Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Daniel J. French

Daniel J. French


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Syracuse Office

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

Dan French is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York. In that capacity, he was the chief federal law enforcement officer for 32 of New York’s 62 counties, serving over 3.5 million state residents, overseeing the work of 39 Assistant United States Attorneys located in Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton. Before becoming United States Attorney, Dan was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of New York, where he prosecuted numerous felony criminal cases. Dan also served as the confidential law clerk for then United States District Court Judge Rosemary S. Pooler, who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

As Partner Dan serves as Co-Chair of our White Collar Practice Area. He has represented businesses and individuals in many white collar matters, including the CIA leak case and the Jack Abramoff investigation. Dan also has counseled clients in criminal investigations in the areas of tax, environmental, government procurement, public corruption, health care, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, state and federal False Claims Acts, mail and wire fraud, and offshore assets, among others.

Dan was appointed by then New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, a position in which he served from 2007-2009. He also served as one of three Directors of the team that assisted Eric Schneiderman in his transition to the office of New York State Attorney General.

Dan is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. Dan also is a Trustee of the Federal Court Bar Association of the Northern District of New York.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • State University of New York at Oswego, B.A., cum laude, 1987

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 for Criminal Defense: White Collar

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel