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Firm Profile

Phillips Lytle LLP

Firm Profile


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  • One Canalside
  • 125 Main Street
  • Buffalo
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 14203

Firm profile submitted by Phillips Lytle LLP

Managing Partner: Kevin M Hogan
Number of partners: 77 Number of lawyers: 189

Phillips Lytle is a premier law firm, recognized nationally for its legal excellence. The firm provides the highest level of client service. It isn’t something Phillips Lytle preaches, it’s what the firm practices each and every day. It is their passion to deliver, guided by a pragmatism that ensures calculated, sound decisions aimed at their clients’ business goals. The firm calls it The Phillips Lytle Way. They go above and beyond above and beyond by dedicating themselves to help, understanding client goals, knowing client industries and adding value – always. The firm’s practices include banking and financial services; bankruptcy; class action; corporate; crisis response and management; education; employee benefits and executive compensation; energy; environment; data security and privacy; health law; immigration; intellectual property; international; labor and employment; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; public finance; real estate; securities; telecommunications; tax; venture capital and white collar/government investigations.


Phillips Lytle is a national leader in environmental law. The firm has represented hundreds of manufacturers, developers, IDAs, educational institutions and lenders on a wide range of environmental matters. The firm also has one of the leading land use planning and zoning practices in New York State.
■ Represent ELG Utica Alloys, Inc. with respect to a New York State Superfund site in Utica, NY. This site involves PCB contamination, including potential off-site concerns. Phillips Lytle is leading the process to recover remedial costs from potentially responsible parties for the site and in negotiations with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on regulatory compliance and remedy selection matters. Partner: David P Flynn
■ Represent the Genesee County Economic Development Agency and its real estate development affiliate, the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation, with respect to the STAMP Project. Phillips Lytle has been retained as real estate and environmental permitting counsel for the project. Partner: Adam S Walters
■ Represented the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency in environmental matters concerning an approximate 58-acre waterfront redevelopment project along Hempstead Harbor and Glen Cove Creek, adjoining Long Island Sound. The firm counsels the IDA in all aspects of obtaining regulatory approvals for redevelopment and reuse of environmentally challenged properties. Partner: Morgan G Graham
Key Clients: DuPont, Honeywell, Recycled Energy Development, Inc., ELG Utica Alloys, BQ Energy, Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency, Occidental Chemical Corporation.
Contact: David P Flynn Tel: 716 847 5473
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Phillips Lytle’s real estate development practice has nationally recognized experience representing large corporations, public utilities, municipalities, institutional lenders, REITS, private developers, individuals and others in connection with large and small commercial, industrial and retail projects.
■ Represented a developer in a $40 million six-building off-campus student housing complex project. The firm handled the land use, environmental impact review and brownfield remediation, as well as the development agreement with the municipal government. Partners: Adam S Walters, Albert M Mercury
■ Represented Sovran Self Storage, Inc. with all real estate aspects of the transaction involving the acquisition of Life Storage, Inc., the largest privately-owned self-storage operation in the United States, consisting of over 90 self-storage properties owned, managed or under contract, in a number of states, for a purchase of approximately $1.3 billion. Partner: John A Pappano
■ Represented The Pike Development Company LLC in the acquisition of the former Midtown Plaza site from the City of Rochester and the development of a build-to-suit office building for the headquarters of Gannett Company, Inc. The firm negotiated and closed the acquisition of the parcel from the City of Rochester, the negotiation of a package of economic incentives, the lease of the space to Gannett and the construction financing for the project. Partner: Richard M Beers, Jr.
Key Clients: Life Storage, Inc., Gallina Development Corporation, The Pike Development Company LLC, Genesee County Economic Development Agency, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.
Contact: Adam S Walters Tel: 716 847 7023
Email: [email protected]

Phillips Lytle’s litigation practice is recognized nationally, regionally and locally for its outstanding trial and appellate work. Practice areas include business litigation, health effects, products liability, torts, labor and employment, class action, white collar criminal defense and government investigations. 
■ Represent a number of banking and financial institutions in a variety of litigated matters ranging from workout and bankruptcy matters to significant commercial disputes. Partners: Preston L Zarlock, Sean C McPhee
■ Represent Columbus McKinnon Corporation and Emerson Electric Co. as defense counsel in products liability matters throughout the United States and Canada. Partners: David J McNamara, Craig A Leslie
■ Represent Pyramid Management Group in commercial and real property tax matters involving its properties in New York State. Partners: Paul Morrison- Taylor, Craig A Leslie
■ Represent Rich Products Corporation, and have done so for over 40 years, in a range of commercial matters. Partner: Kevin J English
Key Clients: Columbus McKinnon Corporation, Cutco Corporation, DuPont, Emerson Electric Co., Ford Motor Credit Company, Rich Products Corporation, Siemens Financial Services, Inc., Delaware North Companies, Inc., Pyramid Management Group.
Contact: Kevin J English Tel: 716 847 5447
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Phillips Lytle’s mergers & acquisitions practice team has a broad range of experience that includes traditional acquisitions, divestitures and tax-free and taxable mergers, as well as restructurings, recapitalizations, management buy-outs and joint ventures in several sectors, including advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio-technology and financial services.
■ Represented the owners of Installs, Inc. in a sale of the company to a private equity group in a transaction valued at approximately $25 million. Partners: David J Murray, Kristen M Birmingham
■ Represented Sovran Self Storage Inc., a publicly traded REIT in the acquisition of Life Storage, Inc., the largest privately-owned self-storage operation in the United States, for a purchase price of approximately $1.3 billion. The transactions included a $700 million public offering of common stock, successfully completed in May 2016, the negotiation and signing of a $1.2 billion standby credit facility and a $600 million public debt offering launch in June 2016. Partners: Frederick G Attea, Glenn J Bobeck
Key Clients: Hardinge, Inc., Summer Street Capital Partners, ECR International, Inc., Life Storage, Inc.
Contact: David J Murray Tel: 716 847 5453
Email: [email protected]


  • One Canalside,
  • 125 Main Street,
  • Buffalo,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 14203
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  • Albany,
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  • 1305 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200,
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  • The New York Times Building,
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  • New York,
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  • 28 East Main Street,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Rochester,
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  • 800 17th Street NW,
  • Suite 450,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
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  • DC 20006-3962
  • The Community Hub,
  • 151 Charles Street,
  • West Suite 152,
  • The Tannery,
  • Kitchener,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
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