger Kuntz, DVM
    Chili Animal Care P.C.
    "Ross knows the ins and outs of medicare/medicaid government law. He is very good at strategy."
    - Anonymous
    "Ross is very knowledgeable about healthcare law in New York State. He knows the regulations inside and out. He is a true tactician. He is not afraid to correct state lawyers on the spot."
    - Anonymous
    "Sam Palisano is a super expert in the areas of retirement law and a very trusted resource to my committee and me."
    - Anonymous
    "Sam Palisano is an expert in his field as well as being very approachable and personable. He is very responsive and always thinking about our plans to ensure that we "stay legal". "
    - Anonymous
    "Sam's expertise in the area of 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, including nonqualified plans, is excellent. He is very businesslike but also has a sense of humor. He speaks "lawyer" with the best of them, but also is able to speak on complicated topics in a manner to be understood by our administrative committee."
    - Anonymous
    "Tom is a superb attorney. We rely heavily on his advice for our ERISA matters, and he played an integral role in assisting in the development of our Administrative Services Only group contract. Tom is always available for questions, and is great at explaining the law in a way that internal clients can understand."
    - Carmen Snell
    HealthNow New York Inc.
    "Tom Hurley is an excellent attorney. He thoroughly understands our business and is able to immediately interpret the law in order to respond to a very broad range of complicated benefits questions. His responses are always specific to our situation. Where follow-up is required, he responds very quickly. He is able to explain legal issues and requirements in a manner that is very easy to understand. He understands the complexities of benefits administration and is practical in his assessments. He always makes himself available to us. It is a pleasure to work with Tom."
    - Anonymous
    "Tony Mancinelli is the most client centered attorney I have ever worked with during the last 20 years. He consistently goes above and beyond in service of our account. He provides much more than legal services to us as we often engage Tony in long term financial and strategic topics. We view Tony as an extension of our strategic leadership team."
    - Robert Denning
    Perry's Ice Cream, Inc.
    "Tony Mancinelli has been and is a most trusted advisor to me, our leadership team, and the company in general. I am thrilled to have Tony on "our team" and he is worth his weight in gold! I would not hesitate one bit in recommending Tony and the entire HSE team to other organizations!"
    - Robert Denning
    Perry's Ice Cream, Inc.
    "Carol is one of the very best outside counsel I have had the privilege to work with in my 30-year career. She is dedicated and tireless in assisting her clients."
    - G. William Myers
    Kimball Corporation
    "Cathy takes the time to understand the complete issue, thereby making her advice more valuable."
    - Joseph Meek
    Health Management Associates, Inc.

    Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

    Main Location

    1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
    Rochester, NY 14604
    Phone: 585-232-6500
    5 offices

    Management

    Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Bankruptcy & Financial Reorganization
    716-844-3724
    Corporate
    585-231-1106
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    585-231-1208
    Energy
    716-844-3709
    Environmental, Land Use & Zoning
    585-231-1367
    Financial Services
    716-844-3724
    Government Affairs
    585-231-1179
    Government and Internal Investigations
    Health Care
    585-231-225
    Higher Education
    585-231-1111
    Immigration
    585-231-1406
    Intellectual Property
    585-231-1193
    Labor & Employment
    716-844-3707
    Litigation
    585-231-1116
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    585-231-1106
    Native American Law
    585-231-1116
    Not-for-Profit Organizations
    585-231-1407
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    585-231-1259
    Real Estate
    585-231-1169
    Securities
    585-231-1211
    Tax
    585-231-1217
    Telecommunications
    585-231-1104
    Trusts & Estates
    585-231-1103

    Personnel

    Partners: 59
    Associates: 48
    Other Lawyers: 19
    Paralegals: 14

    Practice Areas

    Agriculture Law
    Appellate Practice
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Finance Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Law
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Education Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Environmental Law
    Food and Beverage Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Immigration Law
    Information Technology Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - ERISA
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Mediation
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Municipal Law
    Native American Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Patent Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
    Project Finance Law
    Public Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Securities Regulation
    Sports Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Trademark Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Venture Capital Law