Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon


David Burch


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Syracuse Office

Barclay Damon Tower
125 East Jefferson Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

David is an experienced litigator who routinely handles complex disputes, particularly in commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white-collar defense. Whether the final goal is a negotiated settlement or a complete victory after trial, he strives to keep clients’ business goals and challenges at the forefront when designing paths to a final resolution. David 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, David litigates in state, federal, and administrative courts and has handled countless administrative tax hearings and appeals and Article 78 proceedings as well as state and federal civil and criminal cases and private arbitrations. He has represented clients challenging decisions made by the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Health & Human Services, the NY Attorney General, the NYS Public Service Commission, the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Economic Development as well as additional federal and state agencies. 

David has extensive experience representing businesses in energy-industry disputes before state regulators and between private parties in diverse areas, with clients that include Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), renewable- and fossil-fuel-generation asset owners and operators, utilities, and others. He routinely handles securities litigation and arbitration matters, contract disputes, environmental litigation, and trade-secret litigation, among other areas. David 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.

In addition to his legal practice, David serves as Barclay Damon’s hiring partner, providing strategic guidance and oversight for firm-wide hiring efforts.

Representative Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented a cable television provider in a dispute regarding millions in late fees assessed by municipalities. Won a favorable judgment following trial, reducing penalties by over 95 percent. Settled on favorable terms while the appeal was pending.
  • Represented a food-production company investor with respect to embezzlement by an officer. Obtained a temporary restraining order, followed by a negotiated resignation.
  • Represented a business owner in the break-up of numerous interconnected operating and partnership agreements. Settled on favorable terms.
  • Obtained the summary dismissal of a federal civil-rights complaint against an individual in district court and on appeal to the circuit court.
  • Represented medical professionals involved in litigation regarding an asset-purchase agreement and alleged defamation.
  • Resolved numerous disputes regarding student discipline and academic fraud through both negotiated settlements and final judgments in litigated matters.
  • Successfully defended appeal of estate matter regarding the disposition of liquid and real estate assets.


  • Represents an industry group of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in ongoing proceedings before the NY Public Service Commission (PSC) and in parallel judicial proceedings.
  • Led negotiations on behalf of an industry group under supervision of the NY PSC regarding cybersecurity issues and terms of data-security agreements.
  • Represented a solar developer in arbitration regarding breaches of a development agreement by an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor. Settled on favorable terms.
  • Represented a utility company in a challenge by a developer to tariff the reimbursement rate. Obtained summary dismissal of the complaint by the court.
  • Represented a municipally owned power plant in wide-ranging litigation regarding breaches of an operating agreement by a private operator. Settled on favorable terms.

White Collar

  • Represented a business under criminal investigation by the NY Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau for numerous violations of antitrust laws under threatened penalties of millions, incarceration for top executives, and forced closure of business. Negotiated a civil resolution favorably with no criminal charges imposed.
  • Represented a business owner charged with 21 felony counts of criminal sales-tax fraud involving amounts approaching $750,000. Successfully reduced the counts to one misdemeanor charge of failure to maintain adequate records, and successfully negotiated the abatement of civil-fraud penalties.
  • Represented a physician accused of health care fraud, including fraudulent billing and falsification of records. Successfully negotiated a civil resolution with no criminal charges imposed. Assisted in instituting a practice-wide compliance program.
  • Represented a law firm partner accused of fraud by the US Department of Justice and US Department of Labor. No charges or civil penalties were imposed.
  • Represented a private NYS university in connection with criminal investigations involving accusations against staff members.
  • Represented a private NYS university in connection with a NCAA investigation.
  • Defended an owner of an employee-leasing company charged with tax evasion and failing to pay withholding tax.
  • Represented a not-for-profit development corporation charged with federal tax evasion through sentencing and post-sentencing supervision.
  • Represented countless witnesses in connection with interviews and testimony in state and federal criminal investigations.

Tax Controversies

  • Represented numerous companies in litigation with the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance to protest notices of deficiency arising out of denial of Empire Zones program credits. Obtained reductions in assessments following a hearing before the Division of Tax Appeals aggregating in tens of millions.
  • Represented numerous companies in litigation regarding the denial of Qualified Emerging Technology Company tax credits (QETC). Settled cases on favorable terms.
  • Represented a power-plant developer in an audit of Brownfield Tax Credits. Resulted in payment of a multi-million credit as claimed by the taxpayer.
  • Represented a manufacturer of automotive parts in negotiations and litigation with the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance regarding income taxes with respect to disputes over Empire Zone tax credits.
  • Represented a real estate developer in a real-property-tax dispute, leading to a 60 percent reduction in real-property-tax assessments.
  • Represented a boat dealer in civil tax litigation on parallel course with criminal tax prosecution involving the collection and remittance of sales tax.

Regulatory and Compliance

  • Represented numerous businesses in summary Article 78 proceedings resulting in the reversal of the actions of numerous New York State agencies.
  • Represented individuals in the closing of the purchase of all the assets of a trucking company in a heavily regulated industry and in ensuring the new owners were in full compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Represented a nursing home operator in the correction of 401(k) plan tax-qualification failures under the IRS' Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).
  • Represented a software company in the correction of breaches of fiduciary duties under the Department of Labor’s Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP).
  • Assisted in compliance and termination of a paper-products manufacturer’s employee benefit plans ESOPs, 401(k) plans, and 403(b) plans––each with more than 100 participants.
  • Represented a health care provider in a government audit of Medicare and Medicaid billing practices.
  • Defended a health care provider against an assessment for overpayment of Medicaid reimbursement.
  • Represents universities and individuals in connection with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance matters.

Practice Areas


  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude, Senior Editor, Albany Law Review, 2006
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, Former Vice President and Board of Directors Member

Speaking & Publications


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Business Litigation, 2015-2017

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC, Associate
  • Office of Federal Magistrate Judge David R. Homer, Intern