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SheilaGaddis

Partner

"I can make a profound difference in the lives of individuals and contribute to the wellbeing of society by promoting justice and equality."

Overview

Biography

Sheila is Barclay Damon’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee chair and is the primary point of contact for the firm’s largest clients on diversity, inclusion, and equity issues. In her role, she leads the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative, authoring innovative policies and advising firm leadership on effectively recruiting and using the productive talents, energy, and creativity of a diverse workforce for maximum organizational effectiveness and the best use of intellectual capital.

Sheila concentrates her legal practice on assisting health care not-for-profits with operational, programming, staffing, fiscal management, and Medicaid-compliance issues. She prepares and reviews corporate-compliance handbooks; trains staff, social workers, and paraprofessionals on OMIG regulations; and reviews documents for compliance.

Bar Associations

  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Rochester Black Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon Women's Forum
Experience

Representative Experience

  • As client relationship manager, provides strategic advice and counsel and builds and maintains relationships with major university and federally qualified health-center clients.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay LLP, Partner
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Executive Director
  • Alaska Youth and Parent Foundation, Executive Director
  • Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • NYS African American Legal Project Directors Association, Member
  • American Association of University Women, Scholarship Committee Member
  • African American Health Coalition
  • Fordham University Feerick Center, Attorney Emeritus Program Advisory Council Member
  • Town of Brighton, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Board Special Advisor to the Supervisor

Selected Honors

  • Rochester Business Journal, ICON Award, 2019
  • NYS Senate, Proclamation From Joseph Robach, 2018
  • City of Rochester, Office of Mayor Lovely Warren, Sheila Gaddis Day Proclamation, 2018
  • Rochester Black Bar Association, Bridge Builder Award, 2017
  • The Daily Record, Nathaniel Award, 2009
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • American Association of University Women, American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, Monroe County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Rochester Black Bar Association, Frequent Panelist, Consultant, and Program Reviewer

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