Christopher Jagel has been elected CEO of Harris Beach PLLC, and James Spitz Jr., who was CEO at the firm since 2005, has been named chairman.
“Harris Beach has earned a reputation to be proud of because of Jim’s tremendous leadership. I am fortunate to be inheriting this role from someone who held it with such diligence and care,” Jagel said a statement. “Our past has set us up for a promising future poised for smart growth and I am honored to lead this firm as we continuously improve the services we provide to our clients.”
Jagel joined Harris Beach as an associate in 1993 and became a partner in 1997. His legal practice focuses on sophisticated commercial transactions, banking and commercial financing and general corporate law.
He represents business clients and entrepreneurs at all stages of their business development. Jagel negotiates and documents commercial loan transactions for financial institutions and borrowers. He also provides general corporate, strategic and practical advice to clients.
Spitz joined Harris Beach in 1975 after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law. He became a partner in 1983 and a member of the management committee in 1999.
Before becoming CEO, Spitz served as the leader of the firm’s labor and employment law practice group and leader of the educational institutions industry team.
Spitz counsels public and private clients in all areas of employee relations. A substantial portion of his practice involves representing school districts in labor and employment issues as well as on general education, civil service and municipal law matters.
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach has more than 220 lawyers with offices in Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Conn. and Newark, N.J.
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