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Barclay Damon combines with Gilberti law firm

By Eric Reinhardt


Syracuse–based Barclay Damon LLP on Wednesday announced that it has combined with Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., a Syracuse–based firm that handles cases pertaining to energy and environmental matters. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Barclay Damon LLP announced it has combined with Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., a Syracuse–based law firm that focuses on energy and environmental law.

Effective Wednesday, 11 attorneys of the Gilberti firm and its paralegals and staff have joined Barclay Damon, the firm said in a news release.

The 11 attorneys include William Gilberti, Jr., the former CEO of Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., who is a now a partner with Syracuse–based Barclay Damon.

Besides Gilberti, his colleagues John Klucsik, Patricia Naughton, Anthony Rivizzigno, Kevin Roe, and Francis Stinziano, Jr. also joined Barclay Damon as partners as well, according to Lisa Kane, proposal manager for Barclay Damon.

The Gilberti firm’s 11 attorneys are among a total of 28 employees that have joined Barclay Damon, which now has a total employee count of 450, Kane told BJNN.

Barclay Damon didn’t release any financial terms of its combination agreement with the Gilberti firm.

During the build-out of additional offices in Barclay Damon Tower, the former Gilberti attorneys and staff will use their existing offices at 555 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse as “swing space.”

After construction is complete, all lawyers and staff will move to Barclay Damon Tower at 125 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Syracuse

Barclay Damon sees the Gilberti firm as having a “deep understanding of strategically significant industries,” including energy, mining, municipal, regional, and state government.

The “continued expansion” of Barclay Damon’s energy practice follows the Sept. 6 announcement that four attorneys from the Framingham, Massachusetts–based firm McCauley Lyman had joined the firm of counsel in its renewable-energy practice group.

About the firms

Over its 45-year history, the Gilberti firm developed boutique expertise in a number of practices, including energy law, large-project development and siting, environmental law, state regulation, real property tax and condemnation, corporate, litigation, and commercial real estate, according to the Barclay Damon release.

Barclay Damon formed in 2015 with the combination of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP of Syracuse and Damon Morey LLP of Buffalo. The firm has offices throughout the major cities of New York and in Toronto, along with Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey.

At 275 lawyers, Barclay Damon says it is the “largest law firm in the Northeastern U.S. “not centered in a major market.”

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