From its humble beginnings as the law office of Orsamus H. Marshall, which opened in 1834 in Buffalo, New York, Phillips Lytle is now recognizing its 175th anniversary. With the Firm's beginnings being traced backed to a 21-year-old solo practitioner, Phillips Lytle now employs more than 425 individuals in seven offices across New York State, including Buffalo, Chautauqua, Rochester, Albany, New York City and Long Island.
From its inception, the firm has had a distinguished roster of attorneys, including President Grover Cleveland; postmaster generals Nathan K. Hall (Fillmore Administration) and Wilson S. Bissell (Cleveland Administration); United States District Court Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy; Clerk of the District Court, Western District of New York, Orsamus H. Marshall; Justices of the New York State Supreme Court Hon. Daniel J. Kenefick, Hon. Walter J. Mahoney and Hon. John M. Curran; United States Congressman Lyman K. Bass; and New York State Assemblyman William A. Moseley.
Today, more than 170 attorneys work with a diverse client base, including numerous Fortune 500 clients as well as global financial institutions, middle market companies and family-run businesses. Many of these attorneys can be found among the elite groups included in The Best Lawyers in America® , the Upstate New York Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers.
The firm also holds the distinction of being one of only forty-two DuPont Primary Law Firms, and has been selected as a Go-To Law Firm®of the Top 500 U.S. Companies. Phillips Lytle's client roster includes AT&T; Coach, Inc.; and Ford Motor Credit Company.
During 2009, Phillips Lytle will host a series of yearlong special events, recognitions and activities in the various markets across New York State, including a special celebration event in September 2009 for clients in observance of the official anniversary date of the firm's founding. In addition, a book highlighting the firm's history will be published.