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Hiscock & Barclay in the Community

The individuals who make up Hiscock & Barclay value the communities in which they live and work. Whether it is promoting diversity and inclusion, providing legal services to those in need or contributing to education and charitable organizations, our attorneys and staff strive to make a difference in their profession and community.

On a personal level, our attorneys and staff are very active in supporting civic, educational and charitable activities that provide valuable services to the constituents served while at the same time bringing personal satisfaction and gratification to the participants. They also actively support firm wide programs with equal enthusiasm. Hiscock & Barclay is proud to have three very effective programs in place that further contribute to our communities-our Pro Bono, Diversity and Inclusion and Women’s Forum programs.

Although each program was created to  support its  unique objectives, our teams work together to further our collective goals. An example is our very successful participation in the Syracuse Say Yes to Education Pro Bono program where our lawyers offer pro bono legal services to parents and families of student in Syracuse City schools and our pipeline programs which are designed to provide minority students with internship program opportunities within the firm.

Please click onto the links below to see the details of each program:


Earth Day 2015

Hiscock & Barclay attorneys in Albany partnered with National Grid's Earth Day efforts in their local communities to help clean up the enviornment by planting trees and clearing trash in various areas. In this Times Union clip, Hiscock & Barclay Environmental attorney, Tom Paul, is shown doing his part in the clean-up effort.


National Grid Community Service Day 2014

For the second consecutive year, Hiscock & Barclay attorneys and staffers once again teamed with National Grid employees in and around New York City and Syracuse on May 15.

Projects included painting, landscaping and spring cleaning at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, a summer day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism; similar work at Camp Sunrise in Wheatley Heights, a summer day camp for children and their siblings with cancer; as well as Habitat for Humanity, SPCA and Green Lakes Improvement Project in Syracuse, NY.

This was National Grid’s fifth annual Community Volunteer Day.


Arnold Zelman Honored for Commitment to Hispanic Community

Arnold N. Zelman, Of Counsel at Hiscock & Barclay, LLP has been recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc., for his commitment to the Western New York Hispanic Community and the Council.

Zelman focuses his practice on corporate and tax law in Hiscock & Barclay’s Buffalo office.

The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc. is a non-profit organization that exists to foster and inspire awareness, understanding and appreciation for past, present and future contributions of the Hispanic community in the region.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, listed as a “Top 250 Firm” by The National Law Journal, is a full-service, 200-attorney law firm, with offices throughout the major cities of New York State, as well as in Boston, Washington, Newark, N.J. and Toronto, providing comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base in 30 practice areas. 

 Arnold N. Zelman, left, stands with Casimiro Rodriguez of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.


J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

More than 40 runners, joggers, walkers and supporters from Hiscock & Barclay took part in the 2013 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at Onondaga Lake Park June 18. The Hiscock & Barclay team included Partners, Associates, Summer Associates and staff.

Associate Anne B. Dotzler set a blistering pace for the firm, finishing in 24:39, making her the 45th woman across the finish line overall.

This year’s field saw nearly 8,000 entrants, organizers said, and raised $16,000 for the YMCA of Greater Syracuse.

Hiscock & Barclay teams have been involved in the Corporate Challenge since 2003. This year’s Challenge saw beautiful weather with plenty of sun and temperatures in the low 70s at race time.

“It’s great that so many Hiscock & Barclay people – more than a quarter of our Syracuse office – were able to take part in this annual event,” said Managing Partner John Langan.

Summer Associates Shaundala Brown and Anthony Osborne in
the Hiscock & barclay tent following the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.


Members of the Hiscock & Barclay J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge team before the race on June 18. Front row, from left, Margaret Black, Peter Hotchkiss, Robert Lazzaro, Michelle K. DeKay, Courtney M. Merriman, Emily Englert, Laurie Hogan, Tracy Kerr, Susanne Pelose, Anne B. Dotzler. Second row, from left, Anthony Morgan, Jack M. Rudnick, Alan R. Peterman, John P. Sindoni, Lisa Bachar, Marnie Lewis, Amy Campbell, Sarah Geiss, Elizabeth A. Cominolli, Christine Stillwell, Lori McRobbie, Lisa Pawlewicz, Jan Gould. Third row, Gavin Landless, Zachary D. Forward, Jeffrey B. Koehne, Charles McChesney, John D. Cook, Robert Hale and Alen Jusic.


