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Barry M. Shulman rejoins Mackenzie Hughes in 2016 as a partner in the Firm’s Business Department having practiced law here previously while Counsel to the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee (Senator John Hughes). Barry brings tremendous expertise to Mackenzie Hughes having represented governmental as well as private clients. Barry’s ability to advocate effectively for his clients while negotiating complex commercial and public contracts has cemented his legal reputation throughout New York State.
As a Counsel to the New York State Legislature, Barry authored laws to protect both landlords and tenants, including those who are elderly or disabled. He drafted the legislation enabling the creation of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and its many subsidiary corporations operating transit and major parking facilities throughout Central New York and has represented them and continues to do so, since 1973.
Barry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania where he served on the Dean’s Committee of Outstanding Graduates. While at Cornell Law School Barry was awarded the John J. Kelley Award, as outstanding law student.
Barry is a sought after speaker and has served as an adjunct professor for the Research Foundation of the City University of New York teaching members of public bodies how to carry out their public responsibilities. He is a member of the New York State and Onondaga County Bar Associations and has been included in the Upstate New York edition of “Super Lawyers”.
Barry is active throughout the community and has organized many of the region’s larger fund-raising events. His leadership positions include but are not limited to his being a former Chair of WCNY-TV’s Tel Auc, President of Temple Adath Yeshurun, Director of the Onondaga County Bar Association, Counsel to the Jewish Home of Central New York, Campaign Chair of the Syracuse Jewish Federation, Chair of the United Way’s Lawyers’ Fund, Chair of the Jewish Community Center’s original $2.8 million Campaign, and Board Member of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and Huntington Family Center, amongst others.
As a result of his many varied community involvements, Barry has been the recipient of Temple Adath Yeshurun’s Citizen of the Year Award, Syracuse Jewish Federation’s Roth Award, the Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s Mensch Award, the Jewish Community Center’s highest Kvod Gadol honor, and the Community of Color’s Richard Ellner Award of Hope.
Barry enjoys reading, traveling (he speaks French and Hungarian with a smattering of Hebrew and Italian), doing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, and supporting live theatre. He also plays the piano and is one of the region’s leading tap dance instructors, many former students having moved on to Broadway and to star in national tours. Another passion is mentoring others and confidentially helping those in need meet personal educational goals including those participating with OnPoint for College. He and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.