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Firm Profile

Phillips Lytle LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 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: 73
Number of lawyers: 196

Phillips Lytle is a premier regional law firm that 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 the firm’s passion to deliver, guided by a pragmatism that ensures calculated, sound decisions aimed at clients’ business goals. The firm calls it The Phillips Lytle Way. The firm goes above and beyond above and beyond by dedicating itself to help, understanding client goals, knowing client industries and adding value – always. Practices include banking and financial services; bankruptcy; class action; corporate; crisis response and management; education; energy; environment; data security and privacy; health law; 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. It 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 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: Adam S. Walters
Key Clients: DuPont, Honeywell, Recycled Energy Development, Inc., ELG Utica Alloys, BQ Energy, 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 The Pike Company 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.
Partner: Richard M. Beers, Jr.
■ Represent TM Montante Development in transforming a former urban hospital campus into a vibrant, mixed-use, urban development featuring neighborhood retail, modern residential units, and commercial office space
Partner: Adam S. Walters
Key Clients: LifeStorage, Inc., Gallina Development Corporation, The Pike Company, Genesee County Economic Development Agency, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, TM Montante Development
Contact: Adam S. Walters
Tel: 716 847 7023
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Phillips Lytle’s mergers and 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, food products, information technology, bio-technology and financial services.
■ Represented the owner of a multinational food manufacturer in the acquisition of a domestic competitor in a transaction valued at $225 million
Partners: David J. Murray, Kristen M. Birmingham
■ Represented the shareholders of a national privately held financial services company in a divestiture to an international competitor in a transaction valued at $120 million
Partners: David J. Murray, Kristen M. Birmingham
■ Represented Sovran Self Storage, a publicly traded REIT in the acquisition of LifeStorage, Inc. the largest privately owned self-storage operation in the United States, for a purchase price of approximately $1.3 billion. 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: Rich Products Corporation, Summer Street Capital Partners, ECR International, Inc., LifeStorage, Inc.
Contact: David J. Murray
Tel: 716 847 5453
Email: [email protected]

Phillips Lytle’s litigation practice is recognized nationally, regionally and locally for its outstanding trial and appellate work. Practice areas include commercial litigation, health effects, product 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 litigation matters ranging from workout and bankruptcy matters to significant commercial disputes
Partners: Preston L. Zarlock, Sean C. McPhee
■ Represent Columbus McKinnon Corporation as defense counsel in product liability matters throughout the United States
Partners: David J. McNamara, Joel A. Blanchet
■ Represent Pyramid Management Group in commercial and real property tax matters; Emerson Electric Co. in product liability matters; and Ford Motor Credit Company in commercial litigation
Partner: 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
■ Represent LifeStorage, Inc. as co-counsel in a consumer class action in New Jersey
Partner: Kenneth A. Manning
Key Clients: Columbus McKinnon Corporation, LifeStorage, Inc., DuPont, Emerson Electric Co., Ford Motor Credit Company, Rich Products Corporation, Siemens Financial Services, Inc., Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Contact: William D. Christ
Tel: 716 847 8332
Email: [email protected]


  • One Canalside,
  • 125 Main Street,
  • Buffalo,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 14203
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  • Fax +1 716 852 6100
  • Website :
  • Omni Plaza,
  • 30 South Pearl Street,
  • Albany,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 12207-3425
  • Tel 518 472 1224
  • Fax 518 472 1227
  • 201 West Third Street, Suite 205,
  • Jamestown,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 14701-4907
  • Tel 716 664 3906
  • Fax 716 664 4230
  • 1305 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200,
  • Garden City,
  • New York
  • USA
  • 11530-1630
  • Tel 516 742 5201
  • Fax 516 742 3910
  • The New York Times Building,
  • 620 Eighth Avenue,
  • 23rd Floor, ,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10018
  • Tel 212 759 4888
  • Fax 212 308 9079
  • 28 East Main Street,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Rochester,
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 14614
  • Tel 585 238 2000
  • Fax 585 232 3141
  • 800 17th Street NW,
  • Suite 450,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20006-3962
  • The Community Hub,
  • 151 Charles Street,
  • West Suite 152,
  • The Tannery,
  • Kitchener,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • N2G 1H6
  • Tel 519 570 4800
  • Fax 519 570 4858