Harris Beach

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Harris Beach PLLC
Harris Beach
Headquarters Rochester, NY
No. of offices 11
No. of attorneys 200+
No. of employees 400+ (including attorneys)
Key people James A. Spitz, Jr., CEO & Partner
Date founded 1856
Company type Professional limited liability company

Harris Beach is a law firm in New York state, founded in 1856. The firm has 200 lawyers and offices throughout New York state as well as Newark, New Jersey, and New Haven, Connecticut.

Ranked by the National Law Journal as one of the country’s top law firms,[1] Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state as well as nationally and internationally. The firm's clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately held companies, emerging businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries the firm represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities.[2]

Areas of practice[edit]

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Commitment to Diversity[edit]

The 10-member Harris Beach Diversity Council is composed of attorneys and administrative personnel from various offices, departments, and a broad range of ethnic and academic backgrounds, experiences, cultures and lifestyles. The Diversity Council is dedicated to the retention and advancement of all individuals.

Among Harris Beach’s practices that promote diversity:

  • flex-time work schedules for attorneys and administrative staff
  • diverse-friendly in its recruiting efforts by focusing on a candidate’s skills, education and experience
  • hires and accommodates the needs of individuals who are differently-abled (disabilities)
  • holiday schedule that is cognizant and respectful of different groups

Harris Beach provides diversity scholarship programs for college seniors attending law school and second year law school students and works closely with the Monroe County Bar Association as a founding member of the association's minority summer clerkship program. Harris Beach is also a member of the Workforce Diversity Network, the nation's leading network of professionals and organizations dedicated to professional development, understanding, promotion and management of diversity as an essential part of business success.

Diversity Recognition:


  • Partner H. Todd Bullard was presented with the Rochester Black Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award


  • Partner H. Todd Bullard was presented with the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Students of Color Distinguished Alumni Award


  • Harris Beach received the Rochester Black Bar Association’s Diversity Recognition Award for committed participation, support and leadership in the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program
  • Harris Beach received the Family Friendly Employer Award from the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys and the Monroe County Bar Association


  • Harris Beach received the Employer Support Freedom Award from the Secretary of Defense, which is the Department of Defense’s highest award given to civilian employers


  • Harris Beach was recognized with a Profiles in Diversity Journal 2012 CEO Leadership in Action Award™
  • Harris Beach was presented with the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Law Firm Diversity Award
  • Harris Beach was presented with the 2012 HR Excellence Award in the diversity excellence category from the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Partner Rosevelie Márquez Morales received the 2012 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Star by The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc.


  • Partner Rosevelie Márquez Morales received the Hispanic National Bar Association’s HNBA Top Lawyers under 40 award


  • Harris Beach Diversity Council Co-chair and firm partner, Rosevelie Márquez Morales was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot list, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys. In 2013, Ms. Morales received the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Lawyer Award and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Top Lawyers Under 40 Award.

Awards and rankings[edit]

  • Ranked among the country's top law firms by The National Law Journal[3]
  • Ranked among the Top 100 law firms in New York state[4]
  • Ranked by U. S. News & World Report as a Top Tier law firm in every major area of law[5]
  • Named in 44 practice group categories in Best Lawyers in America[6]
  • Named in 18 practice group categories in New York Super Lawyers[7]


September 11 attacks[edit]

In 2000, Harris Beach moved its New York City office to the 85th floor of the South Tower at the World Trade Center. At the time of the September 11 attacks, it was highest floor in the impact zone where United Airlines Flight 175 had struck the tower. Most employees were evacuated but six employees – five lawyers and a construction manager supervising renovations – died. The New York City office was relocated to Fifth Avenue and since 2007 it has been located 100 Wall Street.[8]

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