Conveniently located in the heart of Central New York, Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Syracuse office can be found downtown in the Syracuse Building. As a branch office, we provide the personal service of a small boutique firm while allowing our clients the resources of a large multi-state firm.

Practice Areas


Banking & Financial Services
Our clients benefit from our continuous work with bank regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, the New York Department of Financial Services and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Business, Corporate, & Securities Law
Our Business, Corporate and Securities Law attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous acquisitions and divestitures through outright stock or asset sales, mergers, leveraged buyouts and strategic alliances. Often these transactions involve complex and multi-disciplinary legal issues such as taxation, intellectual property, environmental law, real estate law, labor and employee benefit law, and other similar issues. Our Corporate and Securities team works side-by-side with other attorneys within our firm who specialize in these areas to achieve the best results for our clients.
Commercial & Residential Real Estate
Real Estate Law has been a core practice area at Hinman, Howard & Kattell since the firm’s founding over a century ago, and remains one of the firm’s largest departments. With offices throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New Jersey, Hinman, Howard & Kattell is able to offer clients local convenience combined with the skills of a large firm.
Construction Law
We are also experienced in construction litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Typical construction disputes that our Construction Law Practice Group handles involve: non-conforming or defective work, extra work or change orders, delays and accelerated work schedules, site condition discrepancies, wrongful termination, and liquidated damages.
Criminal Defense
The attorneys in our Criminal Defense practice group, a number of whom are former prosecutors, represent clients through all stages of a criminal case, from investigation to arrest, from a bail hearing to trial. We provide comprehensive criminal defense services both at the state and federal level in New York and Pennsylvania. The scope of our practice includes defending clients against a wide range of violations, misdemeanors, and felony charges.
Properly securing internal networks and sensitive data is among the most difficult challenges that modern businesses face. A data breach can compromise customers’ financial and personal data, damaging the customer relationships upon which business success is founded. Data breaches also compromise proprietary information, such as trade secrets, that businesses use to gain and maintain advantages in the market.
Elder Law & Guardianships
In addition to estate work, Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s attorneys are experienced in guardianship/conservatorship matters, including, where necessary, litigation. Our attorneys assist clients with decisions in planning to maximize public benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and in deciding when and how to withdraw from benefit plans. We are knowledgeable about taxation of distributions from employee benefit plans, including pensions, annuities, IRAs and Keoughs and health and long-term care planning. We also draft health care proxies, advance directives, and powers of attorney. HH&K can assist with the creation of trusts for minor children and grandchildren, and also advise on planning for the continuing support of disabled children or other dependents.
Energy & Environmental Law
Hinman, Howard & Kattell monitors new developments and emerging issues in the complex realm of energy and environmental law, both at the state and federal level. We maintain good working relationships with environmental consultants and engineers, fellow environmental attorneys, and with government officials and agencies responsible for environment, health, and safety regulation and enforcement. These relationships enable us to assist clients efficiently and effectively in responding to energy and environmental legal issues as they arise. We also proactively follow and offer feedback on proposed new regulations and legislation that may positively or negatively affect our clients.
Health Law
Health care is one of our nation’s most heavily regulated and volatile industries. Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Health Law practice group actively monitors changes in the law and is able to navigate complex regulatory requirements as they emerge. In addition to keeping abreast of current trends in the field, HH&K’s attorneys possess a sound understanding of how health care is rendered, and the operational and structural issues affecting providers and payers.
Intellectual Property
In response to the growing demands of our corporate clients, Hinman, Howard & Kattell has developed the specialty practice areas necessary to enable complete and effective representation in virtually all aspects of business. Our Intellectual Property (IP) practice represents a broad variety of industries, with clients ranging from large corporations to individual inventors.
Labor & Employment
The workplace is always providing new challenges for employers, and the attorneys of Hinman, Howard & Kattell are here to assist in meeting them. Our attorneys are frequent lecturers in labor and employment topics to the local Chambers of Commerce, Bar Associations, and other community groups. We provide up-to-date, practical advice both for unionized and non-unionized employers. We believe in an individualized approach to meet our clients’ needs, rather than insisting on a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
Our litigation attorneys take a common-sense approach to resolving disputes. We work with our clients to identify the best and most efficient way to handle matters, whether through litigation, negotiation or alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. We understand that each situation and each client presents different dynamics.
Matrimonial & Family Law
Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Matrimonial and Family Law group offers specialized, experienced practitioners engaged in the careful and confidential representation of individuals and families in a variety of circumstances. We understand the personal hardships and unique circumstances that accompany every case, and we are committed to assisting our clients through these difficulties.
Not-For-Profit Corporations & Foundations
The attorneys of Hinman, Howard & Kattell are also deeply committed to community service, including serving on the boards of several non-profits, charities and foundations. We also are legal counsel to numerous not-for-profit organizations. It is that commitment that led us to the development of our Not-for-Profit Corporations and Foundations practice group.
Pension & Employee Benefits
For employers seeking to attract and retain a superior workforce and/or management team, complying with employee benefits legislation and regulations, particularly the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) has become even more critical. Employee benefits issues are increasingly important in corporate and financial transactions, as well. Our firm’s Pension and Employee Benefits group advises executives, plan administrators and plan trustees on a broad range of employee benefit concerns.
Personal Injury
Our personal injury attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who help injured individuals vindicate their rights. These matters are tough; being injured is always awful and navigating the world of lawsuits and insurance companies makes it even worse. We keep the focus on our clients, always pursuing the resolution that benefits the individuals we represent. Often, we are able to resolve cases without trials. But when necessary, we are strong advocates who make sure that our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled under the law.
Tax Assessment
Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Tax Assessment attorneys are recognized statewide for expertise in all aspects of real property tax law and eminent domain law. Our involvement in such proceedings on behalf of individual and corporate property owners, as well as municipalities, affords a unique perspective for our clients.
Tax Law
The lawyers in Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Tax practice group advise individuals and businesses regarding state and federal income tax, employee benefits, state sales tax, capital gains tax, and real property tax. We have expertise in in all fields of tax law.
Wills, Trusts, & Estates
At Hinman, Howard & Kattell we advise individuals and families, including closely held businesses, on tax, financial, and estate planning issues. We also assist our clients with decisions and planning regarding long term care. We know that concerns about the transfer of wealth and planning for the future weigh heavily on our clients. Our goal is to assist families and individuals in developing and implementing comprehensive plans for the transmission of wealth and the protection of assets that results in peace of mind for our clients.
Workers' Compensation & Disability Benefits Law
The Disability Benefits practice group at Hinman, Howard & Kattell provides aggressive representation of employers and employees throughout the state before the Workers’ Compensation Board, Social Security Administration, Veteran’s Administration, New York State Retirement System, and New York State Supreme Courts. Our lawyers can handle every aspect of your case from start to finish. We specialize in complex cases that may involve a combination of Workers’ Compensation, No-Fault, Long-Term Disability, Social Security Disability, New York State Disability Retirement, §207 claims and/or third-party lawsuits. We also handle appeals in workers’ compensation cases before the New York State Appellate Division and Court of Appeals, and in Federal Court in Social Security cases.
Zoning, Land Use, & Development
At Hinman, Howard & Kattell, our lawyers skillfully guide clients through all facets of the zoning, land use, and development process. We represent developers, community groups, and individual property owners as well as municipalities. Our representation spans assistance in obtaining municipal approvals via submissions and appearances before municipal planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, town boards, village boards and city boards and counsels.

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244 Harrison Street Suite 500
Syracuse, NY 13202


244 Harrison Street Suite 500 Syracuse, NY 13202 Phone: 315-473-9414 Email: Fax: 315-473-9421