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, was once again widely recognized by Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, in the Chambers USA 2018 America’s Leading Lawyers in Business.  In total, a market-leading 21 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.

In addition to the individual attorney rankings, Chambers USA also ranked four practice groups at Harter Secrest & Emery. For the seventh consecutive year, 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.

Among all Upstate New York law firms, Harter Secrest & Emery has the most ranked attorneys, the most ranked attorneys in the Corporate practice area, and is tied for the most ranked attorneys in the Litigation practice area. Chambers USA rankings are the result of extensive research and interviews with in-house counsel and corporate executives.

“What makes the Chambers rankings so noteworthy in the industry, and so meaningful to our firm and our attorneys, is the substantial client feedback that is considered in the evaluation process,” said Wittlin. “Earning our clients’ trust and respect is always our goal, and the greatest compliment we can receive.”

The Harter Secrest & Emery attorneys featured in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA are as follows:




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