Matthew C. Van Vessem: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Matthew C. Van Vessem

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Constitutional Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
  • Appellate
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5476
Fax: 716.566.5401
University State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1997
Admitted1998, New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Affiliations

•Labor and Employer Relations Association of Western New York
•New York State Management Attorneys Conference
•Bar Association of Erie County
•Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
•National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA)


Matthew Van Vessem is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, employee discipline, collective bargaining and municipal law.

Matt has represented private and public sector clients in administrative and legal proceedings, including labor arbitrations, agency hearings and state and federal court litigation. He has extensive appellate court experience and has represented municipalities before the New York State Court of Appeals. He has lectured and written on a number of topics of particular interest to municipalities, including the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to municipal employers and the special rules applicable to public sector police and fire employees.


Best Lawyers in America 2013-2014 (Employment Law - Individuals)
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012-2015
Business First's Who's Who in Law (Labor and Employment)


•Goldberg Segalla Helps City of Buffalo Return Police Officer to Work
November, 10, 2012
•Goldberg Segalla Helps City of Buffalo Achieve Reversal of Arbitration Award in Firefighters' Retroactive Pay Raise Case
January 12, 2012
•Partners are 4-0 at the Court of Appeals
•Matthew C. Van Vessem Successfully Represents the City of Buffalo Before the NY Court of Appeals on the Issue of Back Pay for Police and Firefighters Following the End of the Wage Freeze
March 29, 2011
•Landmark Decision Before the Court of Appeals


•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2015
•Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 11, 2014
•Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys
August 19, 2013
•Best Lawyers in America 2014 Names Thomas F. Segalla a Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year, ” Lists Fourteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 15, 2013
•Sixteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Whos Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 2012
•Ten Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2013
September 20, 2012
•Twenty-Three Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2012


•Presenter, Tips from the Trenches for Municipalities and Update on FLSA and Pitfalls, O.P.E.N. Current Public Employment Issues Workshop, Buffalo, NY, October 16, 2015
•Quoted in “ Seeking a Quality Free Appropriate Public Education for All, ” Buffalo Law Journal, October 20, 2014
•Quoted in “Law Limits Right of Unpaid Interns to Sue, ” Buffalo Law Journal, October 28, 2013
•Presenter, New York State Public Employment Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, July 17, 2013
•Quoted in “Judge Reverses Award for City Firefighters' Raises, ” Buffalo News, January 13, 2012
•Quoted in “Buffalo Teachers, Workers Lose Bid for Pay Step Hikes During Wage Freeze, ” Buffalo News, March 30, 2011
•Presenter, New York State Public Employer Relations Association, July 2009


•Prominent Labor and Employment Attorneys Join Goldberg Segalla
August 1, 2010

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Office Information

Matthew C. Van Vessem

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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