Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that Megan K. Dorritie 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.
Dorritie, leader of the Specialty and Industry Specific Litigation practice group and co-partner-in-charge of the firm’s Corning office, concentrates her commercial litigation practice mainly in the areas of intellectual property, municipal law, zoning and land use, and renewable energy. She also represents companies of all sizes in a range of business disputes, including breach of contract, tort, unfair competition, trade secret matters, and tax assessment challenges and appeals. As part of her municipal law practice and experience, Dorritie manages the tax certiorari docket for several municipalities and school districts and represents towns and other municipalities on matters, including governance, PILOT agreements, and Article 78 proceedings.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and Hartwick College, Dorritie has been recognized in Chambers USA for Litigation and has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Municipal, and Municipal Law. She is active in professional and community organizations, including serving as the co-organizer for Women in Tax Assessment in New York State and a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Stanat is the leader of the Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation practice group at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. She advises clients in the protection of their intellectual property, representing them in lawsuits relating to patents, trademarks, and trade secrets in state and federal courts. In addition to her work in IP litigation, Stanat 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 panel for the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of New York 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 by The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Real Estate, and Mediation. She also has been selected as a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America-Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, is a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence, Top Women in Law, and Forty Under 40 Awards, 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 for Bucknell University and Chair of the Board’s Nominations and Governance Committee, a Board Member for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and a Board Member of the Wilmot Cancer Institute Advisory Board and Chair of the Nominating Committee.