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 the Senior Partner in the Buffalo law firm of Hellings, Morey, Kresse and Rickers. His experience in commercial and residential real estate included 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 New York State Power Project at Niagara Falls in 2007 in which stakeholders adopted the alternative licensing process by which the stakeholders affected by the relicensing joined to achieve common goals. His efforts in that regard 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 funding by the New York Power Authority in the amount of $450,000,000 to be expended for creation of the Niagara River Greenway, a linear Park along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

As a Trustee of the New York State Preservation League, 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, NY, the preservation Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, 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 & General Counsel
  • Canisius College, Board of Trustees and Board of Regents, former member
  • 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
  • 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


  • Named one of Buffalo Business First's "Power 250: WNY's Most Influential People," February 2014
  • 2012 Community Leader of the Year, Am-Pol Eagle News
  • Named one of Buffalo Business First's "WNY's 200 Most Influential People," February 2013
  • 2006 Man of the Year Award, Buffalo Renaissance Foundation
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 2005
  • Family Life Award, Buffalo Urban League, 2001
  • Community Service Award, D’Youville College, 2001
  • Citizen of the Year, The Buffalo News, 2000
  • The One Person Makes a Difference Award, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 2000
  • Honorary Degree, Canisius College, 2000
  • Honorary Degree, Buffalo State College, State University of New York, 2000
  • Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Canisius High School, 1999
  • Georgetown University Presidential Citation, Georgetown Club of Western New York, 1989
  • Robert J. Kresse Community Service Award, King Urban Life Center, 1998
  • Citizen of the Year, The Buffalo News, 1995
  • Preservation Stewardship Award, Preservation Coalition of Erie County, 1995
  • National Faith and Service Award, Kappa Gamma Phi Honor Society, 1995
  • Exemplary Citizenship Award, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation, 1995
  • Toast to Buffalo Award, YMCA of Greater Buffalo, 1994
  • Red Jacket Award, Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 1993
  • LaSalle Medal, Canisius College, 1991
  • Citizens Alliance Award for outstanding leadership in Philanthropy, NYPIRG, 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
  • Special Service Award, Erie County Bar Association, 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