Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon


Sara Payne


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f: 315.703.7332

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Syracuse Office

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

Sara is Barclay Damon’s cannabis team leader, managing a team of highly specialized attorneys across multiple practice areas. In addition to leading the cannabis team, she counsels clients on complex permitting and licensing; corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions; regulatory proceedings and compliance; corporate governance; and governmental relations. As a former entrepreneur, Sara is highly experienced in creating and implementing strategic and business plans; managing customers, employees, and capital; identifying, forming, and maintaining business-to-business and customer relationships; and planning and managing joint ventures and spin-out opportunities.

Practice Areas


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, M.P.A.
  • LeMoyne College, M.B.A.
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S.

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Cannabis Law
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Cannabis Law Digest, Contributing Editor

Speaking & Publications


  • New York Law Journal, New York Trailblazer, 2019
  • DataBird Research Journal, Top 250 Cannabis Law Experts, 2018

Prior Experience

  • Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., Associate
  • Blue Highway, Inc., Consultant to General Counsel and Department of Business Development
  • Signature Stables, CEO and General Partner