Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr.

Donald M. Mawhinney, Jr.

Of Counsel

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Syracuse Office

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

Don Mawhinney brings a wealth of experience to the firm, where he has practiced for over 55 years. His practice concentrates on representing businesses on such corporate matters as SEC filings and compliance, antitrust and contracts law. Don provides such services to his corporate clients as incorporation, maintenance of corporate entities in various states and foreign countries, as well as preparation of domestic and foreign manufacturing and licensing agreements. He also concentrates on planning, creating and administering trusts and estates.

Representative Experience

  • Provide counsel on international agreements for sales, marketing, distribution, construction, real estate, employment, business operations, and other matters between the US and foreign parties, including businesses with operations in: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, The People’s Republic of China, Venezuela and the former Yugoslavia.
  • Counsel to a major corporation on waste-to-energy technology.
  • Former Counsel to Erie Canal Museum regarding incorporation, labor negotiations, financing, applications for grants, support from federal, state & local governments & private sector.
  • Counsel to educational institutions, including Onondaga Community College, requiring knowledge of federal, New York State and local education laws, as well as the Rules & Regulations of the State University of New York.
  • Estate planning and administration for individuals.
  • Counsel to downtown Syracuse Presbyterian church.

Practice Areas


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1969
  • Cornell University, LL.B., Phi Delta Phi, 1952
  • Hamilton College, A.B., Psi Upsilon, 1949

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1952
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • American Bar Association, International & Anti-trust Sections
  • New York State Bar Association: House of Delegates, Member 1999-2001; International Law & Practice Section - Executive Committee, Member, former Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee

Civic Activities

  • District Attorney’s Advisory Council, Member
  • New York Seniors Golf Association, Director, 2002 - 2005
  • Junior League of Syracuse, Former Attorney, Former Member Community Advisory Council
  • Onondaga Community College, Trustee, 1961 - present, former Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
  • Association of Boards of Trustees of Community Colleges in the State University of New York, Executive Committee, 1987- present; former President
  • New York Community College Trustees Foundation, Director and Chair, 2003 - present
  • Onondaga Community College Children’s Learning Center, Inc., Director 1988 - 2007
  • Americanization League, Director, 1960 - present, former Vice President
  • Erie Canal Museum, Former Trustee and Attorney, 1961 – 2007, Chair, 1971- 2007, Former President
  • Erie Canal Park Study Commission, Chairman, appointed by Governor
  • Onondaga Community College Foundation, Attorney 1980 - 2002, Director 1980 - 2002, former Secretary and President
  • Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, past member Board of Directors
  • Syracuse Symphony, former Director, Treasurer, VP Legal Affairs
  • Park Central Presbyterian Church, Elder 1961 - present, former Trustee, Deacon, and Attorney
  • Better Business Bureau, former Director, President, Chair and Attorney
  • Onondaga County Young Republican Club, former Director and President
  • Delegate to the Fifth Judicial District Republican Convention, 1966 - 1993
  • Onondaga County Legislature, 1958 - 1965

Speaking & Publications

  • "Multi-jurisdictional Practice," New York State Bar Association, International Law & Practice Section Annual Meeting, Rome, Italy, Fall 2002


  • Listed in Who’s Who in the East
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory 2007-2012 for Estate Planning & Probate
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Distinguished Service Award from Association of Boards of Trustees of Community Colleges of the State University of New York, 1991
  • Distinguished Service in Trusteeship, Recognition from Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 1990
  • Trustee of the Year Award, U.S. Northeast Region, National Association of Community College Trustees, 2002
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel
  • Lipe-Rollway Corporation, Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • National Association of Heat Treaters, General Counsel
  • Beekman & Bogue, Attorney, Wall Street, New York
  • New York State Assemblyman Lawrence Rulison, Legislative Assistant
  • U.S. Army, 1944 – 1950, WWII; Army Air Corp. – B-24 gunner, 2nd Lt. Cavalry