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David M. Garber joined Mackenzie Hughes in 1986 and is now retired from
the firm. David, while at Mackenzie Hughes, handled litigation, appellate
practice, insurance law and municipal law. He was widely recognized as
a premier appellate lawyer, handling complex motions and appeals in both
Federal and State courts.
Beyond his traditional law practice, David counseled public officials
on matters relating to litigation, legislation, civil rights and ethics.
In the past he was an advisor to Syracuse's mayors, regardless of their
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from the State University
of New York at Binghamton, where he graduated magna cum laude and in 1970,
he received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.
David was admitted to the New York Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern
District of New York in 1971 and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
David was a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State
Bar Association (served on Committee on Appellate Jurisdiction, 1996-1998),
the Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules (1996-1998), the Municipal
Law Section and Torts, the Insurance and Compensation Law Section, the
Onondaga County Bar Association, and the National Association of Bond
He served as a Co-Chair of Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll's Transition
Committee. He also has been actively involved in the YMCA Central Branch's
Governing Board, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., the Board of
Ethics of the City of Syracuse, the United Way (Loaned Executive), the
Volunteer Lawyers' Project (Pro Bono service to members of the community),
Temple Adath Yeshurun (Board and Executive Committee Member), the Jewish
Family Service, Inc., and the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, Inc.
Temple Adath Yeshurun and the Jewish Community Center have honored David
for his service. He was an adjunct professor of state and local government
law at Syracuse University College of Law from 1986 to 1988.
Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, David served as Corporation Counsel
for the City of Syracuse. David has used his many years of experience
as director of the City of Syracuse's Law Department to counsel the firm's
clients in all aspects of municipal law, from litigation to finance, land
use/zoning and statutory compliance.