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January 14, 2020

Barclay Damon Announces New Partner Elevations

January 14, 2020—Barclay Damon announces, effective January 1, Melissa Bennett, Liz Cominolli, Carolyn Marcotte Crowley, Zach Forward, Danielle Mettler-LaFeir, Colm Ryan, and Ekin Senlet, all previous counsel, have been elected to the law firm’s partnership.

“Each one of these individuals is wholly deserving of their elevation to partner, as they have used their unique skills and hard work to contribute to Barclay Damon’s growth and the success of our clients,” John Langan, the firm’s managing partner, said. “They are not only talented attorneys, but dedicated leaders who are passionate about moving the firm forward in a rapidly changing legal industry. We are especially excited to have five outstanding women attorneys on this roster, knowing they will act as powerful role models to the next generation of firm talent. We are also pleased––particularly in light of Connie Cahill’s approaching transition to managing partner at the end of 2020––that these appointments substantially advance our continued commitment to gender equity in the legal services teams we offer to clients and in our firm operations.”

Bennett is a member of the Public Finance, Financial Institutions & Lending, and Corporate Practice Areas. She is based in the Albany office.

Cominolli is a member of the Branding, Trademarks & Copyrights; Intellectual Property Litigation; and Corporate Practice Areas as well as the Outdoor & Wildlife Team. She is based in the Syracuse office.

Crowley is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Mass & Toxic Torts Practice Areas. She is based in the Boston office.

Forward is a member of the Corporate and Tax Practice Areas as well as the Cannabis Team. He is based in the Syracuse office.

Mettler-LaFeir is a member of the Environmental Practice Area as well as the Energy and Cannabis Teams. She is based in the Rochester office.

Ryan is a member of the Torts & Products Liability Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Construction & Surety Practice Areas as well as the Health Care Controversies and Health Care Teams. He is based in the Albany office.

Senlet is a member of the Regulatory Practice Area as well as the Energy, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, and Cybersecurity Teams. She is based in the Albany office.

Barclay Damon attorneys team across offices and practices to provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses. With nearly 300 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto. For more information, visit our award-winning website at


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