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Larry Oppenheimer


"People make or break your business."



Larry is Barclay Damon’s Labor & Employment Practice Area chair. With over 35 years of legal experience, including serving as outside general counsel for a Fortune 500 company, Larry has a deep understanding of the demands placed on employers as they manage their workforces.

He advises clients on compliance with various state and federal laws affecting the workplace, including the National Labor Relations Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; Executive Order 11246; and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Larry defends clients in matters involving retaliation claims, employment class actions, and severance benefits. Additionally, in connection with the National Labor Relations Act, he defends clients in unfair labor practice charges and at grievance and arbitration hearings, and negotiates union contracts.

Larry also counsels clients in employment-practice audits, worker-classification issues, and OSHA and safety-compliance audits, and he regularly conducts management-training seminars. He also prosecutes claims involving breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, and other commercial torts.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Labor Lawyers Advisory Council to CUE
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York, Pro Se Assistance Program
  • Canisius College, Former Lecturer
  • Society of Human Resources Management, Lecturer, Former Lecturer

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford & Brett, LLP, Partner

Selected Community Activities

  • American Jewish Committee, Chair
  • Say Yes Buffalo, Pro Se

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law—Management, 2013-2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Employment & Labor, 2007-2018
  • Buffalo Business First, Legal Elite Leaders of Western New York, 2016
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Barclay Damon Client Briefings, “Cross-Border Labor Issues,” “New Year, New Administration,” Mid-Year Course Correction,” “Workplace Policies Re-Defined for 2016,” “The Impact of New York State’s ‘Year of the Worker’ on Your Business,” “What Every Employer Needs to Know About FMLA and the ADA,” and “Cross-Border Labor and Employment Issues”
  • CUE Conference, “The Escalating Risks of Joint Employment Issues”
  • CUE Conference, “US Labor Law Trends: The Impact in Canada”
  • CUE Conference, “Labor & Employment Practice and Social Media: On a Collision Course”
  • Western New York Association of Corporate Counsel, “Recognizing and Protecting Your Business From Fraud”



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