92 Metro Rankings
Harter Secrest & Emery is a full-service law firm founded in 1894, with offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Corning, and New York City. With over 125 lawyers, we offer the depth and breadth of legal talent and experience necessary to achieve exceptional results for our local, regional, and national clients.
Unlike most law firms, our attorneys do not receive attribution credit or compensation based on staffing or individually generated revenues. This means at a moment's notice we can assemble the most appropriately experienced and cost-effective team to respond to clients' needs quickly. With no internal structural barriers (i.e., competition for work), we are never distracted from our sole focus on the needs of our clients.
Our philosophy fosters a multidisciplinary mindset when providing legal services. We consider our clients' opportunities and challenges by first understanding what they need, and then figuring out the most efficient path. Our clients work with the right lawyer, or team of lawyers, for each specific project or issue and we never "over lawyer" when a simple and practical solution is within reach.
Our team-oriented culture naturally attracts and retains exceptional lawyers who are driven to serve clients, who pride themselves on responsiveness, and who have a solid understanding of the complex legal issues our clients face. Whether it's day-to-day counsel or high-stakes matters, we offer the sophistication and scope of a large firm practice, with the efficiency and accessibility of a small firm environment. We are proud to represent a wide range of clients from sole proprietorships to companies with more than 50,000 employees.
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Market-leading 22 attorneys with individual rankings in Chambers USA 2019 America's Leading Lawyers in Business, including:
Highest possible group rankings for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate practices
Statewide ranking for Immigration
The most U.S. News - Best Lawyers? 2020 "Best Law Firms" top-tier rankings in Western New York, including:
National ranking for our Corporate and Land Use & Zoning Law practice areas
Forty-six attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America? 2020
Thirty-five attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list and twenty selected for recognition as 2019 Upstate New York Rising Stars
Winner of the 2017 Western New York Women's Bar Association of the State of New York Diversity Award
HSE has deep roots in the Rochester community and has contributed significantly to its economic and cultural development for more than 100 years. In the 1890s, our founders assisted some of the city's leading entrepreneurs on their paths to success, and we are honored to continue our relationships with their organizations, including Eastman Kodak Company and the Strong Museum of Play. Rochester has an entrepreneurial, innovative and technologically driven business environment. Expansion Management magazine, in its most recent survey, once again named the Rochester Region among "America's 50 Hottest Cities" for corporate expansions and relocations. Among the city's many other national business rankings, Rochester was 6th in export sales among 25 peer cities (International Trade Administration), and ranked 5th for "Overall Innovation Capacity" (Metropolitan New Economy Index). HSE represents a broad mix of the companies, medical facilities and educational institutions that are driving major research and manufacturing programs in high-tech areas such as lasers, optics, digital imaging, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and the Internet. We also provide a full range of legal services to companies involved in retail, real estate development, health services, financial services, international trade, insurance, higher education and professional sports.
Total Offices: 6
Total Attorneys: 127
|Practice Areas||No. of Attorneys|
|Environmental and Land Use||3|
|Government and Government Relations||2|
|Labor & Employment||2|
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