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"My goal is to always do right by my clients. That means listening closely, offering sound advice, and working diligently to carry out the plan."



Briana focuses her practice on litigated trusts and estates matters, including contentious family disputes. She counsels clients through the complex probate process as well as with their estate administration needs, and she advises fiduciaries during the process to ensure they fulfill their duties.

Additionally, Briana provides estate planning services and drafts all estate plan documents, including wills, a wide variety of trusts, and advanced directives, such as health care proxies and powers of attorney. Briana also drafts marital agreements.

Briana has experience litigating Article 81 guardianship and estate-related proceedings before New York State supreme courts.

In addition to her legal practice, Briana serves as a guardian ad litem in Erie County.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum    

Representative Experience

  • Successfully settled a multimillion-dollar, highly contentious estate and trust dispute between a young child dealing with the death of his father and a relative, who was in charge of his father’s estate. As a result of settling the dispute, the client received the money and properties he was entitled to.
  • Prepared and completed an estate plan for a disabled veteran.
  • Assisted a low-income beneficiary with filing for probate.
  • Representing a young adult client whose father passed away in a case against family members who are depriving her of insurance payouts.
  • Successfully settled a litigious estate wherein an alleged nonmarital child asserted a claim against the estate.

Prior Experience

  • Barclay Damon LLP, Law Clerk
  • Erie County Surrogate’s Court, Judicial Intern
  • Duke, Holzman, Photiadis & Gresens LLP, Law Clerk
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Investigative Intern

Selected Community Activities

  • Sisters of Charity Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Volunteer
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Board of Directors Member

Selected Honors

  • Buffalo Business First, 30 Under 30, 2024
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®: Trusts and Estates, 2024

Selected Media

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We're Growing in DC!

We’re excited to announce Barclay Damon’s combination with Washington DC–based Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram. SLS’s 10 lawyers, three paralegals, and four administrative staff will join Barclay Damon while maintaining their current office in DC’s central business district. Our clients will benefit from SLS’s corporate, real estate, finance, and construction litigation experience and national energy-industry profile, and their clients from our full range of services.

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