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Harter Secrest & Emery LLP


About Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

A fixture in the Empire State, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP has five offices across New York and is the largest firm in Rochester. The firm is armed with a renowned M&A practice and is sought after by Fortune 100 companies. Its clients include Wegmans, MacKenzie-Childs, Kodak, American Express, HSBC Holdings, and Buchanan Ingersoll.

Who Needs the Big Apple?

HSE was founded in Upstate New York by James Havens and Nathaniel Foote back in 1894 and has made a comfortable and successful home for itself. HSE was so comfortable in Rochester that it took nearly a hundred years for the firm to take its first steps outside of it. Its first additional office, in Naples, Florida in 1981, was its farthest. After that, HSE stuck with New York, opening offices in Albany in 1989, Buffalo in 1995, and Corning and New York City in 2014. 

Today HSE boasts more than 125 lawyers across New York. The firm has ranked among U.S. News Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Western New York, and firm attorneys have also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America; Upstate New York Super Lawyers; Upstate New York Rising Stars; and the “Legal Elite” list by Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal.

Picture This Friendship

Harter Secrest and Eastman Kodak go way back. HSE’s founder was friends with Eastman Kodak’s founder and eventually left the firm to join Eastman Kodak as general counsel and later vice president. The firm has stood by the photo and technology company throughout, guiding it through sales of operations, businesses, assets in silver, light film, imaging technology, micrographics, photo kiosks, and software.

MVP of Western New York

HSE’s sports law and sports facilities practice has experience in a variety of sports-management and sports-facilities-related matters, including employment, land use, zoning, litigation, construction law, and more. Among the teams the firm has counseled include the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, the Rochester Red Wings, the Syracuse Chiefs, and the Rochester Knighthawks, to name some. The firm has also been involved in disputes regarding construction of sports arenas and has seen synergies between its corporate and real estate departments as they work on matters regarding golf course development.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship

Since 2005, HSE has offered a diversity scholarship annually to a first-year law student. The recipient is chosen based on a variety of factors that “indicate promise for a successful career in the legal profession.” In addition to receiving $7,500 toward tuition, the recipient also earns a spot as a summer associate at the firm.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 232-6500

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Craig S. Wittlin
Hiring Partner: Jeffrey A. Wadsworth, Esq.
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150

Employment Contact

Lucille A. Dadd
Director of Legal Recruiting and Professional Development
(585) 231-1292

Major Office Locations

Rochester, NY (HQ)
Albany, NY
Buffalo, NY
Corning, NY
New York, NY

Major Departments

Agriculture, Food, & Dairy
Alcohol Beverage
Automobile Dealerships
Building & Construction
Closely Held Businesses & Private Companies
Design Professionals
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Environmental, Land Use, & Zoning
Financial Reorganization, Restructuring, & Insolvency
Financial Services
Government Affairs
Government & Internal Investigations
Health Care Professionals
Health Systems & Hospitals
Higher Education
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Long-Term Care
Manufacturers & Distributors
Mergers and Acquisitions
Municipal Law
Native American Law
Not-for-Profit Organizations
Optics and Photonics
Privacy and Data Security
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Public Finance
Real Estate
Retailer Real Estate
Secured Lending/Asset Recovery
Sports Law and Sports Facilities
Technology & Software
Trusts and Estates