Sean P. Beiter: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Sean P. Beiter

Buffalo,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Cyber Risk and Social Media
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 716.566.5409
Fax: 716.566.5401
University Canisius College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991 Article Editor, Buffalo Law Review, Gilbert D. Moore Fellow, 1988-1990
Admitted1992, New York; U.S. District Court, Western and Northern Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section
•New York State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Committee; Special Committee on Age Discrimination in the Profession (2006-07)
•Bar Association of Erie County: Former Chair, Labor Law Committee
•New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association: Organization of Public Employment Negotiators (WNY Chapter of NYSPELRA)
•Labor and Employer Relations Association of Western New York: Vice President
•New York State Management Attorneys Conference


Sean Beiter, a partner of the firm, focuses his practice in the area of traditional labor law for public sector and private sector employers in the blue collar, white collar, health care, printing and public safety settings, including representation in collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and grievance arbitration. Sean has also represented many employers in disciplinary procedures, contract dispute arbitrations and before compulsory interest arbitration proceedings.

Sean's practice also includes the representation of employers in both State and Federal Court, before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Division of Human Rights and the Department of Labor.

His court litigation proceedings include a duty of fair representation jury trial, numerous special proceedings under Articles 75 and 78 of the CPLR, injunction actions, and claims of employment discrimination.

Sean's litigation successes include two victories at the New York State Court of Appeals: In the Matter of Chautauqua County v CSEA, 8 N.Y.3d 513 (2007) and In the Matter of the County of Erie and Erie County Sheriff v PERB, et al., 12 N.Y.3d 72 (2009). He also successfully represented the City of Buffalo in wage freeze litigation involving both the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association and the Buffalo Professional Fire Fighters Association. Most recently, in July 2015, he obtained a defense verdict that fully vindicated the employer in a jury trial on allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

His accomplishments in collective bargaining include the representation of the City of Buffalo in negotiations with the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association for one officer cars. He has also represented the Board of Education of the City of Buffalo in negotiations for a Project Labor Agreement for the construction of the William R. Grabiarz School of Excellence and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in negotiations for the construction and expansion of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Sean routinely earns the recognition of his peers in the legal field, and has consecutively been listed by The Best Lawyers in America for the past decade. In 2015, he was named Buffalo's Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year; only a single lawyer in each practice area in a given location earns the distinction. He has also been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list each year since 2012.

Civic Activities

•Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Board Chair and Vice President of Membership (2011-2014); Council President (2007-2011); Executive Vice President, 2007; Vice President of Volunteer Development 2006; Risk Management Committee Chair, 2005-06; Chair of S.C.O.T.Y. Golf Tournament, 2004-06; Executive Board member 2001 to present
•Leadership Buffalo Class of 2002
•Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure, Race Operations Co-Chair, 2010 - 2014
•Transplant Miracles Foundation, Secretary, 2008 - present
•St. Amelia School, Advisory School Board: President 2008-09; Vice President 2007-08; Secretary 2006-07; Board Member 2005 - present
•American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, Board of Advisors 2003-05
•Cub Scout Pack 202: Committee member 2010 - 2013; Cubmaster 2001 to 2010; Den Leader 1999 to 2001
•Park Country Club, Member, 2003 - present


Best Lawyers in America 2006-2016 (Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management)
•Buffalo Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America 2016
•American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 New York Labor and Employment Lawyer, 2014
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012-2015
Business First of Buffalo, Who's Who in the Law (Labor & Employment)
Business First of Buffalo, 40 Under Forty Award, 2005
•Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America: Scouter Citizen of the Year Award, 2010; Silver Beaver Award, 2008; District Award of Merit, 2004; Eagle Scout, 1983
•Canisius College, Outstanding Economics and Finance Graduate 1988


•Partners are 4-0 at the Court of Appeals
•Wage Freeze Litigation


•The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Names Albert J. D Aquino, Sean P. Beiter Two Buffalo Lawyers of the Year, Lists Nineteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
September 2, 2015
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 21, 2015
•Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Seventeen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014
•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
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in Who's Who in Law, Buffalo Business First
September 23, 2011


•Speaker, WARNING-The NLRB's Highly Controversial “Ambush Election” Rule Takes Effect April 14th: What You Can Do To Prepare, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., March 24, 2015
•Quoted in “ Gauging the Impact of Religious Freedom Post-Hobby Lobby Ruling, ” Buffalo Law Journal, September 8, 2014
•Quoted in “New Labor Regs Eye Veterans, Disabled, ” Buffalo Law Journal, April 22, 2014
•Quoted in “Cupid Can Be Costly for Business Owners, ” Buffalo Law Journal, February 17, 2014
•Co-Author, “Construction Injury Case Changes Game for Workers' Compensation Defense, ” Progress! Under Construction, September 2013
•Author, “Exclusion Never Belonged in Scout Law, ” Buffalo Law Journal, January 31, 2013
•Co-Author, “A Sobering Reminder for Office Revelers, ” Buffalo Law Journal, December 10, 2012
•Author, “The National Labor Relations Board: 'Stacking the Deck' in Favor of Organized Labor, ” Progress Under Construction (Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors), Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2012
•Quoted in “Cyberbullying Law Enacted in Erie Co., ” Daily Record, March 13, 2012
•Quoted in “NLRB Regs Set to Take Effect in Late April, ” Daily Record, March 5, 2012
•Quoted in “Orchard Park Police Merger Is Suggested, ” Buffalo News, September 7, 2011
•Quoted in “Report Suggests OP Police Consolidation, ” WIVB-TV, September 7, 2011
•Quoted in Judge orders higher pay for county lawyer, The Buffalo News, April 5, 2011
•Quoted in Orchard Park pays for study without Ok, The Buffalo News, April 9, 2011
•Quoted in When employees surf, companies face risk, Buffalo Law Journal, March 14, 2011
•Presenter, It's Not Over 'Til It's Over: taking Management's Position to the Court of Appeals, NYSPELRA Conference, 2009
•Presenter, Drug and Alcohol Testing, NYSPELRA Conference, 2008
•Presenter, The Impact of Financial Control Boards on Public Sector Labor Relations, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Fall Conference, 2005
•Presenter, The Role of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, Alumni Convocation, 2004


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


•Sports and Entertainment Law Insider


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National Labor Relations Board Expands Joint Employer Status
Sean P. Beiter,Caroline J. Berdzik,Melissa M. Ferrara, September 1, 2015
In a 3-2 decision along party lines on Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or Board) dealt a significant blow to fast food restaurants and other businesses that rely on the franchisee model as well as those organizations that utilize staffing agencies to supply their workers. In...

NLRB Dismisses Northwestern Football Players' Organizing Petition
Sean P. Beiter,Caroline J. Berdzik, August 20, 2015
A unanimous decision on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ended the Northwestern University scholarship football players’ bid to unionize — without addressing the key issue that has plagued collegiate athletics for so many years: whether college athletes are employees...

Impact on Employers After Supreme Court's Ruling of Uphold Key Provision of Affordable Care Act
Sean P. Beiter,Caroline J. Berdzik, June 30, 2015
In a 6-3 decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court once again upheld President Obama’s signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, keeping the employer mandate in effect for all states - even those without their own health insurance exchange.

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Sean P. Beiter

665 Main Street, Suite 400
BuffaloNY 14203-1425


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