Harter Secrest & Emery enjoys an impeccable reputation among our clients and colleagues, as evidenced by the numerous awards and recognitions received by the firm. Our reputation stems from exacting legal standards and our collegial, collaborative and integrated approach. Recognition of our work includes: 

Firm Honors

  • HSE has 35 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2019 "Best Law Firms" top tier practice group rankings–more Western New York rankings than any other law firm. HSE has also earned national rankings in Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2012-2018 as a leader in Immigration Law in New York State.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2016-2018 in Healthcare Law in New York State.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2015-2018 as a leader in Corporate/M&A Law in Upstate New York.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2015-2018 as a leader in Litigation in Upstate New York.

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2017-2018 as a leader in Real Estate Law in Upstate New York.

  • 45 Attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2019.

  • 39 Attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list and 18 selected for recognition as 2018 Upstate New York Rising Stars.

  • “Peer Review Rated” for ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • 32 of the firm’s attorneys have received “AV” ratings from Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Named to Vault "Top 150 Under 150" list.

  • Named top Intellectual Property law firm in Rochester by readers of the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record as part of the publications’ 2017 Reader Rankings survey.

  • Awarded 2017 WNY WBASNY Diversity Award by the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

  • Awarded 2017 United Way of Greater Rochester's President’s Award.

  • Awarded ACG® New York 2014 “Champion’s Energy Deal of the Year Award” by ACG New York and The M&A Advisor.

  • Awarded “Diversity Law Firm of the Year” and “Mid Market Law Firm of the Year” in New York State by ACQ Global in 2013.

  • Awarded Acquisitions International M&A Award for USA Leading Dealmaker for its representation of Eastman Kodak Company in connection with the sale of its image sensor business to a Platinum Equity Portfolio Company.

  • Awarded National Law Journal’s “Midsized Hot List” recognition for 2012.


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