ROCHESTER, NY (October 25, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – …

ROCHESTER, NY (October 25, 2005) – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – For a second consecutive year, Rochester law firm Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP is named “Best Place to Work” among law firms in the U.S. The ranking is a result of a national survey of midlevel associates (attorneys in their third to fifth year of practice at a firm) that is conducted annually by The American Lawyer magazine. The publication is a leading monthly magazine for lawyers, covering news of the most successful firms in the U.S.

The survey polled associates at 185 firms across the nation on areas that contribute to workplace satisfaction. Among the key issues addressed in the survey were interest and satisfaction levels in work, relations with coworkers, family friendliness, benefits, compensation and the firm’s attitude toward pro bono work.

“We are honored to be among the Rochester-based companies that have gained national recognition for creating a work environment that attracts top talent to our community and provides topnotch legal services to our clients,” said Maureen Alston, managing partner of Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP. “We value the commitment and expertise of our entire staff, and work hard to foster cooperation and professionalism. The benefits extend beyond the staff to our community and our clients.”

As evidence, Alston cited another top ranking the firm enjoys: “Business leaders ranked Harter, Secrest Rochester’s #1 law firm in each of three separate surveys conducted by Corporate Board Member magazine since 2002. It’s gratifying to see tangible evidence of the link between talented, satisfied lawyers and satisfied clients.”

The American Lawyer survey gives firms a clear report on how well they are doing in developing young lawyers compared to their peers. This year, approximately 6,000 midlevel associates responded to the survey.

Full survey results appear in the magazine’s October 2005 issue and on its website, (brief subscription info required).

About Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP
Founded in 1893, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP ( is a full-service law firm providing legal services to a wide variety of clients including publicly traded companies, privately owned businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. The firm has more than 100 attorneys and 30 paralegals in offices in Rochester, Buffalo and Albany, New York and Naples, Florida.

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