Christopher P.  Maugans

Christopher P. Maugans

Associate

Office

Practice Groups

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 including municipalities and higher education institutions, Chris has handled matters involving 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). He regularly advises clients on the full range of employment and labor issues as well as on complex commercial litigation matters, and helps them to prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, and arbitrations.

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, and 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 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 2011-2014, 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 and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also regularly drafts Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor Alerts, and is a frequent contributor to the firm’s Professional Liability Matters blog, offering insights on employment practices liabilities.

Honors
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Employment and Labor, 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
  • Graduate Foundation Scholar of the National Society for Human Resources Management, 2011
  • WNY Labor and Employment Relations Scholar, 2010–11
  • 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
Professional Affiliations
  • Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce (Buffalo Jaycees), Legal Counsel to Board of Directors
  • WNY Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association
  • Organization of Public Employer Negotiators
Community Involvement
  • WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program Alumni Advisory Board
  • University at Buffalo School of Management LeaderCORE™ Alumni Advisory Council
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
Education
  • 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
  • Co-Presenter, "Labor and Employment: Wage and Hour Update," Construction Law Webinar, November 16, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Labor and Employment Law Update Looking Ahead in 2017," Navigating a New World: A 2017 Roadmap for Private Sector Employers, Buffalo NY, February 9, 2017
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics & Recent Developments In Labor & Employment Law," New York State Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, July 22, 2016 
  • Author, "21st Century Human Resources: Employee Advocate, Business Partner, or Both?" Cornell HR Review, February 11, 2015