Firm Earns Two National Rankings, Most Tier 1 Metropolitan Rankings in Western New York

For the eleventh consecutive year, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, has received the most U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Western New York (Buffalo and Rochester combined) in the annual rankings released yesterday. The firm received a total of 46 practice group rankings, as well as two national rankings and 36 Tier 1 Metropolitan practice group rankings across an array of practice areas.

Harter Secrest & Emery once again received national rankings in the areas of Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law. The rankings are based on an extensive review process, which includes client evaluations as well as peer review from leading attorneys in their field. For this year’s rankings, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® reviewed more than 22,000 law firms across the United States in 127 practice areas. In addition to the firm’s national rankings for Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, Harter Secrest & Emery’s Buffalo and Rochester offices received metropolitan practice group rankings in the following practice areas (Tier 1 rankings in italics): 

Appellate Practice Education Law Litigation – Labor & Employment
Banking & Finance Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Employment Law – Management Patent Law
Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Professional Malpractice Law Defendants
Construction Law Labor Law– Management Public Finance Law
Corporate Law Litigation – ERISA Real Estate Law


Arbitration Immigration Law Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Labor Law - Management Patent Law
Commercial Litigation Land Use & Zoning Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Construction Law Litigation – Construction Real Estate Law
Copyright Law Litigation – Environmental Securities/Capital Markets Law
Corporate Governance Law Litigation – Intellectual Property Tax Law
Corporate Law Litigation – Labor & Employment Trademark Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation – Land Use & Zoning Trusts & Estates Law
Environmental Law Litigation – Patent  
Health Care Law Litigation – Securities  

The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty. The rankings are posted online at

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