Chambers & Partners, the worldwide leader in law firm and attorney rankings, released its Chambers USA 2014 Client Guide and Harter Secrest & Emery was once again recognized with rankings in its Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Immigration practices, and recognized for the first time in its Health Care practice. HSE attorneys singled out for recognition include Craig S. Wittlin, a Mergers & Acquisitions partner in the firm; Ross P. Lanzafame, a partner in HSE’s Health Care practice; Margaret A. Catillaz, an Immigration partner who heads the firm’s Employment Unit; and partner Frank A. Novak, head of HSE’s Immigration Practice.

Chambers rankings are based on extensive research with clients and legal practitioners, identifying "the world’s leading lawyers and law firms - those which perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients."

In the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) category, where HSE competes with many of the nation’s leading New York City-based corporate firms, Craig S. Wittlin was ranked as a "Notable Practitioner" and is the only Upstate New York Corporate/M&A lawyer to be listed in Chambers. In its listing, Chambers said of Mr. Wittlin that he "has very solid depth of experience and expertise in M&A and corporate law," noting that he represents clients in strategic transactions, including M&A, private equity financings and joint ventures.

Ross Lanzafame, recognized in the Healthcare category, is cited for representing provider organizations, concentrating on a range of corporate and regulatory issues, and is praised for his "superb knowledge of the healthcare market and its implications."

In its ranking description, Chambers quotes HSE clients saying that the firm is "extremely proactive in managing our cases," and that "they staff appropriately, using skilled paralegals whenever possible, and their senior partners get actively involved in unusual or complex issues."

Ms. Catillaz has been ranked by Chambers as a leading Immigration attorney since 2005, and has been recognized by Chambers Global as a leader nationwide. Chambers indicates that she "is appreciated for her knowledge, professionalism, friendliness and dedication."

Immigration practice leader Frank Novak is cited for his experience representing clients in the education, healthcare and technology sectors and is called "wonderful" by clients.

HSE managing partner Michael R. McEvoy comments, "Chambers rankings are very meaningful to us, based as they are on extensive client feedback, because client satisfaction is our top priority. We’re pleased to be recognized among some of the largest firms in the country as leaders in these fields, and gratified that our Corporate/M&A, Health Care, and Immigration practices have achieved this recognition."

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

The firm with the most US News/Best Lawyers Top Tier rankings in Western New York, Harter Secrest & Emery provides business and specialty legal services to clients ranging from individuals and family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies and major regional institutions. With offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany and Corning, New York, the firm comprises more than 130 attorneys and a total staff of 260.

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