Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

James P. Domagalski

James P. Domagalski


p: 716-566-1510

f: 716-566-4003

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Washington Office

1325 G Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

p: 202-582-0601
f: 202-582-0602

James Domagalski is a partner in the firm’s Buffalo Office and is an experienced trial lawyer in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Jim’s trial experience includes large construction disputes, complex commercial and municipal litigation and employer defense and counseling in labor, employment and discrimination matters. Jim serves as the Chair of the firm’s Construction & Surety Practice Area.

A longtime community leader in Western New York, Jim has served in numerous civic and charitable leadership positions and is the former Chairman of the Erie County Republican Party.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the federal government in a major lease dispute arising from a federal statute enacted relating to the savings and loan crisis.
  • Defending municipalities and law enforcement in class-action law suits involving search and seizure claims.
  • Represented an engineering firm regarding a construction cost overrun dispute involving a major redesign and construction of a steel blast furnace.
  • Represented a specialty contractor in a construction dispute involving a domed roof at Montreal Olympic Stadium.
  • Defended a contractor and defeated a construction defect and mold claim brought by an owner regarding a university housing construction project.
  • Represented municipalities and contractors in construction disputes involving large public projects, including sewage treatment plants, historic renovations and airport and highway projects.
  • Represented a private equity investment firm in a significant contract dispute.
  • Counseling a large regional retail enterprise on employment law issues and defending the company in court and before administrative agencies.
  • Defending municipalities regarding claims brought against government and law enforcement.
  • Representing a manufacturer on employment law and safety issues at two large manufacturing facilities.
  • Representing universities and other higher education institutions in construction contract, project and litigation matters.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., Syracuse University National Trial Team; Syracuse University Legislative Research Bureau, Managing Editor, 1990
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1987

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Board Member
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Alliance, Former Board Member
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of WNY, Past-President of Board of Trustees
  • Erie County Republican Committee, Past Chairman
  • Buffalo Bills Quarterback Club, Past President
  • Mercy Hospital Foundation Board, Former Trustee
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Western New York, Past-President
  • Leadership Buffalo, Class of 2001

Speaking & Publications

  • "The Marriage of Engineering and Law on Public Construction Projects: Getting It Right," Thirty-Fifth Annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference sponsored by the Western Chapter of the New York State Water Environment Association, March 21, 2017
  • "New York Employment Law Update," Sterling Educational Services
  • “Business Craft Talk,” Buffalo Executives Association
  • “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End in New York,” Lorman Education Services
  •  “Legal Insights Into Employee Management,” WNY Business Forum
  • “Construction Law Claims, Liens, Trust Funds, Performance/Payment Bonds and Information Disclosure,” Lorman Education Services


  • Business First of Buffalo, 2015-2017 Legal Elite Leaders of Western New York, 2014-2016
  • Business First of Buffalo, Legal Elite of Western New York Honoree, 2013
  • Business First of Buffalo, Who’s Who in Law, 2011-12
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Distinguished® Peer Review Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory 2010-2017 for Business Litigation
  • E.C.R.C. Jack Kemp Leadership Award, 2014
  • Am-Pol Eagle, Citizen of the Year for Law, 2004
  • Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40, 2001

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner