John G. Horn named to the Buffalo Business First Power 250 list for the second year in a row
The annual Power 250 list ranks the most powerful and influential men and women from across Western New York and recognizes decision makers across a wide range of business sectors. Reporters and editors voted on individuals nominated online by readers, submitted in-house, and gathered from Buffalo Business First’s Book of Lists database.
John Horn, a Litigation partner and partner in charge of the firm’s Buffalo office, has litigated complex business, construction, Native American law, and environmental disputes in state, federal, appellate, and tribal courts, as well as in mediation and arbitration. Horn was the recipient of the 2020 Community Leader Legal Award from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. He was recognized as the 2020 Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America© and he has been recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers in Business for Litigation every year since 2015. Horn has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America-Trial Lawyer Honorary Society and named to the Buffalo Business First Legal Elite list in 2019.
A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., Northwestern University, M.A., and University of Rochester, B.A., he is active in several professional and community organizations including serving as chairman of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute board of directors, director of the Minority Bar Foundation, a member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus board of directors, the chair emeritus of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, and more.
Craig S. Wittlin Named to Rochester Business Journal’s Power 100 List
The Power 100 list showcases power players who are leading the Rochester community into the future. They include business owners, CEOs, lawyers, public servants, and elected officials who make decisions that impact lives, inspire success, and spark innovation.
Craig Wittlin, who joined Harter Secrest & Emery in 1992, was elected managing partner in 2016. As managing partner, he oversees the operation of Harter Secrest & Emery’s five offices and provides strategic leadership and direction to the firm's approximately 130 lawyers and a total staff of 250. He is responsible for implementing and achieving the firm's strategic plan, which focuses on providing differentiated, high-value service to clients through a commitment to teamwork, excellence, and entrepreneurship.
In addition to serving as managing partner of Rochester’s largest law firm, Wittlin also maintains an active corporate law practice. He advises clients on a wide range of matters including mergers, acquisitions, securities, and capital markets transactions. Over the last decade, Wittlin has led teams on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $10 billion. He also has substantial experience advising executives and board members of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies on matters related to corporate governance, risk assessment, and disclosure obligations under federal securities laws.
Due to his commitment to the legal profession, Wittlin is the recipient of several awards/recognitions, including for the past four years being the only attorney in Upstate New York to be recognized as an Eminent Practitioner by Chambers USA, earning the recognition in the Mergers & Acquisitions field. Additionally, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Wittlin in the fields of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisition Law and recognized him as the Rochester area’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Mergers & Acquisition Law for 2016 and for Corporate Law in 2013. He has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers each year since 2009. In 2020, Wittlin was named by The Daily Record as one of Rochester’s Attorneys of the Year and he was a 2004 recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award from the Rochester Business Journal.
A graduate of Syracuse University and Albany Law School, he has served in leadership positions with many community organizations, including the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Town of Inlet Historical Society, Geva Theatre Center, YMCA’s Camp Gorham, and CP Rochester.