Robert A. Barrer is the Chief Ethics and Risk Management Partner of Barclay Damon, LLP, a 275-lawyer regional law firm. Mr. Barrer has been with the firm for 33 years and has been a partner since 1990. Prior to joining the firm, he served for two years as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in the state and federal courts and was elected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Mr. Barrer is the recipient of the Pro Bono Service Award from the N.D.N.Y. Federal Court Bar Association for his extensive and successful service as a mediator in the District Court’s Alternate Dispute Resolution program and is a two-time winner of the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing, presented annually at the Library of Congress.
Mr. Barrer is responsible for all ethics, conflicts, loss prevention and continuing legal education activities at the firm. Mr. Barrer counsels firm attorneys and clients and provides analysis and advice on ethical questions involving conflicts of interest, privileges and legal issues implicating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Appellate Division Fourth Department, to the Grievance Committee of the Fifth Judicial District and served on that Committee for six years including two as Chair of the Committee. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for two years as a Law Clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Mr. Barrer received his B.A., with honors, from Skidmore College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law where he served on the Law Review and worked as a Legal Writing Instructor. He is admitted to the New York State bar, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.