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Phillips Lytle LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

5 ranked lawyersBand 1New York: UpstateUSA 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Phillips Lytle has a standout litigation practice with capabilities across a broad range of commercial disputes. The practice fields an excellent bench of litigators with extensive experience at trial and appeal levels. The team's expertise includes insurance coverage, construction, employment franchising and contractual disputes. It is also noted for its strength in white-collar criminal litigation and government investigations.


"The lawyers always return calls and meet deadlines, are proactive and know the client's needs. They are focused on building long-term relationships which enables them to gain institutional knowledge of the client, anticipating risks and preferences."

"They are effective, efficient and getting good results for us. They have good commercial awareness and are very good at adapting to changing needs."

Work highlights

Phillips Lytle represented Excellus Health Plan in two putative class actions brought by groups of plan subscribers and healthcare providers.

Notable practitioners

Edward Bloomberg draws on almost four decades of experience to advise clients facing complex commercial disputes. He offers expertise in litigation involving securities, insurance, intellectual property and labor and employment, among other areas.
"He has probably forgotten more than I will ever know about law. He's well regarded and a great storyteller."

John Schmidt continues to assist with a broad range of contentious matters. Clients call upon his abilities across the gamut of commercial litigation and white-collar criminal cases.
"His procedural and substantive legal skills, and ability to manage a litigation team, have proven extremely valuable. He is also very attentive to the clients' needs and concerns, and is approachable and personable.""He is very skilled at what he does, with good insights into issues and implications."

Kenneth Manning maintains a distinguished reputation for his wealth of experience in handling high-stakes litigation. He advises on a wide variety of commercial disputes including class actions.
"Ken is a good strategist and is particularly gifted at building relationships with all sides. He is considerate and trustworthy. He always provides wise advice.""Ken is a 'steady hand' voice of reason and knowledge when assurance is needed. His legal guidance crosses many practice areas and emphasizes relationships and reputation management, in addition to straight (and skilled) legal advice."

Kevin English 's practice features significant strengths in commercial disputes. Clients regularly turn to him to advise on breach of contract claims, noncompete disputes and wider corporate litigation, among other matters.
"He is a skilled litigator who can handle complex litigation; he is reliable and a hard worker."

Preston Zarlock  maintains a solid reputation for his abilities as a tenacious litigator. He frequently acts for clients in commercial disputes and class actions, including product liability and insurance coverage matters.
"He is a trusted adviser and I really appreciate our open, practical and honest dialogue. He is a tough and sophisticated litigator, but also brings a level of practicality that is incredibly helpful.""He is effective and communicates well with clients. He is always considerate of alternative means of dispute resolution and is creative in settlement."

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Phillips Lytle's litigation practice is recognized nationally for its outstanding trial and appellate work. We have a sophisticated team of commercial litigators who have extensive experience in all phases of business disputes, including those involving banking, contracts, sales and product distribution, services, financing, construction, insurance coverage, joint ventures, employment, franchising, licensing, leasing, land use, real estate finance and development, energy, trusts, charitable organizations, shareholder and partnership disputes, consumer finance defense, professional liability and machinery/technology warranties. 

Phillips Lytle's litigation experience includes handling commercial matters throughout the country in both trial and appellate courts, in the Federal and State judicial systems and before arbitration panels. 

Litigation: General Commercial

Phillips Lytle LLP


One Canalside

125 Main Street


New York


NY 14203

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New York: Upstate

Litigation: General Commercial

Edward S. Bloomberg
Senior Statespeople
John G. Schmidt Jr
Band 3
Kenneth A. Manning
Band 1
Kevin J. English
Band 2
Preston Zarlock
Band 3