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Pamela Davis Heilman

Retired Partner
  • New York
  • Florida

Vassar College, A.B., With Honors

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., With Honors

Pam joined the firm in 1975 and helped found the firm's first Canadian office in 1989. She focused her practice on cross-border business and charities law. 


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Non-profit/Charities Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law) 2007 - 2022
  • Listed, Who's Who in American Law
  • Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2015
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2007, 2012-2015
  • Organization of Women in International Trade Woman of the Year Award, 2008 (presented in Monterrey, Mexico)
  • Western New York Women's Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership Athena Award, 2004
  • Canadian Ambassador's Award, 1999
  • National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York Citation Award
  • United Way's One Person Award, 1997
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service, 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

In January 2008, Pam was appointed by the governor of the State of New York to the University at Buffalo Council, the primary oversight and advisory body to the University at Buffalo and its president. In 2010, she was named to the University's Presidential Search Committee. She also has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of SUNY Buffalo Law School since 2004 and served as the chair of the law school's 2007 annual fund. In August 2009, Pam was selected to serve on the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Canada Institute, a well-respected forum for the discussion on Canada-U.S. relations based in Washington, D.C. As a former board member, she currently is a member of the Friends of the board.

Pam has devoted substantial time to the development of cross-border business relationships and the promotion of women in international business. She is a past director of the International Alliance for Women (TIAW), which acts as the umbrella organization for 20 women's organizations from all continents working to foster the economic empowerment of women. In 1997, she served as an advisor to and represented the firm as a sponsor of the Business Women's Team Canada Trade Mission to Washington, D.C. Also in 1997, she was a delegate to and panel chair at the annual APEC Women Leader's Network Conference held in Ottawa. For many years, she served on the binational panel of judges for the Canadian American Business Achievement Award, which was established through the efforts of the Canadian Embassy in Washington in 1995. In 1999, she represented the firm as a sponsor of the Canada-U.S.A. Business Women's Trade Summit in Toronto, which was attended by 150 women-owned businesses from Canada and the United States.

Since 1995, Pam has been a member of the board of directors and secretary of SJL Communications, L.P. (SJL), a company engaged in the business of owning and/or managing network television broadcast stations throughout the United States. Currently SJL owns or manages four television stations located in New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Pam served as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Canadian American Business Council, based in Washington, D.C., from 2004-10. From May 2002 to March 2005, Pam served as a member of the board of directors of Financial Institutions, Inc., the oldest bank holding company in New York State. She also served as chair of its Management Development and Compensation Committee.

Community & Pro Bono

Pam has served in a variety of community roles with respect to nonprofit organizations, including serving from 1993-97 as the first woman chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. In 1992, she served as general campaign chair of the United Way for Buffalo and Erie County. Again the first woman to hold this position, she led the community's effort in surpassing the campaign's goal and raising more than $17,000,000 in a difficult economic climate.

Currently, she is a member of the University at Buffalo Council; a lifetime member of the Shaw Festival - one of the most respected reparatory theater companies in North America - having served from 2007-12 as a member of the board of governors; a past member of the board of directors of the Xavier Society for the Blind, a Manhattan-based organization dedicated to making writings on religion and spirituality available to the blind free of charge. Previously, she served as president of the Vassar College Club of Western New York and as a director of Kaleida Health Foundation, D'Youville College, the Community Music School, the D'Youville College Center for Women in Management, Housing Assistance Center of the Niagara Frontier, Inc., and the SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association.