About Our Buffalo Office
Harter Secrest & Emery (HSE) is proud to be playing a major role in Buffalo’s exciting economic renaissance. With steady growth since its opening more than 25 years ago, our firm’s Buffalo office serves the needs of both regional and national clients while continuing to attract the top legal talent in the Western New York. We take pride in our many accolades in respected law firm ranking programs, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and Super Lawyers.
Our attorneys in Buffalo have the experience, creativity and talent to successfully deal with our clients’ complex legal challenges. We have broad and deep experience in practice areas such as corporate, employee benefits, equity and debt financing, general litigation, government and internal investigations, insurance coverage, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment matters, patent and trademarks, privacy and data security, private equity, securities, and venture capital.
Given this breadth of experience, the HSE team in Buffalo is able to serve our clients’ needs in federal and state courts, before federal and state agencies, and across a range of complex business transactions. Our Buffalo office has a well-rounded, business-focused practice, and we represent a range of clients from early stage start-up and venture-backed firms to well-established companies, both privately-held and publicly-traded.
Over the past several decades, our Buffalo office has not only grown in size, but also in influence throughout the region. We are honored to play a part in many community organizations with our attorneys serving as members of the boards of the Kiwanis Club, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Heart Association, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, the Food Bank of Western New York, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Western New York Venture Association, the Minority Bar Foundation, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, the National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY, Young Audiences of WNY, the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet, Alleyway Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, and others.
Buffalo is located in Western New York on the shores of Lake Erie, with a parks system and tree-lined boulevard system designed by the famed architecture firm Olmsted & Vaux (designers of New York City’s Central Park). It is the second largest city in New York State. While Buffalo is well-known for its professional football, chicken wings and wintry weather, the city has also gained prominence in recent years for its family friendly affordability and economic renaissance. Over the past decade, Buffalo’s waterfront areas (Canalside and the Outer Harbor) have experienced significant recreational development, and future shoreline projects are in the works, while further inland the city continues to develop a major medical corridor.
Recreational opportunities are bountiful in all four seasons in Buffalo, which is affectionately known as the “City of Good Neighbors.” Buffalo residents can enjoy spending springtime in the parks and on the golf courses, summers on the water and beaches of Lake Erie, autumns at apple and pumpkin farms and at foliage-filled state parks, and winters at local ski resorts that are some of the best in the Northeast. The region is easy to navigate, and even rural areas are less than a 30-minute drive from downtown.
Buffalo is a border city with one of the nation’s most-active border crossings to Canada. Weekend day trip opportunities include Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, southern Ontario wine country, and Toronto, Ontario, the fourth largest city in North America. Closer to home, top cultural institutions include the University at Buffalo (the largest institution of the highly-regarded SUNY university system), The Buffalo AKG (one the nation’s top modern art museums), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (which performs primarily at Kleinhans Music Hall, an architectural masterpiece designed by famed architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen) and, of course, the Buffalo Bills.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Buffalo at Fountain Plaza at the corner of Main and Chippewa in the 500 block of Main Street. The twin tower buildings overlook the Fountain Plaza, a true Buffalo landmark that features a reflecting pool in the summer months and an ice-skating rink in the winter. Located at the Fountain Plaza train stop, our building is also just a short walk from City Hall, all downtown courthouses, numerous full-service hotels and Buffalo’s entertainment and theatre districts, which offer some of Western New York’s finest eating establishments, sporting events, live music, dancing, and Broadway shows.
Harter Secrest & Emery is on the tenth floor of 50 Fountain Plaza. There are three entrances: on Pearl Street, Chippewa Street and Main Street/Fountain Plaza.
Parking is available in the Augspurger ramp located on Pearl Street, directly across the street from the Key Center. The Augspurger ramp has direct access to Key Center via a covered, climate-controlled walkway over Pearl Street. There also is limited street parking on Pearl and Main Streets, as well as public parking underneath the Key Center, with access from Pearl Street.