Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Christopher J. Harrigan

Christopher J. Harrigan


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Syracuse Office

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

Chris counsels and represents employers of all types in labor and employment-related matters, including employment litigation in federal and state courts and before the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. From Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses, Chris has extensive experience counseling clients and litigating claims regarding workplace discrimination and the enforcement of non-competition agreements. In addition, Chris advises clients on a variety of business issues, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, executive employment agreements, wage and hour law investigations, employee theft, severance agreements, the development of employment policies, and the preparation of restrictive covenants/non-competition agreements.

Chris also provides a broad range of counseling and training to executives, supervisors, managers, and employees on topics including positive employer-employee relations, anti-harassment compliance, wage and hour issues, investigations of workplace misconduct, documentation and performance reviews, and avoiding workplace violence. In addition, Chris represents institutions of higher education, charter schools, and public school districts in employment law issues and education law matters, including student disciplinary issues.

Besides his labor and employment practice, Chris is heavily involved with the leadership of the firm in his role as marketing partner, overseeing the marketing and business development efforts of the firm’s Marketing Committee and marketing department. A Syracuse native, Chris is highly visible and very active in the local community, serving on a number of civic and charitable boards and volunteering his time with various youth sports organizations.

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated a comprehensive executive employment agreement for first lay president of a Jesuit college. 
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and worldwide preliminary injunction enjoining a former key employee from competing against the client in all areas of public adjusting and disaster recovery consulting industries. 
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction enforcing a non-competition covenant against a cardiologist who opened a competing practice and solicited the client's patients after his separation from employment with client. 
  • Obtained a dismissal of the complainants' charges of discrimination based on handicapped-accessibility claims relating to the client's place of business, pursuant to trial before the New York State Division of Human Rights. 
  • Defended a client in a multi-million federal lawsuit involving claims under the Americans With Disabilities Act and handicapped accessibility of a historic state courthouse. 
  • Successfully defended a nuclear energy facility against claims of employment discrimination based on gender, race, and national origin by a former nuclear security officer.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1999
  • LeMoyne College, B.A., 1994

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Christian Brothers Academy, Board of Trustees Member
  • CNY Services, Inc., Board Member


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Employment & Labor and Commercial Litigation, 2017, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Peer Review Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner