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Erika N.D. Stanat

stanat_erikaErika N.D. Stanat

Partner, Practice Group Leader, Commercial and IP Litigation, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Years in current role:2 as Practice Group Leader, 18 as Partner

What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?

I especially enjoy the challenge of handling cases involving intellectual property disputes. In these matters, I have the privilege of working collaboratively with our clients to learn about and ultimately protect and defend their new and innovative technologies. Since many of these disputes are larger litigation matters, they typically involve larger internal teams. Some of the most rewarding and fulfilling work in which I have had the opportunity to engage has been on teams with my extraordinarily talented, smart, and hard-working colleagues.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?

As our profession has already experienced, the competition for talent is increasingly steep and likely will remain so for the coming 3-5 years. Identifying talented and hardworking candidates who embrace and enhance our collaborative and collegial culture will remain a top priority for our firm.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

I am deeply interested in the areas of education, health, and conservation. I am fortunate to serve on multiple boards and in multiple organizations with strong connections to those interests. I serve as a Trustee and Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee on the Board of Trustees for my alma mater, Bucknell University; as a Director on the Advisory Board of the Wilmot Cancer Institute; as a Director on the Board of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in my hometown of Jamestown, New York; and as a Member of the Brighton Lacrosse Board. Along with Jodi Reynolds and Kate Cummins, I serve as a Co-Chair of the annual Mother’s Day Jewelry Shop Program run in partnership with the Rochester City School District. I volunteer regularly with the Brighton Central School District.