HSE Places Highest in WNY Best Law Firms Rankings

For the sixth year in a row, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) garnered the most “Best Law Firms” Top Tier metro rankings in Western New York (including Rochester, Buffalo, and the surrounding area), according to results announced by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®.

“What we find most compelling about the firm’s rankings is that these outstanding results are based on client feedback. We’re proud that HSE attorneys and staff are committed to providing our clients with exceptional representation and value, and that the quality of our work is valued by our clients and recognized in these rankings,” says Michael McEvoy, managing partner of the firm.

The Best Law Firms evaluations often include client comments regarding their experience with their attorneys, such as:

During the past 26 years, our practice has used a number of attorneys at Harter, Secrest & Emery. All of them have been superb. We have come to have enormous respect for their expertise and counsel and their responsiveness to our needs. After this many years, they certainly understand the nature of our business and the particular needs of a multi-doctor practice. Their counsel has always been given after considering the needs of our partners and our associates, an attribute that is rare today. Their level of performance has been stellar and we have recommended them to many of our colleagues in the practicing community. They have earned our highest recommendation and our sincere best wishes for the future.

John Horn and his team at HSE performed exceptionally well through every phase of the litigation in which we were involved. They communicated very well with us and they were always thoroughly prepared; including developing a deep understanding of our business and a total command of the information and timeline that related to our case. This played out during trial where Mr. Horn’s understanding and presentation of the facts convinced the jury that the plaintiff’s case was without merit. I recommend, without reservation, John and HSE for counsel related to any commercial litigation.

Harter Secrest & Emery’s knowledge of trusts and estates law is unmatched. They are very adept at understanding all the issues and then translating that knowledge into clear and understandable guidance that allows clients to make sound decisions.

I have worked with Harter, Secrest & Emery for the past 20+ years and this firm excels in all sense of the word. All the attorneys that I have had the privilege of working with possess and have mastered the competency of real estate law. They consistently go above and beyond all our requests and turnaround always is on time or before due date. Their goal is one which is committed to excellence on the job and my personal involvement with one particular attorney has been beneficial which actually benefited my career with my company. I would highly recommend this firm with their refreshing outlook on how they approach business.

In addition to a national ranking for Corporate Law, HSE garnered 32 Top Tier metro practice group rankings in the region, including:


Appellate Practice
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Immigration Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
Litigation – Patent
Patent Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law


Bankruptcy Law
Closely-Held Companies and Family Business Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – ERISA
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law

U.S. News and Best Lawyers®

U.S. News and Best Lawyers® rank more than 13,000 firms in 122 practice areas in 185 metropolitan areas and 8 states. The “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. The rankings are posted online at

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

The firm with the most US News/Best Lawyers Top Tier rankings in Western New York, Harter Secrest & Emery provides legal services to clients ranging from individuals and family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies and major regional institutions. With offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Corning, and New York, NY, the firm comprises more than 125 attorneys and total staff of 260.

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