For the eighth consecutive year, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP has received the most “Best Law Firms” top tier metropolitan rankings in Western New York (Buffalo and Rochester combined) in the annual rankings released today by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®. The firm received a total of 43 practice group rankings, including two national rankings and 31 top tier metropolitan practice group rankings across an array of practice areas.

Harter Secrest & Emery received national rankings in the areas of Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law. The rankings are based on an extensive review process, which includes client evaluations as well as peer review from leading attorneys in their field. For this year’s rankings, U.S. News and Best Lawyers® reviewed 13,745 law firms across the United States in 122 practice areas.

“The U.S. News-Best Lawyers rankings are among the most in-depth evaluations of law firms, incorporating significant detail and feedback from both clients and others in the legal community,” said Craig S. Wittlin, Harter Secrest & Emery Managing Partner. “We are proud of the work we do on behalf of our clients every day. For our clients and colleagues to recognize Harter Secrest & Emery in this way is a powerful and meaningful reflection of the commitment every person in our firm brings to helping our clients succeed.”

In addition to the firm’s national rankings for Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, Harter Secrest & Emery’s Buffalo and Rochester offices received metropolitan practice group rankings in the following practice areas (Tier 1 rankings in italics):

Buffalo 

  • Appellate Practice      
  • Banking & Finance Law        
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law          
  • Commercial Litigation           
  • Construction Law      
  • Corporate Law           
  • Education Law          
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Rochester 

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law          
  • Commercial Litigation           
  • Construction Law      
  • Corporate Law           
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law        
  • Environmental Law    
  • Health Care Law       
  • Immigration Law       
  • Land Use & Zoning Law       
  • Litigation – Construction       
  • Litigation – Environmental    
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property       
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment     
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law


U.S. News and Best Lawyers®

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty. The rankings are posted online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/ 

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