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Barclay Damon in the Community

Barclay Damon has a long and rich history of giving back to the communities we serve. Whether by providing pro bono legal services to people in need, by working to promote diversity and inclusion, or by contributing time, talent, and financial support to local charitable, educational, and civic organizations, our commitment to make a difference is always a top priority.

One example among many is our active participation in the Syracuse and Buffalo Say Yes to Education programs. Attorneys in both cities provide pro bono legal services in a range of areas to parents and families of student in these urban school districts. We also have successful pipeline programs designed to provide minority students with internship opportunities at the firm.

Barclay Damon has three signature programs in place that allow us to effectively work together to further the firm’s goals of making our communities and our workplaces stronger, healthier, and more inclusive. They are our Pro Bono, Diversity & Inclusion, and Women’s Forum programs. In addition to our work through these programs, our attorneys and staff serve on the boards of many organizations and provide other types of volunteer support. Whether through firm-sponsored programs or individually, community support is always a major part of what we do.

Click onto the links below for more on our signature programs:


Barclay Damon Community Day with Northern Rivers Family of Services

Volunteers consisting of staff and attorneys from Barclay Damon’s Albany office set aside their office work to assist Northern Rivers Family of Services with rehabilitation of one of their group homes for boys, the Mynderse House in Schenectady, New York. The older home was in need of work on the outside, and the group repainted the front porch, stained all decks and stairs, helped install a new privacy fence, scraped and painted a garage door and helped apply new mortar to Bilco doors. 

Albany Community Day 2016

Albany Community Day


Barclay Damon Rides for Roswell

Barclay Damon is joining the fight against cancer by taking part in Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s annual biking event, Ride for Roswell. Our team has raised over $2,000 for this year’s ride, to be held June 24 and 25 in Buffalo. Funds raised through the Ride for Roswell support cutting-edge research and patient care programs that benefit the 31,000 patients who turn to Roswell for hope. Last year, a total of 8,000 registered riders raised more than $4.6 million.

 The Ride for Roswell Buffalo Team 2016

Pictured from left to right, our team is led by Ray McCabe and includes Herb Glose, Lydia Beebe, Karim Abdulla, Linda Gromek, Anne Evans, and Margaret Lamonds-Moss.


Western New York Women Lawyers' "Fun Raiser" Benefits Dancability

Women Lawyers of Western New York held its annual spring “Fun Raiser” fundraising event on June 8 at the Foundry Suites in Buffalo. Barclay Damon attorneys Kim Colaiacovo, Sarah Fenster, and Claire Fortin, all members of the organization’s board of directors, announced the event raised more than $4,000 to benefit Danceability, a Western New York dance studio that exclusively serves individuals with special needs, from toddlers to senior citizens. Other Barclay Damon attorneys and staff who attended the event with Kim, Sarah, and Claire included Diane Burgler, Diane Capicotto, Barbara Engel, John Gaughan, Michelle Michalski, Melle Xu, and Patty Deeb Zipp.

Western New York Women Lawyers’ “Fun Raiser” Benefits Danceability


2016 Community Day

Barclay Damon, marked the first anniversary of the merger that created the firm by staging an office-wide, large-scale volunteer effort to clean and beautify Buffalo’s historic Delaware Park. The event marked the outstanding “growing together” that occurred this past year for Barclay Damon’s two predecessor firms, Hiscock & Barclay and Damon Morey.

Delware Park Volunteer Day 2016 from Barclay Damon, LLP on Vimeo.

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 2016 National Grid Community Service Day

For the fourth consecutive year, Barclay Damon attorneys once again teamed with National Grid employees in and around New York City for National Grid Community Service Day. This year the clean up crew volunteered their time at The Little Shelter Animal Shelter in Huntington, Long Island.

L to R: Mark Galloway, Frank Murphy, Andy Leja, Eileen Dantini, Tom Paul, Lisa Zafonte, Anne Ramer and Donna Riccobono


The 2016 Buffalo Women's Forum

On April 21, the Buffalo Women Attorneys hosted a well-attended networking event at Buffalo Proper. The event was attended by women professionals from Western New York companies, colleges, school districts, the judiciary, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, foundations, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses. The Buffalo event featured cocktail and food pairings that guests voted on for their favorite pairing, which corresponded with a local charity. A donation was made on behalf of the Buffalo Women’s Forum to Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, the evening’s winning charity.



The 2016 Rochester Women's Forum

On April 19, 2016 the women atorneys of the Rochester Barclay Damon Office held their 6th annual women's forum business networking event at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The event provides an opportunity for women professionals to network and socialize with women from a wide range of businesses, not-for-profit corporations and local governments.



2015 United Way of the Greater Capital Region Industry Leadership Award

The attorneys and staff of Barclay Damon are proud supporters of United Way of the Greater Capital Region. At the United Way’s 2015 Annual Awards and Business Meeting, held on October 15, 2015, Barclay Damon was honored to be one of the recipients of the Industry Leadership Award.

Industry Leadership Award united Way 2015


Earth Day 2015

Barclay Damon attorneys in Albany partnered with National Grid's Earth Day efforts in their local communities to help clean up the enviornment by planting trees and clearing trash in various areas. In this Times Union clip, Barclay Damon Environmental attorney, Tom Paul, is shown doing his part in the clean-up effort.


National Grid Community Service Day 2014

For the second consecutive year, Barclay Damon attorneys and staffers once again teamed with National Grid employees in and around New York City and Syracuse on May 15.

Projects included painting, landscaping and spring cleaning at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, a summer day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism; similar work at Camp Sunrise in Wheatley Heights, a summer day camp for children and their siblings with cancer; as well as Habitat for Humanity, SPCA and Green Lakes Improvement Project in Syracuse, NY.

This was National Grid’s fifth annual Community Volunteer Day.


Arnold Zelman Honored for Commitment to Hispanic Community

Arnold N. Zelman, Of Counsel at Barclay Damon, LLP has been recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc., for his commitment to the Western New York Hispanic Community and the Council.

Zelman focuses his practice on corporate and tax law in Barclay Damon’s Buffalo office.

The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists to foster and inspire awareness, understanding and appreciation for past, present and future contributions of the Hispanic community in the region.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

 Arnold N. Zelman, left, stands with Casimiro Rodriguez of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.