Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Alan R. Peterman

Alan R. Peterman


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Syracuse Office

Barclay Damon Tower
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Alan has more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law. He represents employers in litigation, arbitration and negotiations in both the private and public sector and has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board. Alan has argued labor and employment issues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and other appellate courts as well as claims in federal and state court.

Using his experience as a general contractor and professional engineer, Alan represents owners, contractors and suppliers in various aspects of construction claims, including mechanic’s liens and construction defect litigation. He has handled complex multidistrict product liability litigations and defended product manufacturers in other product liability claims.

Alan also has extensive experience handling transportation matters involving damage claims under the Carmack Amendment and litigation issues between shippers, freight forwarders and carriers. Additionally, Alan has a lengthy Indian law background, representing municipalities in land claim disputes with Native American tribes.

Representative Experience

  • Defended $500,000 construction claim against client involving construction of a national chain home improvement store in Virginia and, after a six day bench trial, obtained a $300,000 judgment on the client's counterclaim. 
  • Defended a sexual harassment and retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a Federal court trial in the Southern District of New York. Trial resulted in the jury dismissing harassment claim but finding for plaintiff on retaliation claim. Post-trial motion resulted in dismissal of retaliation claim, a decision affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 
  • Defended a major mining company against damages claim under Section 240 of the N.Y. Labor Law. After a 3 day trial, jury awarded less than $100,000 in damages to plaintiff who had suffered a fractured femur in a fall in a mine. 
  • Represented insurance company against coverage claim for a construction defect in the construction of a building in New York City. We obtained summary judgment dismissing coverage claim against client based on exclusions in the policy and lack of notice of occurrence or notice of claim.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1985
  • University of Michigan, B.S.E., 1972

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Defense Research Institute

Speaking & Publications

  • Contributing Editor to the Developing Labor Law
  • "Why Indian Law is Important to Towns in New York,” New York State Association of Towns Annual Meeting, February 2009
  • "Employment Law and Discrimination Issues," National Business Institute and New York State Bar Association
  • "Human Resources Law Update in New York," Sterling Education Services Seminar, July 2004
  • "Recent Developments under the New York Human Rights Law, Including Reasonable Accommodation Requirements," published in New York State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, September 1999


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Employment & Labor and Torts & Products Liability Defense, 2007-2008 and 2011-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Distinguished® Peer Review Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner