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Jim serves as Barclay Damon's Commercial Litigation Practice Area co-chair. With 24 years of legal experience, Jim is a skilled trial lawyer who primarily concentrates on litigating complex commercial, mass tort, education law, and white-collar criminal matters and has experience in both federal and state court. He routinely represents individuals, businesses, municipalities, and municipal sub-divisions, handling early-stage negotiations through highly public, heavily contested trials. Jim also defends businesses and individuals embroiled in “bet-the-company” matters.

In Jim’s white collar practice, he defends high-net-worth individuals and businesses against investigations conducted by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the US Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, state attorneys general, local district attorneys, and various other state and federal agencies.

Jim also represents clients in matters involving regulatory conformity, “whistle blower” litigation, section 807 labor disputes, mass-tort lawsuits, and enforcing noncompetition covenants.

Bar Associations

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

Representative Experience

  • Defended the Board of Education for the Buffalo City School District in a suit brought by a charter school regarding student busing. The matter involved questions of contractual interpretation, equal protection, due process, and education-law interpretation. Successfully turned a temporary loss into a high six-figure win after an effective appeal.
  • Successfully defended a business and its owner against allegations of tax fraud relating to NYS personal income taxes.
  • Coordinated and lead the defense of Fortune 500 clients as regional and local counsel in numerous wrongful-death and injury claims brought by asbestos plaintiffs.
  • Represented a local real estate developer to prevent a predatory eviction, successfully thwarting attempts of a rival developer by having the foreclosure action dismissed.
  • Protected several family-owned businesses against hostile takeover attempts, preserving the majority owners’ interests.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Hodgson Russ LLP, Partner
  • Phillips Lytle LLP, Associate
  • Law Office of Alan D. Goldstein, Esq., Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • Buffalo Police Athletic League, Vice President
  • Amherst Police Foundation, Member

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2023–2024; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021–2024

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Hodgson Russ LLP Tax Institute Seminar Series, “Criminal Tax Practice/Asset Protection”
  • National Business Institute, “Preparing to Settle Personal Injury Claims in New York”

Selected Media

Featured Media


COVID-19 Business Interruption Update: New York High Court Affirms in Favor of Insurer


USFWS Introduces General Permit for Bald and Golden Eagle Incidental Take


ORES Executive Director Issues First Denial of Section 94-C Permit Application Following Applicant's Partial Loss of Site Control


New Details About OPWDD Spending in the New York State FY 2025 Executive Budget


Second Circuit Reverses in Favor of Insured in $600,000 Fire Loss Case


New York State Minimum Wage Increases Are Here: Are You Compliant?

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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