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Year founded: 1856
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Overview

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Founded in 1856, Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state as well as nationally and internationally. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturers, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s over 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut, Newark, New Jersey and Washington D.C.


Harris Beach Values

Harris Beach believes in solutions. Through the strategic application of our resources, relationships, and legal expertise, we build the right team to get the job done for our clients – efficiently and cost-effectively. We take pride in crafting innovative, practical, and comprehensive solutions to our clients’ pressing challenges.

Every person at Harris Beach is committed to being accessible, productive, responsive, and technologically sophisticated to provide the utmost value to our clients. We stand behind the statement that in our practice and client service, we will be to our clients “Lawyers you’ll swear by. Not at.”

Integrity
Honesty, sincerity, openness, and fairness are the building blocks of integrity. By embracing these values and holding ourselves to the highest levels of personal and professional behavior in all our relationships, we have earned the trust and respect to become a firm our clients truly swear by.

Respect
Our culture of understanding, compassion, and respect for each other naturally carries through to our relationships with our clients and gives rise to active involvement in our communities. Harris Beach believes in the fundamental dignity of each individual and every employee is valued for his or her unique experiences and perspectives. The rich diversity of our workforce, which reflects the communities we serve, enhances our work environment and the legal solutions we provide our clients.

Teamwork
We value the unique skills of each individual at Harris Beach and strategically leverage our broad knowledge base to build dedicated, interdisciplinary, problem-solving teams that are greater than the sum of their parts. Bringing our best team thinking to bear for our clients allows us to understand and anticipate their challenges, and provide breakthrough solutions. We listen to others and are responsive when others need assistance.

Ingenuity
Applied ingenuity is the impetus of our success at Harris Beach. We value and reward creativity and innovation, and provide our professionals with an entrepreneurial yet collegial atmosphere where we take our work, but not necessarily ourselves, seriously. This environment gives rise to the free flow of ideas which we transform into forward thinking client solutions.

Inclusion
Harris Beach recognizes everyone has a right to be included. By respecting and embracing our differences, we create an environment that optimizes our talent and promotes fresh thinking and innovative solutions that exceed client expectations. Sharing experiences from our diverse backgrounds increases the quality of everyone’s contributions, enhancing the services we provide.

Rankings

Harris Beach PLLC is nationally ranked in 4 practice areas and metro ranked in 43 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Public Finance Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law

Metro Rankings

Albany
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Economic Development Law
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Energy Regulatory Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Corporate Law
Harris Beach is a great firm with a great reputation and does outstanding work for our mutual clients. We refer them often.
Tom Bonadio – BONADIO & CO. LLP
Immigration Law
Danielle Rizzo at Harris Beach is one of the country's leading immigration lawyers on issues specific to Canada/US border matters.
Corporate Law
Harris Beach is an amazing firm to work with! Best in class!
Justin Copie – Innovative Solutions
Labor Law - Management
Roy Galewski is our primary attorney in this area. He is always on top of issues, quite familiar with my agency's operations and very knowledgeable on the law. Other Harris Beach attorneys provide employment litigation services and general legal advice to us. The quality is likewise excellent.
Dan DeLaus – Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
Banking and Finance Law
Beth Wilkens and Josh Penner of Harris Beach are a pleasure to work with.
Immigration Law
Harris Beach member Danielle M. Rizzo is a brilliant and tenacious immigration attorney and a valued volunteer with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I can't say enough good things about her.
Polen Danielle – American Immigration Lawyers Association

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Public Finance Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law

Regional Rankings

Albany
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Economic Development Law
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Energy Regulatory Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Binghamton
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Buffalo
Tier 1 for Immigration Law
Tier 1 for Municipal Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 3 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Trusts and Estates
Long Island
Tier 3 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 3 for Trusts and Estates
New York City
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 2 for Public Finance Law
Rochester-NY
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Copyright Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Economic Development Law
Tier 1 for Education Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Municipal Law
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Public Finance Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Construction Law
Tier 2 for Corporate Governance Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 2 for Litigation - Municipal
Tier 2 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 2 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Syracuse
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Copyright Law
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 2 for Litigation - Patent

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Cannabis Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development Law
  • Education Law
  • Elder Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Food and Beverage Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Harris Beach PLLC has 50 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Harris Beach PLLC eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association's Law Firm Diversity Award
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal CEO Leadership in Action Award
  • 2012 HR Excellence Award - diversity excellence category
  • Employer Support Freedom Award - Secretary of Defense
  • Rochester Black Bar Association's Diversity Recognition Award
  • Family Friendly Employer Award from Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys

Office Locations

Buffalo, NY
Larkin at Exchange, Suite 1000
726 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
United States
716-200-5050 Call our Buffalo, NY location at 716-200-5050 Get Directions Get directions to our Buffalo, NY location
Syracuse, NY
333 West Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13202
United States
315-423-7100 Call our Syracuse, NY location at 315-423-7100 Get Directions Get directions to our Syracuse, NY location
Uniondale, NY
The Omni, Suite 901
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard
Uniondale, NY 11553
United States
516-880-8484 Call our Uniondale, NY location at 516-880-8484 Get Directions Get directions to our Uniondale, NY location

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner - White Plains
Darius P. Chafizadeh
Managing Co-Partner NYC
Abbie Eliasberg Fuchs
Managing Co-Partner NYC
Judi Abbott Curry
Managing Partner - Albany
John McManus
Managing Partner - Buffalo
Robert Murray
Managing Partner - Saratoga Springs
John McManus
Managing Partner - Ithaca
Seth T. Hiland
Managing Partner - Rochester
Heidi Schult Gregory
Managing Partner - Syracuse
David M. Capriotti
Managing Partner - Uniondale
Thomas J. Garry

Contacts

Wills, Trusts and Estates
Audrey Patrone Peartree
Telecommunications
William M. Flynn
Public Finance and Economic Development
Russell E. Gaenzle
Product Liability and Comprehensive General Liablity
Abbie L. Eliasberg Fuchs
Municipalities and Local Agencies
Justin S. Miller
Medical and Life Sciences
Kelly Jones Howell
Mass Torts & Industry Wide Litigation
Abbie L. Eliasberg Fuchs
Labor & Employment Law
Daniel J. Moore
Intellectual Property Practice Group
James R. Muldoon
Financial Institutions and Capital Markets
Mathew P. Barry
Municipalities and Local Agencies
Michael V. Curti
Financial Institutions and Capital Markets
Tyler A. O'Reilly
Government Compliance and Investigations
Terrance P. Flynn
Racing and Gaming
Rajat R. Shah
Environmental Practice Group
Frank Pavia
Corporate
Rajat R. Shah
Commercial Real Estate
Charles W. Russell
Business & Commercial Litigation
Elliot A. Hallak
Business & Commercial Litigation
Dale A. Worrall
Appellate Litigation & Advocacy
Svetlana K. Ivy
Veterinary Medicine
Frank C. Muggia
Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Drones
James R. Muldoon
Real Estate Developers
Jack M. Martins
Land Use and Zoning
Darius P. Chafizadeh
Food and Beverage
Brendan F. Palfreyman
Financial Institutions and Capital Markets
Kevin W. Tompsett
Educational Institutions
Jeffrey J. Weiss
Construction and Surety Law
David J. Edwards
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