Christopher P. Maugans

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Christopher Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public and private sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). Chris helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). He regularly counsels clients and litigates the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Chris worked in-house in a dual human resources and legal counsel role within a large community college in Western New York, where he helped draft and negotiate collective bargaining agreements, investigated grievances, and led internal investigations into employee attendance, performance, and harassment allegations. He also handled Freedom of Information Law requests, reasonable accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Chris concurrently earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he held several prestigious fellowships and scholarships. He was a judicial law clerk with the Hon. Frederick Marshall and an extern with the United States Equal Opportunity Commission’s Buffalo office. He also worked as a law clerk for a global private food manufacturing company, where he drafted employment agreements and non-disclosure agreements, and edited employee handbooks.

Chris, who finished in the top 10 percent of his M.B.A. class and completed the University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE certification program, is one of the founding members of the Buffalo MBA Consulting Group (BMC), Western New York's first pro bono consulting firm run by M.B.A. students. There, he provided management consultation services to a range of non- and for-profit businesses. From 2011 to 2014, Chris also participated in the WNY Prosperity Fellowship, a program which invests in the education of students possessing high potential to benefit the economic development of the region. He now serves on the Program’s Alumni Advisory Board.

Recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment and Labor law and honored for his accomplishments in the field of human resources, Chris has served as a guest lecturer on human resources and labor and employment law topics at Canisius College, Daemen College, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also regularly drafts Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor Alerts , drafts Goldberg Segalla’s Higher Education Alerts, writes for the firm's Life Science Matters blog, and is an associate editor of the firm’s Professional Liability Matters blog, offering insights on employment practices liabilities.


•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Employment and Labor, 2017-18
•University at Buffalo School of Management Service to the School Achievement Award, 2018
•University at Buffalo School of Management Career Resource Center Alumnus of the Year, 2016
•University at Buffalo School of Management, 50 Most Engaged Alumni, 2015, 2016
•Buffalo Jaycees Board Member of the Year, 2017-18
•Buffalo Jaycees Outstanding Service Award, 2015
•American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, 2014
•Graduate Foundation Scholar of the National Society for Human Resources Management, 2011
•WNY Labor and Employment Relations Scholar, 2010, 2011
•William H. Wendel Memorial Award for Student Excellence in Human Resources Management, 2010
•Buffalo-Niagara Human Resources Student of the Year nominee, 2010, 2011, 2013

Community Involvement

•Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce (Buffalo Jaycees), Legal Counsel to Board of Directors
•WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program Alumni Advisory Board
•University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE Alumni Advisory Council
•University at Buffalo MBA Consulting Group, Advisory Board Member
•University at Buffalo Young Alumni Leader Council (YALC)


• Fact-Intensive ADA Cases Can Be Whoppers , Buffalo Law Journal,May 30, 2018
• What To Know About NY's Proposed 'Call-In Pay' Regs (Co-Author), Law360, December 18, 2018
• 21st Century Human Resources: Employee Advocate, Business Partner, or Both? Cornell HR Review, February 11, 2015


• Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law (Co-Presenter), Breakfast Briefings at Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo, NY, February 14, 2019
• NY Department of Labor Proposed 'Call-in Pay' Regulations, Associated Builders and Contractors Webinar, January 15, 2019
• #MeToo and Legislation Geared Toward the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (Co-Presenter), NYSBA - Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section Meeting, New York, NY, October 18, 2018
• Latest Developments on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Public Workplace and the Effect of the #MeToo Movement (Co-Presenter), NYSBA Local and State Government Section Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY, September 28, 2018
• Employee Leaves of Absence - Interplay Between the ADA and Statutory Leaves of Absences (Co-Presenter), GS Webinar, September 26, 2018
• New York State Sexual Harassment Update (Co-Presenter), Tokio Marine HCC Annual Claims Seminar, Plymouth, MI, September 6, 2018
• School Safety in WNY - Legal Roles and Critical Responsibilities (Co-Presenter), Erie County Bar Association, Buffalo, NY June 1, 2018
• New York State Sexual Harassment Update and Municipal Law Update (Co-Presenter), County Attorney's Association of the State of New York Annual Conference, Cooperstown, NY, May 22, 2018
• New York State Legislation on Sexual Harassment (Co-Presenter), GS Webinar, May 3, 2018
• Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law (Co-Presenter), Employer Services Corporation, Buffalo, NY, March 1, 2018
• NY Department of Labor Proposed 'Call-in Pay' Regulations (Co-Presenter), Associated Builders and Contractors Webinar, December 8, 2017
• Labor and Employment: Wage and Hour Update (Co-Presenter), Construction Law Webinar, November 16, 2017
• Labor and Employment Law Update Looking Ahead in 2017 (Co-Presenter), Navigating a New World: A 2017 Roadmap for Private Sector Employers, Buffalo NY, February 9, 2017
• Hot Topics & Recent Developments In Labor & Employment Law, New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, July 22, 2016


•Christopher P. Maugans Receives UB Service to the School Achievement Award
October 22, 2018
•Sixty-One Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Featured in 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 13, 2018


•Governor Cuomo Vetoes Bereavement Leave Legislation in New York
January 3, 2019
•FMLA Interference and Discrimination Claims Survive Despite FMLA Ineligibility
January 3, 2019
•New York Court Rules on Adverse Action
January 3, 2019
•Ban the Box Legislation Gains Steam
December 14, 2018
•Updated Proposed New York Call-In Pay Regulations Released
December 13, 2018


•New York Grape Farming Co-Op Reaps Bumper Crop in $1.5M Arbitration Award
April 17, 2018

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Employment and Labor
  • Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation
  • Higher Education
  • Municipalities and Public Entities
  • Cannabis Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.710.5825  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, M.B.A., 2014; LeaderCORE, Certification of Readiness, 2013; LeaderCORE, Excellence, UB School of Management, 2013; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., summa cum laude, 2010
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., cum laude, 2014
Year of First Admission:
2015, New York

Professional Affiliations

•WNY Labor & Employment Relations Association
•Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association
•Organization of Public Employer Negotiators

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  • Fixed Fees Available

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