National Grid Volunteer Day

Thirteen attorneys and staffers from Hiscock & Barclay, LLP traveled to areas in and around New York City to join National Grid employees in their annual Downstate New York Community Volunteer Day May 17.

Projects included painting, landscaping and spring cleaning at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, a summer day camp for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism; similar work at Camp Sunrise in Wheatley Heights, a summer day camp for children and their siblings with cancer; stocking and organizing shelves at Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway, a disaster recovery center following Hurricane Sandy and helping repair damage done by Hurricane Sandy at Bobbi & the Strays, an animal rescue shelter in Freeport.

This was National Grid’s fourth annual Downstate New York Community Volunteer Day.

“Our hearts went out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy last year,” said Hiscock & Barclay Managing Partner John Langan. “The firm is pleased that so many of our team volunteered to lend a hand and are doing it side by side with the good people of National Grid.” 

At Camp Sunshine, a summer day camp for children and their siblings with cancer, the crew included, from left, first row:  Joe Giordano (National Grid), Ted Leissing (National Grid), Heather Sunser (Hiscock & Barclay), Courtney Merriman (Hiscock & Barclay), Stephanie Lamarque (Hiscock & Barclay), second row:  Kevin Glasheen (Hiscock & Barclay), Andy Leja (Hiscock & Barclay), Frank Murphy (National Grid), Sharareh Goldsmith (National Grid), Tara Bell (National Grid); third Row: Bill Ryan (National Grid) and Allen Hecht (National Grid). 


Law Day 2013

Hiscock & Barclay Associate Anne Burak Dotzler was a leading organizer of Onondaga County Bar Association Law Day 2013. This year’s event, with the theme “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” recognized the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Law Day included ceremonies at the Onondaga County Courthouse, a lunch and speaking event at Syracuse University Schine Student Center and was preceded by a career expo for students at the Institute of Technology Syracuse Central.

Hundreds of students attended the career expo, which included staffed booths from the Secret Service, Onondaga County Court System, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Hiscock & Barclay, the New York State Departments of Labor, Environmental Conservation and Transportation as well as State Sen. David Valesky, Assemblyman Al Stirpe and other law-related businesses and organizations.

During the annual luncheon’s award ceremony, Hiscock & Barclay Associate Matthew Kerwin was honored for his commitment to pro bono service. More than 450 people, including members of the judiciary, the local bar, local businesses and area high school students, attended the luncheon which was followed by a presentation on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by Freedom Rider Rev. LeRoy Glenn Wright.  


Law Day 2013 included a career expo at the Institute of Technology Central Syracuse
with booths from agencies, and businesses. Hiscock & Barclay’s booth was staffed by
Lisa Bachar, Syracuse Office Administrator; Erica Wright, past intern; Nasear Walker,
intern; and Jan Gould, Accounts Payable Specialist. 


Wrapsody 2013

Members of Hiscock & Barclay’s Women’s Forum again participated in “Wrapsody 2013” at Destiny USA on December 12, wrapping holiday gifts for shoppers with all proceeds benefitting the Vera House, Hope for the Bereaved and the National Council of Negro Women. “Wrapsody 2013” ran through the holiday season with various stations located throughout Destiny USA.

Hiscock & Barclay’s Women’s Forum was formed to create an environment for sharing ideas about personal and professional lives in a gender-specific setting. The goal is to provide meaningful interaction and mentoring opportunities to assist our female attorneys in developing successful strategies regarding leadership, client and professional development as well as marketing. It also serves as a forum for the sharing of information, experiences and problem-solving ideas related to work life balance.

2013 Salvation Army Distribution Day

Attorneys and staff members in the firm's Syracuse office participated in the Salvation Army's Distribution Day. Distribution Day enables thousands of Central New York's low-income families to receive books, toys and stocking stuffers for their children during the holiday season. In addition, families receive food baskets containing a turkey and all of the fixings needed for a holiday dinner. Families can also receive extra food to help feed their children during the school break. Hiscock & Barclay volunteers helped distribute toys and prepared food boxes at the OnCenter.