Harter Secrest & Emery Expands Albany Office with Two Partners from Hinman Straub, P.C.

Jennie Shufelt and Erika Wood are firm’s first two commercial partners in Albany

Erika D. Wood


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, has expanded its Albany office with the addition of attorneys Jennie Shufelt and Erika D. Wood as partners in the firm. Shufelt and Wood, who were both previously principals at Hinman Straub, P.C. in Albany, are Harter Secrest & Emery’s first two commercial partners in Albany, where the firm has maintained a robust lobbying practice since opening the office in 1989.

“Jennie and Erika are highly-qualified, dynamic attorneys who bring exceptional experience and knowledge to our firm and our clients. We are excited to welcome them to Harter Secrest & Emery,” said Craig S. Wittlin, Harter Secrest & Emery managing partner. “As a firm, we believe in strategic growth. This is the right fit with the right lawyers. Jennie and Erika form the foundation of a strong commercial practice in our Albany office that can position us for future growth in the Capital District.”

Shufelt specializes in health care and corporate law.  She advises health care and non-health care clients on a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, and assists clients in navigating highly regulated industries such as health care. Shufelt represents health care providers on operational, compliance, transactional and governance matters. She also advises health care and non-health care clients in a variety of industries on day-to-day and transactional corporate matters including formation, contracting, mergers, acquisitions and sales, commercial real estate transactions and leases, and governance. She earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, an M.S., summa cum laude, in Health Policy, Management, and Behavior from the State University of New York at Albany, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Albany Law School.

Wood concentrates her practice on corporate and tax law. She advises individuals, for-profit, and nonprofit entities on all facets of New York State and federal tax. Always with an eye on tax implications, Wood also counsels clients on broad-ranging corporate and legal matters regarding ownership, operation, transfer, and the termination or sale of businesses across industries. Her experience includes representing clients with respect to business planning, mergers and acquisitions, complex joint ventures, restructurings, commercial financings and fundraising, and tax credits. Wood has successfully represented clients in disputes with New York State and the Internal Revenue Service. She earned a B.S. from Fordham University, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Albany Law School, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University.

“The legal and regulatory cross section of needs that clients have continues to grow wider,” Shufelt said. “Harter Secrest & Emery has an extraordinary team of lawyers who are proven leaders in helping clients successfully navigate that changing landscape. We are excited to be a part of the firm.”

“Harter Secrest & Emery’s culture was very attractive to us,” Wood added. “The firm’s collaborative nature and focus on putting clients first, rather than attorney generation credit, fits well with how we work with our clients and presented a unique and compelling opportunity.”

Harter Secrest & Emery represents several employers and organizations throughout the Capital District. The firm’s Albany office is led by Amy J. Kellogg, a partner in the firm’s Government Affairs practice. “The Capital District has a strong economic ecosystem that presents interesting business opportunities for both established and emerging businesses,” Kellogg said. “I look forward to collaborating with Jennie and Erika to provide the full breadth of the firm’s experience to Albany-based clients as we continue to build on the presence Harter Secrest & Emery has had in the region for the past 35 years.”

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