Phillips Lytle: Global Law A Booming Practice In Western New York

Monday, January 16, 2012 - 16:38

Frederick Attea has traveled to more than 20 countries in the last decade and it isn’t because he likes to sightsee. Mr. Attea is a partner in the Buffalo office of Phillips Lytle LLP and has spent the bulk of his 40-year career concentrating on international law. These days, he deals heavily with companies looking to export their products to such places as China, Germany and Mexico.

According to Mr. Attea, companies face certain challenges when exporting goods, and those depend on what countries they’re considering. “There is a list of countries you can’t do much with - Iran, North Korea, Cuba. So it begins with where you want to sell your product. Then they get into local business practices and go all the way down to learning the terminology and the terms of payment.”

Mr. Attea said he’s not alone in trying to keep on top of the various regulations in countries around the globe. “We have relationships with law firms worldwide, and it is through those relationships that we are able to do what we do and serve our clients around the world,” he said.


Peter C. Obersheimer, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, delivered a presentation at the Bar Association of Erie County’s Federal Practice Committee meeting November 15. Mr. Obersheimer provided a case law update titled, “Disentanglement of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Co-Existing Mental Health Conditions in Social Security Cases.”  

At Phillips Lytle, Mr. Obersheimer concentrates his practice on general litigation matters and appeals. He is also on the White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations team and has experience with e-discovery and production in relation to grand jury subpoenas and other government investigative requests. 


Timothy W. Hoover, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Electronic Filing in the Criminal Courts for the State of New York Unified Court System. Recent legislation passed by the state called for the creation of the advisory committee to further study and make recommendations for the inauguration of e-filing in criminal cases.  At Phillips Lytle, Mr. Hoover co-chairs the White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations Practice Team and focuses his practice in civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, and appeals.  

A frequent speaker on federal criminal defense topics, he is listed in Business First of Buffalo and the Buffalo Law Journal’s Who’s Who in Law.