Attorney Profile:

Matthew C. Van Vessem

Matthew C. Van Vessem: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Biography

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.

Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2013-2014 (Employment Law - Individuals)
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
Business First's Who's Who in Law (Labor and Employment)

Publications/Presentations

•Presenter, Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law, NYSPERLA Conference, Saratoga, NY, July 22, 2016
•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

News

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

Successes

•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

Achievements

•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016
•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

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal and Governmental Liability
  • Appellate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
716.566.5476  Phone
716.566.5401  Fax
www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/matthew-c-van-vessem
University Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
Law School Attended:
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1997
Year of First admission:
1998
Admission:
1998, New York; U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

•New York State Management Attorneys Conference
•Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
•National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA)
•Erie County Association of School Boards
•New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Board of Directors

Birth Information:
1970
ISLN:
917508415

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 6 reviews
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  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
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  • Judgment

    4.8/5.0
  • Communication

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  • Legal Experience

    4.8/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/08/13 in Labor Law

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/29/13 in Labor and Employment

    Excellent attorney. Always well prepared and professional. Read more

    Excellent attorney. Always well prepared and professional.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 04/22/13 in Employment Law

    He is an excellent lawyer with high ethical standards. Read more

    He is an excellent lawyer with high ethical standards.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 04/22/13 in Labor and Employment

    Without any hesitation I would rate Matt Van Vessem at the highest marks in both ethics and ability. Read more

    Without any hesitation I would rate Matt Van Vessem at the highest marks in both ethics and ability.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 05/26/10 in Employment Litigation

    Mr. Van Vessem worked for me as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Buffalo, NY, and I had direct supervision over him. Read more

    Mr. Van Vessem worked for me as an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Buffalo, NY, and I had direct supervision over him.

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  • 4.6/5.0 by a Partner on 04/22/13 in Employment Law

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