First Anniversary of Merger
Barclay Damon Celebrates First Anniversary of Successful Merger
June 1, 2016, marks the first anniversary of the formation of Barclay Damon, LLP, the super-regional law firm created when Hiscock & Barclay, LLP and Damon Morey LLP merged last year.
The 275-attorney combination established Barclay Damon as the Northeast’s largest law firm not centered in a major metropolitan area. With the combination, the firm’s two centuries of legal experience significantly enhanced the breadth and depth of the services available to clients in practices that include health care, which is now one of largest health law practices based in Upstate New York; labor and employment; and corporate law, among other already-acclaimed practices such as intellectual property and energy. The merger also provided a platform for the firm to expand service offerings in areas such as higher education, international/cross-border, and cyber security. In all, the firm’s 33 practice areas provide clients with access to outstanding attorneys who are proficient in virtually any legal area they may require.
John P. Langan, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “It’s been an exhilarating year, exceeding the expectations of our partners and clients who, themselves, ambitiously predicted great things from the combination. It clicked from day one—the people, the cultures, the unique energy triggered from the fusion of two great law firms—and it’s been fun to watch since then.”
He continued, “Eight separate editions of the firm’s internally circulated ‘Success Stories’ describe almost 100 accounts of extraordinary client outcomes and other great ‘wins’ from the merger. We were able to meet a range of challenges during our first year, including merging two cultures, aligning two different fiscal year ends, and, in Buffalo, combining 105 lawyers and their support staffs into a single, fully integrated office.” That both legacy firms not only met but exceeded their fiscal year end budgeted performances was no surprise to Langan in light of the other successes resulting from the combination.
Prior to becoming Barclay Damon, Hiscock & Barclay saw 20 years of lateral growth and merger activity, including 10 major additions to the firm of between five and 65 new attorneys with each addition. This type of merger between law firms is increasingly a major national and global trend, with more law firm mergers occurring in 2015 than any previous year.
As noted by Peter S. Marlette, former legacy Damon Morey managing partner and now co-managing director of Barclay Damon’s Buffalo office, “While we see our merger experience as a snapshot of this major trend in our industry, I believe our ability to successfully adapt to—and capitalize on—a transformative change like this sets Barclay Damon apart. It comes in part from the combined firm’s unique operational principal of functioning as a unified platform of integrated offices rather than as a single headquarters office with satellites.”
James P. Domagalski, the Buffalo office’s other co-managing director, noted, “A year ago, our largest office was in Syracuse. Today, it’s in Buffalo. Next year, it may be Rochester or Albany. With a proven system of integrated operations, our clients get top legal talent and outstanding value without regard to the primary location of the client or the attorneys.”
A super-regional, full-service law firm, Barclay Damon, LLP offers well-respected legal and business counsel in areas that include energy, intellectual property, health care, labor and employment, business and finance, real estate and project development, public finance, and commercial and civil litigation, among numerous others. Barclay Damon has offices throughout the major cities of New York State and in Boston, Newark, Toronto, and Washington DC. For more information, go to barclaydamon.com.
Barclay Damon Expands Higher Education Offerings
Barclay Damon has experience representing dozens of colleges and universities across the Northeast. The firm’s higher education services include: day-to-day academic, business and corporate matters; labor and employment; student discipline and affairs; NCAA compliance; tax matters (including tax-exempt issues); real estate, financing and construction; employee benefits; litigation; higher education regulatory issues; and health care.
Cyber Security Services
New cyber security services launched.
Barclay Damon is pleased to offer clients newly enhanced legal services in the critical area of cyber security.
There is no question that data is a strategic asset for any company, and commitments relating to its use, sharing, acquisition, and storage can have long-term impact on a company’s business. At Barclay Damon, we are focused on protecting businesses in a digital world. Our attorneys represent clients in investigations, crisis responses to data breach incidents, litigation, government relations, and transactions, providing sound counsel on the full range of legal issues concerning cyber security, privacy and data protection.
Barclay Damon offers clients practical guidance across the spectrum of cyber risks, drawing on the deep experience of many lawyers whose backgrounds allow the firm to help clients keep up with fast-changing data protection laws. In addition, we assist clients in addressing complex workplace privacy issues, including employee data breach response, employee surveillance, data privacy policies, privacy issues arising from the use of technology, and unique data transfer issues for employees.
