Law Firms See Boost

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM EDT

A report in this week's Business First says area law firms are cautiously optimistic, as the effects of the global recession are fading. Law firms in Western New York have seen steady growth in business. Business First researchers say six of the top ten law firms in WNY added employees in the past year. The report says there has been steady growth in certain practice areas including litigation, real estate and health care law and that has driven the need for more staff. Even the recent credit-card breach at Target is driving business when it comes to protecting information for companies and consumers.

This week's Business First List ranks area law firms, based on the number of WNY attorneys. Hodgson Russ is first, followed by Phillips Lytle, Damon Morey, then Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel. Goldberg Segalla ranks fifth. You can get the complete list in this week's Business First.

Across the border in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the $100 million Scotiabank Convention Centre is paying off. A report in this week's Business First shows how hotels are booked even during the post holiday season, which is typically slow. The convention center is three years old. It was built to help fill hotels and restaurants during the slow season, from October to early May.

You can read more in this week's Business First.

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