Philip R. Fileri

Senior Counsel

Location: Rochester
Phone: 585-231-1225
Fax: 585-232-2152

Practice Areas

  • Agriculture, Food and Dairy
  • Corporate
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Health Systems and Hospitals
  • Long-Term Care
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Sports Law and Sports Facilities

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • North Carolina


Phil Fileri provides general counsel and business planning advice to businesses, health care clients, and cooperatives. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the needs of health care providers in the areas of physician practice, accountable care organizations, and joint ventures. He is experienced in all forms of physician business, contract, and planning matters. Phil also provides business and tax advice to a variety of businesses and agricultural cooperatives. Additionally, he serves as counsel to professional sports organizations such as AAA baseball franchises. His experience includes the following:

  • Representing physician practices in medical school spin-outs, mergers, sales to and physician service agreements with Universities and hospital systems, ACO formation and participation, and organizing professional limited liability companies, and structuring compensation arrangements.
  • Representing physician groups in establishing various labs, negotiating with third-party payers, and addressing employment, HIPAA, OPMC, OMIG and government investigation matters, as well as advising individual physicians on employment and buy-sell contracts.
  • Representing physicians and health care institutions entering into realty and equipment leases, purchasing medical office space, and electronic health record matters.
  • Representing the largest Western New York dairy cooperative in the construction of, and acquisition of, cultured product manufacturing facilities, its consolidation with the second largest Western New York dairy cooperative, and its manufacturing and packaging agreements.
  • Representing sports entities in operations, stadium leases, abandoned property, financial offerings, and league matters.
  • Advising on Episcopal Canon law, including representing the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester in its successful case before the New York Court of Appeals upholding the National Episcopal Church’s Dennis Canon, the first decision doing so in the U.S. and serving as significant national precedent.


  • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1977
  • Cornell University, B.A., magna cum laude with distinction in all subjects, 1974

Court Admissions

  • New York State Supreme Court
  • North Carolina courts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States Tax Court

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax and Accounting Section
  • Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
  • Director, Rochester Community Baseball Inc. a/k/a Rochester Red Wings

  • Member, Roberts Wesleyan College Executive Advisory Board
  • Former Director and Chair, Episcopal Senior Life Communities
  • Former Director and Chair, Episcopal Church Home Foundation Board
  • Former Trustee and Treasurer, Allendale Columbia School
  • Former Chair, Medical Liaison Committee, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Former Secretary, Genesee Reserve Supply, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Board of Directors Award, The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
  • Named in Best Lawyers® as the “Best Lawyers’ 2016 Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year in Rochester
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Health Care Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2007-2016
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Commendation by the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester for services as Chancellor of the Diocese


  • Presenter, The Structure of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Diocesan Leadership Conference, Canandaigua, NY, January 18, 2014
  • Frequent speaker, University of Rochester Medical School, the New York State Medical Society, and the Medical Group Management Association
  • Presenter, cooperative law and anti-trust Capper-Volstead law topics