Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce new leadership appointments. Joseph G. Casion, Jr. and Kelly A. Pronti have each been elected to serve a three-year term on the firm’s Management Committee. John A. Anderson has been appointed as leader of the firm’s Real Estate practice group, and Megan K. Dorritie has been appointed to lead one of the firm’s Litigation practice groups.

Casion is a partner in Harter Secrest & Emery’s Not-for-Profit practice. He provides corporate counsel to both not-for-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. His work with and deep understanding of not-for-profit organizations includes advising clients on the facilitation of consolidations, mergers, acquisitions between organizations, attaining tax-exempt status, and compliance with associated federal and state requirements. In addition, Casion works with for-profit businesses on formation, transactions, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, and managing the sale and acquisition of privately-held companies. Casion received a J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Rochester.

A partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice, Pronti counsels clients from project inception to completion and works closely with members of executive leadership and in-house counsel on preparing and negotiating easement and development agreements, performing due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and preparing and negotiating commercial sale, purchase, and lease agreements. Pronti has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of real estate. Pronti is a cum laude graduate from Albany Law School and the University at Buffalo.

Anderson, also a partner in Harter Secrest & Emery’s Real Estate practice, provides general counsel and legal advice to publicly traded and private companies, financial institutions, railroads, educational institutions, agricultural enterprises, not-for-profit enterprises, and individuals concerning legal matters involving real property. Anderson has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of real estate. He received a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law, and a B.A., cum laude, from St. Lawrence University.

Dorritie, a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice, focuses on commercial, and tax certiorari litigation. She represents clients in federal and state courts, handling cases in matters including business disputes, breach of contract, tort and unfair competition, ERISA claims, real estate tax assessment challenges, products liability defense, land use and zoning, and New York State Mental Hygiene Law, among others. Dorritie has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Commercial Litigation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School and Hartwick College. 

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