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Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604-2711
Phone: 585-232-6500
http://www.hselaw.com

At Harter Secrest & Emery, our 130+ 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 30 “Top Tier” practice group rankings in the 2013 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.

Achievements

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.
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 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 Corporate Governance 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 in Rochester, New York in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants with 2 lawyers.

Client Comments

Anthony D. Mancinelli

"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 E. Heckman

"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 Kaman Ryan

"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.


Christopher M. Potash

"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 S. Wittlin

"Craig Wittlin has deep subject matter expertise, is a skilled negotiator, has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and is cost effective and responsive. "

Walter Bay
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


"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, strong negotiating skills, and is very responsive and efficient in providing legal services. "

Anonymous


Daniel R. Kinel

"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


"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."

Anonymous


David R. Ferris

"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 F. Premo II

"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 N. D. Stanat

"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


Frank A. Novak

"Mr. Novak has integrity and legal expertise in immigration law. He cares about his clients and is responsive to them."

Anonymous


Fred G. Aten, Jr.

"Fred is very responsive to all of my needs. I know that when legal advice is needed, I can rely on him for timely and competent action. I feel truly fortunate to have an attorney that I can count on to provide such excellent service."

Howard Proskin
Howard M. Proskin and Associates, Inc.


James M. Jenkins

"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 E. Brydges

"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 A. Anderson

"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 C. Herbert

"John Herbert is a very bright, able lawyer who is also well-versed on settling cases."

Michael Schroeder
Graeter's Inc.


"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 J. Aho

"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


Kelly A. Pronti

"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


Leslie M. Mauro

"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


Margaret A. Catillaz

"Ms. Catillaz has integrity and legal expertise in immigration law. She cares about her clients and is responsive to them."

Anonymous


Michael R. McEvoy

"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 D. Sylvestri

"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 W. Holloway

"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 H. Abdella

"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. "

John Wagner
United Refining Company


"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."

Anonymous


Philip R. Fileri

"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."

David Page, MD
FamilyCare Medical Group PC


"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


Phillip A. Delmont

"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 L. Fink

"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


"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


Robert C. Weissflach

"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


Ronald J. Mendrick

"Ron Mendrick is a highly effective and most experienced educational lawyer. He has an in-depth knowledge of current law and easily relates to people in the field to address challenges that arise. He and I co-authored an article which was published in "The American School Board Journal" in the October 2007 issue. He and I have also presented numerous workshops on a local, state, and national level. The recognition of being a Best Lawyer is most appropriate and well-deserved. "

Diane Reed
St. John's Fogdevils


"I have had the pleasure of working with Ron Mendrick for 10 years in my capacity as Superintendent of Schools for the Victor Central School District. Victor is a suburban school distict of 4,000 students located in Ontario and Monroe Counties east of Rochester, New York. Mr. Mendrick's style of operation is to always put the client's needs first in all matters. He is clear, concise and factual in his advice, but he is also understanding of your needs as a client. I have seen Ron deliver good news and not-so-good news to clients. The easy job is delivering the good news, the difficult job is delivering bad news. Regardless of the situtation, Ron will be beside the client every step of the way, in partnership. Ron has a means to interacting with clients which is quite unusual: he listens. Yes, he listens to you. He is able to discern your needs and carefully craft a strategy to assist you in achieving your goals as a client. He puts your needs first. If you are "off-base" Ron can diplomatically and empathically bring the client back to what may and may not be achieved through litigation or negotiations. Mr. Mendrick's background is unparalleled in many ways, including his prior work experience and community service. While there are many fine advocates, there are few legal counselors who have the respect of their clients as Ron Mendrick has. In Ron you can trust! If you work with Ron and there is a timeline to be met you can be assured that not only will the work be completed on time but reviewed with you, the client, first. I can attest to his thoroughness and tenacity. It is not unusual to hear from Ron on weekends, holidays, or evenings. Your needs come first."

Timothy McElheran
Victor Central School District


"Mr. Mendrick is a fabulous attorney, especially for a school district. He is knowledgeable, thorough, and professional. He is personable and possesses a great deal of common sense."

