Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Sheila A. Gaddis

Sheila A. Gaddis


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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Sheila is a partner in the firm’s Health Care & Human Services Practice Area. She is familiar with the operations, programs, staff and fiscal management, and Medicaid compliance issues facing not-for-profits.

Sheila serves as Diversity & Inclusion Committee chair for the firm’s nearly 300 attorneys. She advises firm leadership on effectively recruiting and using the productive talents, energy, and creativity of a diverse workforce for maximum organizational effectiveness and best use of intellectual capital.

Sheila is one of the founders of the firm's Women's Forum, another of the many D&I firm initiatives to proactively recruit, retain, and promote a diverse workforce at every level of firm leadership.

Representative Experience

  • Review corporate compliance handbook, train social workers and paraprofessionals on OMIG regulations, and review documentation for compliance. 
  • Prepare compliance handbook and train staff on OMIG regulations.

Practice Areas


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Brooklyn College, B.A., cum laude, 1977

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1982

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Special Committee on Funding for Civil Legal Services, Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, and President’s Access to Justice Committee Member
  • New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinator’s Network 
  • New York State Project Directors Association 
  • Monroe County Bar Association, President’s Committee on Access to Justice, Bankruptcy Committee 
  • Rochester Black Bar Association 
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys 
  • New York Bar Foundation, Board Member and Fellow 
  • Attorney Grievance Committee of the Seventh Judicial District of New York State
  • Council of Agency Executives

Civic Activities

  • New York State Bar Association and New York State Bar Foundation Joint Pro Bono Task Force, Areas of Need, Chair
  • New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Re-entry, Co-Chair
  • John Marshall High School, Academy of Law & Government Advisory Board Member
  • Monroe Community College Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board Member
  • African American Legal Project Directors Association Member
  • Finger Lakes Health Systems African American Health Status Task Force Member
  • Rochester Women’s Network Member
  • American Association of University Women Scholarship Committee Member
  • Town of Brighton Monroe Avenue Corridor Steering Committee, Chair

Speaking & Publications

  • Frequent Panelist, Consultant or Program Reviewer for the following entities: American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono, New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, Rochester Black Bar Association, and American Association of University Women.


  • Greater Rochester Women’s Council 
  • Town of Brighton Certificate of Appreciation, Council Member 
  • Monroe County Outstanding Asset-Builder Award
  • Nathaniel Award Recipient, 2009 
  • Urban League of Rochester, N.Y., Inc.'s Community Leadership Award for Outstanding Volunteer, 2009 
  • Rochester Business Alliance, Inc. Athena Award Finalist, 2008 
  • Rochester Black Bar Association's Community Service Award, 2007 
  • Recipient of several public service awards for outstanding community leadership from public officials and community-based organizations in Anchorage, Alaska.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Executive Director 
  • Alaska Youth and Parent Foundation, Executive Director 
  • Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon, Associate