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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Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, earned statewide and regional recognition by Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, in the Chambers USA 2017 America’s Leading Lawyers in Business.  In total, a market-leading 20 attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery achieved individual rankings, including Managing Partner Craig S. Wittlin, a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer, who is the only attorney in Upstate New York in any practice area to be recognized as an Eminent Practitioner. Eminent Practitioners are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who are recognized for their key role in both management and client relationship duties.

Chambers also awarded top rankings to four of the firm’s practice groups. For the sixth year in a row, Chambers USA ranked Harter Secrest & Emery’s Immigration practice among the best throughout New York State.  The firm also earned the highest possible ranking in the Upstate New York market for its Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation and Real Estate practices.

Harter Secrest & Emery stands out among law firms in Upstate New York.  It is the only firm to receive the highest ranking in every practice areas scored by Chambers USA in Upstate New York - Corporate/M&A, Litigation and Real Estate, and is the only Upstate New York firm to be ranked in the top tier for its Real Estate practice.  In addition, no other Upstate law firm had more individual attorneys recognized in the 2017 rankings.

Chambers USA rankings are the result of extensive research and interviews with in-house counsel and corporate executives.

“The Chambers rankings reflect Harter Secrest & Emery’s consistent focus on helping every client achieve efficient, practical solutions for its business. We are honored and grateful that our clients have recognized our efforts and our lawyers in this way,” said Wittlin.

The Harter Secrest & Emery attorneys featured in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA are as follows: 




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