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.

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
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)
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1997
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992
Publications/Presentations