About Us

Sayles & Evans is a general practice law firm located in Elmira, NY. We have been providing legal advice and services in many areas of commercial and personal law for 140 years and we take pride in knowing that we are still here because we have earned the trust and respect of our clients and the community.

Our Approach

We provide a multifaceted and flexible approach to addressing the diverse legal needs of our clients. We offer one of the largest legal teams in the area that allows a level of specialization rarely seen outside larger cities. Our attorneys blend various specialties that allow us to provide a very comprehensive set of services and personalization to each client’s needs.


We are located in the beautiful city of Elmira in the heart of the Southern Tier of New York State. Although the majority of our clients are located in the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, we do provide legal advice and services to clients throughout the US.

Our History

Sayles & Evans has a rich history of respected and notable legal services dating back to 1875. Original partners John A. Reynolds and Frederick Collin established the firm of Reynolds & Collin. John B. Stanchfield joined the firm soon after in 1885. The founding partners were active in the legal and political affairs of the state. Frederick Collin served on the New York Court of Appeals from 1910 to 1920 and John B. Stanchfield was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1900. Stanchfield later became a partner of the New York City firm of Chadbourne, Stanchfield & Levy where he was recognized as one of the foremost trial lawyers in America.

The firm took on many names before it became Sayles & Evans in 2000. Alexander Falck of Stanchfield, Lovell, Falck & Sayles served with the firm from 1901 to 1918, when he left to become an officer of Corning Glass Works. He served as the president of Corning Glass Works from 1920 to 1928 and chairman of the board from 1929 to 1941. Halsey Sayles was active in the firm for over 50 years. In this time, he handled both litigation and corporate work and served as a director of Corning Glass Works, American LaFrance, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital, and the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company. More recent partners such as Charles L. Brayton, William E. Palmer, Bela Tifft, Kenneth Tifft, and Edward B. Hoffman were instrumental in the affairs of Hardinge Incorporated, The Hilliard Corporation, Watkins Salt Company, Schweizer Aircraft Corporation, and Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Community Involvement

For 140 years Sayles & Evans and its founders have been deeply involved in the cultural and charitable affairs of the community. Most recently the firm has provided legal advice and leadership to such diverse organizations as the Arnot Art Museum, the Clemens Center, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Tanglewood Nature Center, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira College, the Chemung County Historical Society, Southern Tier Economic Growth and the Community Foundation of the Elmira, Corning Area just to name a few.