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 is the former US 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 and overseeing the work of 39 assistant US attorneys located in Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton. Before becoming US attorney, Dan was an assistant US 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 US District Court Judge Rosemary S. Pooler, who now sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In addition to his role as partner, Dan serves as a White Collar Practice Area co-chair. He has represented businesses and individuals in many white collar matters, including the CIA leak case and 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 former New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as a commissioner of the NYS 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 NYS 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 is also a  Federal Court Bar Association of the Northern District of New York trustee.

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®: Criminal Defense - White Collar, 2018, 2019

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel