Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon


Jim Domagalski


p: 716.566.1510

f: 716.566.4003

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Washington Office

1325 G Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

p: 202-582-0601
f: 202-582-0602

Jim is an experienced trial lawyer in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. He is also Barclay Damon’s Construction & Surety Practice Area chair. Jim primarily concentrates his practice on large construction disputes, complex commercial and municipal litigation, employer defense, and counseling on labor, employment, and discrimination matters.

Representative Experience

  • Represents businesses, including pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, hospitality enterprises, and private-equity investment firms in contract disputes and commercial litigation.
  • Defends municipalities regarding claims brought against government and law enforcement.
  • Counsels a large regional retail enterprise on employment-law issues and defends the company in court and before administrative agencies.
  • Represents public and private owners and contractors in construction disputes involving large projects, including sewage treatment plants, historic renovations, commercial buildings, and airport and highway projects.
  • Represents universities and other higher education institutions in construction contract, project, and litigation matters.
  • Represents a manufacturer regarding employment law and safety issues at two large manufacturing facilities.
  • Represented the federal government in a major lease dispute arising from a federal statute enacted relating to the savings-and-loan crisis.
  • Represented a specialty contractor in a construction dispute involving a domed roof at the Montreal Olympic Stadium.
  • Defended a contractor regarding a construction-defect and mold claim brought by an owner regarding a university-housing construction project.
  • Represented an engineering firm regarding a construction-cost-overrun dispute involving a major redesign and construction of a steel-blast furnace.
  • Defended municipalities and law enforcement in class-action lawsuits involving search-and-seizure claims.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., Syracuse University National Trial Team; Syracuse University Legislative Research Bureau, Managing Editor, 1990
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1987

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Board Member
  • Leadership Buffalo, Member
  • Erie County Republican Committee, Former Chair

Civic Activities

  • Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, Board Member
  • Buffalo Bills Quarterback Club, Former President
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Western New York, Former President
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of WNY, Former Board of Trustees President
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Alliance, Former Board Member

Speaking & Publications

  • Buffalo Law Journal, "President George H.W. Bush Remembered Fondly in Buffalo"
  • Western Chapter of the New York State Water Environment Association’s 35th Annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference, “The Marriage of Engineering and Law on Public Construction Projects: Getting It Right”
  • Sterling Educational Services, “New York Employment Law Update”
  • Lorman Education Services, “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End in New York”
  • WNY Business Forum, “Legal Insights Into Employee Management”
  • Lorman Education Services, “Construction Law Claims, Liens, Trust Funds, Performance/Payment Bonds, and Information Disclosure”


  • Buffalo Business First, Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014-2018
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Business Litigation, 2010-2018
  • ECRC Jack Kemp Leadership Award, 2014
  • Am-Pol Eagle, Citizen of the Year for Law, 2004
  • Buffalo Business First, 40 Under 40, 2001

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner