Harter Secrest & Emery Partner Alexander R. McClean Named 2018 Forty Under 40 Honoree by Rochester Business Journal

McClean Alex 2011 038 HSE 319WebReadyHarter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that partner Alexander R. McClean, chair of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets practice, has been selected as a 2018 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Rochester Business Journal.

Forty Under 40 recognizes 40 men and women, under the age of 40, who have achieved professional success and have also made significant civic contributions to the community. A panel of judges consisting of previous winners from various professions select the Forty Under 40 honorees. In selecting the winners, judges look for candidates who excel both professionally and at a board level in the community.

“This year’s Forty Under 40 honorees share a strong commitment to Rochester by making it a better place to live. They are doing great work professionally but also know the value of being active members of the community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “Rochester’s many nonprofit organizations are fortunate to have such accomplished young leaders helping them to move their missions forward. The Rochester Business Journal is pleased to honor these young leaders and look forward to what the future brings for them.”

As chair of the Securities and Capital Markets practice, McClean counsels domestic and foreign companies of all sizes, ranging from early-stage start-up companies to publicly traded companies, with market capitalizations in the tens of billions of dollars. He helps clients raise capital both publicly and privately while navigating complex federal and state securities laws, as well as NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards. McClean also advises public companies regarding their periodic disclosure obligations under federal securities laws, including advice regarding both contested and uncontested proxy solicitations, tender offers, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a trusted counselor to boards of directors, helping them navigate complex corporate governance issues while fulfilling their fiduciary duties to stockholders and complying with federal securities laws. He also counsels financial planners and others regarding compliance with broker-dealer and investment adviser regulations.

McClean graduated from Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Case Western University School of Law. He was selected by Super Lawyers for inclusion on the Upstate New York Rising Stars list by each year from 2013-2017.

In addition to his legal practice, McClean is a dedicated community volunteer. He serves on the board of directors for the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves over 9,000 youth in Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties and operates three camps in Upstate New York. He formerly served as chair of the Seneca Waterways Council’s Towpath District Committee. In addition, McClean has served as a volunteer and coach for Pittsford Mustangs, Pittsford Little League and for Cub Scout Pack 2 in Pittsford. He has also served in a variety of leadership positions at the Pittsford Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Forty Under 40 awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 14 at Noon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester. Winners will be profiled in a magazine that will be inserted into the November 16 issue of the Rochester Business Journal and will be available online at

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