Mackenzie Hughes is lead counsel to many of the region’s most prominent and successful businesses. Our clients range from sole proprietorships to sophisticated international corporations, which rely on our proactive counsel and solutions-oriented approach. Our collaborative multidisciplinary approach is also used to counsel not-for-profit entities including colleges, human services agencies, rehabilitation centers, religious organizations, arts organizations and traditional charities. The Firm’s corporate attorneys work closely with the Firm’s tax attorneys to analyze and develop tax-efficient responses to achieve client goals. Services include:

General Business

  • Structuring business entities including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, corporations and limited-liability companies
  • Regulatory compliance; representation before federal and state oversight agencies
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts including partnerships, shareholder and employment agreements
  • Counseling businesses on entity governance; drafting bylaws and operating agreements
  • Providing advice and counsel on bankruptcy and collection matters
  • Representing businesses and individuals in the purchase and sale of business interests
  • Representing businesses in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Counseling on all aspects of business succession


  • Preparing and filing reports including disclosure forms for corporate officers and directors
  • Providing advice and counsel on all aspects of initial offerings of corporate stock
  • Preparing proxy materials

Employee Benefits Planning

  • Preparing and implementing stock option plans for corporate directors, officers and employees
  • Providing advice and counsel in the establishment of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and retirement plans
  • Preparing and negotiating employee separations; planning and implementing workforce reductions

Meet the Team

Our experienced attorneys will work with you to create meaningful legal solutions designed to help you make better business, personal planning and legal decisions.

Meet the Team


Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel


Ian S. Ludd Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Business Department

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ian Ludd has recently joined the business department of Mackenzie Hughes LLP after graduating cum laude with both a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. During Law School Ian was a member…

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Christopher Powers Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Litigation and Business Departments

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Christopher Powers has joined the litigation and business departments of Mackenzie Hughes LLP and will concentrate his legal practice in health care litigation, real and intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Powers spent 11 years working in the communications industry prior to earning his juris doctor in 2017. He currently sits on the…

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Barry M. Shulman Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP as a Partner

Barry M. Shulman has joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP as a partner in the firm’s business department. With nearly 50 years of practicing law, Shulman has experience representing corporate and governmental organizations, including local, regional and state authorities. He negotiates complex commercial leases for landlords and tenants, as well as contracts for the acquisition and development…

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I’ve Been Summoned for Jury Duty. Now What?

What do you think of when you hear the words “jury duty”? To many people, the term “jury duty” brings to mind a civic obligation; a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center Survey found that roughly two-thirds of American adults believe that serving on a jury “is part of what it means to be…

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When Commercial Leases Don’t Mean What They Say

So you’re presented with a Commercial Lease, say a business retail tenant in a shopping center. You’re perhaps a Landlord, or a Tenant. You carefully review all of the terms and have no problem with their clarity. They’re explicit and unambiguous. What you might not realize is that there can be a third and silent…

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Online Privacy 101

Although we may not be conscious of it, nearly every action we take online involves sharing some amount of information with a website or its advertisers. Because of this sharing of information, most sites on the Internet have a lengthy document somewhere on the site, frequently written in legalese that they call a “Privacy Policy.”…

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