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August 8, 2023

Six Barclay Damon Attorneys Named Empire State Counsel® Honorees

Barclay Damon announces six attorneys have been named Empire State Counsel® honorees by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The Empire State Counsel Program recognizes NYSBA members who, during the prior year, performed 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services. They are David Fulvio, counsel; Genevieve Halpenny, associate; Payne Horning, associate; Emma Marshall, associate; J. J. Pelligra, associate; and Cathy Wettlaufer, partner. 

Mitch Katz, pro bono partner, said, “Barclay Damon’s pro bono program is a key element of the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy, and our attorneys’ commitment to providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals is a great source of pride for Barclay Damon. We’re especially proud of these six attorneys who’ve gone above and beyond to give of their time and talent to help people in their communities.”

Since 2017, all of Barclay Damon’s full-time attorneys, working with firm paralegals, have provided pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance and organizations serving those seeking access to justice. The firm has been honored as an Empire State Counsel honoree for six consecutive years. In 2022, the firm dedicated approximately 2,500 hours of time valued at nearly $850,000 to pro bono efforts.

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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