Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon


Gary Abelson


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f: 585.295.8411

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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Gary primarily concentrates his practice on insurance litigation, with a specific focus on catastrophic-injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries resulting from automobile and industrial accidents. Gary serves as outside counsel to numerous national insurance companies, representing their insureds in a wide variety of matters, and additionally represents hotels, restaurants, and sports venues in patron injury claims.

Gary additionally defends landlords in lead-paint lawsuits claiming cognitive and behavioral issues to children throughout Upstate New York.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully argued before the Court of Appeals in Giles v. Yi, the companion case to Hamilton v. Miller, that plaintiff counsel in lead-poisoning cases must produce medical reports in accordance with 22 NYCRR 202.17(b)(1) before defendants are required to schedule any independent medical examinations.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
  • Hobart College, B.A., cum laude

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

Speaking & Publications

  • Lead Litigation Conference, “Summary Judgment Motion: Skirting the Pitfalls”
  • Lead Litigation Conference, “Case Law Spotlight and Update”
  • Lead Litigation Conference, “Understanding and Applying Epidemiology Studies/What Constitutes an Injury”
  • Lead Litigation Conference, “Discovering the Keys to Winning Discovery Techniques”
  • The Defendant, The Labor Law Issue, “What Is an Elevation-Related Risk in the Wake of Runner?”
  • James Publishing, New York Motor Vehicle Accidents, Editorial Board Member


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Personal Injury General: Defense, 2008-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell BV Peer Review-Rated for High to Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner