Phillips Lytle LLP

One Canalside 125 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203, United States

  • (716) 847-8400
  • (716) 852-6100

Practice/Organization Description

Passionate people who take a pragmatic approach. What does that mean for our clients? It means that our attorneys have a true love of the law. We dig deeper, look at problems from all sides, and employ a level of analytics and higher-order thinking that makes a real difference in each and every matter we handle. We approach every case thoughtfully, in the context of our clients' objectives, working efficiently to arrive at outcomes that make good business sense. Because we are strong partners with our clients, we deliver consistent, winning results time and again.

We take great pride that we work this way for clients who are among the top companies in the country - some of whom are on the Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 lists. We are proud of our relationships with startup companies, entrepreneurs and family-run businesses that shape the business climate and create jobs in our communities.

When Phillips Lytle was founded in 1834 as a one-man office, Orsamus Marshall couldn’t have imagined that what he started would result in a law firm of regional and national prestige. Recognition by The Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News and World Report, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA didn’t happen by chance. It was bestowed on us through the glowing feedback from our satisfied clients and peers.

While we've grown and evolved during our 180-year history, we've always held fast to the principles upon which our firm was founded, "Accept great trusts and responsibilities and fulfill them with the utmost skill and fidelity." Our growth has only made us more ready and able to better aid clients from coast to coast. We've even opened a Canadian office to serve companies across the border looking to expand business in the U.S.

Practice Areas:


Banking & Financial Services

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights


Business & Commercial Litigation

Canadian Cross Border

Class Action

Community Association Law

Construction Litigation



Employee Benefits



Family Wealth Planning


Government Operations

Health Law


Insurance Coverage

Intellectual Property


Labor & Employment


Mergers & Acquisitions



Personal Injury – General Tort Litigation

Personal Injury – Products Liability/Health Effects

Project Development

Public Finance

Real Estate




Venture Capital

White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

Industry Teams:

Banking & Financial Services





Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Top 100 ranking on BTI Consulting Group Inc.'s Client Service A-Team 2014 List

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2010 - 2014: Environmental Law

New York State Bar Association 2011 Pro Bono Service Award for mid-size law firm

Recipient of 2012 Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 9th Annual Innovations in Diversity Award

Recipient of 2012 AT&T Legal Department Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition: 58 Phillips Lytle Attorneys listed

2013 Upstate and New York Metro New York Super Lawyers: 54 Phillips Lytle Attorneys listed

Recognition in U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms 2011-2014 survey

- National First-Tier Ranking for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Defendants Practice

- 28 Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings across 24 key practice areas

Recipient of Web Marketing Association’s 2011 “Outstanding Website” Web Award

Recipient of the New Media Institute 2011 “Standard of Excellence” New Media Award

Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • New York
  • Washington
Other Countries
  • Canada
Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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