HSE’s deep roots in Western New York trace back to 1894, when Nathaniel Foote and James Havens formed a law partnership and opened their office in downtown Rochester. One hundred and twenty-five years later, the Foote and Havens Firm, now Harter Secrest & Emery, has grown into one of the region’s largest and most honored Firms. With offices spanning New York State from Buffalo to New York City, we have expanded our reach to serve regional, national and international clients, helping them to fulfill their missions and achieve their goals. The roots of the Firm founded by Foote and Havens guided and grounded us during our first 125 years and will serve as our inspiration in the many years to come.

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