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Ralph K. Merzbach

Senior Counsel

Ralph is a corporate lawyer who leverages his prestigious career of more than 40 years to “quarterback” his clients’ legal needs and utilization of resources.

Concentrating his practice in transactional law, Ralph represents clients across a broad spectrum of legal affairs from the ordinary to the complex. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, venture capital transactions for investors and issuers, fund review for endowment and other institutional investors, business succession planning, complex corporate reorganizations, analysis and negotiation of complex corporate structures, contract and business owner disputes, joint ventures, business formations, business owners’ agreements, distribution and supply relationships, commercial leasing, commercial real estate, and lending transactions. His clients have ranged from public companies and institutions to small family-owned enterprises.

Prior to joining HSE, Ralph was the founding partner of Merzbach & Solomon, P.C. for nearly 25 years. He began his career at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP where he practiced for 20 years.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Finance Committee, Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Board of Managers, YMCA Camp Gorham
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Named as Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY for Corporate Law (2020 and 2014) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2017)
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2007-2022

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • University of Rochester, B.A., with high distinction

Ralph is a corporate lawyer who leverages his prestigious career of more than 40 years to “quarterback” his clients’ legal needs and utilization of resources.

Concentrating his practice in transactional law, Ralph represents clients across a broad spectrum of legal affairs from the ordinary to the complex. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, venture capital transactions for investors and issuers, fund review for endowment and other institutional investors, business succession planning, complex corporate reorganizations, analysis and negotiation of complex corporate structures, contract and business owner disputes, joint ventures, business formations, business owners’ agreements, distribution and supply relationships, commercial leasing, commercial real estate, and lending transactions. His clients have ranged from public companies and institutions to small family-owned enterprises.

Prior to joining HSE, Ralph was the founding partner of Merzbach & Solomon, P.C. for nearly 25 years. He began his career at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP where he practiced for 20 years.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Finance Committee, Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
  • Honorary Lifetime Member, Board of Managers, YMCA Camp Gorham
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Named as Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, NY for Corporate Law (2020 and 2014) and Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2017)
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2007-2022

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • University of Rochester, B.A., with high distinction
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Ralph K. Merzbach