Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Robert J. Thorpe

Robert J. Thorpe


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Syracuse Office

Barclay Damon Tower
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Robert is a member of our Labor & Employment and Commercial Litigation Practice Areas. He has represented both private and public sector employers in all aspects of state and federal law. Rob regularly counsels clients in discrimination and harassment, hiring and termination strategies, and wage and hour matters.

Representative Experience

  • Counseled multiple employers in connection with pending or threatened website accessibility litigation under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the NYS Human Rights Law, the NYS Civil Rights Law, and the NYC Human Rights Law.
  • Obtained pre-answer dismissal of breach of contract, tortious interference, intentional infliction of emotional harm, and defamation claims brought against a not-for-profit corporation, its board of directors, and two of its employees.
  • Regularly provide counsel and litigation support to employers regarding restrictive covenants and trade secret misappropriation disputes.
  • Negotiated comprehensive executive employment agreement for not-for-profit organization.
  • Represented municipality in arbitration concerning employee disciplinary matter involving workplace violence. 
  • Obtained numerous “No Probable Cause” determinations for employers in the defense of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims before the New York State Division of Human Rights.
  • Frequently provide training and education seminars to employers on a variety of labor and employment issues.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer and two individual defendants in alleged age discrimination and retaliation case, and prevailed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in alleged disability discrimination case.

Practice Areas


  • LeMoyne College, B.S., 2004
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., Editor in Chief, The Sports Lawyers Journal, 2011

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • NDNY Federal Court Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association 
  • Onondaga County Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Syracuse City Court Small Claims Arbitration Program

Civic Activities

  • Le Moyne College Dolphin Athletic Association, Vice President, Chair of Outreach Committee

Speaking & Publications

  • Barclay Damon Alert, “Look Out: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Persist Unabated”
  • Barclay Damon Alert, “Colleges and Universities Targeted in Trending ADA Website Accessibility Litigation”
  • Barclay Damon Alert, “OCR Launches Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative”
  • “Termination of Employees on Medical Leave,” Oryx Insurance Risk Management Conference, May 2018
  • “Employment Law 101: What Every Business Should Know,” Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, November 2017
  • "Worker Misclassification, Workers' Compensation and the Transition from Independent Contractors to Employees," June 2017
  • "Employment Law: What Every Lawyer Should Know," Onondaga County Bar Association, May 2017
  • "Common Employer Misconceptions," Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., January 2017
  • "Common Employer Misconceptions," Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance, November 2016
  • "Employment Law Updates and Worker Misclassification," Kids Oneida, Inc., May 2015
  • Way Out in Left Field: Crespin v. Albuquerque Baseball Club Rejects Nearly One Hundred Years of American Jurisprudence by Declining To Adopt the Baseball Rule in New Mexico, 17 Sports Law. J. 267 (2010)


  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2013
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Employment Discrimination, 2010

Prior Experience

  • Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Associate