Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Paul R. Kietzman

Paul R. Kietzman

Of Counsel

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Albany Office

80 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

Paul Kietzman is a recognized health care attorney with decades of experience counseling clients in both the private and public sectors. Paul has authored several pieces of legislation, including amendments to SCPA Article 17-A and a bill permitting the use of a simplified health care proxy with “act now” optional authority in the OPWDD service system. Paul was the first general counsel to the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He wrote portions of the Mental Hygiene Law, including its Article 16 and the implementing legislation for Governor Pataki’s “New York State Cares” initiative, the executive and legislative promise of supports and services to all developmentally disabled New Yorkers at their time of need. He served three governors and five OMRDD commissioners in that position.

Paul served as general counsel and then senior counsel to NYSARC, Inc., the largest private provider of services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York and the original plaintiff in the Willowbrook litigation, the catalyst for New York State to reform its service system for people with developmental disabilities.

In the public service sector, Paul served as deputy counsel for Medicaid cost containment litigation for the NYS Department of Social Services. In addition to federal and state litigation, he was responsible for the state's Medicaid State Plan. Paul also assisted and supported ALS' first Disabilities Law Day and remains active in various volunteer roles with ALS.

Paul is a frequent presenter and panelist for NYSBA, voluntary providers, Albany Law School-sponsored and other training and educational programs and events. He has presented on various OPWDD and general health care-related topics, including the Family Health Care Decisions Act, the Health Care Decisions Act for Persons with Mental Retardation, use of the MOLST Form within the OPWDD service system, the Willowbrook Consent Decree and the history and role of non-profit providers in the OPWDD system of care.

Practice Areas


  • Albany Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1972
  • Syracuse University, 1967

Civic Activities

  • Board of Advisors of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School
  • New York State Bar Journal, Board of Editors
  • Town of Poestenkill, Chair of Board of Ethics
  • Heather Ridge Neighborhood Improvement Association, Inc., President
  • Albany Knickerbocker Rugby Football Club, Founder and President

Prior Experience

  • NYSARC, Inc., General Counsel and Senior Counsel
  • NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, General Counsel
  • NYS Department of Social Services, Medicaid Cost Containment Litigation, Deputy Counsel
  • Rosenblum, Leventhal & Kietzman, Associate and Partner