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Barclay Damon names Burch Syracuse office managing director

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David Burch

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Barclay Damon LLP has elected David Burch to the law firm’s management committee as managing director of its Syracuse office, effective Jan. 1. He took over the role from Gabe Nugent.

Burch formerly served as Barclay Damon’s hiring partner. The law firm said it has now divided the hiring-partner role into two new roles: hiring partner — laterals and co-summer associate partners.

Burch is an experienced litigator who routinely handles complex disputes, especially in commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white-collar defense, according to his profile on the Barclay Damon website. He has served as lead counsel in situations ranging from governmental investigations to multi-action matters with industry-wide import.

As an advocate for clients before regulators, in the courtroom, and those facing criminal accusations, Burch litigates in state, federal, and administrative courts and has handled many administrative tax hearings and appeals and Article 78 proceedings, as well as state and federal civil and criminal cases and private arbitrations. Burch has represented clients challenging decisions made by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the New York Attorney General, the New York State Public Service Commission, the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Economic Development, as well as additional federal and state agencies. 

Burch has experience representing businesses in energy-industry disputes and also handles criminal matters involving health-care fraud, federal and state tax issues, securities laws, environmental crimes, the federal False Claims Act and state analogues, and mail and wire fraud. He additionally conducts internal investigations and counsels companies on implementing and improving compliance plans.

Syracuse–based Barclay Damon also has offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, New York City, Toronto, as well as two locations in New England and one in Washington, D.C. The law firm has almost 300 attorneys.

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