Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that John G. Horn and Erika N.D. Stanat have been named to The Daily Record’s “Power 20” list for their work in Litigation.
The Power 20 list showcases power players who are leading the Western New York legal community into the future. These lawyers and legal professionals make decisions that impact lives, inspire success and spark innovation.
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 also recognized as the Buffalo, NY, Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation - Real Estate, the 2020 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, and he has been recognized in Chambers USA 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 and 2020.
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 Trustee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Stanat counsels clients in the protection of their intellectual property, representing them in lawsuits in state and federal courts relating to patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. In addition to her work in IP litigation, she represents clients in commercial disputes and in litigation concerning tax, employee benefits (ERISA) and executive compensation issues. A former active-duty officer and attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC), Stanat also currently serves as a mediator on the mediation panels for the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of New York and the Seventh Judicial District and serves as a member of Western District of New York Local Rules Committee and its Local Patent Rules Subcommittee.
A graduate of The Dickinson School of Law and Bucknell University, Stanat has been recognized by Chambers USA for Litigation every year since 2017 and The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, and Commercial Litigation. She also has been selected as a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America-Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, is a recipient of The Daily Record’s Top Women in Law Award, the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, the Volunteer Legal Services Project’s William McKnight Award for Pro Bono Service, and the Bucknell Young Alumni Award. Among other community and volunteer endeavors, Stanat serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee for Bucknell University, a board member for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, a board member of the Wilmot Cancer Institute Advisory Board, and as the President of the Brighton Boys Lacrosse Boosters Organization.