Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Robert J. Kresse

Robert J. Kresse

Of Counsel

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Bob Kresse was senior partner in the Buffalo law firm Hellings, Morey, Kresse & Rickers. His experience in commercial and residential real estate included the representation of a major shopping mall in Western New York which involved complex leases with major anchor tenants. 

Bob was instrumental in the re-licensing of the 2007 New York State Power Project at Niagara Falls, in which stakeholders adopted the alternative licensing process by which the stakeholders affected by the relicensing joined to achieve common goals. His efforts were vital in establishing Erie County as one of the stakeholders adversely affected by the power project. That, in turn, led to the creation of the Niagara River Greenway Commission and its  $450 million funding by the New York Power Authority to be expended for the creation of the Niagara River Greenway, a linear park along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

As a New York State Preservation League trustee, Bob was recognized for his role in the preservation of major historic and architectural sites. In that capacity, Bob played leading roles in the restoration of the national landmark Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, New York, the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, and the preservation of St. Mary of Sorrow’s Church in Buffalo, which became the King Urban Life Center and King Center Charter School. 

Bob is very active in Buffalo community affairs and his activities in the community led to his twice being named Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News. In addition to his emphasis on historic preservation, he has been prominently supportive of social service and cultural activities. His interest in education began early in his lifetime with the creation of the St. Mary of Sorrow’s Montessori program in 1968. Its students included children of all races and economic and cultural backgrounds. It exists today as the Bennett Park Montessori School.

Representative Experience

  • Represents individuals and corporate fiduciaries regarding estate planning documents to achieve client goals and significant tax dollar savings.

Practice Areas


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Recent Decision Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, 1953
  • Canisius College, B.S., 1950

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1954

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Foundation

Civic Activities

  • The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Trustee and General Counsel
  • King Urban Life Center, Director
  • Martin House Restoration Corporation, Chair
  • Green Downtown Buffalo, Chair
  • Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation, Director
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Director
  • NY State Preservation League, Trustee
  • King Center Charter School, Director
  • Buffalo Green Fund, Director
  • Success by Six, Steering Committee Member
  • King Center Charter School, Board Member
  • Roycroft Inn Restoration, Chairman
  • Preservation Coalition of Erie County, Member
  • Canisius High School, Trustee
  • Western New York Cultural Leadership Group, Founding Member
  • Georgetown Club of Buffalo, Director
  • Buffalo Place, Inc. Pedestrian Mall Landscape Committee, Member
  • St. Mary of Sorrows Church, Trustee
  • Niagara River Greenway Commission, Chair, Appointed by Governor Pataki
  • Canisius College, Board of Trustees and Board of Regents, Former Member


  • Buffalo Business First: Power 250 - WNY's Most Influential People, February 2014
  • Buffalo Business First: WNY's 200 Most Influential People, February 2013
  • Am-Pol Eagle News Community Leader of the Year, 2012
  • Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Man of the Year Award, 2006
  • New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
  • Buffalo Urban League Family Life Award, 2001
  • D’Youville College Community Service Award, 2001
  • The Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, 2000
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's The One Person Makes a Difference Award, 2000
  • Canisius College Honorary Degree, 2000
  • SUNY Buffalo State College Honorary Degree, 2000
  • Canisius High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, 1999
  • King Urban Life Center's Robert J. Kresse Community Service Award, 1998
  • The Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, 1995
  • Preservation Coalition of Erie County's Preservation Stewardship Award, 1995
  • Kappa Gamma Phi Honor Society's National Faith and Service Award, 1995
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation's Exemplary Citizenship Award, 1995
  • YMCA of Greater Buffalo's Toast to Buffalo Award, 1994
  • Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's Red Jacket Award, 1993
  • Canisius College LaSalle Medal, 1991
  • Georgetown Club of Western New York's Georgetown University Presidential Citation, 1989
  • NYPIRG's Citizens Alliance Award for outstanding leadership in philanthropy, 1988
  • Distinguished Service to Preservation, Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier, 1988
  • Distinguished Service to Niagara Frontier Citation, Buffalo Beautiful Committee, Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, 1985
  • Erie County Bar AssociationSpecial Service Award, 1980
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel
  • Moot & Sprague, Partner
  • Hellings, Morey, Kresse & Rickers, Senior Partner