Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Jonathan H. Bard

Jonathan H. Bard


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Albany Office

80 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

Jon is a litigator who counsels a broad array of clients across multiple industry platforms, including commercial clients and individuals. Jon’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, including the defense of legal malpractice claims, as well as complex personal injury and products liability defense. He has represented clients in all phases of litigation, including at the trial and appellate level.

Jon also handles mass tort litigation claims involving exposure to toxic products, as well as matters involving first-party insurance coverage, complex business disputes, claims brought under the New York State Labor Law, and the defense of municipal and public entities.

Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Jon practiced at a mid-size firm in Syracuse, New York, where he concentrated on civil litigation, including appeals, commercial disputes, and personal injury. He also consulted with businesses on trademark and copyright issues, including litigation and registrations, as well as immigration and naturalization law.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained early dismissal of action by plaintiff who alleged claims of legal malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.
  • Part of litigation team that represented the relator in a False Claims Act against Guidant Corporation, venued in the District of Minnesota, arising out of sales of allegedly defective indwelling cardiac defibrillators to Medicare and the Veteran’s Administration from 2002 to 2007.
  • Obtained summary judgment for clients in actions alleging violations of Labor Law 200, 240(1), and 241(6).
  • Represented manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort claims arising out of alleged exposure to asbestos.
  • Represented clients before the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing.
  • Successfully argued appeal vacating unfavorable decision of lower court that involved personal injury claim against a national retailer.
  • Successfully argued appeal vacating unfavorable decision of lower court involving a "serious injury" claim under the New York Insurance Law.
  • Successfully defended appeal affirming decision of lower court involving a personal injury claim brought against a medical device service provider.
  • Represented municipal entities and public authorities in defense of personal injury claims, including claims based on premises liability and those under the "serious injury" threshold.
  • Served as trial counsel in motor vehicle personal injury claim in New York State Supreme Court.
  • Second-chair trial counsel in Court of Claims case involving a trip-and-fall claim.
  • Successfully represented a national insurance company in a SUM Arbitration.
  • Successfully defended a municipality in a litigated matter involving a property damage claim.
  • Represented Fortune 500 as well as national and global clients as local counsel in various cases, including breach of contract claims, personal injury, and property damage claims.
  • Represented clients in connection with EB-1 visas, I-9 compliance/verification, complex hardship waivers, cancellation of removal, marriage-based adjustment, naturalization proceedings, and petitions for battered/abused spouses.
  • Represented clients in connection with matters before the Immigration Courts and the Administrative Appeals Office.

Practice Areas


  • LeMoyne College, B.A., cum laude
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association

Speaking & Publications

  • American Civic Association, "Temporary Protected Status Relief for Haitian Earthquake Victims," March 24, 2010


  • Super Lawyers 2016 & 2017 Rising Star for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • Mackenzie Hughes LLP
  • US Attorney's Office, Western District of New York, Law Clerk