Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon


Jack Weider

Special Counsel

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Rochester Office

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

Jack concentrates his practice on providing business and strategic advice to companies in turnaround situations; representing business owners, large and small businesses, healthcare facilities, official creditors’ committees, secured creditors, institutional lenders, shareholders committees, and fiduciaries in bankruptcy reorganizations, workouts and commercial litigation matters. He is also available as a mediator and an arbitrator in commercial and tort matters.

With over 40 years experience, Jack previously was the Chair of the Financial Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.  

Representative Experience

  • Obtains confirmation of Chapter 11 reorganization plans for both publicly and closely held corporations, such as technology companies, and sponsors and obtains confirmation of creditors’ plans.
  • Successfully reorganized a large hospital in Central New York under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in a case believed to be the first in the country where a sizeable hospital had been successfully reorganized without the hospital’s sale or merger. Advised health care organizations regarding financial restructuring.
  • Served as US creditors’ committee counsel in the Laidlaw cross-border cases dealing with $2.5 billion of unsecured debt. Additional committee engagements included the case of a 90-store supermarket chain with unsecured debt in excess of $100 million and the case of a multi-state auto-parts chain in which a major source of unsecured creditor recovery resulted from claims asserted against an affiliate.
  • Developed strategy as the senior bankruptcy attorney on a team that represented 15 secured institutional lenders in the Chapter 11 cases of the Bennett Funding Group, Inc. and certain affiliates in which debtors owed more than $1 billion and reportedly ran the biggest Ponzi scheme in US history until the Madoff case.
  • Represents institutional lenders in contested seizures of business assets and the enforcement of commercial loan transactions.
  • Represents buyers, sellers, and creditors in sales of distressed businesses and nursing homes through Chapter 11 cases, UCC Article 9 sales, and out-of-court transactions.
  • Successfully represented institutional secured creditors, businesses, and health-care facilities in out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 cases in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.
  • Defends bankruptcy-preference claims asserted in national and local cases and represents trustees pursuing claims.

Practice Areas


  • St. John Fisher College, B.A., 1968
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1971

Admitted To Practice

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Committee Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 

Civic Activities

  • Turnaround Management Association Upstate New York Chapter, Board of Directors Member
  • St. John Fisher College Justinian Order, Board of Directors Member
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter, Former Board Member and Chair
  • Hope Hall, Former Board of Trustees Member

Speaking & Publications

  • Frequent speaker on bankruptcy reorganization topics for the New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Western District of New York bankruptcy conferences, and accounting societies.


  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor, 1993-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 1993-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Rochester Lawyer of the Year: Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2013-2014
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Special Counsel
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Chair of the Financial Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group and Partner