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Raymond N. McCabe

Raymond N. McCabe


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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Ray McCabe focuses his practice on employee benefit law (ERISA), not-for-profit corporation law and federal, state and international taxation. Ray counsels large and small businesses, not-for-profit corporations, and municipal governments on ERISA and tax matters. He also has substantial experience in corporate transactions, including reorganizations, mergers, and affiliations of both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Ray serves as benefits counsel to for-profit and charitable organizations, and as corporate governance counsel to not-for-profit corporations and foundations. Ray’s practice is enriched by his prior work experience in the Chief Counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service and his experience as a board member and board chair of various Western New York charities.

Ray frequently publishes and speaks to various legal communities on a wide array of tax and health care reform topics.

Representative Experience

  • Represented community hospital in negotiation of affiliation with large regional medical system.
  • Negotiated settlement with U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service restoring benefits to participant’s in not-for-profit human resource agency’s pension plan and preserving tax-qualified status.
  • Preserved tax qualification of Employee Stock Ownership Plan that did not have proper plan document by negotiating Closing Agreement with IRS.
  • Facilitated medical center's RFP process to secure a strategic partner to ensure the long-term economic viability of the programs at the center. Negotiated and closed Acquisition Agreement with strategic partner at a university medical center. Obtained required approvals from the Department of Health and New York Attorney General.
  • Coordinated and obtained judicial approval of transfer of medical facility with continuation of transferor’s corporate enterprise and pension plan. 
  • Negotiated settlement with IRS of tax liability of not-for-profit corporation in connection with acquisition by another not-for-profit entity. 
  • Negotiated settlement of ERISA issues with U.S. Department of Labor of not-for-profit corporation in connection with take- over of programming by successor charity. 
  • Counseled charitable foundations regarding use of restricted and unrestricted gifts, and disposition of assets upon dissolution.

Practice Areas


  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • State University of New York at Fredonia, B.A., 1979

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Buffalo Legacy Project, President 

Speaking & Publications

  • "The Use of Corporate Affiliates and Independent Sales Representatives to Enter the United States Market," Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, May 31, 2016
  • "US/Canada Cross-Border Issues," The Law Society of Upper Canada Estate and Trusts Summit, October 8, 2015
  • "Executive Compensation After the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013," Goodwill Industries Board Retreat, February 2014. 
  • "The Affordable Care Act: The Employer Mandate and Other Considerations," Buffalo Tax Institute, November 2013
  • “Dealing with your Client’s Retirement Assets,” New York State Bar Association CLE, May 2012
  • “IRS Explains How to Compute Payment Under Voluntary Classification Settlement Program,” October 2011
  • “Health Care Reform: IRS Floats Proposals to Administer Employer Mandate to Provide Coverage,” June 2011 
  • “Next Wave of Health Care Reform Act Takes Effect September 23,” September 2010 
  • “Health Care Reform Brings Immediate Changes for Employers Now, Bigger Changes Later,” March 2010 
  • “February 17 Deadline Looms for COBRA Subsidy Extension Notice,” February 2010 
  • “Health Care Reform: A Status Report as of November 2011”, 58th Annual Buffalo Tax Institute, November 2011 
  • “Health Care Reform: An Overview,” 57th Annual Buffalo Tax Institute, November 2010 
  • “Employee Benefits in Rapidly Changing Times,” 56th Annual Buffalo Tax Institute, November 2009 
  • “Pension Potpourri,” 55th Annual Buffalo Tax Institute, November 2008


  • 2016 New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Eighth Judicial District
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory 2012 for Tax

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner