Ross P. Lanzafame Named 2020 Icon Honors Recipient by The Rochester Business Journal

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased to announce that retired partner, Ross P. Lanzafame, has been selected by the Rochester Business Journal as a 2020 Icon Honors recipient.

Established in 2017, Icon Honors recognizes Rochester business leaders, over the age of 60, for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have a long-standing commitment to the Rochester business community and significant professional accomplishments through innovation and leadership.  

“We congratulate Ross on this great honor,” said Craig S. Wittlin, Harter Secrest & Emery Managing Partner. “Rochester is simply a better place—in tangible and intangible ways—because of the contributions that Ross Lanzafame has made.”

Lanzafame, who joined Harter Secrest & Emery in 1986 and retired from daily practice in March 2020, is highly respected among clients and colleagues for his work in the health care industry where he counseled long-term and acute health care providers on business, corporate, and government regulatory matters, and represented clients before a variety of governmental agencies, bodies, boards, and commissions. Prior to earning his law degree, Lanzafame managed the neonatal intensive care unit and all surgical units of a large Rochester hospital for four years.

Among his recognitions, Lanzafame received the 2009 Volunteer Excellence Award from the American Lung Association and the 2017 Art of Giving Award from Community Place of Greater Rochester.  He has been recognized with an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and as a leader in health care law by Chambers USA, the leading lawyer ranking service in the nation, and recently he was honored as the 2021 Best Lawyers® Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester.

Lanzafame is a dedicated civic leader and has served in various leadership roles for numerous entities such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, American Lung Association (National Board of Directors), The Margaret Home, Inc., St. Ann’s of Greater Rochester, Inc., National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk, The Friendly Home, Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc., Western New York Wellness, Inc., Cornell Alumni Association, Inc., National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys, and New York State Bar Association Health Law Section, among others.  He served as the interim Executive Director at Flower City Arts Center, where he previously had served as President of the Board of Directors for three years.

Recently, Lanzafame formed Leading Edge Advising & Development, LLC. which provides training and mentoring for nonprofit board and nonprofit leaders in the area of board governance and strategic planning.

He is a graduate of Cornell University and University at Buffalo School of Law.

The Icon Honors winners will be honored Dec. 7 at a virtual celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at

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