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Barclay Damon expands renewable-energy practice

By Eric Reinhardt


Adds attorneys from New England firm

SYRACUSE — Barclay Damon, LLP is expanding its renewable-energy practice with the addition of the four attorneys from McCauley Lyman, LLC, a law firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts. 

The new lawyers include Don McCauley, Frank Lyman, Jill Winans, and Michael Blasik.

They will join Syracuse–based Barclay Damon as of counsel, while remaining partners of McCauley Lyman. 

Richard Capozza, a partner in Barclay Damon, says the arrangement is “an affiliation” and not an acquisition. 

“The McCauley Lyman partners joined the firm as of counsel. They’re members of our firm, but they’re maintaining, at least for the foreseeable future, their separate law firm and operations. We did not merge the firms,” says Capozza. 

Capozza and attorney Brenda Colella lead the firm’s renewable-energy practice. He spoke to CNYBJ on Sept. 13.

An attorney can be of counsel to another law firm if the individual is a member of another firm, according to Capozza. It’s a way for specialty or boutique firms to gain access to additional services for its clients, he added.

The firms plan to “expand the scope of each firm in terms of energy expertise and geographic reach,” according to a news release that Barclay Damon issued Sept. 6.

When asked if Barclay Damon might acquire the firm in the future, Capozza replied, “I would say that there’s a potential for that down the road.” 

McCauley Lyman will continue operating under that name, he adds. 

The affiliation adds to Barclay Damon’s presence in eastern Massachusetts, as it already operates an office in downtown Boston.

In its news release, Barclay Damon calls the affiliation a “strategic alliance,” saying the additional attorneys will provide “bench strength” to Barclay Damon’s “already substantial” renewable-energy practice.

“We’ve got four attorneys coming on that … practice almost exclusively within the renewable-energy sector, and that’s just adding four senior attorneys to our team that we didn’t have before,” says Capozza.

Experienced lawyers

Both Don McCauley and Frank Lyman have 30 years of experience in the areas of solar and wind energy development. Their partners have a combined 35 years of experience in the same areas, according to Cappozza. 

The McCauley Lyman firm has “national experience” in renewable-energy project development, siting, and finance, with an emphasis on solar-energy projects, according to Barclay Damon.

Barclay Damon’s renewable-energy practice represents clients across the renewable-energy sector, including the areas of hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass. 

“The deal presents an opportunity for our firm to enhance the services we already provide nationally to the renewable energy sector, increasing our capabilities in particular on the east and west coasts and in the Southwest. With a team of attorneys that is well aligned with us, the combination of McCauley Lyman attorneys with Barclay Damon will allow us to deliver even stronger energy capabilities to our clients while providing McCauley Lyman clients with additional services in a wide range of areas our firm is known for, such as regulatory, environmental, tax, and mergers and acquisitions,” John Langan, managing partner at Barclay Damon, explained in the firm’s release.                                           

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