Howard Maffucci
East Rochester Union Free School District


"Ron Mendrick's experience as an attorney in the field of education and his knowledge of law and regulations is tremendous. He understands the daily challenges that school districts face and provides excellent advice and information in a very timely way. In addition to the above, his knowledge, skills, and abilities give him very effective credibility with both advocates and adversaries. Ron is clear with his advice and creates a collaborative environment when working with our administrative team. I highly respect Ron and his work!"

Steven Achramovitch
Greece Central School District


"Ron is simply one of the finest in his field! His thoughtful insights and suggested guidance have been significant and measurable to our school district. During my time as President I have sought Ron's advice on numerous matters. He is quick to understand the issues while presenting meticulous alternative action steps that strive for mutual benefit. Ron's core values are unquestioned. Victor Schools is better because of our association with Ron Mendrick."

Steve Martin
Victor Central Schools


"I have been associated with Ronald J. Mendrick for twenty plus years. His services over that time have been extraordinarily good. In relocating to a new position, a considerable distance from the former, I sought out Ron to continue his exceptional work on behalf of my district. He is always well-prepared, affable and quick to understand complex issues. The trust I have in his recommendations is based on outcomes which have proven him to be correct time and again. There is no finer educational attorney in New York State."

Robert Christmann
Grand Island Central School District


Ross P. Lanzafame

"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."

Robert Hurlbut
Hurlbut Care Communities, Inc.


"Ross knows the ins and outs of medicare/medicaid government law. He is very good at strategy."

Robert Hurlbut
Hurlbut Care Communities, Inc.


Samuel J. Palisano

"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". "

Patricia Schmidt
JTEKT


"Sam Palisano is a super expert in the areas of retirement law and a very trusted resource to my committee and me."

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


Thomas G. Smith

"Tom is able to take complex reimbursement issues and translate these issues so judges can understand that the nursing homes are under siege. He is very good at it. It is very difficult to do since you are going against a state agency."

Robert Hurlbut
Hurlbut Care Communities, Inc.


"Tom Smith has taken a lot of chances with us in court and has won in a very difficult state. He knows how to convince judges that what the state is doing reimbursement wise is wrong on numerous occasions."

Robert Hurlbut
Hurlbut Care Communities, Inc.


"NYSHFA represents 270 nursing homes in New York. Tom Smith has represented the association and its members for many years on a range of regulatory as well as reimbursement issues. While his success in winning many of these cases is remarkable, his ability to go beyond the immediate legal basis and understand the member's position from a perspective of basic fairness results in Tom's representation being extraordinary. His track record is useful in negotiating issues before they become litigation and is an important part of our government relations strategy."

Richard Herrick
New York State Health Facilities Association


Thomas J. Hurley

"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


William L. Kreienberg

"William Kreienberg is one of the brightest and most capable attorneys I've ever met. I've been in business for more than 36 years, and Bill has been my attorney for 18 years. His knowledge has helped me with many acquisitions over the years for business and real estate. Bill has also been involved with much of my estate planning, and continues that today with all the changes occurring at this time. Honestly, there is no one better around."

John Holtz
Holtz House of Vehicles, Inc.


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Best Lawyers in United States

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 Litigation

Construction Law

Copyright Law

Corporate Compliance Law

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Education Law

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Employment Law - Management

Environmental Law

Health Care Law

Immigration 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

Mediation

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Patent Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Public Finance Law

Real Estate Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Tax Law

Trademark Law

Trusts and Estates

Personnel

  • Partners: 62
  • Associates: 56
  • Other Lawyers: 16
  • Paralegals: 15

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.

Contacts

Locations

United States
  • Albany, NY
    111 Washington Avenue, Suite 303
    Albany, NY 12210-2209
    Phone: 518-434-4377
  • Buffalo, NY
    Twelve Fountain Plaza, Suite 400
    Buffalo, NY 14202-2293
    Phone: 716-853-1616
  • Corning, NY
    Eight Denison Parkway East, Suite 403
    Corning, NY 14830-2638
    Phone: 607-936-1042
  • Rochester, NY
    1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
    Rochester, NY 14604-2711
    Phone: 585-232-6500

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
  • 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