Through cyber protection planning, data breach coaching, and the defense of clients’ interests in court, our objective is to assist clients in preparing for and reducing data and security related risks.
Clients of many of the firm’s practice areas take advantage our attorneys’ multidisciplinary cyber security expertise. These practice areas include Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Insurance Coverage & Regulation, Labor & Employment, White Collar, and more.
Major Jury Verdict!
Major competitor found to willfully infringe innovator’s patent.
In a federal district court patent infringement suit, Barclay Damon represented the top innovator in the broadband cable industry and successfully obtained a jury verdict of willful infringement against a major competitor.
Barclay Damon sued on behalf of the innovator, won favorable claim construction rulings in district court, and defended the validity of the patents at issue in reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Transportation Annual Year in Review
This year's annual survey of what is new in the field of transportation law.
There were a great number of decisions in 2015 dealing, in one way or another, with the status of truck drivers as employees or independent contractors, and related employment law issues. Notable entries in this year's edition from our Transportation Team include employee exclusion in section 2; the FLSA in section 3, workers’ compensation cases in section 4, alleged unfair labor practices in section 5, other employment issues in section 7; and the vicarious liability of motor carriers in section 6.
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSEMBLY
Richard R. Capozza a Panelist at International Wildlife Conservation Assembly
Richard R. Capozza, a partner in Barclay Damon’s Environmental Practice Area, was a featured panelist at the 63rd General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (“CIC”) in Brussels, Belgium. The event’s theme was “hunting is conservation.”
Mr. Capozza, a member of the United States delegation to the CIC, was the North American representative on a panel of five experts who addressed the question “what if we stop hunting?” The panel discussed the environmental, social, and economic impacts of hunting bans.
The aim of the assembly was to provide a forum to promote global sustainable hunting wildlife management policies, to create awareness of wildlife problems, and to motivate commitment at the highest levels to solve these problems. The event was attended by 400 participants from 36 countries around the world.
New ProACCESS Office at Innovation Center Supports Entrepreneurs’ Growth
Leading Professional Services Firms Offer Legal, Accounting, and Insurance Advice to Start-ups
Barclay Damon, Lumsden McCormick, and Walsh Duffield announce the opening of ProACCESS, a shared office space at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus’s Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center. ProACCESS provides the Innovation Center’s tenants and other entrepreneurs and emerging businesses with easy access to professionals in the legal, accounting, and insurance fields.
ProACCESS’s Innovation Center office is located at 640 Ellicott Street, Suite 422. It is staffed Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment.
James P. Domagalski, co-managing director of Barclay Damon, said, “We are excited to work with our ProACCESS partners to offer this convenient location where start-ups can find more than 450 experienced advisors in the fields they are most likely to need as they launch and grow their businesses.”
Lumsden McCormick’s Courtland "Cory" Van Desuen V, CPA and partner, added, “Our professionals understand the needs of entrepreneurs, including the financial constraints they face. We tailor our services and fees to help meet their objectives while protecting their resources. Our shared goal is always to use our firms’ expertise to help new businesses succeed.”
“Because all three firms have long histories of dedication to supporting new businesses, the partnership between our companies was a natural fit,” noted Ted Walsh, president and COO of Walsh Duffield. “Combined with our shared dedication to Western New York and our excitement about region’s flourishing economy, it was an easy decision.”
To help introduce ProACCESS to the Innovation Center community, ProACCESS will host a networking event on April 28 for the building’s tenants and will take part in the Innovation Center’s Taste the Space Open House, May 12.
The largest law firm based in Upstate New York, Barclay Damon’s 275 attorneys provide clients with access to a wide range of legal services that emerging and other businesses may require.
Lumsden McCormick, one of Western New York’s largest locally owned certified public accounting firms, provides a comprehensive range of accounting and business advisory services and proactive solutions to help businesses succeed.
A trusted insurance advisor since 1860, Walsh Duffield’s team of professionals has more than 1,000 years of combined experience in advising and educating clients and helping manage their risks.