Christopher P.  Maugans

Christopher P. Maugans


Practice Groups

Christopher Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. Chris’s background and experience includes providing legal counsel to the human resources department 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 Medical Leave Act.

Chris concurrently earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned several prestigious fellowships and scholarships. From 2011-2014, Chris 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. Also in 2011, he was one of four students nationwide to be named a Graduate Foundation Scholar of the National Society for Human Resources Management. In 2010 and 2011, Chris was a WNY Labor and Employment Relations Scholar, and, in 2010, 2011, and 2013, a Buffalo-Niagara Human Resources Student of the Year nominee.

In law school, Chris was a two-year treasurer of the Labor & Employment Relations Society and a participant in several moot courts. He also completed the Center for Resolution and Justice’s 30-hour mediation training. 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, 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.   

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2017
  • 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 Outstanding Service Award, 2015
  • American Bar Association/Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, 2014
  • William H. Wendel Memorial Award for Student Excellence in Human Resources Management, 2010
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE™ Alumni Advisory Council
  • Member, WNY Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • Member, Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
  • Member, Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association
  • Member, University at Buffalo Young Alumni Leadership Council
Community Involvement
  • Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce (Buffalo Jaycees), Legal Counsel to Board of Directors 
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, M.B.A., 2014
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., summa cum laude, 2010 
Publications and Presentations