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Harris Beach

Harris Beach PLLC
Harris Beach
HeadquartersRochester, NY
No. of offices12
No. of attorneys200+
No. of employees500+ (including attorneys)
Key peopleChristopher D. Jagel, CEO & Partner
Date founded1856
Company typeProfessional limited liability company

Harris Beach is a law firm in the U.S. state of New York, founded in 1856. The firm has over 200 lawyers and offices throughout New York, as well as in 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 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

Industries served

Commitment to diversity

The Harris Beach Council on Inclusion and Diversity 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 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.


Notable alumni