What You Should Know About Us

Solid. Diversified. Respected.

Founded in 1894, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP maintains a diversified and dynamic law practice shared by 125+ lawyers in five offices (Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Corning, and New York, NY).

We represent a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from entrepreneurial start-up businesses to nationally prominent institutions, including Fortune 100 companies. We provide counsel to our clients in a number of areas, including corporate, securities, intellectual property, financial services, labor, litigation, real estate, trusts and estates, tax, employee benefits, executive compensation, and immigration, among others.


Our clients expect nothing less than legal excellence, industry-specific knowledge, and a deep understanding of the business issues they face. Because we deliver, we have built a reputation for exceptional client service and a commitment to providing creative legal solutions that help our clients achieve their organizational objectives. As a result, we have been awarded 33 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms” top tier practice group rankings - more Western New York rankings than any other law firm. HSE is also top ranked in Chambers USA in the fields of Corporate/M&A, Litigation, and Immigration Law.

We Take Care of Our People.

Our people are our most important asset, so we place a premium on their career satisfaction. Here are some of the reasons why our associates rate us as one of the top firms in the nation:

 We Treat Each Other with Respect.
    We have a culture of collegiality and respect, where people cooperate with one another and genuinely enjoy working with
    each other. Our internal incentives support an environment of collaboration and teamwork, and as a result, competition
    between our attorneys is not an issue.

 We Train Our People.
   
Once you’re working for us, we don’t assume that your education is over. Our dedication to the training and development
    of our attorneys allows for continuous personal and professional growth. In addition to the training that our attorneys 
    receive in the course of a case or transaction, we also have a professional development staff that provides a full training
    curriculum, and our internal training programs are accredited by the NY CLE Board.

 We Support Lifestyle Needs.
   
We want our people to have rich and fulfilling lives, so we offer a full benefits package designed to help our attorneys
    balance their work and family life.