Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Andrew J. Leja

Andrew J. Leja


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Syracuse Office

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

Andy focuses his practice in environmental, municipal, and energy law. He brings a rich blend of substantial private sector and governmental experience in these fields to his clients. As general and special counsel, Andy counsels commercial and industrial operators regarding permitting, site expansion, redevelopment, and SEQRA and similar environmental compliance matters. Additionally, he advises and represents local governments before state and federal courts regarding zoning, health, and environmental matters. A veteran Article 78 litigator, Andy also negotiates environmental compliance agreements with local, state, and federal authorities and develops permitting/compliance strategies for clients in energy and land development fields. He also advises asphalt, aggregate, and concrete producers in New York State on issues such as storm water control, local land use, and zoning matters.

Andy is the former Land Use & Zoning Practice Area chair and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1986

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1991
  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County, Board of Directors President

Speaking & Publications

  • “Why Indian Law is Important to Towns in New York,” NYS Association of Towns Annual Meeting, February 2009
  • "Land Use and Zoning," Lorman Education Services, August 2005
  • "Current Issues in Storm Weather Regulation," Lorman Seminar, May 2005
  • "Public/Private Development Partnerships," Lorman Education Services, December 2004
  • "New York Zoning as a Development Tool," Lorman Education Services, June 2003
  • "Legal Issues: Drainage and Rights-of-Way," New York State Association of Towns Highway School, June 2002


  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Environmental Law, 2013-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Distinguished® Peer Review Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, Environmental Counsel
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Legal Affairs Program