Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Gary H. Abelson

Gary H. Abelson


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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Gary has spent his entire career concentrating his practice in all aspects of insurance litigation, representing carriers and their insureds in all types of matters. In recent years, Gary has focused on catastrophic injury cases including traumatic brain injuries as a result of automobile accidents and industrial accidents. In addition, Gary has also been involved in significant lead paint litigation representing landlords in claims of exposure of children to lead at rental properties.

Representative Experience

  • Outside counsel to numerous national insurance companies representing their insureds in all types of litigated matters. 
  • Defense of landlords in numerous lead paint lawsuits claiming cognitive and behavioral issues to children throughout Upstate New York.
  • Successfully argued before the Court of Appeals in Giles v. Yi 23 NY 3d 592 (companion case to Hamilton v. Miller) that plaintiff counsel in lead poisoning cases must produce medical reports in accordance with 22 NYCRR 202.17 (b) (1) before defendants are required to schedule any Independent Medical Examinations.
  • Representation of hotels, restaurants, and sports venues regarding injury claims of patrons. 
  • Defense of catastrophic injury cases involving allegations of traumatic brain injuries as a result of automobile accidents and construction claims. 

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
  • Hobart College, B.A., cum laude

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, member

Speaking & Publications

  • Lead Litigation Conference, "Summary Judgment Motion: Skirting the Pitfalls," November 2016
  • Lead Litigation Conference, "Case Law Spotlight and Update," November 2015
  • The Defendant, The Labor Law Issue, "What Is An Elevation-Related Risk In The Wake Of Runner?" Winter 2014
  • Lead Litigation Conference, "Understanding & Applying Epidemiology Studies/What Constitutes an Injury," November 2013 
  • Lead Litigation Conference, "Discovering the Keys to Winning Discovery Techniques," October 2012
  • James Publishing, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents, Editorial Board, June 2000


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Personal Injury General: Defense, 2008-2018 
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Peer Review-Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner