Four lawyers with Phillips Lytle LLP have been named to the Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2012 list. Two partners with the firm’s Buffalo office, Robert M. Greene and Morgan G. Graham, were cited for excellence in their practice areas.
Best Lawyers cited Mr. Greene for his practice in Health Care Law and Mr. Graham for his practice in Litigation – Land Use & Zoning. Rochester partners Mark J. Moretti and Thomas R. Burns were honored in the areas of Litigation – Construction and Corporate Law, respectively.
Mr. Greene focuses in the areas of health law, corporate counseling, including administration and strategic planning, not-for-profit corporate formation, tax exemption, qualification with New York State administrative agencies, and investment standards for endowments.
He served as managing partner of Phillips Lytle for 14 years and as its chief executive officer for 21 years. An active member of the community, Mr. Greene serves as director and past president of the Notre Dame Law Association, director of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, director of Global Health Volunteers for Catholic Health East, and trustee for the WNED Foundation and the Foundation of the Zoological Society of Buffalo.
Mr. Greene is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Health Lawyers Association, the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations, and is a Fellow and past president of the College of Law Practice Management. In addition, Mr. Greene has spent the last 10 years volunteering in Haiti, both assisting teams of medical professionals and, more recently, working to re-build a girls’ orphanage destroyed by the earthquake in January, 2010. In June, Mr. Greene received the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 2011 Root-Stimson Award.
Mr. Graham focuses his practice in the area of environmental law; energy and land use, including telecommunications. With a knowledge of all major federal and New York environmental laws, he counsels on environmental compliance, regulations, litigation, natural resources, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental due diligence with respect to real property use, redevelopment and other commercial transactions.
Mr. Graham also focuses on brownfield redevelopment and related project development, Great Lakes Basin regulations, as well as defense of government civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws. He was the firm’s managing partner from 2001 to 2007. He serves as Vice President and Board Member of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the SUNY Buffalo Law School.