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Barry M. Shulman


Barry originally joined Mackenzie Hughes LLP in 1966.  As counsel to State Senator John H. Hughes (later Senator Martin Auer), and the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, he wrote many laws and helped change the Syracuse landscape.  As examples, Barry was counsel to the development team that created the Valley Vista Housing property, one of the first apartment complexes prefabricated elsewhere and assembled on West Seneca Turnpike.   He also was the attorney for those who created the then new Edwards Department Store building on S. Salina St., later to be known as the Atrium office building.  On all of these and other projects he worked closely with the New York State Urban Development Corporation.

Laws that Barry wrote amended the General Obligations Law dealing with the necessity for paying interest less administrative fees on security deposits of rental properties of more than 6 dwelling units.  He authored the law creating the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and its many subsidiaries including the Walsh Transportation Train and Bus terminal, organizing parking throughout Central New York and providing transportation services to business people, the elderly, the disabled and millions of others in Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Oswego, Counties under the Centro brand.  He also was counsel to the construction of the Syracuse and Rome, New York Transportations Hubs.

Barry has worked with some of the larger commercial leasing facilities, both tenants and landlords.   Some of these projects dealt with tenancies at the then Carousel Mall, several medical facilities such as the Hill Medical Center, and the first MRI facilities for Crouse Hospital.

Barry was president and managing partner of one of the area’s major law firms for many years until he returned to Mackenzie Hughes. On two occasions Barry was elected Director of the Onondaga County Bar Association and led the drive to permit women to access the University’s Club facility.

Barry not only represents clients throughout the United States, he is also a speaker at many legal and other venues.  He was recently named a Lawyer of Distinction on Government Agency Representation.

Barry and his wife Debrah (PhD), a Woman of Distinction honored by the Syracuse Newspapers, are very active within the community.   Barry served for many years as President of Temple Adath Yeshurun, Campaign Chair of the Syracuse Jewish Federation, counsel to the Jewish Home of Central New York, now Menorah Park, and counsel to the Hebrew Day School.  Debbie created the Drug Quiz Show, which educated 55,000 middle school students throughout all of New York State for over 35 years.  It helped middle schoolers learn about drugs, bullying, peer pressure, tobacco etc. and won a President Bush Points of Light award.   Barry and Debbie have been a fundraising team leading many charitable giving events, including a $2,000,000 plus renovation of the Syracuse Jewish Community Center where he was given a major award, helping raise awareness for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, work on the United Negro College Fund and helping the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Law school where he was educated.

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 plays piano and is one of the region’s tap dance instructors; many former students moved on to Broadway and have starred in national tours. May 25th (national tap dance day) was designated as Barry M. Shulman Day by the Onondaga County Executive. Another passion of Barry’s is mentoring others. Barry has helped several students go to advanced education institutions including several legal secretaries and paralegals. In confidence, he helps students to meet personal educational goals through OnPoint for College. He and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of three children, Marc-David, Jennifer, and Allison, and three grandchildren Zac, Cecilia, and Evan.

A recent podcast with Barry recorded for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society can be listened to here:


  • Counsel to the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee (Senator John Hughes)
  • Authored laws to protect landlords and tenants, including those who are elderly or disabled
  • Drafted legislation enabling the creation of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority and its many subsidiary corporations operating transit and parking facilities throughout Central New York
  • Has represented the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority since 1973


  • Member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Trustee, Norther District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Serves on the board of directors of Contact Community Service
  • Serves annually as a judge for the Onondaga County High School Mock Trial Competition



  • Lecturer at a Variety of New York State Bar Association CLE seminars
  • Temple Adath Yeshurun’s Citizen of the Year Award
  • Syracuse Jewish Federation’s Roth Award
  • Syracuse Hebrew Day School’s Mensch Award
  • Jewish Community Center’s highest Kvod Gadol Honor
  • Community of Color’s Richard Ellner Award of Hope
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania (Dean’s Committee of Outstanding Graduates)
  • Cornell Law School
  • New York State Bar
  • Onondaga County Bar


Extension of Contract From Centro

Mackenzie Hughes takes pleasure in announcing that it has been selected as General Corporate and Litigation Counsel to all Centro companies including Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, CNY Centro Inc., Centro of Oneida, Inc., Centro of Oswego, Inc., the Intermodal Transportation Center, Inc. and other related and subsidiary corporations of Centro. Mackenzie Hughes is…

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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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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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Purchasing Property with a Lease

Often when purchasing a company, certain assets pose issues not easy to discern. For example, a Purchaser can buy real estate through a purchase contract and perhaps even personal property such as furniture and furnishings, fairly easily. When purchasing real estate, title insurance can be ordered, surveys re-dated, and abstracts renewed. Information on mortgages can…

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