Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Laurence B. Oppenheimer

Laurence B. Oppenheimer


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f: 716.846.1207

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

New York Office

Suite 600
1270 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020

p: 212-784-5800
f: 212-784-5777

Having acted as outside general counsel for labor and employment for a Fortune 500 company, Larry understands the demands placed on employers in managing their workforce, and also many other legal issues. For more than 30 years, he has advised clients on compliance with various state and federal laws affecting the workplace, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Executive Order 11246, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Larry has successfully defended clients with respect to retaliation claims, employment class actions, severance benefits, and, with respect to the National Labor Relations Act, he has assisted clients in union elections, defending unfair labor practice charges, negotiating union contracts and defending claims at grievance/arbitration hearings. He has also counseled clients in employment practice audits, worker classification issues, OSHA/safety compliance audits and regularly conducts management training seminars. He has also successfully prosecuted claims involving breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, and other commercial torts.

As Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Area, Larry divides his time among the firm’s offices. Larry has received the Martindale-Hubbell “Preeminent AV” Peer Rating, and is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Southern Districts of New York and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.

Practice Areas


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980
  • University of Denver, B.A., cum laude, 1974

Admitted To Practice

  • Florida, 1980
  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Labor Lawyers Advisory Council to CUE
  • American Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • The Florida Bar 
  • Erie County Bar Association

Speaking & Publications

  • “Cross-Border Labor Issues,” Toronto, Ontario, March 2017
  • “New Year, New Administration,” Buffalo, New York, February 2017
  • “Mid-Year Course Correction,” Buffalo, New York, September 2016
  • “Labor Law in 2016,” presentation at CUE Conference, Dallas, Texas, 2016
  • “Workplace Policies Re-defined for 2016,” Buffalo, New York, June 2016
  • “Joint Employer Update,” presentation at CUE Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2016 
  • “The Impact of New York State’s ‘Year of the Worker’ on Your Business,” Syracuse, New York, April 2016
  • “What Every Employer Needs to Know about FMLA and the ADA, Rochester, New York, April 2016
  • “What Every Employer Needs to Know about FMLA and the ADA, Buffalo, New York, March 2016
  • The Escalating Risks of Joint Employment Issues,” presentation at CUE Conference, Denver, Colorado, 2015
  • “Cross’Border Labor and Employment Issues,” Toronto, Ontario, 2014
  • "Employer Free Speech in North America," presentation at CUE Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013
  • “Investigating Allegations of Corporate Fraud,” Buffalo, New York, 2013
  • "U.S. Labor Law Trends: The Impact in Canada," presentation at CUE Conference, 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Practice and Social Media: On a Collision Course," presentation at CUE Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012
  • “Employee Free Choice, ‘Are You Prepared for Change,’” client seminar, 2009 
  • “Recognizing and Protecting Your Business From Fraud,” presentation to Western New York Association of Corporate Counsel, 2007
  • Canisius College, Society of Human Resources Management, Lecturer, 2009 to 2014
  • Numerous additional lectures across the United States on labor and employment issues


  • Business First of Buffalo, 2016 Legal Elite Leaders of Western New York
  • Who’s Who in American Law 
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Employment & Labor, 2007-2018 
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law - Management, 2013-2019 

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford & Brett, LLP, Partner