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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.


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

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Top Listed State Awards
Top-Listed in New York in Appellate Practice with 4 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 39 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Rochester, New York in Health Care Law with 5 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Rochester, New York in Tax Law with 3 lawyers.
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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!"
- Anonymous
"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

1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-232-6500
Fax: 585-232-2152
5 offices


Michael R. McEvoyManaging Partner


Raymond L. FinkBankruptcy & Financial Reorganization
Thomas R. AndersonCorporate
Paul W. HollowayEmployee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Marc A. RomanowskiEnergy
Leslie M. MauroEnvironmental, Land Use & Zoning
Raymond L. FinkFinancial Services
Donald S. MazzulloGovernment Affairs
Carol E. HeckmanGovernment and Internal Investigations
Philip R. FileriHealth Care
Theresa A. ConroyHigher Education
Frank A. NovakImmigration
Brian B. ShawIntellectual Property
Robert C. WeissflachLabor & Employment
Peter H. AbdellaLitigation
Thomas R. AndersonMergers & Acquisitions
Peter H. AbdellaNative American Law
Joseph G. CasionNot-for-Profit Organizations
William A. Hoy, IVPrivate Equity & Venture Capital
John A. AndersonReal Estate
James M. JenkinsSecurities
Michael R. McEvoyTax
John T. PattisonTelecommunications
Martin W. O'TooleTrusts & Estates


Partners: 60
Associates: 51
Other Lawyers: 13
Paralegals: 16

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
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