Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced that John G. Horn, a Litigation partner and Partner in Charge of the firm’s Buffalo office, was elected earlier this year by the Minority Bar Foundation of Western New York to serve on its board of directors.

The Minority Bar Foundation of Western New York was formed in 2004 to advance education and scholarship in the field of law. The Foundation works to ensure continued minority representation in the profession and empower these future leaders to help shape the justice system in Western New York and throughout New York State. The Foundation provides professional guidance, educational programs and financial assistance through grants to students beginning in college through law school. “The Minority Bar Foundation is pleased that John has joined our board and we look forward to working with him as we strive to enhance the diversity of the legal profession, which is so important during this time of civil unrest,” said Carmen L. Snell, Assistant General Counsel at HealthNow New York and Chair of the Minority Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

Horn, who will serve a three-year term as a director, 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. “We are proud of John’s dedication and leadership in the Minority Bar Foundation and in our Inclusion and Equity Committee. His commitment to understanding and addressing bias and discrimination in the legal profession through his work with the Foundation is one way to help bring real and sustained change,” said Kimberly I. Shimomura, Harter Secrest & Emery’s Inclusion and Equity Committee Chair.

Horn was honored as the Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Professional Malpractice Law–Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. He has been recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers in Business for Litigation, selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America-Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list. Horn currently chairs the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute’s board of directors and is a board member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Chair Emeritus of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York.

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