Sean P. Beiter

Sean P. Beiter

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Sean Beiter, a partner of the firm, focuses his practice in the area of traditional labor law for public sector and private sector employers in the blue collar, white collar, health care, printing and public safety settings, including representation in collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and grievance arbitration. Sean has also represented many employers in disciplinary procedures, contract dispute arbitrations and before compulsory interest arbitration proceedings.

Sean's practice also includes the representation of employers in both State and Federal Court, before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Division of Human Rights and the Department of Labor.

His court litigation proceedings include a duty of fair representation jury trial, numerous special proceedings under Articles 75 and 78 of the CPLR, injunction actions, and claims of employment discrimination.

Sean's litigation successes include two victories at the New York State Court of Appeals: In the Matter of Chautauqua County v CSEA, 8 N.Y.3d 513 (2007) and In the Matter of the County of Erie and Erie County Sheriff v PERB, et al., 12 N.Y.3d 72 (2009). He also successfully represented the City of Buffalo in wage freeze litigation involving both the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association and the Buffalo Professional Fire Fighters Association. Most recently, in July 2015, he obtained a defense verdict that fully vindicated the employer in a jury trial on allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

His accomplishments in collective bargaining include the representation of the City of Buffalo in negotiations with the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association for one officer cars. He has also represented the Board of Education of the City of Buffalo in negotiations for a Project Labor Agreement for the construction of the William R. Grabiarz School of Excellence and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in negotiations for the construction and expansion of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Sean routinely earns the recognition of his peers in the legal field, and has consecutively been listed by The Best Lawyers in America for the past decade. In 2015, he was named Buffalo's Labor Law — Management Lawyer of the Year; only a single lawyer in each practice area in a given location earns the distinction. He has also been named to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list each year since 2012.

Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America 2006–18 (Employment Law — Management and Labor Law — Management)
  • Buffalo Labor Law — Management Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America 2016
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 New York Labor and Employment Lawyer, 2014
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012–17
  • Business First of Buffalo, Who's Who in the Law (Labor & Employment)
  • Business First of Buffalo, 40 Under Forty Award, 2005
  • Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America: Scouter Citizen of the Year Award, 2010; Silver Beaver Award, 2008; District Award of Merit, 2004; Eagle Scout, 1983
  • Canisius College, Outstanding Economics and Finance Graduate 1988
Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Committee; Special Committee on Age Discrimination in the Profession, 2006–07
  • Bar Association of Erie County: Former Chair, Labor Law Committee
  • New York State Management Attorneys Conference
  • Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA)
  • NYS Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NYSPELRA) 
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of New York
Community Involvement
  • Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Board Chair and Vice President of Membership, 2011–14; Council President, 2007–11; Executive Vice President, 2007; Vice President of Volunteer Development 2006; Risk Management Committee Chair, 2005–06; Chair of S.C.O.T.Y. Golf Tournament, 2004–06; Executive Board member 2001 to present
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 2002
  • Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure, Race Operations Co-Chair, 2010–14
  • Transplant Miracles Foundation, Secretary, 2008 to present
  • St. Amelia School, Advisory School Board: President 2008–09; Vice President 2007–08; Secretary 2006–07; Board Member 2005 to present
  • American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, Board of Advisors 2003-05
  • Cub Scout Pack 202: Committee member 2010–13; Cubmaster 2001–10; Den Leader 1999–2001
  • Park Country Club, Member, 2003 to present
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School , J.D., cum laude, 1991 (Article Editor, Buffalo Law Review; Gilbert D. Moore Fellow, 1988–90)
  • Canisius College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988
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