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Hartnett named 'Lawyer of the Year'

Fayetteville resident Elizabeth A. Hartnett was recognized by "The Best Lawyers in America" as "Lawyer of the Year" for trusts and estates law in the Syracuse market for 2011.

According to Best Lawyers, only one single lawyer in each of 14 practice areas in Syracuse was recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 and those selected received "particularly high ratings from most of their peers" in the legal community.

"It is truly a great honor for Betsy to receive this award and be praised so highly by our peers in the legal community," said Steve Helmer, partner and chairman of the executive committee at Mackenzie Hughes. "It says a lot about the dedicated work and expertise in trusts and estates that she provides for our clients. Betsy is very deserving of being honored with this first-ever award from this renowned legal guide."

Hartnett brings 34 years of experience serving as counsel of wealth management services to some of the most prominent individuals, families, businesses, trustees and charities in the region. Hartnett's practice focuses in areas such as estate planning and settlement, charitable and specialty trusts, fiduciary services, family business and business tax and succession planning. Hartnett is also responsible for advising investments through the sister firm Mackenzie Hughes & Hartnett Investment Advisors.

Hartnett holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a doctorate in law degree from Syracuse University. In 1975, she was admitted to the New York State Bar Association and became a licensed certified public accountant.

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